INTERNATIONAL: McLeod quits Brussels PR post for Bloomberg remit

BRUSSELS: Robert McLeod has quit the top communications job at the

Australian Embassy for Belgium and Luxembourg and Mission to the

European Union to return to journalism.



McLeod will step down next month as public and cultural affairs manager

at the embassy after taking up the post 18 months ago.



The embassy has not yet lined up a replacement for the post, but is in

the process of recruiting.



McLeod now returns to the global media agency Bloomberg, as a journalist

in its Brussels office.



Australian McLeod moved to Europe 15 years ago. He has previously worked

as a journalist in London and for Bloomberg's offices in Paris and

Brussels.



'There's lots of reasons for me returning to journalism. The main one is

that I've missed the work. It's also because the new job is at such a

large and respected agency as Bloomberg,' he said.



At the Australian Embassy, McLeod headed a two-person team and reported

to ambassador Joanna Hewitt.



His remit covered public and media affairs, publications and the

embassy's website.



Planned forthcoming Australian events in Belgium and Luxembourg include

a wreath-laying in Zonnebeke, Luxembourg, to commemorate ANZAC Day on 25

April and a show by the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Brussels in

October 2001.



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