Ford Britain takes on Ward as PR supremo

Ford Britain has hired Daniel Ward as successor to Mike Callaghan

in its top UK PR role.

As director of communications and public affairs, there are 23 staff

within Ward's remit. He reports to Joe Greenwell, vice-president of

communications at Ford of Europe in Cologne.

Ward will oversee product and corporate PR, together with employee


His remit does not include government affairs, which is headed by Madlin

Sadler, but reports to the company's legal affairs function.

Ward is also charged with a series of product launches. The company

launches the redesigned Fiesta later this year. Ward said he would be in

the market for hiring lifestyle PR firms for this and other launches,

'to reach non-motoring media'.

Callaghan has moved to a regulatory role within Ford of Europe, the

operating entity linking the UK business with the global car giant's

overall US headquarters.

Ward is a motor industry veteran, having begun his career with 13 years

in motor journalism. This included two years as motor industry

correspondent of The Times and two as a freelance journalist covering

motoring issues.

He moved into PR in 1991 as director of corporate affairs for Nissan UK,

covering product and corporate PR and public affairs.

After eight years in this role, he moved to Nissan's European

operations, before being promoted to vice-president of communications

last year.

Ward joins Ford at a delicate time. The company's decision to axe car

assembly at its flagship Dagenham plant in Essex - even with a

simultaneous boost in engine production on the site - led to more than

2,600 job losses in the last year.

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