Weber Shandwick names new corporate affairs lead after Marlowe quits to join insurer

Weber Shandwick has promoted Ed Taylor to managing director of its corporate affairs practice after Anthony Marlowe joined insurance firm Rothesay Life as its head of comms and public affairs, PRWeek has learned.

Weber Shandwick's new Corporate Affairs lead, Ed Taylor
Weber Shandwick's new Corporate Affairs lead, Ed Taylor

Taylor has been with Weber Shandwick since early 2019 and recently returned to the consultancy after a sabbatical during which he was a special adviser to Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Taylor joined from Telegraph Media Group, where he was head of corporate affairs. He previously worked for Ofcom on communication strategies, and developed a specialism in broadcasting, telecoms, advertising and competition regulation.

He leads a practice that posted double-digit growth in 2019 and brings together experts in reputation management and public affairs, supported by creatives, strategists and data analysts. 

“Since he arrived at Weber Shandwick, Ed has impressed both internally and externally with his tremendous client counsel capabilities, collaborative nature and commitment to great work. [In] 2020… we have seen profound shifts; Ed is someone who intuitively understands these shifts and is able to help clients anticipate and adapt quickly to them,” Weber Shandwick London managing director Helen Bennett said.

“I am enormously proud of the work our Corporate Affairs team has delivered this year – they have gone above and beyond to help protect and promote the interests of our clients and their stakeholders during the most challenging of times – and I look forward to seeing their work continue to evolve under Ed’s very capable leadership.”

Weber Shandwick said its Corporate Affairs practice has continued “impressive revenue growth in 2020”, fuelled by demand for public affairs, corporate reputation and issues management counsel from new and existing clients. 

The practice has recently hired directors Charlotte Lang (from Hume Brophy) and Jonathan Smith (Dragon Advisory). There have also been departures, including manager Nicole Garrett, who joined the Betting and Gaming Council; associate Vishal Patel (Department for Education); and account director Lincoln Hill (Nuclear Industry Association).

Taylor said he was “proud and excited” to take the helm of Weber’s Corporate Affairs business. “I truly believe we are delivering some of the most impactful and cutting-edge corporate affairs work in the UK today. That’s testimony to the exceptional talent in our business and the deep partnership we enjoy with our brilliant roster of clients. I’ll be focused on continuing to evolve our work, talent and capabilities so that we remain well-placed to help our clients.”

Marlowe told PRWeek he “thoroughly enjoyed” leading the Corporate Affairs practice at Weber Shandwick, “delivering double-digit growth and bringing in some of the top talent in the industry, like Ed”. 

On his new role, he said: “I’m delighted to join Rothesay Life, the UK’s largest pensions insurance specialist. Rothesay secures the future of over 800,000 people and is trusted by some of the UK’s best-known companies to provide pension solutions. I look forward to leading its communications and public affairs function at this important time for the sector.”

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