The Corus Group has put an end to months of confusion in its
corporate affairs department by making David Jackson’s position as
The FTSE 100 company - created last year by the merger of British Steel
and Dutch rival Hoogovens - had stated that Jackson would be leaving
head office to be the company’s representative on the board of Steel
24/7, an internet venture aimed at selling metals on-line.
Corus then headhunted former Thames Water PR chief Jonathan Russell to
fill the vacancy, but Russell announced just days before his start date
that he would not take the job.
The company now has to find a new 24/7 director, as it was agreed by
joint chief executives John Bryant and Fokko van Duyne that Jackson
should take the corporate relations role on permanently.
Jackson, who performed a succession of roles at British Steel before the
merger, will take formal control this week of the media relations,
public affairs, brand PR and internal communications at Corus. He
oversees 12 staff, most of whom he hired as acting director of corporate