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
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
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