Edward Bickham, the outgoing deputy chairman of Hill and Knowlton
UK, is to start work next month at global mining giant Anglo-American
The company, formed last May through the merger of the Anglo-American
Corporation of South Africa and its rival Minorco, has a market worth of
over pounds 12 billion and sits in the FTSE 100’s top 30.
Bickham’s role is understood to focus on government relations, according
to a company source. It is thought to be a newly-created post designed
to give the company a greater ’degree of represent-ation’ to
decision-makers following the merger.
Anglo-American’s PR is carried out largely in-house, through media
relations head Misha Nagelmackers and senior vice-president for investor
relations Nick von Schirnding.
Bickham was unavailable for comment but it is understood he will come in
below board level, reporting to finance director Anthony Lea, who has
overall responsibility for external affairs.
MD of H&K’s public affairs and corporate policy practice, Bickham had
been at the agency for seven years. He announced he would stand down two
weeks ago (PR Week, 25 February).