LONDON—Paul Bell, currently chief executive of Bell Pottinger Sans Frontières, the geopolitical unit of U.K. holding company Chime, has been appointed chief executive of the Bell Pottinger Group, Chime’s public relations division. He will take up the new role of January 1 and will work alongside Kevin Murray, who continues as chairman of the Bell Pottinger Group.
Bell has spent the last year or so further integrating Sans Frontières into the public relations group, while at the same time managing the firm’s special projects operation in the U.K., U.S. and overseas.
A former journalist, Bell spent his earlier career covering South Africa’s transition from apartheid and held senior posts on several leading publications. In the mid-1990s he served as director of communications for the country’s Electoral Commission, helping deliver its historic first non-racial, democratic general election.
In 2000 he returned to Britain to take up a post as a consultant for Bell Pottinger, and from 2004 led the team which built the company’s specialized practice in the development and deployment of strategic communications product for security-stabilization and conflict-mitigation. In 2008 he was appointed chief executive of Bell Pottinger Sans Frontières.