JP Morgan Chase & Co to overhaul UK and Euro PR

JP Morgan Chase & Company is carrying out a complete

re-organisation of its UK and European communications function just four

months after the last PR overhaul.

The bank - formed by the merger between JP Morgan and Chase Manhattan

last year - is reviewing its PR department structure to follow changes

made in the US.

No formal announcement has yet been made, but a question mark is

understood to hang over the future of the current EMEA communications

head role.

The position is held by Christine Holgate, whose future role remains in

doubt. She was unavailable for comment as PRWeek went to press.

Holgate was appointed MD of marketing and communications, EMEA, for the

merged entity last November during the initial PR review.

It is understood her post will be scrapped amid the shuffle, which will

see three senior communications posts created instead, reporting

directly to the US.

UK head of media relations John Anderson said the aim is to create a

global communications structure.

'The alignment is going to be carried out to make the structure reflect

that which is in place in New York,' said Anderson - formerly Chase

Manattan's head of communications for Europe and Asia.

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