Burson-Marsteller UK chief executive Per Heggenes resigns

LONDON: Burson-Marsteller UK chief executive Per Heggenes is to leave the agency. Heggenes expects to leave at the end of September. His departure will bring to an end 24 years of uninterrupted service to the WPP agency.

The Norwegian, who has been at the helm of the agency's UK operation since early 2004, is relocating to his native Scandinavia to take an undisclosed in-house corporate affairs job.

He said: "My task in London is basically completed, having built a strong team and put the business back into growth." Heggenes told his two bosses - global CEO Mark Penn and Europe CEO Heidi Sinclair - of his decision last week.

B-M's corporate and tech MD Jonathan Jordan, who has been with B-M for just over three years, is to become interim UK CEO. He was apparently in the process of being promoted to "deputy UK market leader" when Heggenes resigned.

Sinclair said: "I have great faith in Jonathan, who will have a transition period with Per." She said a decision would be made at a later date as to whether Jordan would get the job full-time.

For full story see this week's PRWeek - out Friday 11 August.

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