Booth leaves Precise to make Lewis comeback

Clive Booth has left Precise Public Affairs less than six months after joining as dir­ector of corporate affairs.

Booth is returning to his former agency Lewis PR in a newly created role overseeing public affairs and other projects.

As PRWeek went to press, Booth was in Singapore and could not be reached for comment. But a source said Booth had been off­ered a ‘global role' that was ‘too good to turn down'.

A spokesman for Lewis said Booth, who stood unsuccessfully for the Conservatives in York at the last general election, had been appointed as head of corporate affairs.

He added that Booth would work closely with Lewis CEO Chris Lewis to develop the tech agency's public affairs offering.

But the spokesman stressed Booth would not be running PA on a day-to-day basis, and would be focusing on developing a number of new projects that have yet to be revealed by the agency.

Booth joined Precise in November 2006, reporting to director Robbie Mac­duff (PRWeek, 3 November 2006). At the time, he said he planned to pursue new business for the agency in the areas of ‘clean technology, healthcare, and the ­impact of the UN and India'.

Before joining Precise, Booth spent seven years at Lewis, most recently as head of PA where his role was to farm opportunities from the agency's client base.

Prior to Lewis, Booth had spells at Shandwick and Ptarmigan.

His return to Lewis comes as the tech agency looks to bolster its public affairs credentials. The agency recently appointed former Royal Bank of Scotland senior public affairs executive and APCO Scotland associate Ben Wilson to head its fledgling PA division.

Wilson currently has only one member of staff reporting to him, but the agency is understood to be preparing to expand the division in the near future.

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