Shandwick International has appointed Philip Dewhurst, Railtrack’s
corporate affairs director until late last year, as its UK chief
Dewhurst spent over four years at Railtrack, a period which spanned a
series of dramatic events, from its 1996 privatisation to the Paddington
rail disaster last October.
When he joins Shandwick on 17 January he will be in charge of a team of
300 which brings in a fee income of pounds 37 million. The divisions he
will oversee include Shandwick’s financial, public affairs, corporate,
broadcast and design practices, its technology arm Miller Shandwick and
its healthcare and consumer arm Shandwick Welbeck.
One of Dewhurst’s first tasks at Shandwick will be to manage its move
from four offices spread across the City and Covent Garden to one
central London location by the end of the year.
Michael Murphy, now Shandwick’s deputy worldwide CEO, was Shandwick’s
last full time UK head. He returned to the UK from running the agency’s
Asian region in February 1998, but within a few months his remit had
been extended to cover Europe. The need for a full time UK manager
became more pressing when Murphy was promoted to his worldwide role in
autumn last year.
’Philip has demonstrated exceptional skills tackling themost challenging
communications assignments,’ said Murphy. ’He is ideal to spearhead the
continued growth of Shandwick in the UK.’