Gowers to lead Trafigura corporate comms

Former BP and Lehman Brothers communications chief Andrew Gowers will lead global corporate affairs at commodities trading giant Trafigura.

Former BP and Lehman Brothers communications chief Andrew Gowers will lead global corporate affairs at commodities trading giant Trafigura.

Gowers will leave his current role as director of external relations at the Association for Financial Markets in Europe in mid-March to begin the role in April.

Reporting to Trafigura CFO Pierre Lorinet, Gowers will manage reputation, media and government relations, and internal communications. He will also be responsible for handling communications for health and safety and sustainability.

Gowers will replace Mark Eadie, who left Trafigura in November to pursue other opportunities.

Gowers told PRWeek UK: “It's an exciting opportunity to work for a big and successful company. There's lots to do.”

The former Financial Times editor was previously communications chief at Lehman Brothers and was head of media at BP during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Bell Pottinger-advised Trafigura hit headlines in the UK in 2009 when it attempted to prevent the reporting of a question raised in Parliament with the help of law firm Carter Ruck.

More recently, reports have suggested the multinational plans to float subsidiary Puma Energy on the London Stock Exchange. However, Trafigura said it has no immediate plans to do so, and an IPO could be one of various options at some point in the future.

This article originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK, the sister publication of PRWeek at Haymarket Media.

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