LONDON: Fiona Thorne is leaving her role as CEO of Fishburn Hedges following 16 years with the agency.
She is planning to step down this fall with Fishburn Hedges Group CEO Simon Matthews stepping in to take on her day-to-day responsibilities.
Thorne, who was named CEO in 2011 after five years as MD, has not made her future plans public.
“I have had 16 fantastic years at Fishburn Hedges but have felt for a while that I need a fresh challenge for the next stage of my career,” she said. “Over recent months, my thinking has crystallized, and I have decided to head off in the autumn and will take a little time before I announce my plans. Fishburn Hedges has an exciting future ahead of it, and I wish it well with the next stage in its development.”
Thorne started her career in PR at Communications Solutions in 1991, before heading to The Communication Group three years later.
She joined Fishburn Hedges as a consultant in 1997, rising through the ranks to the top UK role.
Her promotion to CEO came amid a wider shake-up that saw senior departures at Seventy Seven, a part of Fishburn Hedges Group.
“[Thorne] has been a great asset to the business for a decade and a half and will be sorely missed. She goes with the warmest wishes of everyone here, and we look forward to hearing what she does next,” said Matthews. “In the meantime, we'll be working with the management teams across our group to develop plans for an era when communications disciplines are coming ever closer together.”
This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.