Chime merges corporate and financial as Brill quits

Bell Pottinger Financial managing director Jonathon Brill is to quit the financial communications arm of Chime Communications after 13 years, prompting a major restructure at the group.

Brill, who worked for Asda on its bid for Safeway and has also advised toy company Hamleys and the Savoy Hotel, will join Financial Dynamics in April with a brief to build up the company’s consumer, retail and leisure base.

Brill would not comment on the reasons for his departure. Chime Communications Public Relations division chairman Kevin Murray said that, in anticipation of Brill’s departure, Chime had combined its Bell Pottinger Financial and Bell Pottinger Consultants arms under the new name Bell Pottinger Corporate & Financial.

Bell Pottinger managing director Tim Ryan is to take up the new role of chief executive of BPC&F and will report to Murray.

Ryan joined Bell Pottinger last year and was previously director of communications at cable company ntl.

Ryan left ntl last year when his role was scrapped just a year after its creation (PRWeek, 14 March 2003). He has also worked as director of communications at pharmaceutical manufacturer SkyePharma.

Murray said that although the rebranding would not involve the closure of Bell Pottinger Consultants, up to four senior consultants would be moving from the division to BPC&F. The changes do not affect the rest of Chime Communications’ PR division, which includes Bell Pottinger Sans Frontieres and Good Relations.

Murray said the BPC&F unit would be dedicated to crisis management, internal communications and corporate profile-building, which would ‘expand our strength and enable us to provide a wider range of services’.

Murray declined to name the senior staff at Bell Pottinger Consultants who will move to the new unit.

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