Alan Huw Smith, corporate communications director at FTSE 100
healthcare company Nycomed Amersham, has announced he is to leave his
post in March.
He will be replaced by Matthew Butler, director of corporate information
at Thames Water.
Huw Smith held joint responsibilitiy for corporate affairs with Eric
Cameron, who left the company at the end of December to start his own
agency. Huw Smith joined from Buckinghamshire-based Amersham when it
merged with Norwegian Nycomed in July last year.
’Both Eric and I made it clear that we would leave once the merger was
complete and bedded down, in order to assist the transition,’ said
Huw Smith, who joined Amersham from a directorship of Granfield in 1994,
remains silent about his future. His remit at Nycomed includes corporate
and public affairs, and assisting with investor relations and financial
Following the departure of finance director Andrew Allner in December,
the company is looking at how to divide responsibility for investor
Allner has been replaced by former company secretary Giles Kerr.
Brunswick handle Nycomed Amersham’s financial PR.
Butler joined Thames Water in July 1996 and was responsible for bringing
together its corporate communications activities, including IR, media
relations, employee communications, branding and advertising. At Nycomed
he will oversee a ten-strong communications team.
Prior to Thames Water, Butler was the assistant private secretary to the
Prince of Wales, and remains an ’extra equerry’ to Prince Charles.
Nycomed Amersham was placed in the FTSE 100 in December, filling the
vacancy created by drinks and leisure company Grand Metropolitan’s
merger with Guinness.
The pounds 2 billion plus merger between Amersham International and
Nycomed created the largest diagnostic imaging and life sciences company
in the world. The company produces agents used to illuminate organs in
x-rays and brain scans, and a nuclear imaging product which enables
doctors to pinpoint cell disorders. Its key markets are in Europe, the
US and Japan.