Orange UK media head has enough after six weeks

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.

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.



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