Di Leo to depart from FHF
Fresh turbulence at FleishmanHillard Fishburn as UK public affairs chief prepares to join rival.
FleishmanHillard Fishburn public affairs chief Michelle Di Leo is leaving the agency for rival firm InHouse.
PAN has learned that Di Leo is moving on less than two years after she joined Fishburn Hedges as its UK head of public affairs from Teneo Strategy.
When Fishburn Hedges and Fleishman Hillard joined forces in late 2015, Di Leo was made head of public affairs for the newly-merged outfit.
She is also a former director at the now-defunct New Labour lobbying agency LLM Communications and is the partner of Mail on Sunday columnist Dan Hodges.
Di Lio will be leaving FleishmanHillard Fishburn at the end of June to take up her new role at In-House Communications, as a partner to co-founder Jo Tanner. It comes as former InHouse director and co-founder Katie Perrior has just quit her post as Downing Street communications director. Perrior has not yet announced her next move.
FleishmanHillard Fishburn is in the process of recruiting a successor for Di Leo.
Over the past year, the agency has lost key public affairs accounts with PepsiCo and Virgin Trains and the latest APPC records show that Fleishman Hillard Fishburn has only 10 public affairs clients. But a spokesman said the agency “remains very committed to the continued growith of its PA offer in London in partnership with FleishmanHillard’s market-leading offices in Brussels, Washington DC and the wider global network”.
FleishmanHillard Fishburn has also announced that Steph Bailey has been promoted to managing director of its corporate practice in London and Burson-Marsteller director Michael Hartt has been hired as a senior director and partner to lead on geo-political clients in London.