Amazon hires EE's Dan Perlet to new UK corporate comms role

Amazon has hired Dan Perlet, director of corporate & financial affairs at mobile operator EE, for a new position of UK corporate comms director, PRWeek has learned.

Dan Perlet: To join Amazon this summer
Dan Perlet: To join Amazon this summer

The role will focus on corporate and financial PR in the UK, reporting to UK head of PR Ben Howes. His position will also involve some government relations work related to campaigns.

It follows last month’s announcement that BT is to buy EE for £12.5bn, although it is understood Perlet’s decision to leave is unrelated to the proposed acquisition.

Meanwhile, it is understood that EE will not look for a direct replacement for Perlet but split his responsibilities between the existing team; most likely between Mat Sears, director of PR & corporate comms, and Kip Meek, who handles public policy.

Perlet is to leave his current role in May and join Amazon the following month.

News of his appointment comes after it was confirmed that former White House press secretary Jay Carney is to join Amazon in a new role overseeing both PR and public policy. Carney will become senior vice-president and head of the newly created global corporate affairs department.

Perlet joined EE in 2011 and two years later was promoted to director of corporate & financial affairs. Before joining the mobile group he had stints at marketing firm Corbis, as well as roles at Porter Novelli and Burson-Marsteller.

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