Bell Pottinger promotes David Wilson and Kevin Read

Bell Pottinger has handed its group MD David Wilson additional responsibility as chairman of its consumer practice and promoted its corporate and brand MD Kevin Read, among a raft of moves.

David Wilson: Has worked at Bell Pottinger since 2000
David Wilson: Has worked at Bell Pottinger since 2000

Wilson takes on the new role of consumer practice chairman, working with MD Will Powell.

Read has been promoted to chairman of corporate and brand as well as Wired, the agency's digital team. In his new role, he will maintain the integration of cross-group services and work with James Thomlinson and Claire Southeard, joint MDs of Wired, on digital and social media services in all areas of the group.

Read’s position as managing director will be filled by Hugh Taggart, who was previously a partner in the corporate and brand practice.

In addition, Emily Luscombe is promoted from her position as a partner to the new role of deputy MD of the practice.

Bell Pottinger has also recruited Kate Wallace in the new role of head of people development. Wallace previously worked at Brunswick for ten years, before starting her own consultancy company.

James Henderson, Bell Pottinger group CEO, said: "We have made tremendous progress as a business in the two-and-a-half years since our MBO. In this time we have recruited great new talent, driven an industry-leading integrated communications approach, improved the skills we have across the group to deliver exceptional work to our existing clients and grown in every area of our business."

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