PARIS: French car components giant Valeo has selected Simon Gillham
as its new communications head. The move comes as the company seeks to
raise its profile on the world stage.
Valeo is the fifth largest maker of car parts worldwide and is one of
the CAC 40 companies - France’s equivalent of the FTSE 100.
Gillham will report to Valeo chairman Noel Goutard, and oversee a
seven-strong team covering external and internal communications. He
replaces Denis Berthu, who left at the end of last year for building
materials firm Lafarge (PR Week, 4 December 1998).
Gillham started work at Valeo this month. He spent the last three years
running Sella Communications, the sports PR and marketing agency he
co-founded with one-time French international rugby player Philippe
Gillham was previously communications vice-president at packaging
company Carnaud Metalbox, a position he held for three years.
’We need to make sure everybody understands that where the customer
goes, we go,’ he said. ’We need to convey our obsession with customer
satisfaction and creating value for shareholders.’ He added that the
company does not employ a PR agency, but he would consider using
Valeo employs 50,000 staff worldwide. Its most recent annual report
registered a profit of around pounds 180 million and a turnover of
pounds 5 billion.