DIARY: Last minute switch to Sonera Zed leaves a disapproving Corus

Staff turnover is a perennial problem for the PR industry, but last week saw possibly the fastest job change in employment history.

Staff turnover is a perennial problem for the PR industry, but last

week saw possibly the fastest job change in employment history.



Jonathan Russell, former corporate affairs chief at Thames Water, was

announced as the taker of a similar post at British Steel successor

company Corus. By uncanny coincidence, Russell chose the morning PR Week

arrived on the desks of the Corus press office staff - heralding his

appointment - to inform the company that he would not be joining them

after all.



His last minute about-turn - necessitated by a better offer to be global

VP of corporate communications at Finnish telecom company Sonera Zed -

ruffled some feathers at the Corus PR department. The announcement had

already been distributed by e-mail to the plc’s 65,000 employees around

the world. ’Some people were none too happy, as you’d expect,’ according

to Diary’s source.



Corus is thought to have made another external appointment to the post,

with outgoing corporate affairs chief David Jackson covering until the

unnamed person starts. That’s if the unnamed person actually starts.



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