NEWS: Paragon staff establish Orange in-house team

Mobile telecommunications firm Orange is to take its press office functions in-house early next year with the arrival of three staff from its public relations agency Paragon Communications.

Mobile telecommunications firm Orange is to take its press office

functions in-house early next year with the arrival of three staff

from its public relations agency Paragon Communications.



The three member team will transfer to Orange’s newly refurbished

offices in St James’s Square in the new year to manage media enquiries.

They will continue to work under Paragon director Mark Davis who remains

on secondment with Orange but will not be joining the company as a

permanent member of staff.



Davis said that Paragon would continue to provide consumer and business-

to-business PR advice.



‘Eighteen months ago it was agreed the press office would move in-house

and we cherry-picked the best people to do the job,’ he said. ‘It will

be a seamless and planned transition.’



He added that Orange was continuing its search for a head of public

relations and marketing communications to replace Mark Humphrey who quit

in July (PR Week, 9 August).



The press officers at Orange will be joined by Deborah Young who is to

take up the post of head of internal communications.



Young was previously internal communications chief at Bristol and West

Building Society. Young starts on 1 February.



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