Unilever government relations head Cliff Grantham has been promoted
to the post of UK communications and public affairs head with a brief to
expand his department.
In addition to his existing public affairs remit, Grantham takes over
communications responsibility from external relations head Bob Harcourt,
who has retired after three years.
Grantham reports to Unilever UK chairman Richard Greenhalgh and oversees
seven staff at the moment. He is seeking to recruit a further two
His remit covers PR, community and government relations, internal
communications and sponsorship for Unilever’s UK national management
team, which runs the company’s UK businesses.
Grantham will co-operate with the communications team at Unilever’s
corporate centre, which is headed by global corporate affairs chief
Michel Obretech and operates alongside the UK national management
Before joining Unilever last year, Grantham was public affairs head for
the London Stock Exchange for four years.
He has already appointed Fishburn Hedges on a retainer as UK public
affairs agency for the UK management team.
F-H won the account after a competitive pitch against Politics
International, Shandwick and incumbent Burson-Marsteller, which is
Unilever’s global agency of record (PR Week, 29 January).
B-M continues to work on ad hoc public affairs projects for the company.