The Prudential, the UK’s biggest insurance company, is on the hunt
for a new corporate relations director following the departure of Jan
Shawe to Sainsbury’s.
Shawe announced her move this week, following her former boss Sir Peter
Davis to the supermarket giant. Davis became chief executive at
Sainsbury’s last month and has brought Shawe across to replace Dominic
Fry, who is leaving at the end of May but declined to comment on his
Headhunters are thought to have been hired in a bid to replace
The company’s group chief executive officer Jonathan Bloomer, promoted
last month from finance director into Davis’ position, is said by a
spokesman to be personally involved in the hunt for a successor.
The new appointee will have responsibility for media relations, internal
communications, brand management, public affairs and corporate social
responsibility. In all, Shawe oversaw more than 35 staff and had overall
charge of PR across the Prudential’s retail and internet banking, global
and insurance businesses.
Although the individual businesses use PR agencies for consumer or
product PR, at a corporate level, the Prudential only uses
It is not known when Shawe will start at Sainsbury’s, but Davis is
understood to be keen for her to start as soon as possible, having
worked with her for many years, on projects including the launch of Egg,
the UK’s first internet bank.