Catherine Lord, director of corporate affairs for Hilton International,
has left the company following a PR shake-up within parent company
Lord, who held the post for four years, left Hilton last Friday after
accepting a redundancy package. She is presently abroad and it is
unclear if she will take up a similar post elsewhere.
Aided by one secretary, Lord was responsible for promoting the Hilton
hotel brand around the world, except for the US. PR for hotels in the UK
remains the responsibility of director of PR Julia Clark.
Lord’s role will be taken over by Ladbroke’s head of corporate affairs
Stephen Devany who already handles PR for the group’s betting and gaming
Devany explained that Lord’s departure had been prompted by
organisational changes which will see Ladbroke move its central London
head office to Watford, where Hilton International is already based. The
company, he said, wanted to avoid the duplication of roles at the
‘We are trying to operate on the same level as before and want to run
the combined divisions without any overlap in responsibilities,’ he
Devany added that the reorganisation and Lord’s departure were not
related to talks between Ladbroke and Hilton Hotels Corporation of the
US about forging closer links. Ladbroke owns the Hilton brand worldwide,
while HHC owns it in the US.