NEWS: New digs for Gillman at JCB

International excavator firm JCB has appointed Steve Gillman as its new head of press and public relations.

International excavator firm JCB has appointed Steve Gillman as its new

head of press and public relations.



Gillman, 50, joined the Staffordshire company last week but takes up the

position officially next month, when director of press and public

relations Michael Hancock, 63, retires.



Since last April, Gillman has run his own PR consultancy Gillman

Communications, before which he was regional corporate communications

manager with Girobank and then with Alliance and Leicester, following

its merger with the bank.



Gillman, who will head up a team of three, said: ‘JCB will be looking at

its whole corporate communications strategy as well as attempting to

orchestrate its eight subsidiary companies overseas.’



Unlike Hancock, who joined JCB seven years after a long journalistic

career - including 30 years with the BBC - Gillman will not sit on the

company board.



JCB, which has 3,000 employees, trades in 140 countries worldwide with

Europe accounting for 70 per cent of its sales. Last year it had a

turnover of pounds 564 million.



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