He joins Bite as a board director to oversee the agency’s content team, which includes the recent appointment of New Media Age editor Justin Pearse. The team now includes eight people, four of whom are ex-journalists.
Harvey’s role will span several areas including client consultancy across strategic comms and 'storytelling'.
Harvey left his position as Northern Europe comms director for Google in March, with the company explaining that it had been 'a mutual decision’.
Harvey joined Google in October 2010, replacing Peter Barron, who became the firm’s director of external relations for EMEA. He was previously technology correspondent and features editor at The Times.
Harvey said: ‘Bite has an enviable reputation in the communications industry – I was always impressed by the agency when I was a journalist. Bite’s management has game-changing plans to take the company to the next level and I can't wait to play my part.’
He will support clients Telefónica Digital, Sony, Zuora and Lithium, delivering corporate positioning, creative campaigns and marketing comms content. He will work alongside the agency’s heads of digital, creative and client services to produce the content.
Kath Pooley, MD Europe at Bite, said: ‘Our commitment to investing in people who bring alternative perspectives to client campaigns across content, digital and creative services has really paid off this year, both from a client service and new business perspective.
‘We believe that compelling storytelling sits at the heart of every campaign and the unique editorial insight and "outside-in" perspective brought by our senior journalists is invaluable.'