Allied Domecq public affairs global head quits job after five years

LONDON - Allied Domecq's global head of public affairs is quitting after five years with the drinks giant.

John Walter says he has decided to leave because he, 'fancied a change.' He added: 'I don't know what I'll do next but I would like to stay in the consumer area.'

During his time at the firm he has lobbied on issues including trade barriers and taxation. Successes include spirit taxation freezes in the last five UK budgets.

At Allied he divides his time between offices in Bristol, London and Brussels, reporting to director of corporate affairs Jane Mussared.

It is not yet known whether Walter will be replaced. Mussared said: 'We are looking at the situation and have not made a decision yet.'

Walter is currently vice-president of trade body the Confederation of European Spirits Producers. Prior to joining AD he worked in the US offices of tobacco and wine firm UST.

Allied is understood to be now at the shortlist stage in its search for an agency to handle its £1m multi-brand UK consumer account. Earlier this year the firm's global brand PR manager Louise Bowden confirmed that the company had sought the help of agency selection firm AAR (PRWeek, 15 February).

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