LONDON—The BBC has appointed Ed Williams, currently director of corporate affairs at Reuters, as head of corporate communications, with overall responsibility for the development and implementation of the BBC’s communications strategy. He will lead the BBC press office, corporate and parliamentary affairs and a significant web publishing operation, and will work directly with the BBC director-general and the executive board.
He succeeds Sally Osman, who left the BBC in September to pursue other interests and will report into Tim Davie, director of marketing, communications and audiences.
Before his current role at Reuters, he worked as director of corporate communications for 3, Hutchinson Whampoa’s telecoms business in the U.K. Prior to that he spent almost six years at Brunswick Group, advising on media relations, corporate positioning, crisis management and campaigns, as well as working on merger and acquisition communications. In an individual capacity, he also worked as media consultant to General Wesley Clark during his time as a witness at the Milosevic trial.