NatMags hiring spree as PROs depart

The National Magazine Company is to lose its second senior PRO in as many months, as PR manager Tania Littlehales quits just weeks after communications director Siobhan Kenny handed in her notice.

NatMags, publisher of flagship glossy titles such as Cosmopolitan and Harpers & Queen, is embarking on a mass hiring spree to fill the vacancies, alongside a number of PR manager posts in its subsidiaries.

Kenny - who is leaving to become head of strategy and communications at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (PRWeek, 8 February) - confirmed that NatMags would continue its search for her successor, alongside a replacement for Littlehales as head of PR for its 'Affluent' group, which includes Esquire, Harpers and Country Living.

NatMags is also on the hunt for PR managers to lead comms within its home and lifestyle division, and for the Cosmopolitan title.

Littlehales, who was unavailable for comment as PRWeek went to press, formerly acted as Kenny's number two within corporate communications until a PR overhaul last October.

The restructure saw PR realigned along its five divisions and the central function cut from 13 staff to two.

It is understood that Littlehales, who is considering a number of options, was unhappy with the role she was handed following the restructure.

Kenny said NatMags had decided to refocus the two most senior PR roles, scrapping the director of communications role in favour of a head of communications post, and changing the position filled by Littlehales from head of PR to PR manager.

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