Coke's Chandler quits for global role at APCO

Jon Chandler, one of Coca-Cola's most experienced communicators, is quitting the corporation to become a senior consultant at APCO Worldwide.

Coke's EU director of strategic communication will leave its European HQ in London at the end of the month for a newly created role at APCO, best known for its public affairs consultancy.

As regional director ­corporate communication EMEA, Chandler will report to chief executive Brad ­Staples, and is charged with building ­APCO's global ­corporate c­omms practice, based in London.

Staples said: ‘I've worked with Jon as a client for 12 years. He handled the Dasani crisis and corporate reputation issues for Coke. We want to offer his knowledge of this, and branding issues, to ­corporate clients. A key part of his remit is bringing in new business.'

Chandler, previously EMEA public affairs and comms director for Coke, was moved sideways in ­February when the corporation's new European president Dominique Reiniche made the surprise move of placing former GB president Charlotte Oades in charge of ­European PR strategy (PRWeek, 3 Feb), with Chandler reporting to Oades.

In a statement, Coke thanked Chandler for his many contributions, and said he would not be directly ­replaced.

‘I moved because this gives me the chance to go to a consultancy where I can provide strategic counsel to international clients,' Chandler told PRWeek.

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