Bass Brewers head of communications Ian Morris has accepted a new top
level public relations job at the telecoms company Ionica.
Morris is to join the Cambridge-based firm as head of external affairs
in December on an estimated salary of pounds 125,000.
He was hired by the brewing arm of Bass PLC four years ago to build a
corporate communications division, uniting PR support for individual
brands under one roof.
He will leave behind a team of nine which includes Lesley Allman,
manager, external communications, internal affairs head Mike Maryon and
brand public relations manager Jane Sabini.
Ionica used recruitment consultants Taylor Bennett to find candidates
for the newly-created job. (PR Week, 23 August 1996).
Reporting to chief executive Nigel Playford, Morris will head financial
and corporate PR, internal communications, public information and media
The appointment comes eight months after the departure of publicity
manager Mish Desmidt.
Desmidt replaced the company’s most recent head of public relations Sean
Gough who left Ionica 18 months ago.
It is not yet known who will take over Morris’ job at Bass Brewers.
The brewing company is the largest arm of the hotels to pub group,
producing the UK’s best selling lager Carling Black Label and the
controversial ‘alcopop’ Hoopers Hooch.