UK CEO quits WSW in just 14 months

LONDON: Weber Shandwick Worldwide (WSW) last week lost its top UK

exec, CEO Philip Dewhurst, after just 14 months.



Dewhurst is joining British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) as group corporate

affairs director. WSW European CEO Lutz Meyer said a successor would be

appointed in time, but until then, London practice heads would report to

him.



Industry sources suggested Dewhurst had been plotting an exit strategy

ever since missing out on the top European job - which went to

then-Germany CEO Meyer - in the shake-up brought about by last year's

merger of Interpublic sisters Shandwick International and the Weber

Group. Dewhurst denied this.



However, he is understood to have grown frustrated at the time spent on

management issues at WSW, and keen to return to frontline

communications.



'Most of my career has been spent on complex issues. I look forward to

getting back to that sort of work,' he said.



This latest job will see Dewhurst return to high-profile issues-based

PR. He was corporate affairs director at the UK's troubled train company

Railtrack for four years, before and after its controversial

privatization.



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