My best hire

Paul Maguire, director of corporate and business at Launch Group, on the 'tenacious' Antonia Graham.

'Antonia joined Energis, where I was interim director of PR, as PR manager in January 2005 as the telecoms firm was in the middle of rebuilding its fallen reputation.

'Not only was it her first client-side job, but she was tasked with working alongside Energis chief executive John Pluthero and chairman Archie Norman. Antonia was not daunted.

'Huge fun, shy but forcefully driven, she soon gained the confidence and support of all who worked with her.

'She helped steer the firm's external comms through its subsequent merger with Cable & Wireless, and went on to become a core member of its PR and comms team.'

Antonia Graham is now head of corporate and UK PR at Cable & Wireless.

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