Senior departure and arrival at Propaganda

Propaganda CD resigns as new MD is hired for Blue Communications

Chairman Julian Kynaston said: “John’s work has directly contributed to our growth and reputational success nationally, and we shall always speak highly of his time with us; we wish him lots of luck and continued success in his future endeavors.”

The change coincides with executive creative director and shareholder Steve Dixon reducing his hours to half a week to fulfill some long-standing personal ambitions. He told The Drum: “We’ve found a great CD, in Lu Dixon, and this is a natural time to work on the business, rather than in it. I’ve spent eight or nine years helping the business take shape and become a success.”

He will continue to work closely on “around half a dozen clients” as well as Illamasqua, the cosmetics brand of which he is a shareholder.

Meanwhile, Propaganda announced the appointment of Karen Flynn as the the new managing director of its marine and energy PR agency, Blue Communications.

In the last year, the agency has won £500,000 in fees and has outlined a turnover forecast of £1m by the end of its second financial year. It has six people working out of its Singapore base, as well as four in Europe.

Flynn was previously MD of the Singapore office of Manning Selvage and and has over 20 years PR experience working for a number of blue-chip clients including Unilever, Johnny Walker, Hennessy and GlaxoSmithKline.

Kynaston said: “While it is still early days for a new start-up company, a strong team, with a great client base and a solid new business pipeline means that the signs are good.”

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