Shandwick International has appointed Joanna Manning-Cooper as an
associate director in its corporate practice.
Manning-Cooper joins Shandwick from US lottery equipment manufacturer
GTech, where she was director of PR for the UK and Europe. She starts
next week and will report to Chris Genasi, chief executive of
Shandwick’s corporate division.
The appointment is in keeping with Shandwick’s recruitment strategy to
further develop its corporate offering. Although the division already
boasts 45 staff and clients including Unilever, Siemens, and 3i,
Manning-Cooper will be looking to develop areas such as consumer affairs
and competition policy, and will build a team of five staff by the end
Manning-Cooper, 29, joined GTech from National Lottery operator Camelot
in 1998, following GTech’s much-publicised High Court battle with
Richard Branson and the subsequent resignation of chairman Guy
She was charged with rehabilitating the company’s reputation and
ensuring that it was seen as an appropriate lottery partner. Camelot
announced this week that GTech will indeed be one of its suppliers
should it win the lottery bid. The new licence will be awarded in June,
to take effect from September 2001.
’It was a fascinating role and an interesting couple of years, but it
was time to move on,’ says Manning-Cooper. ’Shandwick made me an
exciting offer, and I am now looking forward to working in a consultancy
after eight years in-house.’
It is believed that GTech has not yet decided on a replacement for
Manning-Cooper, but there is a possibility that the new person will be
based in its Brussels office.