Burson-Marsteller’s financial practice has started the hunt for a
managing director to head its London operation.
The position became vacant prior to Christmas after Goldman Sachs
approached former MD Simon Eaton to take up a permanent position in its
revamped communications team.
Goldman Sachs is a client of B-M’s, and Eaton had been on secondment
there since August, after European PR chief Martin Cardoe left to join
professional services firm Arthur Andersen (PR Week, 2 July).
Eaton officially joined Goldman Sachs in December as an executive
corporate communications director. He will report to Lucas van Praag who
also recently joined from Brunswick, as corporate affairs director for
Europe (PR Week, 7 January).
Eaton spent two-and-a-half years at B-M and set up its London financial
practice. According to Eaton, he continued to do some work for his B-M
clients, including Greek telecoms operator Panofone, while on
Eaton ran B-M’s European financial practice jointly with Adrian
’We want to recruit someone of Simon’s standing as we look to build the
practice both in London and Europe,’ said Shaw. He claims B-M also wants
to recruit at all levels for its financial practice.
Eaton’s replacement will report directly to Shaw.