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
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.