Dunkley joins next week from an interim corporate comms consultancy role at telecoms network firm Colt Telecom, replacing Andrew Anderz, who left at the end of last year, as comms director.
Dunkley – who, in advance of her joining, remained tight-lipped as to her future plans – will report to chairman and MD Kevin Wale and Tony Cervone, who will next week take up the Zurich-based role of vice-president comms (Europe) for parent company General Motors (PRWeek, 23 May).
It is understood that Dunkley’s responsibilities will be similar to those of Anderz, who left to take early retirement, according to a company spokesperson.
Dunkley will take charge of an in-house PR team of around 15 full-time staff – who are split into teams dedicated to areas including lobbying and product PR – in addition to Vauxhall’s relationship with retained consumer and corporate PR agency Bell Pottinger Communications.
Prior to her advisory role at Colt, Dunkley (née Carroll) was global comms director for Vizzavi, the Vodafone-Vivendi joint venture that later became Vodafone Content Services.
Before that, she was comms director for Cable & Wireless a-Services, a joint venture that was later subsumed into the core company.
Cervone, who moves from a job as Detroit-based executive director of executive and financial comms for GM Corporation, will handle all external and internal comms for GM’s European operations, which include the Opel and Saab brands, as well as Vauxhall.
Cervone replaces seven-year incumbent Marc Beckers, who has become GM Corporation executive director for product comms.
Meanwhile, a restructure at Colt has seen investor relations director John Doherty become director of corporate comms, handling media relations, internal comms, stakeholder relations and IR.