Issues management consultancy Luther Pendragon has replaced its
managing partner with Simon Whale from Bell Pottinger public
Whale joins Luther in the autumn, after a three-year stint on the board
of Chime Communication’s lobbying subsidiary.
Before joining Bell Pottinger, Whale worked for 11 years at public
affairs agency The Russell Partnership, rising from assistant to the MD
to taking a seat on the board as a director.
He replaces Nick Taylor as managing partner - the equivalent of an MD
position in a partnership - who is leaving the company after five
Although his new position is not known, it is understood Taylor, who
began his career as a management consultant before joining Luther as
finance director, plans to leave the PR industry.
Taylor is not the only partner leaving Luther. Catherine May, a telecoms
specialist who works on the agency’s One2One and MCI Worldcom accounts,
has also resigned. She is understood to be moving to an in-house PR
Founding partners George Pitcher and Charles Stewart-Smith have launched
a hunt for a replacement for May to bring the agency up to its regular
complement of six partners. Pitcher claimed he would announce more
hirings in the coming months.