Scottish Power's Kenyon takes United Utilities job

FTSE 100 water and power firm United Utilities has snapped up Scottish Power’s comms chief to fill its director of comms role.

Gaynor Kenyon, who joined this week, assumes overall control of United Utilities’ comms function on a brief that spans PA, corporate comms and CSR.

One of her first tasks will be to discuss strategies with new CEO Philip Green and incoming FD Tim Weller, who is leaving under-fire Thames Water.

Green has been reported as saying he that would consider acquiring a small stake in Thames Water to carry out maintenance contracts if it was bought by private equity firms. He also told reporters that he was reviewing United Utilities’ ‘core competences’.

Kenyon left Scottish Power sixt weeks ago, after 11 years with the company. As UK government and community affairs director, she was instrumental in handling PA in anticipation of the forthcoming energy review. But a restructuring of Scottish Power, and particularly its sale of Pacific Corp, led to a reduction of the international remit of her role, and Kenyon said the ‘time had come to move on’.

Scottish Power, which this week announced a 47 per cent jump in pre-tax profits along with higher fuel prices for customers, is not looking for a replacement.

United Utilities is the UK’s largest listed water company.

Kenyon replaces Ian Priestner, who left in March after five years with the firm.

She was previously at electricity firm Manweb.

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