Rivett takes deputy CEO job in H&K London restructure

Hill & Knowlton has restructured its London office, dividing its corporate and financial work into two divisions and appointing a new deputy CEO.

John Rivett has been promoted to deputy chief executive, while the agency has appointed new MDs of financial and professional services and corporate and business communications.

Rivett returns to focusing on the UK, having worked as V-P EMEA marcoms and head of UK business development. The newly created role will see him continue to focus on business development and leading H&K's global youth marketing practice, as well as providing support to CEO Marie Louise Windeler.

He takes up the role this week, in what H&K described as an effort to respond to the current adverse market conditions.

Stuart Wilson joins the agency from being co-general manager at sister agency Cohn & Wolfe's Chicago office. He is tasked with seeking new business in the financial and professional services area, providing corporate, B2B and consumer support.

Wilson previously had a stint with C&W in London after being drafted in as UK and Europe client services director after heading corporate and public affairs in the agency's Toronto office (PRWeek, 11 June 1999).

Former Ketchum corporate head James Hunt returns from a year spent travelling to head corporate and business communications, and assumes responsibility for the agency's internal communications practice.

The two appointments effectively replace Flic Howard-Allen, who left her role as head of the agency's corporate and B2B offering to become director of communications at Marks & Spencer (PRWeek, 25 January).

CEO Windeler said the departure of a senior figure such as Howard-Allen had necessitated the division of the agency's corporate and business work: 'When someone of her experience leaves, for someone new coming in it's a big slice of business.'

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