LONDON: Francis Maude, the former Conservative minister, was named as non-executive chairman of the Incepta Group last week. Maude has hinted at a future expansion of the communications group's PR division.
Maude noted a "scope for expansion" of Incepta's PR arm, which includes The Red Consultancy and Citigate Dewe Rogerson in the UK. Incepta owns Citigate Cunningham and Citigate Sard Verbinnen in the US.
"If we are entering a period of greater confidence, the Incepta Group will be able to expand its businesses," said Maude. "PR is an important part of the business, particularly financial PR. We do aim to grow the PR business along with other divisions."
Maude will devote five days a month to the executive chair job, in which he replaces Citigate Communications founder David Wright, who retires this week.