Top Connex PR post for Kendall

UK train operator Connex Rail has appointed Peter Kendall as its first communications director.

UK train operator Connex Rail has appointed Peter Kendall as its

first communications director.



Kendall, who until 1996 held the top PR job at Eurostar, assumes

responsibility for UK communications for the company and its two rail

franchises Connex South Eastern and Connex South Central. He reports to

Connex Rail’s vice-chairman and chief executive Antoine Hurel.



Kendall joins Connex from marketing consultancy Bowles Kendall Storer

where he was a director. He has a proven track record of dealing with

rail issues. He was director of public affairs during a five-year period

at Eurostar operator European Passenger Services. He left in 1996 when

the operation of Eurostar moved to a London and Continental Railways

consortium.



Before moving to Eurostar, Kendall held various PR positions at British

Rail. ’The game has moved on since I was last involved with rail

issues,’ said Kendall.



Since it took over its rail franchises in 1996 Connex has been at the

centre of various controversies. Its routes, which connect London with

Kent and Sussex, have attracted negative publicity for widespread train

cancellations and last summer it was forced to cancel trains when

drivers took industrial action.



Both Connex Rail franchises have existing communications teams which

Kendall will oversee.



’Part of my role is to work with and develop existing teams,’ said

Kendall.



Agencies retained by Connex include Biss Lancaster and Citigate

Westminster for public affairs.



Senior communications staff at Connex include Tracy Dryden-Jones,

corporate relations manager of Connex South Eastern, Dave Ewert, media

relations manager at South Eastern and South Central media relations

manager Simon Eden.



Connex is owned by French conglomerate Compagnie Generale des Eaux and

employs over 5,000 staff. It provides 17 per cent of passenger journeys

in the UK, carrying over 200 million passengers.



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