British Airways Appoints Former Blair Aide Simpson
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British Airways Appoints Former Blair Aide Simpson

British Airways has named Julia Simpson head of corporate communications, reporting to chief executive Willie Walsh. She will be responsible for corporate media relations, the news desk and internal communications.

Paul Holmes

LONDON—British Airways has named Julia Simpson head of corporate communications, reporting to chief executive Willie Walsh.  She will be responsible for corporate media relations, the news desk and internal communications.

Simpson was previously an adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair for strategic communications and was responsible for communications advice on counter-terrorism, home affairs, education and local government.

She will take on the post formerly held by the airline’s head of communications, Iain Burns, who left last year after being linked to an investigation into alleged price-fixing of fuel surcharges.  Thomas Coops, who had been leading the communications function, has agreed to continue as head of corporate and media relations until the end of July to ensure a smooth transition.

Says Walsh, “British Airways is one of the U.K.’s highest profile business brands. This is one of the most important jobs in communications and we are delighted that Julia is joining us. Her background and experience are exactly what we need given the wide-ranging communications agenda that we have over the medium term.”

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