Hill and Knowlton has poached Mario Dunn, head of policy at the
Communications Workers Union, to join its public affairs and corporate
Dunn was a key strategist on the union’s campaign to stop post office
privatisation in 1995. He also acted as an aide to Tony Blair during the
recent general election campaign.
Previously he was head of research at the union, after joining from
Business in the Community.
Dunn’s appointment comes two months after H&K lost Julian Eccles, its
senior associate director in the public affairs and corporate policy
Eccles was poached by Chris Smith, the newly renamed Secretary of State
for Culture, Media and Sport, to be his special adviser.
Explaining his move, Dunn said that H&K’s reputation as a public affairs
company is ’second to none’. ’With the election of a Labour Government,
I believe I bring a strong understanding of the thinking and strategies
of the new administration,’ he said.