BT seeks media chief as Johns quits director role

BT is looking to fill one of the biggest roles in media relations following the decision of director of group media relations Tim Johns to quit after five years in the job.

The telecoms giant confirmed it is on the prowl for a new director after Johns said he is looking for a ‘fresh challenge’.

The recruit will report to group director of communications Robin Pauley.

‘The constant heavy issues that BT has to deal with are too exciting for me to hog to myself. It is only fair to allow other people from other professions to enjoy the opportunity, ’ said Johns.

‘BT is an exceptionally exciting company in one of the most exciting sectors. I am looking for another big in-house job or perhaps a big consultancy role,’ Johns added. He is expected to leave BT by the summer.

A BT spokesman added: ‘We are in the process of looking for a senior communications professional.

‘Tim Johns has indicated that after five years in the role he is looking for a fresh challenge and both Tim and BT want to ensure that the succession is managed as smoothly as possible.’

Johns joined BT from Homebase where he was head of communications for two years. Prior to that, he worked his way up through the communications department of Sainsbury’s, where he eventually became head of corporate and media relations.

Independent headhunters are currently fishing for candidates and the recruitment drive is also being handled in-house. While BT declined to confirm how much the salary of the post carries, it confirmed it ‘would not be insignificant’.

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