Chandler joins Kodak in corporate PR role

Camera and film manufacturer Eastman Kodak has hired Jonathan Chandler as its first corporate communications director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Camera and film manufacturer Eastman Kodak has hired Jonathan

Chandler as its first corporate communications director for Europe, the

Middle East and Africa (EMEA).



Chandler joins from UK engineering company Lucas-Varity, where he was

group corporate relations manager. He reports to Lucas Varity group

corporate relations director, Nick Jones.



The London-based Kodak post was created as part of a cost-cutting

exercise, and combines the remits of two previous jobs: those of Michael

O’Farrell, who was corporate communications director in London, and

Bengt Eklund, who was public affairs director in Brussels. O’Farrell is

now a freelance PR consultant and Eklund has retired.



The company set a target to reduce global management by 20 per cent last

October, in order to deal with a decline in profits. Its first quarter

results for 1998 show a recovery, with a 51 per cent rise in profit

despite a seven per cent fall in sales compared to the first quarter in

1997.



Sales were pounds 1.8 billion in the first quarter of 1998, and profits

were pounds 141 million.



Chandler will oversee media management, external and internal

communications and public affairs in Brussels and London. He will report

to Eastman Kodak general manager for EMEA Alain Joffrin.



The company retains in-house PR staff in its six European divisions and

within major markets. Chandler will be responsible for co-ordinating

in-house PR managers across EMEA.



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