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
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.