Hill and Knowlton has chosen Andrew Pharoah to succeed its outgoing
managing director for public affairs and corporate policy, Edward
He takes over next week when Bickham leaves to become executive
vice-president for corporate affairs at mining giant Anglo-American (PR
Week, 10 March). He will report to joint chief executive Andy
Pharoah has been at H&K’s public affairs unit since 1995. Last year he
became head of the consultancy’s cross-divisional environmental practice
and joined the board. For the time being Pharoah will combine both
Pharoah assumes control of an 18-strong department which spans financial
services, healthcare, media, information industries and public
Clients for the practice, which Bickham has led since 1993, include
Direct Line insurance and Channel 4.
Pharoah said: ’Successful influencing requires much more than just a
word in the right ear. It is about coalition-building and creating the
right climate for change. Given the people we have here, H&K is well
placed to deliver this.’ He told PR Week he wished to make H&K ’the
agency of choice, not just for clients but also for staff’.
His appointment comes after a period of turbulence brought about by the
departure of three senior staff in as many weeks last month. Chairman
David McLaren pointed to the appointment of an internal candidate as
evidence of ’the depth and strength of talent within H&K’.
Bickham’s secondary role at H&K - that of deputy chairman - is not being
filled at the moment.
Pharoah worked for the British Road Federation as campaigns co-ordinator
from 1992 until 1995, and for the Labour Party in opposition. At the BRF
he is credited with having managed a successful lobbying programme aimed
at maintaining road expenditure and advancing a number of high-profile
He has also worked on the last two general election campaigns at Labour
Party headquarters in Millbank, serving as a national party official and
being elected to Labour’s student wing in the 1980s.