Mystery 'wild man of PR' is unmasked

Reed Elsevier group director of corporate relations and comms Catherine May has, we are thrilled to reveal, bagged this week's Diary 'spotters' badge.

May contacted us following our appeal for help in tracking down an (until now) mystery man, described by ex-Scottish Power comms boss Dominic Fry in the PRCA and CIPR-endorsed charity book Best Business Advice as the 'wild man of PR'.

Fry went on, in the book: 'He made me realise that the glittering prizes are won by people who go way beyond the frontiers of normal business behaviour.' Who is it, then? May reveals: 'I'm pretty sure he was talking about Alan Thompson. Dominic and Thommo worked together back in the Charles Barker days - they tried very hard to out-do each other.' We call Fry and he immediately confirms that May has correctly identified the wild man. He fesses up: 'Yep, it's Alan. I'm actually godfather to one of his children and he is godfather to one of mine.' When Thompson is alerted to the fact we're on his tail, he promptly calls, admitting: 'We had a really competitive time in the mid to late-1990s dealing with telecoms media. We were all trying to do the latest and best things for our clients.' We only hope Thompson's wild ways are going down well at Orange, where - it emerges this week - he is currently in an interim internal comms role.

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