Paul Baverstock, the management consultant who helped Lawson Lucas
Mendelsohn rebuild its business after lobbygate, has been poached by
rival Bell Pottinger public affairs.
He joins Bell Pottinger public affairs - the agency which LLM founders
Neal Lawson and Ben Lucas split from to start up on their own two years
ago - on 18 October as managing director.
Baverstock quit his post as LLM chief executive after 14 months last
week and is now on gardening leave.
His move is the first in a raft of managerial changes planned by Bell
Pottinger chairman Lord Bell. He has just promoted consultant Kevin
Murray to the new post of Bell Pottinger Consultants MD.
Baverstock’s appointment means current public affairs managing director
Kevin Bell moves over to become deputy chairman. Bell will concentrate
on client and new business development, handing over the agency’s
day-to-day management to Baverstock. Both will report to Stephen
Lord Bell said: ’I wanted somebody with more of a focus on management,
and we picked Paul because he did the turnaround job at LLM.’
Part of Baverstock’s brief will be to grow the business, including
looking at establishing closer links with Edinburgh and Brussels.