BP Taps Blair Aide as Director of Communications
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BP Taps Blair Aide as Director of Communications

Anji Hunter, a close advisor to British prime minister Tony Blair, is joining BP--known as Blair Petroleum because of its close links with the current administration--as director of communications.

Paul Holmes

LONDON, November 9—Anji Hunter, a close advisor to British prime minister Tony Blair, is joining BP as director of communications. The appointment will further strengthen the links between the Blair government and BP, which has become known as Blair Petroleum because of its close links with the current administration.
 
Hunter, who has known Blair since they were at school together in the early 1970s and who has been his advisor since he became leader of the Labour Party seven years ago, was director of government relations and known by the media as “the second most important woman at Downing Street” next to the prime minister’s wife, Cherie.
 
Hunter’s responsibilities at BP will include image and branding strategy, and she will presumably work closely with BP’s head of public policy Nick Butler, who has been an informal adviser to Blair in the past. And Lord Simon, former chairman of the oil company, was recently named minister of state for European trade at the Department of Trade and Industry.
 
Said Blair in a statement, “Anji Hunter has made a fantastic contribution to the government and Labour party. Our loss is BP's gain.”
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