UPS, the US-owned courier company, is on the hunt for a new head of
European PR to replace Annie Garthwaite who is leaving at the end of
Garthwaite has been UPS’s head of public relations for Europe, Middle
East and Africa since 1991, in charge of media relations, communications
strategy and co-ordinating the work of external agencies across the
UPS uses Edelman or its affiliates in most European countries, except
for Germany where it retains ABC Eurocom Corporate and PR in Dusseldorf.
Garthwaite was also in charge of publicity surrounding UPS’s recent
sponsorship of the Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Garthwaite said that her reasons for leaving UPS were entirely personal
and that it had been prompted by the decision to shift the company’s
European headquarters from Richmond in south-west London to Brussels
‘I decided not to go to Brussels for personal reasons,’ said Garthwaite.
‘I’ve had a great time with UPS and they run an exciting PR programme
but it’s time to move on.’ She confirmed that she has secured another
post elsewhere, but declined to say where she was going.
UPS has already instructed headhunters to find a replacement for
Garthwaite from either an in-house or agency background. In Brussels the
new head of PR will lead a team of three staff.
The decision by UPS to relocate its European headquarters to Brussels
reflects the importance of courier business associated with European
Union institutions and the geographical significance of the Benelux
countries as a European distribution point.