Credit card company Visa International has hired Sue Curtis from AT&T as
its new head of corporate communications for Europe.
Curtis, AT&T’s director of internal communications for Europe, Middle
East and Africa, left the company five weeks ago and was due to join
Glaxo Wellcome as internal communications manager. This role is now
The current head of Visa’s 12-strong corporate communications
department, vice-president, corporate communications Joanna Henderson,
will continue to work three days a week as an adviser on issues
management. She told PR Week she wanted to spend more time with her
Since taking over from Deborah Botwood-Smith, former vice president,
corporate affairs, last August, Henderson has overseen a restructuring
of the department into three divisions. These include: external
relations, headed by Peter Halliday; and internal comms, whose head of
department, Claire Stanton, joined from PA Consulting on Monday.
Meanwhile, trade journalist Richard Martin joins next month to head up a
third division handling communications with its 4,000 member banks and
financial institutions in Europe.
Following the split of Visa Europe, Middle East and Africa into two
geographical regions, the company has split the communications function
accordingly. It is currently recruiting a head of communications for the
Central Europe, Middle East and Africa region, leaving Curtis’
department to focus on the EU.