LONDON: Liquor giant Allied Domecq has appointed Eli Lilly European communications head Stephen Whitehead as global corporate affairs director.
Whitehead, who joins next month, will oversee all corporate and financial communications, as well as public affairs efforts. He will report directly to CEO Philip Bowman.
Whitehead said he would carry out a review of the corporate affairs function, adding that hiring extra staff was an option.
Reporting to Whitehead will be the nine-strong in-house corporate affairs team, Washington DC-based senior director of international government affairs Bennett Caplan, and retained corporate and financial agency Cardew Chancery.
While Allied Domecq has staff covering government affairs, policy, and internal communications, there is currently no senior in-house corporate communications role. The role of chief spokesman on corporate issues will be handled by Whitehead.
Consumer PR teams for the company's brands, which include Malibu, Kahlua, and Beefeater, are not covered by Whitehead's remit. They report to the marketing team.
Whitehead replaces Jane Mussared, who left last month to return to her native Australia.