BAA replaces comms chief

Embattled airport operator BAA has moved swiftly to plug the gaps in its PR team after its head of comms and head of media this week sensationally quit in a row over the firm's media handling.

BAA: has faced heavy media flak recently
BAA: has faced heavy media flak recently

Duncan Bonfield and Mark Mann are said to be dismayed at the way BAA’s Spanish owner Ferrovial deals with British media and regulators.

BAA Scotland head of communications and public affairs chief Malcolm Robertson has been moved into Bonfield’s head of comms role, taking the title interim group communications director.

Bonfield and Mann declined to comment. Robertson described the past 48 hours as being ‘hectic and interesting’.

Ferrovial bought the Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted operator last year. In June, it slapped a blanket media ban on comms staff, despite the company being in the middle of two significant regulatory enquiries.

Robertson told PRWeek: ‘This is a sensitive time for BAA, and how we communicate now and in the future is important, not what happened in the past. I consider myself to have a very good working relationship with our Spanish owner.’

Robertson said he was working alongside incumbent agency Maitland to implement a ‘media and public affairs engagement plan’ that is designed to repair BAA’s relationship with the British media.
Robertson said the company would bring in another interim member of staff to replace Mann shortly.

Since the Ferrovial take-over nine senior members of BAA have left the company, including chairman Marcus Agius and chief executive Mike Clasper.

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