Chief executive Michael Hayman in shock exit from The Communication Group

The Communication Group's chief executive Michael Hayman has made a surprise exit.

Departure: Michael Hayman
Departure: Michael Hayman

Deputy chairman Peter Hamilton would not reveal whether Hayman had been made redundant, but he said: ‘The separation of the chairman and chief executive roles hasn't proved cost effective.'
 
Hayman took the role in 2005, joining from Hill & Knowlton. He was not answering his mobile as PRWeek went to press. It is not known whether he has another role lined up.
 
Chairman Maureen Smith's role has now been combined with that of chief executive.
 
The Communication Group ranked 56th in PRWeek's Top 150 Consultancies, with a 2008 fee income of £4.4m.
 
Hamilton denied that the company had hit financial difficulties, adding that the decision related to the ‘cost structure of the company'.
 
Hayman led the agency in its expertise in destination marketing. He is the author of ‘The Power of Destinations: Why it Matters to be Different'.
 
He has previously worked as an adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Local Government Association.
 
The news follows a reorganisation within the company, which has seen MD of the corporate affairs practice Emma Johnson take on the additional role of director of the consultancy's group-wide destination practice.
 
Six promotions have also been made to the business, including three new people joining the corporate affairs practice board, and three joining the marketing communication practice board.

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