LONDON—Porter Novelli has hired Steve Loynes to replace Grant Currie as the firm's head of technology in the UK.
The appointment marks the second successive occasion on which Loynes has filled Currie's shoes. One year ago, Loynes departed Chameleon Group to become H+K Strategies' UK tech head, a role that was previously occupied by Currie before his own departure for Porter Novelli earlier in the year.
Currie, who exited Porter Novelli last month, has since joined software company Workday as senior director of EMEA corporate communications, according to his LinkedIn profile. He did not respond to request for comment as this story went live.
Porter Novelli UK MD Fenella Grey told the Holmes Report that Loynes arrival is part of wider structural changes at the firm. In November, the firm hired Debbie Spitz to oversee its critical HP relationship, on which Porter oversees enterprise and product PR duties.
"It’s been a year of good growth and success this year," Grey told the Holmes Report, noting that Currie had opted to leave the firm for a different challenge. "We wish Grant all the best."
Currie spent two and half years at H+K before joining Porter Novelli. Prior to that, he enjoyed a long association with Next 15 agencies Inferno and Bite Communications.
H+K, meanwhile, has promoted technology director Charlie Morgan to oversee the UK practice, following Loynes' exit.
"Charlie has proven herself to be an excellent client and new business practitioner and outstanding leader of people," said H+K UK CEO Richard Millar. "We have great faith in her ability to grow this business."
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