MS&L MD leaves to join children’s mentor charity

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.

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

the agency.



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.



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