Jones resignation leads to top level reshuffle at BA

British Airways is hunting for a head of international communications as part of a change in its top PR management following the resignation of Peter Jones.

British Airways is hunting for a head of international

communications as part of a change in its top PR management following

the resignation of Peter Jones.



Jones announced his intention to quit the airline last week after just

two months in the job of head of corporate communications. He was

previously acting director of public affairs with responsibility for all

internal and external communications, but ceded that role to BA’s

current director of corporate affairs Kevin Murray in July.



In November Jones took on the new post of head of corporate

communications, which embraced media relations and internal

communications and some responsibility for BA’s planned broadcast

service BATV. His appointment followed a revamp of communications by

Murray which saw Michael Blunt, Andrea Matthews and Ron Scabling

installed respectively as heads of international communications,

research and evaluation and PR services.



Michael Blunt has been named as Jones’ replacement, although some

functions including publications and BATV, will be shared between the

other department chiefs.



Blunt’s transfer means that BA is now seeking a senior manager to take

charge of its communications staff and 53 PR agencies overseas. The

airline is also looking to recruit a further six managers for its

in-house PR team.



Jones admitted that not getting the top communications job was a factor

in his decision to step down, but added: ’The most important thing is

what I want to do for the next five or six years. After 10 years with BA

I felt I wanted something else.’



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