Kleshna Handel, managing director of Manning, Selvage and Lee
(MS&L), has left the company to join children’s mentor charity Big
Brothers and Sisters as marketing and communications director.
A spokeswoman for MS&L, which employed 48 people and had a fee income of
pounds 3.7 million last year, said Handel had been seconded to the
charity for 18 months but added that she is not expected to return to
Handel will not be replaced. The heads of MS&L’s four practice
departments - consumer, corporate, hi-tech and healthcare - will now
report to CEO Jackie Elliot.
Handel joined MS&L 18 months ago when the agency she founded, Handel PR,
was bought by MS&L. It is understood that Handel has been seconded
before the end of her earn-out period.
She has been a trustee of the charity for the past three months. The
charity helps children, aged between six and 16 from lone parent
families, by finding mentors for them. Before becoming a trustee, Handel
was advising the charity on PR and marketing ahead of its official
launch expected in May next year.
The charity has worked in the UK for two years adapting its US programme
for the UK. It was founded in the US almost 100 years ago and now has
more than 500 regional offices throughout the country.