NEW YORK: Philip Morris International (PMI) is uprooting its
corporate communications group from suburban New York to Lausanne,
Switzerland as part of a larger move of the corporate headquarters.
Within the next 12 months PR staff and senior managers, including Jack
Nelson, PMI president and CEO, will move from the New York offices at
Rye Brook to Lausanne.
Corporate affairs staff in Rye Brook, which includes those in PR, are
being asked whether they want to move to Switzerland. How many of the
six communications staff will move has not been determined, said Robert
Kaplan, communications and corporate affairs director.
PMI is the part of Philip Morris Companies that sells cigarettes outside
the US. It accounted for about one-third of all Philip Morris operating
revenues last year. Nelson said that moving his headquarters to
Switzerland makes business sense given that the company already oversees
its European, African and Middle East business from Lausanne, where Remi
Calvet serves as director of communications for Philip Morris
PMI's Latin American Group will remain in New York.
"By the end of 2001, you'll see much of the headquarters move done, by
the end of 2002, you'll see all of it done," said Kaplan.
The move is unlikely to impact PR agency relationships, Kaplan said.
PMI has no agency of record, working with various agencies around the
world on individual projects.