NEWS: Southgate quits Warwick for Fleishman job

Simon Southgate has quit as managing director of Brian Basham’s PR agency Warwick Corporate to join Fleishman-Hillard as an account director.

Simon Southgate has quit as managing director of Brian Basham’s PR

agency Warwick Corporate to join Fleishman-Hillard as an account

director.



Southgate, 31, son of Thorn EMI chairman Sir Colin, has been with the

agency - which currently has 11 staff - for four years. He joins F-H on

1 April.



His departure, two weeks ago, is a double blow for Warwick - which was

formed by former Broad Street director Basham. It also emerged this week

that the firm has lost Wembley plc’s financial PR account to The

Communication Group.



TCG won the business two weeks ago after a three-way pitch - one of two

plc wins for the agency, along with Groupe Chez Gerard, formerly with

Ludgate Communications.



Commenting on why he was leaving Warwick, Southgate said he wanted to

develop his career further and felt he ‘needed to go to a bigger, more

international organisation and one with a more multi-disciplinary

approach as opposed to just financial’.



His appointment is the latest stage in F-H’s attempt to build its UK

financial PR business, and in Southgate’s words ‘really get it moving in

London’.



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