Hayman returns to TCG in chief exec role

Hill & Knowlton director Michael Hayman has re-joined The Communication Group just 18 months after he left the firm.

Hayman, who was previously TCG’s corporate managing director and quit last May to join H&K as a director in its corporate practice (PRWeek, 16 May 2003), returns as CEO amid a restructuring of the firm’s management.

The move will see TCG chairman and chief executive Maureen Smith spin off some of her operational responsibilities to Hayman – but retain the strategic position of chairman at the head of TCG’s board of directors.

‘I want to let the next generation of management breathe. To do something like that you need to have someone in place you feel comfortable with,’ Smith told PRWeek.

Smith has also promoted consumer division MD Jon Meakin to TCG’s board, where he joins group MD Jessica Bondy and non-executive director, former TCG managing director Peter Hamilton and others.

Hayman worked at TCG for four years before his departure to H&K, where he led the firm’s account with Saudi Basic Industrial Corporation and worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Hayman’s switch to H&K was the first of several departures from TCG in 2003.

Public affairs MD Ian Lindsley and his deputy Anthony Painter quit to launch their own consultancy in October (PRWeek, 24 October 2003).

In November of the same year, the group’s then deputy chairman and financial division chief executive Alex Mackey quit after just seven weeks (PRWeek, 28 November 2003).

At the time of his departure, Smith said she and Mackey had had a ‘culture clash’.

Hayman joined TCG as an account director in 1999 before becoming a divisional director and then managing director.

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