Two quit Text 100 to pioneer hi-tech lobbying at Ludgate

Text 100’s public affairs team has been reduced to one full-time member following the departure of two of its staff to start a new hi-tech practice for Ludgate public affairs.

Text 100’s public affairs team has been reduced to one full-time

member following the departure of two of its staff to start a new

hi-tech practice for Ludgate public affairs.



Samantha Vaughan and Nick Kalisperas begin work at Ludgate on 5

July.



Vaughan will head the new practice, initially reporting to Ludgate

public affairs deputy managing director Richard Elsen.



She and Kalisperas will advise clients in the IT and telecoms sectors on

government relations and public policy issues.



At Text 100, Vaughan and Kalisperas advised companies including

Microsoft, Xerox, Amazon.co.uk, EDS and the Computing Services and

Software Association.



Vaughan and Kalisperas’ departure leaves the agency with one full-time

lobbyist, Rachel Odd, who is about to move to Text 100’s new mainstream

PR operation, Ignite (PR Week, 18 June). Text 100 public affairs head

Vanessa Holtham left earlier this year for sister consumer PR firm, Joe

Public Relations.



Text 100 is in the process of hiring staff to replace Vaughan and

Kalisperas.



The new recruits will join Odd at Ignite.



At Ludgate, Vaughan and Kalisperas are expected to liaise with the

agency’s new Virginia-based sister lobbying firm, Weber McGinn, which

specialises in the IT sector.



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