Littlewoods has appointed Jim Donovan as group corporate affairs
director, to replace Gwen Gober who left in September.
Donovan will handle all corporate communications across the group,
heading a team of 10, which includes head of corporate communications
Stephanie Rintoul and community affairs manager Jerry Marston.
His responsibilities cover corporate media relations, internal
communications, community and public affairs and corporate
Donovan’s arrival comes in the middle of a major restructure for
The restructure has created two divisions. Retail encompasses Index,
Index Extra, Littlewoods stores, the digital shopping channel Shop! and
the Littlewoods catalogue. Leisure comprises the Pools, scratchcards and
sports phone betting service Bet Direct. The retail side was previously
run as separate companies with individual managing directors.
Managing the company’s internal communications programme will form a
large chunk of Donovan’s role. Gober left without announcing her future