Ernst & Young ramps up search for global PR chief

Accountancy giant Ernst & Young has called in headhunters to fill its vacant global PR director role.

The London-based appointment would work ‘very closely’ with regional comms chiefs as the accountancy sector adjusts to tougher regulation following the Enron scandal, according to the company.

The position, which has been vacant for a year, was previously held by Larry Parnell who left to join Canadian mining firm Barrick Gold. The brief is to bolster global comms through E&Y’s ten global practices to ‘maximise communications’ in the 140 countries in which it operates. Reporting to global director of communications Joanne Broderick, the postholder will lead a two-strong team.

A spokeswoman said: ‘The main purpose of the role is to position Ernst & Young in the debate around accountancy issues. We need to work more closely on presenting a united front across all our country practices.

‘It’s a challenging job working in an industry that is being shaped and changed in a regulatory sense,’ she added.

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