Mobile phone network Orange is understood to be on the hunt for a
UK media relations manager following the resignation of Alison Palmer
after just six weeks in the job.
Palmer was appointed by corporate communications and sponsorship
director Denise Lewis at the end of April (PR Week, April 28). Palmer
joined from BT, where she served for three years as PR manager within
its global business marketing division.
Confusion surrounds the circumstances of Palmer’s departure. A source
close to Palmer said she had left the job ’of her own free will’. A
source within one of Orange’s rostered agencies - which include
Capitalize, Citigate Dewe Rogerson, Cohn and Wolfe, Henry’s House and
Text 100 - said the move was ’not entirely her choice’. Orange refused
to contribute to this report, with Lewis unavailable for comment.
The remaining six people in the press office are working without an
immediate line manager for the time being, with Lewis assuming a more
hands-on role until a successor is appointed.
In an interview with PR Week at the time of her appointment, Palmer
said: ’I see Orange as a reflection of me. Orange wants to be known as
glamorous, to be famous globally. It’s a vision I share.’
Orange was last week sold to France Telecom for almost pounds 30
billion. It was sold by German company Mannesman as a condition of that
company’s sale to Vodafone Airtouch.