NEWS: UPS seeks delivery of new head of Euro PR

UPS, the US-owned courier company, is on the hunt for a new head of European PR to replace Annie Garthwaite who is leaving at the end of August.

UPS, the US-owned courier company, is on the hunt for a new head of

European PR to replace Annie Garthwaite who is leaving at the end of

August.



Garthwaite has been UPS’s head of public relations for Europe, Middle

East and Africa since 1991, in charge of media relations, communications

strategy and co-ordinating the work of external agencies across the

region.



UPS uses Edelman or its affiliates in most European countries, except

for Germany where it retains ABC Eurocom Corporate and PR in Dusseldorf.

Garthwaite was also in charge of publicity surrounding UPS’s recent

sponsorship of the Olympic Games in Atlanta.



Garthwaite said that her reasons for leaving UPS were entirely personal

and that it had been prompted by the decision to shift the company’s

European headquarters from Richmond in south-west London to Brussels

this month.



‘I decided not to go to Brussels for personal reasons,’ said Garthwaite.

‘I’ve had a great time with UPS and they run an exciting PR programme

but it’s time to move on.’ She confirmed that she has secured another

post elsewhere, but declined to say where she was going.



UPS has already instructed headhunters to find a replacement for

Garthwaite from either an in-house or agency background. In Brussels the

new head of PR will lead a team of three staff.



The decision by UPS to relocate its European headquarters to Brussels

reflects the importance of courier business associated with European

Union institutions and the geographical significance of the Benelux

countries as a European distribution point.



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