Tesco's Curry departs for role at InterContinental

Tom Curry, group media relations director at Tesco, is departing the UK supermarket giant for a global role at InterContinental Hotels Group.

Tom Curry, group media relations director at Tesco, is departing the UK supermarket giant for a global role at InterContinental Hotels Group.

Curry will take on the position of VP of global communications at the world's largest hotel group, which owns chains such as Holiday Inn, InterContinental, and Crowne Plaza.

He will report to SVP of global communications Yasmin Diamond.

Curry joined Tesco in August 2011 in the newly created role of UK head of communications. He was previously head of media at the Olympic Delivery Authority. Curry took over the management of all media in the UK and internationally following the departure of Trevor Datson in May 2012.

Curry has also held senior roles at Weber Shandwick and the UK departments of Education and Skills and Trade and Industry.

Tesco head of corporate media Tom Hoskin will fill the position vacated by Curry.

InterContinental picked Hill+Knowlton Strategies as its agency for corporate and brand PR in the Americas after conducting a review of firms within WPP Group last fall. It previously worked with Weber in the Americas for five years.

Curry's departure is one of a number of recent changes in the supermarket's senior communications line-up.

Jim Connor replaced Greg Sage as global director of internal communications, and Emma Reynolds left Tesco to take up the UK corporate affairs director role at AB InBev last year.

Brunswick partner Rebecca Shelley joined Tesco in May 2012 to take over corporate affairs duties from corporate and legal affairs director Lucy Neville-Rolfe, who retired January 2.

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

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