Cars to helicopters conglomerate GKN is to begin hunting for a new
director of public affairs later this summer.
Nick de Jongh, who has been in the job for over three years, is due to
retire next January.
’There are obviously internal candidates in a group this size,’ said de
Jongh, ’but there may well be potential candidates from outside the
organisation as well.’
The job specification and pay details will be finalised in the coming
The successful candidate will report to GKN’s new chief executive CK
Chow, who succeeded Sir David Lees.
GKN has a head office corporate communications team of seven. A further
20 staff have at least some corporate communications responsibilities at
the conglomerate’s three companies, operating in 40 countries.
The best known of these are global car components business GKN
Automotive and GKN Aerospace and Specialist Vehicles.
GKN acquired Westland Helicopters in a contested, and politically
controversial, bid in 1994, from which it created its aerospace
Before joining GKN in May 1994, de Jongh was head of external affairs at
the Engineering Employers’ Federation.