Friday, 8 January 2016

News UK names Daisy Dunlop as new comms director

Daisy Dunlop is set to return to News UK as director of comms after a three year stint at the News Corp HQ in New York, replacing Guto Harri who is to take up a new external comms role at Liberty Global.

Dunlop, who starts her new role in mid-February, is currently deputy head of comms at parent company News Corp, where she has been working with chief comms officer Jim Kennedy.

She moved to New York ahead of the company split in 2013 when the publishing division separated from the TV and film division. Prior to this role, she worked in London as head of external comms for News UK (formerly News International). She first joined News Corp in 2001 and, between 2001 and 2003, worked for News Corp Europe on the merger of Stream and Telepiu and the subsequent formation of Sky Italia.

Rebekah Brooks, CEO of News UK, said: “Daisy has an unrivalled knowledge of this company and our industry and I am delighted that she will be joining us in London.

“As a skilled communicator she will be telling our story to key stakeholders and clients, as well as managing our internal communications and CSR strategies.”

Dunlop added: “I am greatly looking forward to working with Rebekah Brooks and COO David Dinsmore as they lead the company to greater growth through quality journalism, sound financial stewardship and digital innovation.

“News UK is a true investor in professional journalism and its audiences are loyal and valuable to advertisers. I look forward to ensuring that this story gets the visibility it deserves.”

At the same time, Helen Collier has been promoted to deputy director of comms. She is currently head of comms at News UK and joined the business in 2014.

Gorkana reported last month that Harri is to take up the newly-created role of MD of external comms for Liberty Global in February.

He began his career as a journalist for the BBC, where he covered the events surrounding the collapse of communism, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first Gulf War, and rose to become the BBC’s chief political correspondent at Westminster.

Harri joined News UK as director of comms and corporate affairs in 2013.

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