French building materials giant Lafarge - which bought out UK
cement-maker Blue Circle in a £3.1bn deal earlier this year - is
on the hunt for a director of communications.
PR chiefs from both merging parties have left during the past month,
leaving the group dependent on its external PR consultants.
Lafarge incumbent Denis Berthu left for Nissan, to serve as the
Paris-based vice-president of communications for the car firm's European
division (PRWeek, 21 September).
Former Blue Circle director of corporate communications Jacqueline
Sinclair-Brown left after the merger and has now joined FTSE 100
building materials firm Wolseley, leaving Lafarge without a corporate
Lafarge's retained City PR agency, Financial Dynamics, is handling media
relations while recruitment continues.
A Lafarge spokesman said the group was looking externally to fill the
At Blue Circle, Sinclair-Brown led the communications team during the
successful defence against Lafarge's initial hostile bid in the first
half of 2000 and the subsequent agreed takeover in January this year.