The on-going shake-up at tyre manufacturing giant Michelin has led
to the departure of the director of communications, Mark Carbery.
Carbery, whose final project was handling Michelin's involvement at the
start of the F1 season in Melbourne last month, left the company's
Watford HQ last Friday.
His departure follows a decision not to relocate with the rest of the
press and PR operation, to pounds 12m offices in Stoke-on-Trent at the
end of this month.
'I decided for professional and personal reasons to leave and develop a
consultancy role within the automotive and PR related industries, and to
develop my Formula 1 sponsorship interest, ' said Carbery, who is
currently working on projects for Jackie Cooper PR, Landmark
Communications and Bell Pottinger esp.
Carbery is to be replaced by the current head of internal
communications, Paul Niblett.
The relocation of the remaining 11-strong communications team is part of
the ongoing centralisation plan, which has seen the closure of eight UK
sales offices. Just over a year ago, Michelin announced the loss of 570
jobs at its Stoke factory.
However, a question mark remains over the exact size of the press team
once it has moved to Stoke.
'Because of the centralisation to Stoke, and the major reorganisation of
the communications team, some posts may become obsolete,' said group PR
manager Ian Hughes.
The Watford HQ, which housed the sales and marketing operations, is to
close permanently from May. Most of Michelin's administration, such as
its customer service centre, moved north in July last year.