DIARY: Board movements at Shandwick create shock waves in Oz

Do the peachy-keen staff at Shandwick ever take a break?

Do the peachy-keen staff at Shandwick ever take a break?

Hours after reaching deputy chief executive Michael Murphy on holiday in

France for a comment on his rumoured departure last week, PR Week took a

call from even further afield.

This time it was Philip Dewhurst, UK chief executive and former

president of the IPR, calling from the other side of the world to ensure

he was kept abreast of news back home.

He had heard that a story about Murphy’s imminent departure was to

appear in the magazine, and wanted to be filled in on the details. No

doubt he was interested to read chief executive Scott Meyer’s comments

about the issue of who will be running Shandwick in Europe next.

Dewhurst is spending time at Hamilton Island, a holiday resort off the

coast of Queensland, Australia, and in close proximity to the Great

Barrier Reef.

While this sounds like a perfect place to get away from it all, Dewhurst

reveals that he actually ran into Mike Beard, who readers may remember

was IPR president in 1994.

’But we only spent half an hour talking about PR,’ he protests.

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