Leading energy company Eastern Group has appointed Joy King as its
corporate communications director, filling a vacancy which has been open
for three years.
King, who starts next week, will report to Eastern’s outgoing executive
chairman, John Devaney, and oversee a 13-strong team covering media
relations, employee communications, public affairs and community
Her responsibilities have been handled by the existing PR team since
former corporate communications head Margaret Stewart’s departure for
Yorkshire Water three years ago.
The post has been empty since 1995, the same year that Eastern was
bought by industrial conglomerate Hanson. The company was then demerged,
creating The Energy Group which earlier this year became the subject of
a fierce takeover battle between two US utilities companies, Texas
Utilities - its eventual owner - and Pacificorp.
King joins Eastern from insurance firm Pearl Assurance, where she has
been director of communications for two-and-a-half years, heading a
department of 12 staff. Pearl has no plans to replace her.