Ex-BA man Double takes up Bell Pottinger position

Former Cable & Wireless and British Airways media chief Steve Double has joined Bell Pottinger to lead its extensive Emirates corporate work.

Double, who joined the agency as an associate director, will also work on the agency's Dubai Aerospace corporate account (PRWeek, 9 June).

‘I always enjoyed working within the transport and aviation industries,' said Double. ‘I'll enjoy reacquainting myself with old contacts.'

Double was previously group head of media communications at telecoms firm C&W. The company restructured its head office following the exit of group CEO Francesco Caio, with Double leaving in April. His duties have been split across the company's newly formed UK and international arms.

Double joined C&W in 2004 after four years as head of news at BA working with then CEO Rod Eddington during crises such as 9/11, the retirement of Concorde and industrial disputes.

Previously, Double was head of media relations at the Football Association, following a career in newspaper journalism, including a role as investigations editor at The People and stints at the Sunday Mirror and Daily Mail.

At Bell Pottinger he will report to MD David Wilson and replaces Fiona O'Farrell who left at the end of July to join Intercontinental Hotels as comms director.

Emirates is one of Bell Pottinger's largest clients. The agency was hired six-and-a-half years ago (PRWeek, 17 March 2000).

Bell Pottinger has just hired IMG account director Marc Harris to head its sports-related work for Emirates, the sponsor of Arsenal FC (PRWeek, 13 Oct).

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