LONDON—Global technology public relations firm Lewis has appointed Paul Charles, currently director of communications for Virgin Atlantic, to the new role of chief operating officer. Charles takes up his new role in January and will report to CEO Chris Lewis.
Charles has advised Virgin Atlantic president Sir Richard Branson since he joined the airline in 2006 and most recently spearheaded Virgin Atlantic’s 25th birthday campaign. Before joining Virgin Atlantic, Paul was director of communications at Eurostar and a presenter and reporter for BBC News on programs including Radio 4’s Today, Radio 4’s MoneyBox, BBC World Business Report, Radio 5 Live’s Financial World Tonight and BBC1’s Breakfast News.
Charles has also been a non-executive director of Lewis PR since 2005. The firm currently employs 250 people in 39 wholly-owned offices across the U.S., EMEA and Asia-Pacific, generating 2009 revenues of more than $31million. CEO Chris Lewis has ambitious expansion plans and has often discussed a stock market listing as a way to fund growth.
According to Lewis: "Paul joins us at a very significant stage for the agency, and he will be instrumental in supporting our next stage of growth. Paul’s depth of corporate communications expertise will prove instrumental in the development of agency strategy, but also provide a great source of knowledge for both clients and staff.”
Charles, meanwhile, says Lewis “has a very exciting future ahead of it and will play a key role in the consolidation re-shaping the industry.”