NEWS: Grand Met seeks a new head of global comms

Grand Metropolitan, the food and drinks giant, will have to wait until autumn for a new group corporate communications director following the departure of Mary Carroll.

Grand Metropolitan, the food and drinks giant, will have to wait until

autumn for a new group corporate communications director following the

departure of Mary Carroll.



Carroll announced her resignation from the group last week in a letter

to journalists on several national and trade publications.



‘Internally the news that I was going was starting to get out so I

decided to let everyone know,’ she said.



Carroll has led Grand Metropolitan’s worldwide PR from London since June

1992 when she was promoted from the post of vice-president public

affairs, based in the US.



Reporting to group services director David Tagg and in charge of four

staff, Carroll co-ordinates global PR activities and communications

strategy for the group as a whole. She is also responsible for the work

of external consultants, which includes Brunswick for corporate and

financial support in the UK.



PR for Grand Met’s subsidiaries, such as Burger King, Pillsbury, Haagen

Dazs and International Distillers and Vintners, is the responsibility of

communications staff within those businesses.



Carroll explained that she was quitting the company to join her husband

in the US and that she had no definite plans to take up another job

within Grand Metropolitan or elsewhere. ‘This is the most senior

communications job [in Grand Met] and it has to be in London,’ she

said.



Headhunters have been briefed to help find a successor and an

appointment is expected in the next two months.



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