Scottish Power favours Cardew after Bowman hire

Scottish Power has dropped Tulchan Communications and hired Cardew Group, following the arrival of the firm’s new CEO Philip Bowman from Cardew client Allied Domecq.

Bowman replaced Ian Russell last month and promptly brought in Cardew, which has advised Allied Domecq for seven years.

The move also follows the redundancy last year of Scottish Power corporate comms director Dominic Fry (PRWeek, 9 September 2005). Fry joined Tulchan at the beginning of December (PRWeek, 2 December 2005).

The arrival of Bowman, who had just completed Allied Domecq's sale to Pernod Ricard, was viewed by many in the City as an attempt by Scottish Power to find a buyer following the group's £35m restructuring plan.

Scottish Power hopes to complete the sale of its troubled US division PacifiCorp to MidAmerican Energy Holdings later this year and has already rejected a bid from German utility E.ON, which would have valued the company at £11.3bn.

Bowman has made it clear that he does not see his role as preparing Scottish Power for a sale, stating last month that he saw his job as 'to improve the performance of the assets in the business'.

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