Consumer PR agency Welbeck Golin/Harris has brought in Claire
Davidson, the director of sister agency Shandwick Scotlan, in a newly
created post as board director.
Davidson joined Shandwick seven years ago, and became head of the
Edinburgh office last year. She begins her new role in December and will
head up Welbeck’s consumer division.
She will report to chief executive Alison Clarke, who previously headed
the consumer division. Her appointment completes a restructure at the
agency in which Clarke took over this spring as chief executive from Ann
Brunton, now chairman.
Davidson’s move will be followed by a merger between Shandwick’s
Edinburgh office and sister agency PR Centre, also based in Edinburgh.
Shandwick’s other Scottish offices in Aberdeen and Glasgow remain the
PR Centre managing director Nora Farrell will head up the 25 strong
Edinburgh office from November, after the merger. The merger completes a
re-branding exercise Shandwick is undertaking in its UK regions and
The parent company bought its Scottish operation in 1989. Previously
known as PR Consultants Scotland it changed its name to Shandwick in
PR Centre was set up in 1990 to serve clients whose interests conflicted
with Shandwick’s other Scottish business.
’We now don’t have a single conflicting interest in about 32 clients,’
said Shandwick Scotland MD John Gerrie.
P Davidson’s move coincides with two departures from Shandwick
Associate director Ian Lindsley has left Shandwick to become director of
public affairs at Burson-Marsteller and Ben Bellak, a senior corporate
consultant, joined financial and corporate agency Focus Communications