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.