Lipscomb takes top GMG PR post

Guinness external affairs director Peter Lipscomb has taken the top communications job in his company’s planned merger with food and drink giant GrandMet.

Guinness external affairs director Peter Lipscomb has taken the top

communications job in his company’s planned merger with food and drink

giant GrandMet.



Lipscomb, who has held senior management positions at Guinness for 12

years, will be group corporate affairs director in the planned new

company, GMG Brands.



He will be one of three non-board members appointed to the planned

company’s 13-strong executive committee. The other two members are from

GrandMet.



They are group strategy director Jim Grover, and Burger King chief

executive officer Dennis Malamatinas.



Lipscomb beat his opposite number at GrandMet, Charles Anson, to the

post. Anson joined GrandMet as group corporate relations director in

February this year, after six years at Buckingham Palace where he was

press secretary to the Queen.



’The merger came out of a clear blue sky,’ said Anson.



He is considering his future after last week’s announcement, but plans

to stay on until the merger is given regulatory approval, which could be

towards the end of the year.



If the merger goes ahead the companies expect to save pounds 175 million

and job losses could total 2,000 from a combined workforce of around

85,000.



Among those immediately at risk are managers in the communications

departments, currently being interviewed for posts in GMG Brands. There

are eight senior PR people at Guinness and its subsidiary United

Distillers, and four at GrandMet and its drinks company IDV.



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