Anglo-Dutch publishing group Reed Elsevier has named Susanna Smart
as its new deputy director of corporate relations. Smart joined the
group’s London head office last week from a subsidiary, Reed Business
Information, where she was head of corporate communications based in
The move is part of a reshuffle of group PR jobs prior to the
appointment of a new director of corporate relations later this
The vacancies were created by the departure of former director of
corporate relations Nick Jones to Lucas Varity (PR Week, 24 January).
Jones joined as deputy director in 1990 when the department was
nine-strong. It now numbers two.
Jones’ position had been temporarily filled by Smart’s former boss, Reed
Business Information’s director of corporate communications Denis Hart,
who has now returned to his old job.
The appointment also marks a return for Smart who worked at Reed
International as corporate relations executive before its merger with
Dutch firm Elsevier in 1994. In 1995 she moved to business information
company Reed Information Services as head of corporate
The business was merged a year ago with the Sutton-based trade magazine
business Reed Business Publishing, to form Reed Business
Smart stayed on in East Grinstead with her old title, but began to
report to Denis Hart in Sutton.
Smart confirmed that Reed Elsevier was expanding its corporate relations
department but said: We’ll have to wait for the arrival of the director
to see what the future plans are.’