FT Group nets Shandwick director

The Financial Times Group has appointed Joanna Manning-Cooper as

head of group marketing communications.

Manning-Cooper takes up the newly-created position after leaving

Shandwick International, where she was an associate board director. She

has previously worked in-house for GTech, and as a government press


Overseeing all external and internal communications, Manning-Cooper will

report to marketing director Barry Herstein in London on consumer

issues, and to the New York-based president of the parent company,

Pearson Inc, John Fallon, on corporate matters.

'This is the first time the FT Group has engaged a communications head

to oversee an integrated strategy across all external and internal

communications for the group,' said Manning-Cooper.

'The purpose of my role is to integrate a communications and marketing

strategy to form a matrix structure across the various departments,' she


Her appointment is one of several changes to the group's communications

structure to fit its increasingly global operations.

Anouskha Healy has been promoted to head of newspaper PR and Group PR

manager. She spent five years at The Financial Times handling UK PR and

international comms.

Healy reports to the FT global marketing director, Gordon Willoughby,

and takes on a group comms role and also an increased role at the

newspaper, with responsibility for its worldwide PR.

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