News International names City PR man Andrew Honnor as interim corporate affairs head

City PR specialist Andrew Honnor has been named as interim head of corporate relations at scandal-hit News International.

Andrew Honnor: News International's interim head of corporate relations
Andrew Honnor: News International's interim head of corporate relations
Honnor will step into the role vacated by Simon Greenberg, who is on a ‘permanent secondment’ to NewsCorp, where he is working full-time on NewsCorp’s Management and Standards Committee (MSC) to co-lead its investigation into phone hacking.
Honnor left Tulchan Communications in May to establish his own City PR shop specialising in hedge funds and private equity.
It is understood that under the terms of his departure he is unable to launch the consultancy until the 2012 and will now work at News International until that time.
He joined Tulchan from Brunswick in 2000, having worked as an associate partner in New York and London from 1994. During that period he spent two years on secondment to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, where he was a special adviser to Virginia Bottomley.
It is thought that Honnor will report directly into News International's new CEO Tom Mockridge.
News International came under further pressure earlier this week when it was reported that the company continued to make payments and provide benefits to former News of the World editor Andy Coulson while he was serving as director of comms for the Conservative Party.
Earlier this month, News International spokeswoman Daisy Dunlop told PRWeek that News International chief executive Tom Mockridge was reviewing the company’s comms function after Greenberg’s move.

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