Unilever on hunt for Milton replacement

Unilever is looking to fill its London-based corporate relations manager role.

Unilever is looking to fill its London-based corporate relations manager role.

The position has remained unfilled since the beginning of August, when previous corporate relations manager Stephen Milton left to join the company's New York office.

A spokesman for Unilever said it was currently looking at candidates for the role, which includes corporate and financial PR, media relations and crisis management.

Milton left London after four-and-a-half years to be PR director in the US, reporting to Unilever vice-president of corporate affairs Paul Wood.

Milton is overseeing the firm's US corporate agency, Burson-Marsteller, and raising Unilever's profile.

Before going to Unilever, Milton worked as a corporate press officer for Railtrack; prior to that, he was a media relations executive with London Underground.

Unilever is also recruiting to replace Michel Ogrizek, former global head of corporate communications worldwide, who left to join investment bank UBS Warburg this month as global head of communications and marketing (PR Week, 23 June).

Unilever has a corporate relations team of 25 people, split between its dual headquarters in London and Rotterdam, where it has separate listings.

Its pre-tax profits for the second quarter last month showed a 14 per cent slide to pounds 611 million. The company, owner of brands such as Persil and Chicken Tonight, is also looking to acquire Bestfoods in the US for pounds 13 billion, which would double its size there.

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