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
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
'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