The Corus Group, formed last year by the merger of British Steel
and Koninklijke Hoogovens, has hired Thames Water’s Jonathan Russell as
corporate relations director.
Russell left the water utility company four months ago (PR Week, 24
March) and has yet to be replaced.
He starts next month at Corus, where he will report to the joint chief
executives John Bryant - formerly of British Steel - and Fokko van
Duyne, who headed Dutch concern Koninklijke Hoogovens until the merger
Russell replaces incumbent corporate affairs chief David Jackson, who is
leaving to become Corus’s representative on the board of Steel 24-7, a
joint venture with other European steel producers aimed at selling steel
Russell will oversee a team of 12 working across internal
communications, media relations, public affairs, corporate and brand
He spent two years at Thames Water. Prior to that he served as group
director of PR for PPP Healthcare, joining from David Burnside
His PR career started at British Airways, where his initial internal
communications manager role was expanded to include aspects of BA’s
Corus, despite being listed on the London, Amsterdam and New York stock
exchanges, retains no financial PR agency. It retains Biss Lancaster for
corporate PR and Keith McDowall Associates for public affairs, although
both relationships predate the Hoogovens merger.