Hanover hires ex-BBC man Guto Harri for his second agency gig

Written by Rod Muir on 2 May 2018 in News

Harri previously worked for Fleishman Hillard - but only for a few weeks.

Hanover has swooped for Guto Harri, appointing the former BBC journalist and Boris Johnson aide as a senior adviser.

In the new job he will report into agency boss Charles Lewington as Hanover looks to further burnish its credentials in corporate PR and lobbying for telecoms and tech firms.

Working across Europe and the Middle East, Harri will provide senior counsel to major Hanover clients such Goldman Sachs, Airbus, Microsoft, Tesco, Time Warner, Sky, Lilly and Tata Steel.

He becomes the second big hire for Hanover in the last 18 months after Lewington's agency signed up former Sunday Times political editor and BT corporate affairs director Michael Prescott last year.

"Guto is a fantastic professional who has a uniquely deep understanding of politics, media and the corporate world, backed by years of experience,” said Lewington. "His particular expertise in media and telecoms helps reinforce Hanover’s position as a leading consultancy for brand, employee engagement, corporate PR and regulatory support for tech businesses."

Harri spent 18 years as a reporter and presenter at the BBC before joining the public affairs team at Fleishman Hillard where one of his first roles was advising Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change. But he left the agency after just a few weeks in 2008 to become director of communications for Boris Johnson in his first term as mayor of London.

He went on to work for NewsUK as director of communications and corporate affairs and was most recently managing director of MD of external communications at media company Liberty Global, the owner of Virgin Media.

In a statement on the new role, Harri said: "The challenges, energy, wisdom and experience at Hanover is not only impressive but inspiring, and I look forward to working more closely and regularly with the fabulous people I’ve recently met, and those I have known and respected for many years."

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