Naylor steps into Lewis’ shoes at Centrica

Centrica, the trading arm of the former British Gas, has appointed Charles Naylor as its new group corporate affairs director.

Centrica, the trading arm of the former British Gas, has appointed

Charles Naylor as its new group corporate affairs director.



Naylor replaces Simon Lewis, who was seconded to Buckingham Palace as

communications secretary to the Queen and the Royal Family in

September.



Lewis is due to return to an as yet undecided senior management role at

Centrica in the year 2000.



Naylor is currently corporate affairs head at oil firm Amerada Hess and

joins Centrica next month.



Like Lewis, he will report to Centrica chief executive Roy Gardner and

join the firm’s executive team. His responsibilities cover media

relations and government affairs, currently undertaken by 13 people.



Respective media relations and government affairs managers Tess Kershaw

and Patrick Law have covered for Lewis since he left and will now report

to Naylor.



Lewis was also responsible for Centrica’s six-strong customer service

team, which has passed to group director of marketing, Simon Waugh.



Naylor, 42, has spent the past 11 years in the energy sector. Before his

six-and-a-half years as communications head at Amerada Hess, where he

oversaw a five-strong team, he was advertising and PR manager at

Shell.



Issues on Centrica’s PR agenda include ensuring it gains as many

customers as possible in the newly-deregulated electricity market and

that it maintains its position in the gas market.



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