Lisa Spiro, UBS managing director with responsibility for corporate
communications across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is to leave
the investment bank after seven years, to set up her own public
Her new venture will specialise in communications, crisis management,
strategic advice and corporate responsibility issues.
It is unclear who will take over Spiro’s position at UBS, although she
said that executive director Alan Ogden is ’the most senior person in
terms of experience’.
Ogden left his job as deputy chairman of Hill and Knowlton (PR Week,
February 21) to become UBS executive director, corporate communications,
reporting to Spiro.
The other senior communicators at UBS are director of media relations
Simon Pincombe, European advertising and marketing director Brian Offen
and head of new media Kim Kennedy.
Daily Telegraph City diarist turned PR-man Damien McCrystal left UBS at
the beginning of the year when he was hired by Andrew Regan’s Lanica
During her career Spiro has acquired a reputation for her crisis
management abilities. In her previous post at Salomon Brothers she
handled the adverse publicity surrounding accusations that the bank was
ruthlessly sacking staff.
She was then head-hunted to UBS where she had to deal with the negative
publicity surrounding the Blue Arrow trial in which UBS-owned broker
Phillips and Drew was embroiled.