Burns leaves BA for Bell Pottinger Emirates team

British Airways is looking to appoint a head of news, following the resignation of Iain Burns to join Bell Pottinger Consultants. Burns is moving at the end of June to work as a consultant on the seven-figure global Emirates airlines account (PR Week, 17 March).

British Airways is looking to appoint a head of news, following the

resignation of Iain Burns to join Bell Pottinger Consultants. Burns is

moving at the end of June to work as a consultant on the seven-figure

global Emirates airlines account (PR Week, 17 March).



Burns has spent three and a half years at BA, overseeing a 13-strong

press team. Before that he was American Airlines’ UK PR manager for four

years, and PR manager at Manchester Airport for two years prior to

that.



Burns’ deputy Beverly Coates is considered a likely successor, although

a handful of internal and external candidates are also being considered

by director of communications Simon Walker. If no successor is appointed

before Burns leaves, the newsdesk will come under the control of Coates

and deputy director of communications Nick Claydon.



The newsdesk is the reactive half of BA’s PR operation, responding to

65,000 media queries each year. Commercial and international PR are

headed by Jemma Moore, to whom the company’s global agency, GCI Group,

reports.



At Bell Pottinger, Burns will be one of four senior staff on the

Emirates account. The other three are: David Wilson, who joined from

Pfizer; Nicola McShane, who was PR manager at Thomson Travel and Fiona

O’Farrell, who comes from Talk Sport.



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