Tarmac financial PR review before Bruen departure

Sean Bruen, head of group communications at Tarmac plc, is to leave the company before the end of the year.

Sean Bruen, head of group communications at Tarmac plc, is to leave

the company before the end of the year.



Before his departure, Bruen will oversee a review of Tarmac’s financial

PR account for the UK, currently held by Shandwick and understood to be

worth around pounds 100,000.



’I’ve decided to take a short sabbatical so that I can consider my

choices,’ said Bruen, who joined Tarmac in 1992.



He has been with the company during a period of intense activity

involving acquisitions, mergers, disposals and a corporate identity

review.



’The job that I was hired to do is largely done and after nearly five

years it’s time to move on,’ he said. The company has not decided on how

or whether to replace him.



Bruen was previously director of public affairs at the Dowty Group, a

hi-tech, aerospace and defence manufacturers, where he worked for 11

years.



Shandwick and Brunswick PR are among the firms pitching for the Tarmac

account. Shandwick has advised the company for four years, according to

Bruen. He said that the brief remains largely unchanged and an agency

will be chosen in July.



Shandwick UK recently underwent extensive restructuring after Chris

Matthews, chief executive of Shandwick Consultants, left the agency to

set up his own group, the Hogarth Partnership (PR Week, 21 February).



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