Grayling launches search for a new healthcare chief

Grayling Group is on the hunt for a healthcare division chief, following the early retirement of nine-year stalwart Peter Holden.

A company statement said Holden, who could not be contacted as PRWeek went to press, will be ‘phasing out’ during mid-summer, and that he is advising Grayling Group CEO Nigel Kennedy on the choice of replacement.

Less than two months ago, Holden told PRWeek that Grayling ‘may have a pretty tough year’, citing increased competition from ‘boutique agencies’ (PRWeek, 30 May).

But Kennedy said the agency had ‘neither lost nor gained clients in the past six months’, adding that the group remained ‘firmly committed’ to healthcare.

Last year, Grayling merged its services into one offering across PR, public affairs and events. It currently employs around 18 dedicated healthcare staff, which is down from the 21 Holden cited just two months ago.

But Kennedy said: ‘These numbers are not easy to specify in this way, because of the extent of our integrated offer and a matrix system of management that means most of our staff work across two disciplines.’

UK PR chief exec Amanda Riddle has assumed control of Grayling Healthcare until Holden’s successor is found.

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