Centrica, the trading arm of the former British Gas, has appointed
Charles Naylor as its new group corporate affairs director.
Naylor replaces Simon Lewis, who was seconded to Buckingham Palace as
communications secretary to the Queen and the Royal Family in
Lewis is due to return to an as yet undecided senior management role at
Centrica in the year 2000.
Naylor is currently corporate affairs head at oil firm Amerada Hess and
joins Centrica next month.
Like Lewis, he will report to Centrica chief executive Roy Gardner and
join the firm’s executive team. His responsibilities cover media
relations and government affairs, currently undertaken by 13 people.
Respective media relations and government affairs managers Tess Kershaw
and Patrick Law have covered for Lewis since he left and will now report
Lewis was also responsible for Centrica’s six-strong customer service
team, which has passed to group director of marketing, Simon Waugh.
Naylor, 42, has spent the past 11 years in the energy sector. Before his
six-and-a-half years as communications head at Amerada Hess, where he
oversaw a five-strong team, he was advertising and PR manager at
Issues on Centrica’s PR agenda include ensuring it gains as many
customers as possible in the newly-deregulated electricity market and
that it maintains its position in the gas market.