Kevin Bell - the founding managing director of Bell Pottinger
Public Affairs - has left to join lobbying agency GPC.
Bell leaves his current position as deputy chairman of the public
affairs outfit to take on GPC London’s newly-created role of
Reporting to GPC CEO for Europe, Julia Harrison, Bell has a brief to
oversee the agency’s expanding mergers and acquisitions sector, with a
remit to strengthen the practice and recruit staff.
Alongside a place on the London board, he will head a team of four in
the UK and work closely with GPC’s Brussels M&A division.
Two other Bell Pottinger Public Affairs employees are also set to leave
for GPC. Director Julie Harris, who also worked with Bell at Westminster
Strategy, will join GPC as an associate director and account
Nick Williams leaves after three years to take a senior consultant
The departures come two weeks after former ministerial special adviser
Kathy McGlynn left Bell Pottinger PA for an associate director position
Chime Communications CEO Tim Bell said he expected ’some fall out’ after
last year’s management changes (PR Week 24 September, 1999), which saw
Kevin Bell replaced by Paul Baverstock as MD. ’We are well staffed and
resourced and won’t be needing to rush out and recruit people to replace
them,’ he added.
Bell Pottinger Public Affairs accounts for five per cent of Bell
Pottinger Communications’ fee income.