GCI gives top UK post to Wheeler

GCI Group has promoted Adrian Wheeler from managing director to the newly created job of UK chief executive in the wake of its pounds 5 million acquisition of Focus Communications in September.

GCI Group has promoted Adrian Wheeler from managing director to the

newly created job of UK chief executive in the wake of its pounds 5

million acquisition of Focus Communications in September.



In Wheeler’s place, three of the current five directors reporting to him

have been made managing directors.



Nicholas Walters and Sue Ryan become joint managing directors of GCI

London, the original firm. The two used to share responsibility for the

corporate division. Walters, formerly deputy MD, will look after client

services and systems. Ryan, who set up GCI’s training programme

worldwide, will be responsible for human resources and training.



David Knowles, director of business-to-business PR, and Fiona Rollo,

director of consumer PR, will report to Ryan and Walters.



Wheeler has also created a separate healthcare division within GCI

London.



Catherine Warne will be its managing director, reporting directly to

Wheeler.



GCI group pulled in pounds 7 million in UK fee revenue last year, which

is matched only by its New York office. The group has 43 wholly-owned

firms worldwide and 15 affiliates. Wheeler’s brief is to create a more

cohesive approach both within GCI and in terms of how it presents itself

to the market.



GCI Group UK is to have a new board, chaired by Wheeler. Ryan, Walters

and Warne all have seats, as do Rupert Ashe, MD of GCI Focus, and Simon

Milton, MD of public affairs specialist APCO, a separate sister firm

also owned by Grey Communications.



My job is to pitch for much bigger business now that there are three

companies and we can therefore do a much more all encompassing job for

big-booted clients,’ Wheeler explained.



GCI London GCI healthcare and GCI Focus and APCO are the four GCI Group

companies.



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