Building materials firm Lafarge hunts director of comms

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

communications head.

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.

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