Abbey National has appointed Hill and Knowlton director Nick
Chaloner as its new corporate communications chief.
The appointment ends a two month search for a replacement for Jane
Ageros, who is to join US investment bank Merrill Lynch as director of
marketing and communications in May.
Abbey National approached several in-house and consultancy professionals
for the job - including Coutts Bank’s head of corporate communications
Deborah Botwood-Smith and Financial Dynamics managing director Julian
Hanson-Smith - as well as internal candidates.
With a salary package believed to be worth around pounds 100,000 a year
and a title upgraded from head to director of corporate communications,
Chaloner will take charge of a department of 70 staff, including six
He will report to deputy chief executive Charles Toner, and media
relations, corporate literature and videos, events, customer relations
and shareholder communications will all come under his wing.
Chaloner has worked for Hill and Knowlton for nine years, latterly as
vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before that he was
managing director of the agency’s Athens office for three years.
He is due to take up the post at Abbey National either at the end of
this month or early in May.