Weber Shandwick GJW hires TCG director Paczek

Weber Shandwick GJW Public Affairs has appointed the director of The Communication Group’s (TCG) political division Rebekah Paczek as an associate director.

Paczek joins WS GJW next month and will report to joint managing director Paul Barnes. Her remit will be to cover the gambling and property sectors, working on specific clients such as The Crown Estate and CPL.

Paczek, who currently reports to TCG chairman Maureen Smith, joined the agency two years ago.

She was promoted from account director to political division director in the spring to replace Ben Abbotts, who quit to join LLM Communications (PRWeek, 30 April).

The agency’s previous senior public affairs practitioners – public affairs MD Ian Lindsley and divisional director Anthony Painter – left 11 months ago.

Paczek’s clients at TCG include South African casino operator Sun International, an account to which the agency was hired in the lead up to the Draft Gambling Bill.

Prior to joining TCG, Paczek worked at PPS Group as a graduate trainee.

Last month, WS GJW appointed GPC International consultant Stephen Day as an account director with a brief to focus on the property and defence industries.

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