Dickie lets go of the reins at GPC

GPC London managing director John Dickie has stepped aside, under a year after having assumed the reins of the newly merged lobbying agency.

GPC London managing director John Dickie has stepped aside, under a

year after having assumed the reins of the newly merged lobbying

agency.



Dickie succeeded former MD Mike Craven last February, after the

consultancy Dickie headed, Prima Europe, was merged with Omnicom-owned

GPC Market Access.



Since then, GPC’s reputation was damaged after one of its former

consultants, Derek Draper, was caught at the centre of last July’s

’lobbygate’ scandal.



He later resigned from GPC.



The agency has lost at least 13 employees - about a third of its total

staff - to rival agencies or in-house departments over the last

year.



Three GPC staffers joined Craven in his start-up, Lexington

Communications, last November.



As from Monday, Dickie becomes the director of a new international

regulatory affairs practice within GPC which will pool the resources of

consultants in the firm’s UK, Canadian and Brussels operations.



Dickie’s managerial responsibilities will be assumed by GPC’s European

CEO, Julia Harrison, until the firm finds a replacement. As a director,

he will remain on the boards of both GPC London and its Brussels-based

sister agency, GPC Europe.



Explaining his move away from a managerial to a client-handling role,

Dickie said: ’I haven’t let my interest in regulatory affairs go cold.

If you really want to get to grips with clients it’s very difficult to

continue holding managerial responsibilities.’



Dickie has almost ten years’ experience in issues including

privatisation and competition. He has effectively headed up GPC London’s

regulatory affairs practice since last February. This has included

advising BG, the demerged non-trading arm of British Gas. In his new

job, the regulatory affairs practice heads of GPC’s offices will report

to Dickie, and he will report to GPC International chief executive

Hershell Ezrin.



GPC London’s healthcare practice head, Chris Mockler, is leaving next

month after over 13 years with the firm. His replacement is consultant

Richard Marsh, who gains director status. GPC’s healthcare clients

include pharmaceutical giants Pfizer, Novartis and SmithKline Beecham.



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