Glass-manufacturer Pilkington has dropped Brunswick after eight
years and switched its estimated pounds 70,000 financial PR account to
Pilkington confirmed the switch this week after it used Finsbury on the
announcement of the sacking of former chief executive Peter Leverton
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
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.