Lucas Varity, the global automotive to aerospace group, has named
Reed Elsevier corporate relations head Nicholas Jones as its new PR
The job of group communications director is a new one. It is designed to
suit Lucas Varity’s new de-centralised PR structure which was created
following the merging of the two firms last year.
Lucas Varity’s last PR head Mike Beard left his job as director of
communications after being told there would no longer be a role for him
at the company.
(PR Week, 13 September). His old 18-strong department is being replaced
by individual communications resources in Lucas Varity’s seven global
The remaining staff of around ten may either go to a business unit or
move from Solihull to the group’s London headquarters to work for
He will report to Lucas Varity chief executive officer Victor Rice when
he joins in April.
His remit covers corporate media relations and the co-ordination of any
major public affairs issues. Jones will also be responsible for talking
to Lucas Varity’s audiences worldwide.
While at Reed Elsevier Jones helped to execute the communications
strategy to support the Anglo-Dutch merger of Reed International and