Kimberly-Clark scoops BOC Mayes

Kimberly-Clark has just completed a six-month hunt for a new director of corporate communications by poaching Lyn Mayes from BOC Distribution Services.

Kimberly-Clark has just completed a six-month hunt for a new

director of corporate communications by poaching Lyn Mayes from BOC

Distribution Services.



Sarah Portway, who was the first person to take on the role when she

joined Kimberly-Clark in August 1996, is leaving to set up her own

consultancy.



She was previously head of UK PR at IBM.



Mayes starts work at the paper goods giant at the start of February. She

was previously marketing controller at the BOC subsidiary, which handles

warehousing and distribution for blue chip retailers such as Marks and

Spencer. BOC is Britain’s leading manufacturer of industrial gases.



’Lyn has worked in the consumer area and dealt with retailers,’ said

Kimberly-Clark personnel director Alan Goda. ’BOC is also a pan-European

organisation, and Lyn’s background in communications, business

development and strategy are very good qualities for the job with

us.’



Kimberly-Clark is best known for Huggies nappies and turns over more

than pounds 7 billion a year. The company’s headquarters are in Dallas,

Texas and Mayes will be the European arm of the central corporate

affairs function.



Mayes will handle media, corporate, investor, community and government

relations. She will have one assistant and the incumbent corporate PR

agency is Fleishman-Hillard.



The role is unaffected by December’s restructure when European marketing

was consolidated to fight competition.



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