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
’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
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).