LONDON: AkzoNobel has named David Hass, former director of communications at press regulation lobbying group Hacked Off, as head of UK communications.
Hass will report to John McLaren, director of corporate communications. It is understood that Adam Liversage from the UK's BPI has replaced him.
Hass has joined the parent company of Dulux paints following a decade in senior communications roles in government, politics, and the BBC.
Hass held the top comms role at Hacked Off from 2012 to 2013. While there, he represented the public image of the lobbying group, which called for the adoption of Lord Justice Brian Leveson's recommendations for changes to the way the press handles complaints from the public.
He was also previously special adviser to former justice secretary for England and Wales, Ken Clarke, and was responsible for day-to-day PR and crisis communications across the UK prisons system.
Hass also devised the Working Prisons policy, a nationwide program to cut reoffending by building workplaces inside jails, where offenders train and work while serving their sentences.
Before his time working for Clarke, he was press secretary to George Osborne from 2007 to 2009 when Osborne was chief opposition spokesman on the economy.
Hass is stepping in for Elizabeth Bickham, who left the company in September.
He said AkzoNobel “is a big company with a big heart, and that is what I hope to illuminate.”
Before his time in politics, Hass was a broadcast journalist. He was a reporter for independent radio in Slough, UK, before joining the BBC in 2000 as a producer in TV news.
A year later, he moved to the political analysis program The World at One, producing for the BBC from London, New York, Washington, and Jerusalem. His broadcast career culminated in two years as an editor of the flagship Radio 4 program Today.
This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.