NEWS: Anson departs Palace for Grand Metropolitan

Burger King parent company Grand Metropolitan has turned to Buckingham Palace to fill its top PR job.

Burger King parent company Grand Metropolitan has turned to Buckingham

Palace to fill its top PR job.



Charles Anson, the Queen’s press secretary, joins the company in

February 1997 as group corporate relations director. The post - reported

to carry a salary of around pounds 120,000 - has been vacant since group

corporate communications director Mary Carroll left in August to return

to the US.



The announcement may disappoint NatWest Group which had also been

considering Anson as a replacement for its former director of corporate

affairs Simon Lewis.



At Grand Met Anson inherits a new title and brief which includes

government, trade and media relations as well as internal

communications. He will lead a team of four executives reporting to

Grand Met’s group services director David Tagg.



A former diplomat, Anson spent three years at merchant bank Kleinwort

Benson as group PR director before joining the Palace in 1990. He is

succeeded by his deputy Geoff Crawford, another former diplomat who

joined as assistant press secretary to the Queen in June 1988, on

secondment from the Australian diplomatic service.



Crawford is, in turn, succeeded by assistant press secretary Penelope

Russell-Smith and the Palace is recruiting a replacement for her role.



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