Canadian prime minister's comms director to join MSL

LONDON: Andrew MacDougall, director of communications for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is resigning to join MSLGroup in London.

LONDON: Andrew MacDougall, director of communications for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is resigning to join MSLGroup in London.

MacDougall, who has worked for Harper in the role since April 2012, will leave his job next month.

Starting in the position of senior executive consultant for the Publicis Groupe agency in November, he will report to MSL UK CEO Jeremy Sice.

“[MacDougall's] unique combination of political communication, crisis communication, and digital media experience will bring a fresh perspective to our clients as they navigate an increasingly complex communications environment,” said Sice.

MacDougall first joined the Canadian prime minister's office as deputy press secretary in 2008. Before that, he was at Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Canada after working as a freelance journalist.

The seventh person in the director of communications position over the seven years that the Conservative Party has been in office, he also led Harper's digital and social media teams.

The departure was reportedly announced to staff via email early Wednesday morning.

This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.

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