Jim Horsley, former UK head of Ketchum PR, is to replace Jane
Howard as group managing director of Leedex Public Relations.
Horsley resigned as UK managing director of Ketchum when the group
bought Scope Communications three months ago. (PR Week, 13
He was offered the job of joint managing director alongside Scope MD
Mike Hatcliffe at the new company, called Scope Ketchum, but turned it
Leedex has been searching for an agency head since Howard handed in her
notice two months ago. (PR Week, 7 February).
Her resignation, in protest over share dealings within Leedex’ parent
company the Birkdale Group, was closely followed by that of board
director Deborah Lewis.
Horsley, aged 43, joined Ketchum seven years ago when the company bought
his agency Group PR. Once there he set up healthcare and consumer
divisions and took on an international role as Ketchum became a global
When he arrives at Leedex on 15 April he will report to Birkdale
chairman Kevin Morley and oversee a staff of 50 based in London,
Manchester and Bristol.
’What I have seen is people who are very ambitious and good fun and who
want to move the company forward,’ Horsely commented on Leedex.
The agency has a turnover of pounds 3 million and works for a range of
names including Allied Bakeries, Unichem, and Travelodge.