News of Manning-Cooper's resignation comes as the FT confirmed plans to shed ten per cent of its editorial staff in a bid to cut costs and combine online and print operations. Many see the move as evidence that owner Pearson is preparing to sell the title.
Manning-Cooper has been in the role for almost six years and has responsibility for a seven-strong PR unit and 11-strong conference team. She reports to FT CEO John Ridding.
Manning-Cooper takes up the reins at Locog as head of PR and media in mid-August. She will report to director of comms Jackie Brock-Doyle, who has been in the role since late last year (PRWeek, 2 November 2005). Brock-Doyle's position was previously held by Mike Lee, who left to set up his own agency Vero.
Before the FT, Manning-Cooper was an associate board director at Shandwick International. She previously worked in-house at lottery systems operator GTech.
She declined to comment on the challenges ahead at Locog, or the task facing her successor at the FT, but told PRWeek: ‘I will be very sad to leave the FT but delighted at the opportunities ahead at Locog.'