The Savoy Group has poached Julia Record, PR director at rival
group Thistle Hotels, to be its group director of communications.
Record, who spent over four years at Thistle, replaces Wolfgang Winter
who was press and PR director. Winter has left the Savoy Group less than
two years after joining from hotel association Relais et Chateaux to set
up his own pub and restaurant venture.
Record joins Savoy Group next week and will head a five-strong
communications team at the luxury hotel chain which owns five London
hotels including the Savoy, Claridge’s, the Berkeley and the
Savoy Group also owns Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, the Savoy Theatre and
Worcestershire hotel the Lygon Arms. It was bought in April by US
investment group Blackstone from previous owners the Wontner family.
Savoy uses agencies overseas to raise its profile among potential
These include Text und Aktion in Germany and Middleton and Gendron in
Record will oversee this agency activity but Savoy Group does not
currently use a retained agency in the UK. She will also be responsible
for internal communications for the group’s 1,900 staff.
At Thistle, Record oversaw a team of three and used financial PR firm
the Hogarth Partnership. Hogarth will assume a wider role following
Record’s departure as Thistle decides whether to appoint a direct
replacement for her.