Candle Corporation, one of the world’s top three privately owned
computer software companies, has upgraded its PR function across Europe
and Asia with the creation of three senior communications roles.
Scott McDermott has been appointed to the newly created position of
senior director of international communications. McDermott leaves his
18-month post as director of corporate public relations at the Candle
headquarters in Santa Monica and will now direct PR across Europe and
Asia. His previous communications experience includes seven years with
IBM in Europe and the US.
Two newly-appointed directors will report to McDermott. Nadia Righetti
joins from Ogilvy PR Worldwide, where she was a consultant on the IBM
account, to take up the newly created post of director of communications
Europe. Huni Yoshakawa joins Candle as its first director of
communications in the Asia/Pacific region from Digital where she was
manager of marketing communications.
McDermott will continue to report to Joan Seavey, vice-president of
communications, public relations and advertising in Candle’s Santa
Monica office. He will oversee a team of 14 consultants spread across
Europe and Asia.
Candle specialises in business-to-business software, with particular
strengths in providing software compatibility between company networks
following mergers and acquisitions. Over the past two years the company,
which employs 1,500 staff worldwide, has reported an annual turnover
increase from pounds 146 million to pounds 196 million.