Reuters' Walker in change of remit

Reuters' high profile director of corporate marcoms Simon Walker is to step down.

He will be succeeded by global head of executive comms Ed Williams.

Williams will take the title director of corporate affairs from 2 April, reporting to Reuters CEO Tom Glocer.

Walker is to become a full-time senior adviser to Glocer and his chairman Niall Fitzgerald.

Walker - who was put on the Conservative Party's 100 strong ‘A-list' of priority candidates last year - said the move would allow him to ‘focus more on seeking a political career', adding that he would stay with Reuters for ‘another year or so'.

Walker was previously comms chief at Buckingham Palace and British Airways.

Williams joined last January after a five-month stint as director of corporate comms at mobile phone firm 3. Prior to that he spent more than five years working as a director at Brunswick, and four years as a senior news editor at GMTV.

He has also worked as a PR adviser to former US general Wesley Clark.

Williams said the change had been ‘on the cards' since he joined, and was part of ‘deliberate succession planning on Simon's part'.

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