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Each year, to enhance our executive search advisory offer, Watson Helsby publishes a FTSE 100 Group Director of Corporate Communications/Affairs Survey. This provides an intriguing picture of everything from reporting lines and Executive Committee membership to the – ever fascinating – subject of remuneration. The 2018 Survey has just been published.
This has become the most comprehensive and insightful survey of its type, in terms of both the number of companies surveyed and the range of questions we ask/themes we investigate.
• 79% of FTSE 100s employ a Corporate Communications/Affairs Director, a decline year-on year of 2%.
• The percentage of FTSE 100 Corporate Communications/ Affairs Directors who are formal members of the Executive Committee has dropped to 49% this year (from 51%).
• Budgets are generally flat or down (90%). Given a number of factors, including the economic uncertainty created by Brexit. This compares with only 73% reporting flat or down in 2016/17.
• The year 2017/18 has, again, seen considerable change at the top, with 15 companies in the FTSE 100 making changes (vs. 20 the previous year and 16 the year before that). This means that 51 companies have changed their corporate communications/affairs director since 2015 or disbanded the role.
We would welcome any questions or comments.
Nick Helsby is the CEO of Watson Helsby, a specialist communications (external and internal) and corporate affairs/government relations executive search and leadership firm. He has over twenty years headhunting experience, in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa, placing senior communications, PR and corporate affairs professionals in some of the world’s leading organisations. He can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or comments.
The full report is available to download on http://www.watsonhelsby.co.uk/assets/files/FTSE_Report_2018.pdf