Guinness external affairs director Peter Lipscomb has taken the top
communications job in his company’s planned merger with food and drink
Lipscomb, who has held senior management positions at Guinness for 12
years, will be group corporate affairs director in the planned new
company, GMG Brands.
He will be one of three non-board members appointed to the planned
company’s 13-strong executive committee. The other two members are from
They are group strategy director Jim Grover, and Burger King chief
executive officer Dennis Malamatinas.
Lipscomb beat his opposite number at GrandMet, Charles Anson, to the
post. Anson joined GrandMet as group corporate relations director in
February this year, after six years at Buckingham Palace where he was
press secretary to the Queen.
’The merger came out of a clear blue sky,’ said Anson.
He is considering his future after last week’s announcement, but plans
to stay on until the merger is given regulatory approval, which could be
towards the end of the year.
If the merger goes ahead the companies expect to save pounds 175 million
and job losses could total 2,000 from a combined workforce of around
Among those immediately at risk are managers in the communications
departments, currently being interviewed for posts in GMG Brands. There
are eight senior PR people at Guinness and its subsidiary United
Distillers, and four at GrandMet and its drinks company IDV.