Pharoah to take over public affairs at H&K

Hill and Knowlton has chosen Andrew Pharoah to succeed its outgoing managing director for public affairs and corporate policy, Edward Bickham.

Hill and Knowlton has chosen Andrew Pharoah to succeed its outgoing

managing director for public affairs and corporate policy, Edward

Bickham.



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

Laurence.



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

roles.



Pharoah assumes control of an 18-strong department which spans financial

services, healthcare, media, information industries and public

diplomacy.



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

road schemes.



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.



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