Corporate affairs heads now hold direct influence

Corporate affairs directors have an increasingly important role in company decision-making, new research reveals.

Corporate affairs directors have an increasingly important role in

company decision-making, new research reveals.



A survey of corporate affairs directors in 30 leading UK organisations

shows that 80 per cent are now reporting directly to CEOs.



The study, conducted by headhunting firm Watson Helsby, also highlights

the fact that business leaders see corporate affairs as central to

corporate reputation, stakeholder perception and overall

performance.



Of those surveyed, 75 per cent said they now sit on the executive

committee - a result which demonstrates that corporate affairs directors

now have a say in company decisions, according to Watson Helsby MD, Nick

Helsby.



The firm surveyed corporate affairs directors in some of the UK’s

largest companies, including Lesley Smith of Dixons, Sue Donovan at

Granada and British Airways’ outgoing communications director Simon

Walker.



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