Tulchan steals FT’s Voyle for media training arm

Tulchan Communications has poached Financial Times retail correspondent Susanna Voyle, beating off rival offers for the veteran journalist from Finsbury and Brunswick.

Voyle is to be MD of an as yet unnamed media training company backed by the financial PR shop. The Tulchan subsidiary will specialise in coaching, media training and speech writing for senior executives.

Tulchan MD Hilary Bowman and Tulchan non-executive director Alison Canning will be non-executive director and chairman of the new firm respectively.

‘My hope is that it will be a sister company which draws on Tulchan’s resources but operates independently with its own client list and people,’ said Tulchan founder Andrew Grant.

Voyle has worked at the FT for 15 years, taking over the role of retail correspondent in 2000 after Peggy Hollinger was promoted to companies editor. Voyle has also covered the transport and IT sector for the financial daily.

She has been on holiday from the FT since the beginning of this month after making the paper aware that she was considering job offers from several areas. She takes up her new role in September.

Voyle’s decision to join the Tulchan-backed company is a coup for Grant and a blow to Tulchan’s rivals Brunswick and Finsbury which had also been courting her (PRWeek, 10 June).

Tulchan replaced Brunswick on the Marks & Spencer account shortly after billionaire Philip Green began bidding for the company. Finsbury is advising Green.

Bowman joined Tulchan last year from Deutsche Bank where she was MD of the investment bank’s European corporate advisory group (PRWeek, 30 April 2003).

She will retain her managerial role at Tulchan while acting as non-executive director of the new agency.

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