Camera and film manufacturer Eastman Kodak has hired Jonathan
Chandler as its first corporate communications director for Europe, the
Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Chandler joins from UK engineering company Lucas-Varity, where he was
group corporate relations manager. He reports to Lucas Varity group
corporate relations director, Nick Jones.
The London-based Kodak post was created as part of a cost-cutting
exercise, and combines the remits of two previous jobs: those of Michael
O’Farrell, who was corporate communications director in London, and
Bengt Eklund, who was public affairs director in Brussels. O’Farrell is
now a freelance PR consultant and Eklund has retired.
The company set a target to reduce global management by 20 per cent last
October, in order to deal with a decline in profits. Its first quarter
results for 1998 show a recovery, with a 51 per cent rise in profit
despite a seven per cent fall in sales compared to the first quarter in
Sales were pounds 1.8 billion in the first quarter of 1998, and profits
were pounds 141 million.
Chandler will oversee media management, external and internal
communications and public affairs in Brussels and London. He will report
to Eastman Kodak general manager for EMEA Alain Joffrin.
The company retains in-house PR staff in its six European divisions and
within major markets. Chandler will be responsible for co-ordinating
in-house PR managers across EMEA.