His arrival helps fill the void created by the departure of director of public affairs Rod Cartwright – the chair of the PRCA’s public affairs committee – who left GCI after five years to join Hill & Knowlton (PRWeek, 3 September 2004).
Jones, who described his appointment as amounting to a ‘functional but not a full replacement’ for Cartwright, will spend much of his time initially servicing the agency’s Dell account.
GCI is considering making another senior appointment to its public affairs practice.
Jones said he would also act as the ‘point man’ for the agency’s relationship with APCO in Brussels, its EU affiliate agency. He reports to GCI director of corporate comms Rhodri Harries.
Telecoms company Energis is currently recruiting for a head of PA to replace Jones, who will report to director of regulatory affairs David Stewart.
Jones joined Energis 12 months ago from Bell Pottinger Public Affairs, where he serviced the Energis account full-time.
Prior to that he held a number of government affairs roles at Nortel Networks stretching back to 1993 in his native US before joining Nortel’s UK operation in 1997.
GCI chief executive Adrian Wheeler said: ‘Our public affairs offer has always been closely aligned with our corporate and issues management business. Kevin will work within our corporate and issues management team to extend our offer into these markets and sectors.’
Jones will also provide PA advice to clients within GCI’s healthcare division and assist its European offices.