The tobacco industry’s trade association is looking for a new spokesman
to replace veteran PR chief Clive Turner.
Turner, executive director of industry affairs at the Tobacco
Manufacturers Association (formerly TAC) since February 1993, is due to
retire early in 1997.
‘It’s the natural order of things that I should step aside,’ said
Turner, who has worked in the tobacco industry off and on since 1962.
Chief executive David Swan revealed the association was ‘consulting its
members’ about a replacement and ‘testing the market’ through
headhunters in the next few months.
The TMA, which changed its name from the Tobacco Advisory Council in
1994, has been radically transformed in the three years since Swan
arrived. Once 22-strong, the staff has been reduced to eight and the
association given a more political focus.
Latest to depart is Ben Welsh, public affairs executive, who left at the
end of January after five years.
He has replaced Malcolm Rymer, who is due to retire as government
relations manager for Anglian Water this year.