Former GrandMet man to join Ludgate

Neil Garnett, former group PR director at drinks and food giant GrandMet, is joining City consultancy Ludgate Communications as head of its corporate division.

Neil Garnett, former group PR director at drinks and food giant

GrandMet, is joining City consultancy Ludgate Communications as head of

its corporate division.



Garnett lost his position in the fall-out from the merger of GrandMet

and Guinness which led to the formation of Diageo last December.

However, he has been working out notice at Diageo and leaves to join

Ludgate on 6 April.



He replaces Gay Collins who left along with fellow Ludgate corporate

directors Andrew Nicolls and Shona Prendergast in January (PR Week, 23

January).



Ludgate hopes that the arrival of Garnett will help its 17-strong

corporate team attract clients from outside the financial world and

expand its base of corporate clients overseas. Current corporate clients

include National Parking Corporation, Arthur Andersen and Spanish bank

BBV.



Garnett has considerable in-house corporate experience. Prior to

arriving at GrandMet in 1993, he was head of corporate communications at

Texaco and chief press officer of TSB Group.



He said: ’I am joining Ludgate at a time of tremendous opportunity.

Following its acquisition last year by McCann-Erickson there is a

tremendous scope to build relationships and win business.’



Garnett’s GrandMet colleague Stephen Whitehead, formerly director of

external affairs at GrandMet, joined pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly as

director of public affairs in January. Charles Anson, who was group

corporate affairs director at GrandMet, also plans to leave Diageo.



Diageo’s corporate communications team is headed by group corporate

affairs director Peter Lipscomb. Reporting to Lipscomb are group

corporate communications director Lynn Shepherd and government and

industry affairs director Mark Leverton who were both part of Lipscomb’s

team at Guinness.



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