Pilkington closes the window on Brunswick

Glass-manufacturer Pilkington has dropped Brunswick after eight years and switched its estimated pounds 70,000 financial PR account to Finsbury.

Glass-manufacturer Pilkington has dropped Brunswick after eight

years and switched its estimated pounds 70,000 financial PR account to

Finsbury.



Pilkington confirmed the switch this week after it used Finsbury on the

announcement of the sacking of former chief executive Peter Leverton

last week.



It is understood the agency was brought in, without Brunswick’s

knowledge, some days before Leverton’s departure by non-executive

chairman Sir Nigel Rudd and finance director Andrew Robb. Rudd has

worked with Finsbury for several years in his capacity as chairman of

Williams Holdings and of East Midlands Electricity prior to its takeover

by Dominion.



Leverton, who had been with the company since 1992, was one year into a

three-year cost-cutting plan designed to lift Pilkington’s performance

in the wake of several profit warnings.



His successor, Italian businessman Paulo Scaroni is known as an

aggressive cost-cutter and is currently reviewing the company’s head

office functions - including the eight-strong corporate affairs

department headed by David Roycroft.



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