Monsanto to review govt function

GM food giant Monsanto's newly appointed lobbying chief is set to carry out a review of its entire UK and Ireland government affairs function.

Director of government affairs Craig Stevenson, who joined this week, confirmed that he will be 'reviewing the whole way we use government affairs.'

Currently lobbying work for the UK and Ireland is handled by a two-strong in-house team with support from retained agency Bell Pottinger Good Relations.

Stevenson is the first UK government affairs director since the departure last year of Ann Foster. His appointment comes one month after the appointment in Brussels of European and African director of government affairs Mella Frewen, to whom Stevenson reports.

Stevenson works alongside director of public affairs Tony Combes, who oversees media relations. 'We will be working closely on co-ordinated campaigns to further build the profile of the company and of GM food,' said Stevenson.

Since 2000, when Monsanto merged with Pharmacia & Upjohn, it has been the agricultural division of Pharmacia.

The firm operates in more than 100 countries. Stevenson will divide his time between Monsanto's London base and its Cambridge office, which it set up in 1998 when it acquired Plant Breeding International.

Stevenson joins from T-Mobile, where he was PA manager. T-Mobile is understood to be reviewing that role, which is being covered by UK-based director of public policy Frans Lijnkamp.

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