Engineering conglomerate GKN seeks public affairs chief

Cars to helicopters conglomerate GKN is to begin hunting for a new director of public affairs later this summer.

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

weeks.



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

division.



Before joining GKN in May 1994, de Jongh was head of external affairs at

the Engineering Employers’ Federation.



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