Teneo hires former Downing Street business chief

Alex Hickman, previously business engagement lead in Downing Street, has joined Teneo to head its political practice in the UK.

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Alex Hickman takes a senior managing director role in Teneo’s UK business.

He worked at Downing Street for two and a half years under Boris Johnson, designing and implementing policy and building coalitions inside and outside government.

“Alex leveraged Number 10’s convening power to progress the UK’s post-Brexit business priorities, including becoming a science and tech superpower, growing investment in green infrastructure, making UK capital markets more competitive, levelling up and improving UK regulation,” Teneo said.

Hickman began his political career with the Business for Sterling campaign. He became an adviser to David Cameron as opposition leader, and later worked for the 2016 Vote Leave campaign. He is a co-founder of Open Europe, the Eurosceptic think tank.

Nick Claydon, chief executive of Teneo UK, said: “In an era of unprecedented political turbulence, clients need political expertise now more than ever. We’re delighted that Alex has joined us, bringing with him unrivalled insight to lead our political practice. His experience both before and during his time at Number 10 will be invaluable.”

Hickman said: “There could not be a more exciting time to join a firm like Teneo. Alongside acute economic challenges, business leaders must also navigate digitalisation, decarbonisation and supply-chain disruption. It’s imperative that CEOs continue to engage with government to meet the challenges and opportunities of the next few years. I am thrilled to be joining a firm that advises the leaders of some of the world’s largest and most high-profile brands and look forward to working alongside talented colleagues across the firm.”


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