National Lottery equipment manufacturer GTech has been left with no
full-time PR staff in the UK, just two months before a decision is due
on the allocation of the next franchise.
PR co-ordinator Victoria Young left the company this week to join the
corporate department of Ketchum as an account manager. She worked at
GTech for nearly two years after four years in arts PR for Mayfair’s
Young’s resignation follows the departure in January of PR director
Joanna Manning-Cooper (PR Week, 21 January 2000). PR is now handled from
the company’s US headquarters in Rhode Island, by vice-president Bob
Rendine and corporate communications director Julie Fenton.
A media ban by the Lottery commission ahead of the decision on franchise
licenses in June has deprived the company of the need for pro-active
Both Manning-Cooper and Young’s role for the last two years was to
improve the firm’s image following an unsuccessful court battle with
According to Rendine, Young’s position would not be filled but a
successor to Manning-Cooper was still being sought. The appointee will
report to Rendine and will also oversee community relations. As GTech’s
role in the next Lottery franchise will be as a supplier rather than
operator, the person will be responsible for PR on a European scale.