Ruck departure leads to comms restructure at AA

The AA has reshuffled its senior communications posts following the

departure of national press office manager Adrian Ruck.

His role has been split between Richard Freeman, AA PR manager - policy,

and Mike Johnston, PR manager - road services. Freeman takes charge of a

seven-strong team at AA headquarters.

'I've been with the AA for ten years, four as PR policy manager. I am

looking forward to the challenges ahead, which include putting the road

safety agenda back on the map after the country's rightful preoccupation

with the trains,' said Freeman, who along with Johnston, reports to AA

head of communications Carol Myers.

Ruck, who was with the AA for seven years - two as PR manager - has

teamed up with his wife Louise Bowden, also a former AA PR manager, to

launch their own Wiltshire-based agency, Bowden Ruck Communications.

Ruck was AA PR manager during the 1999 buy-out by Centrica. During this

period a Mori survey of transport journalists voted AA's press office

the UK's 'most outstanding'.

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