NEWS: Anglian names corporate head

Anglian Water has named Mike Keohane, head of corporate communications at Hydro-Electric, as its new corporate relations director.

Anglian Water has named Mike Keohane, head of corporate communications

at Hydro-Electric, as its new corporate relations director.



Keohane joins the water utility in April after eight years at Perth-

based Hydro-Electric. He replaces Claire Maskell who left Anglian in

December, after 15 months in the job, to join the London Stock Exchange.



Keohane, who reports to Anglian’s finance director, Chris Mellor, will

head up a staff of 26 handling investor relations, internal

communications, parliamentary issues, media, marketing and community

relations.



He said his main aim at Anglian Water, which in November announced its

most successful half-year ever, was to ensure that the company was

‘properly understood’ by all its audiences.



‘Anglian enjoys a very high reputation as water companies go,’ he said.

‘Its investment in infrastructure has been seen to pay off and last

summer, which was a difficult time for some water companies, was

actually very good for Anglian.



‘We may not be able to challenge politicians’ political beliefs but we

can be sure that when they make statements about us they make them from

a position of authority.’



Keohane said his new team was already very strong. ‘What I’ll bring to

the party is good experience in performance measurement,’ he said.



‘During my time at Hydro-Electric we knew precisely which messages we

wanted to convey to which audiences. When we had identified, and

communicated those messages, we measured our communications to ensure

that we had achieved what we had set out to do.’



Before joining Hydro-Electric, Keohane was head of group corporate

communications at the Royal Bank of Scotland.



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