Gibson is to head communications at British Energy

British Energy, the country’s largest electricity producer and nuclear operator, has lined up Energis director of regulatory affairs Carl Gibson to be its top communicator.

Gibson is to be head of comms at the embattled company, a post that has been vacant since Irene Clarke’s departure at the start of the year.

Gibson joined Energis in 2001, having been public affairs director at consultancy Grant Butler Coomber. (PRWeek, 2 March 2001).

British Energy finance director Keith Lough quit last week, just days after the debt-laden company hammered out a £5bn rescue plan from creditors and the Government. It appointed Financial Dynamics to its combined strategic and media relations account a year ago (PRWeek, 25 October 2002).

A spokesman said: ‘I can neither confirm nor deny [Gibson’s] appointment.’ Gibson, understood to be on holiday, was unavailable for comment.

Gibson left Energis three weeks ago. He has been replaced by David Stewart, who joins from Cable & Wireless in the enlarged role of director of regulatory and public affairs. Energis has also just hired Patrick Meyer as director of PR from IT firm Siebel, where he was director of corporate communications.

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