HSBC public affairs chief quits for mentoring post

Written by David Singleton on 5 June 2017 in News

Katja Hall is one of the biggest hitters in UK corporate and public affairs.

HSBC’s top UK public affairs operator is leaving to take up a new role as a partner at a board-level mentoring organisation, PAN has learned.

Katja Hall is quitting as group head of external affairs and sustainability at the banking giant after almost two years. She was previously deputy director general at the CBI

The corporate and public affairs heavyweight will now join Chairman Mentors International, a board level mentoring organisation that matches very senior executives and non-executive directors with top European chairmen.

"HSBC is a fantastic company and it has been a great privilege to work here and develop a more proactive approach to communications and engagement over the past few years. However, I am very excited to be joining CMi," Hall stated in a recent email sent to colleagues announcing the move.

"I am passionate about leadership development and the role of business in driving economic growth and increasing prosperity for all. This role will enable me to combine my interest in business and leadership with the opportunity to help grow a small, entrepreneurial business."

Hall’s public affairs responsibilities will now be taken over by HSBC’s group head of government affairs Sherard Cowper-Coles, while external communications will now be overseen by group general manager Pierre Goad.

HSBC currently retains Teneo Blue Rubicon for external public affairs support. HSBC sources said there were no immediate plans to review this arrangement.



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