LONDON: Anji Hunter, former BP comms chief and “gatekeeper” to ex-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, is planning to join Edelman in three months.
The highly connected Hunter, memorably described as Blair's “office wife,” will join the agency as a senior adviser in October.
Reporting to UK CEO Ed Williams and GM Alex Bigg, Hunter will advise clients on corporate reputation, crisis issues, and public affairs, as well as working with the agency to promote senior women in the industry.
“[Hunter] is a force to be reckoned with. She brings great energy, flair, and considerable charm to everything she puts her mind to,” Williams said.
He added that he expected Hunter to “add tremendous value to our clients,” noting, “Her communications counsel is first-rate, gleaned from unrivalled experience in some of the world's biggest companies and alongside Tony Blair in government.”
She most recently completed the launch of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, which she established alongside former BP chairman John Browne and British businessman John Parker. Edelman picked up the job to launch the £1 million prize in January 2012, with the agency working alongside Hunter on the flagship government-backed project.
Previously, she was group head of government and social affairs at mining and natural resource company Anglo American and group director of comms at BP for seven years.
“I believe in outreach, the big tent, and behaving with integrity,” Hunter said. “After working in politics, industry, and most recently in the charitable, academic, and international engineering sphere, I look forward to bringing my skills and experience together and working with [Williams] and his team.”
This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.