Tesco’s planning executive Bill Hamilton has quit his job after just
three months to become Safeway’s first director of public affairs.
Hamilton left Tesco last week and will join Safeway in six weeks time
with a brief to tackle government issues including safety, the
environment and planning controls.
The new role, believed to carry a salary of around pounds 70,000, is one
of several created by the supermarket in a bid to sharpen its
Hamilton joined Tesco in March after a 15-month stint as head of
campaigns and communications at the Manufacturing, Science and Finance
union (PR Week, 8 March).
At Safeway he will report to the company’s director of communications
Kevin Hawkins and head a team of three public affairs managers.
Hamilton will work alongside the supermarket’s director of corporate
affairs Teresa Wickham.
Hawkins has also hired Ken Hunter as internal communications manager and
is poised to announce the appointment of a PR manager for Scotland.
He said Hamilton’s appointment is the result of the fact that the food
retail sector is becoming subject to increased government and EU