NEWS: British Gas is on the hunt to fill PR hotseat

British Gas is looking to fill what could easily be described as one of the most explosive seats in public relations: head of corporate media relations.

British Gas is looking to fill what could easily be described as one of

the most explosive seats in public relations: head of corporate media

relations.



Neil Hayes who has held the job for the past three years, reporting to

corporate affairs director Peter Sanguinetti, has moved to the role of

head of international public affairs. The job has been handled by

Michael Pickering who retires at Christmas.



Sanguinetti said Hayes had moved jobs at the beginning of September and

re-located to British Gas’ overseas operations office in Reading. He

will manage a team of ten, reporting to Sanguinetti.



The company has briefed a firm of headhunters to find suitable

candidates for the media job which is likely to carry a salary of around

pounds 80,000. The search is thought to have been underway for several

weeks.



The successful candidate will join three other communications heads

under Sanguinetti. These are responsible for investor relations, public

affairs, and communications strategy, a new job created in August and

filled by David Millar (PR Week 1 September).



Sanguinetti said other changes at British Gas’ corporate affairs centre

had seen numbers reduced from 33 to 23 since the beginning of the year.

‘Various people have moved on and one or two have taken voluntary

redundancy,’ he said.



However, given that Hayes’ international department of ten will now come

under Sanguinetti, that number goes back up to 33.



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