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26 January 2015

FTSE 100 Director of Corporate Affairs/Comms Survey – 2014 results

Watson Helsby’s latest FTSE 100 Group Director of Corporate Affairs/Communications Survey is published today http://goo.gl/5FxkZA. This analysis covers 99 of the FTSE 100, making it the most comprehensive survey available. Key findings include: 22% of FTSE 100s still do not believe in the need for the role and that only 43% of those FTSE 100s that do employ…

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29 October 2014

Is the corporate affairs director role sufficiently valued and understood?

In a recent article http://tinyurl.com/mj5c8w we highlighted that 43% of FTSE 100 companies have a corporate affairs director on the executive board. With NEDs increasingly wanting reassurance that relationships and reputation are being managed with the same rigour as any other business risk, it would be surprising if this did not increase. The Watson Helsby 2014 FTSE…

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29 October 2014

Corporate Comms Directors need to identify their successor

In a recent front page article in the FT (19th April) it was reported that “big UK companies are breaking with their global peers and hiring more chief executives from outside than ever before”.  According to research published by PwC, on which the piece was based, 58% of new chief executives came from outside the company, versus…

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