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.’