Elliott returns to fray with top FD-LLM role

Former Burson-Marsteller PA chairman Simon Elliott is to resurface in a newly created MD role at Financial Dynamics' lobbying practice LLM Communications.

Elliott will slot into LLM's senior team alongside MD Craig Leviton, plus co-founders Ben Lucas and John Mendelsohn when he joins in the next fortnight.

LLM's founders are renowned for their links to senior New Labour figures.

FD group chief executive Charles Watson said Elliott's right-of-centre political leanings meant the PA team's senior staff is representative of all political parties. He said that Elliott's contacts in areas such as defence were a further plus.

His appointment will not affect Leviton's current client-facing role, nor that of the LLM founders (who also carry the title MD). But LLM partner Fiona Mason has been promoted to MD of operations.

She now handles the day-to-day running of the 25-strong division, which will leave Elliott, Leviton, Lucas and Mendelsohn to concentrate on strategy and client work.

FD acquired LLM (formerly Lawson Lucas Mendelsohn) in the summer of 2005, and moved its staff over to FD's headquarters later that year (PRWeek, 5 August 2005).

It will be renamed FD-LLM at the end of the month to bring it into line with FD’s divisional branding.
Elliott – who was on holiday and unavailable for comment on his new role as PRWeek went to press – left B-M in the autumn after nearly two years (PRWeek, 20 Oct 2006).

A former editor of Janes Defence Weekly, Elliott started his lobbying career at Shandwick Consultants in 1995 as a defence and aerospace specialist. Before that he had spells heading the public affairs arms of The Maitland Consultancy and Flagship Group. He joined B-M from Trimedia.

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