Text 100’s public affairs team has been reduced to one full-time
member following the departure of two of its staff to start a new
hi-tech practice for Ludgate public affairs.
Samantha Vaughan and Nick Kalisperas begin work at Ludgate on 5
Vaughan will head the new practice, initially reporting to Ludgate
public affairs deputy managing director Richard Elsen.
She and Kalisperas will advise clients in the IT and telecoms sectors on
government relations and public policy issues.
At Text 100, Vaughan and Kalisperas advised companies including
Microsoft, Xerox, Amazon.co.uk, EDS and the Computing Services and
Vaughan and Kalisperas’ departure leaves the agency with one full-time
lobbyist, Rachel Odd, who is about to move to Text 100’s new mainstream
PR operation, Ignite (PR Week, 18 June). Text 100 public affairs head
Vanessa Holtham left earlier this year for sister consumer PR firm, Joe
Text 100 is in the process of hiring staff to replace Vaughan and
The new recruits will join Odd at Ignite.
At Ludgate, Vaughan and Kalisperas are expected to liaise with the
agency’s new Virginia-based sister lobbying firm, Weber McGinn, which
specialises in the IT sector.