Building materials group Tarmac has replaced head of group
communications Sean Bruen with John Denning, a seconded senior civil
servant who has become head of group corporate affairs and
communications. Tarmac is also understood to have moved its pounds
100,000 financial account to Brunswick.
Shandwick had held the account for four years.
John Denning’s two-year secondment from the Department of Environment,
Transport and the Regions began in January, with a spell as development
director for both the engineering and quarry products divisions.
He became head of group corporate affairs and communications a week ago,
but refused to confirm the appointment of Brunswick.
On his own appointment, Denning said: ’It is a change for me, I am more
used to being a faceless civil servant.’ But he is no stranger to the
media. His involvement in the previous government’s motorway expansion
scheme put him in the firing line in the early 1990s. His last job in
Westminster was as head of railways, corporate affairs and safety for
the Department of Transport.
Tarmac underwent a major restructuring last year when it swapped its
housebuilding arm for the construction and minerals division of Wimpey
in a deal worth pounds 600 million. It made cost savings of pounds 38
million and 1,500 people redundant.