PowerGen picks corporate chief

Esther Kaposi has been appointed to the post of director of corporate affairs at electricity company PowerGen. Kaposi was head of corporate communications at telecoms company Mercury Communications until June.

Esther Kaposi has been appointed to the post of director of

corporate affairs at electricity company PowerGen. Kaposi was head of

corporate communications at telecoms company Mercury Communications

until June.



At PowerGen she will be head of a department of 14 with responsibilities

covering government relations, public affairs, internal communications,

advertising, PR, sponsorship, community relations and events. Kaposi

reports to chairman and chief executive Ed Wallis.



She takes over from John Fallon, whose title was director of

communications.



Responsibilities for the job remain the same. Fallon left in September

after three years with PowerGen to join media group Pearson as its first

communications director.



The utility company retains Brunswick for corporate and financial PR and

Prima Europe for public affairs. ’I have no plans to review the accounts

at the moment,’ said Kaposi.



She said her initial focus would be on issues management, in particular

the liberalisation of competition in the electricity industry, and the

13 different Government reviews of the energy sector currently under

way.



While at Mercury, Kaposi was involved in the four-way merger with

Videotron, Nynex Cablecomms and Bell Cablemedia. She did not apply for

the head of corporate communications job at the merged company, Cable

and Wireless Communications.



She has worked for corporate identity agency Wolff Olins as a

communications consultant and has advised the BBC, Andersen Consulting

and the Metropolitan Police. She was chair of the IPR’s education and

training committee last year and is on the board of the City of London

Sinfonia.



Kaposi joined PowerGen after a six-month break following her departure

from Mercury. She is expecting her second child and will return to

PowerGen after maternity leave in the spring.



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