C&W boss suffers from tech fatigue

Outgoing Cable & Wireless comms supremo Lesley Smith is in combative mood when PRWeek calls to decode her apparent parting shot at telecoms PR.

In an email to industry hacks, Smith said she had 'decided to pursue a life less based around the construction of a well-known phrase or saying that incorporates simple definitions of IP-VPN'. Had Smith's fearless PR visor slipped to reveal what she truly felt about C&W's techy message?

Not a bit of it, asserts Smith. The comment was just an industry jape among friends. 'What you often do if you leave a role is joke about the products,' she says. There should be plenty of laughs during the handover to Energis chief Clare Waters.

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