Public affairs veteran Cartwright quits Ketchum after 10 years

Written by Rod Muir on 11 September 2017 in News

Former PRCA public affairs chair takes another corporate post.

Public affairs industry stalwart  Rod Cartwright is set to join PR firm Text100 as director for the EMEA region.

Cartwright, a former public affairs chair at the PRCA, makes the move after almost 10 years as global corporate lead at Ketchum.

Text100, a tech-focused agency, recently merged with consumer agency Lexis to make London its biggest office. In the new post, Cartwright will be responsible for Text100's offices in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands, leading a team of approximately 200.

Cartwright joined Ketchum in 2007 as public affairs managing director, having previously overseen public affairs at Hill & Knowlton.

The Labour-supporting lobbyist started his career as an intern at PS Public Affairs in 1994 and went on to manage events for Tony Blair and John Prescott during the 1997 general election.

Last year Cartwright spoke to PRCA director general Francis Ingham for PAN’s ‘lunch with’ series and told how he was still a Labour party member.

He said: "I am still a card carrying member, though not perhaps as passionately overjoyed with the direction of the party as I might be. And I don’t just mean in terms of Left versus Right. I mean that political parties need to be in power to enact their programme. I worry profoundly that being seen to tear ourselves apart very publicly cannot be good for a country craving stability."

He also told Ingham that Donald Trump would not be president. "No. It’ll be Clinton. But I do honestly worry that being a Trump supporter is somewhat of a dirty secret that probably won’t show in the polling. I think it’ll be Clinton; I think it’ll be close." 




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