Rolls-Royce in reshuffle after comms chief exit

Rolls-Royce has made Caroline Harris its acting group head of comms following last week’s sudden exit of Duncan Campbell-Smith.

Harris, formerly head of Europe comms, is the sixth head of the aerospace firm's comms in as many years.

As broken last Friday on prweek.com, Campbell-Smith unexpectedly left at the end of last week. He joined Rolls-Royce in January last year from The Maitland Consultancy (PRWeek, 7 January 2005).

Director of financial comms Peter Barnes-Wallis said Campbell-Smith had 'decided to leave and do something else' but declined to elaborate. Campbell-Smith did not return calls.

His departure is the latest in a line of senior comms exits from Rolls-Royce. In April 2004 director of comms Colin Duncan left suddenly, having taken over from Tim Blythe, who had left after 16 months in the role. Blythe in turn had joined from WH Smith in 2000 to replace director of media relations Christopher Springham, who had himself only joined the previous year.

Barnes-Wallis insisted the Campbell-Smith departure was 'amicable' and unrelated to the restructure of comms that led to Harris's appointment from engineering group Smiths earlier this year (PRWeek, 13 January).

He added that while Harris's title had not been decided, there would be no change in responsibility as head of the company's 15-strong core comms team.

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