Giles Barrie joins as MD of the property team within the agency’s strategic comms practice next February. Barrie has been the editor-in-chief of Property Week since 2003.
John Waples, head of strategic comms in the UK, said: ‘After 25 years in journalism, Giles has extensive knowledge of both the property sector, one of FTI’s major strengths, as well as the transition from print to digital media that is at the heart of the exciting changes the comms industry is currently going through.
‘We see significant opportunities to continue to grow our property and infrastructure businesses, and very much look forward to working with Giles as we continue to expand our range of senior advisory services across our global franchise.’
In October, it was revealed that Property Week executive editor James Whitmore is also moving to PR. He has lined up a role as senior account director within the specialist real estate team at Tavistock Communications, starting in January. Whitmore joined the property magazine in 1998 as a trainee reporter.
Meanwhile, FTI Consulting has announced that revenues for its strategic comms arm fell by 11.6 per cent year on year during the third quarter.
The US-listed firm’s comms arm, formerly known as FD, recorded global revenues of $45.8m (£28.8m) compared with $51.8m (£32.5m) in the third quarter of 2011.
FTI added that the impact of foreign currency translation reduced revenues in the quarter by 2.3 per cent, but that revenues also declined due to a number of factors, including fewer M&A deals and pressure on retainer fees.
The company added that the strategic comms business also suffered from a downturn in natural resource-related projects in the Asia-Pacific region.