SHELTON, CT: Bic Group, the French company known for making ballpoint pens, lighters, and stationary, is bringing together internal and external communications to form a single team.
As part of this restructure, Bic is looking for a global director of comms. The newly created role will oversee the function and safeguard the company’s corporate brand and reputation, according to Rob Miller, Bic’s senior manager of global comms and content.
The position is based in Shelton, Connecticut, the company’s U.S. headquarters, and will report to Jonathan Skyrme, chief of staff for newly minted Bic CEO Gonzalve Bich. The comms director will manage a team made up of global and regional communicators, as well as content experts, with five direct reports and eight staffers total. The remit comprises EMEA, North America, APAC, Latin America, and India.
Previously, Bic had two global comms teams: one for external and another for internal. Both used to be based out of its global headquarters in Clichy, France. Duties varied by region. The U.S. team was responsible for both external and internal comms.
Internal communications previously reported into HR. The manager, whom Miller declined to name, left the company to pursue other opportunities last year. Sophie Palliez-Capian, the former head of external communications, is now leading the new corporate stakeholder engagement team. That team, based in France, was created to enhance Bic’s relationship with shareholders, investors, NGOs, and regulators.
"What this new structure is doing is bringing internal and external into one team and creating more global consistency," Miller said.
As part of this restructuring, Miller, formerly the senior corporate comms manager, was promoted to also oversee global content programs.
Gonzalve Bich, who has been with the company since 2003 serving as COO and EVP, was named CEO in May 2018, taking over from his father, Bruno Bich. The elder Bich reached the company’s age limit of 72 and is now chairman.
"We have a new CEO that is spending more time between the two headquarters between France and the U.S., and the staffing change was meant to match his needs," Miller explained.