NEWS: GA yet to find main communicator

General Accident, the Perth-based insurance company, has still not found a permanent replacement for communications manager Ray Andrews, four weeks after he quit the firm.

General Accident, the Perth-based insurance company, has still not found

a permanent replacement for communications manager Ray Andrews, four

weeks after he quit the firm.



Head of a 12-strong in-house public relations team for four years,

Andrews left General Accident at the beginning of this month to set up

his own PR and marketing consultancy.



Reporting to assistant general manager Sandy Adams, Andrews had

responsibility for the company’s product promotion, corporate PR and

sponsorship activities across its general insurance business.



PR for life insurance, pensions and personal investment business remains

the responsibility of Ian Harper, communications manager for GA’s

subsidiary General Accident Life in York.



Andrews’ post has temporarily been filled by Callum Spreng, General

Accident’s internal communications manager, whose own position lies

vacant. Spreng declined to say whether he would take over from Andrews

on a permanent basis or if the company was searching for a fresh

replacement. ‘That is an internal matter for the company and I’m not

willing to discuss it,’ he said. He also refused to say who at General

Accident would be responsible for recruiting a new communications chief.



The vacancy leaves General Accident short of valuable PR support at a

significant point in its development. At the start of the year the

company bought pensions provider Provident Mutual and is looking to

acquire another general or life insurer in the UK and abroad.



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