Luxury hotel chain Le Meridien has parted company with global PR
director Phoebe Hamilton.
Group marketing director Alain Briere said that Hamilton, who had been
with the chain since January 2000, had made a 'quality of life' decision
to leave London.
The firm will now recruit a director of PR for UK and Ireland and
international markets. The search for a successor, to report jointly to
Briere and regional MD John Bamsey, is 'nearing completion,' Briere
The company's other in-house team member, PR executive Judy MacGregor,
is not in the running for the job, Briere said: 'We like her dearly, but
she doesn't have the experience Phoebe had.'
He said the chain was considering external candidates or transferring an
internal candidate from outside the UK.
Le Meridien was sold by catering company Compass Group to Japanese
investment bank Nomura in May.
Hamilton assumed the global brief last October. She had previously spent
nine months as the firm's first PR director for the UK and Ireland
handling external and corporate communications.