McCann strengthens its senior public and social relations team

Laura Lear, who previously led the sales and corporate team at public relations agency Speed ​​Communications, joins McCann as a partner in charge of public and social relations. This role was previously held by Patrick Southwell, who left last year to start the Five not 10 agency.

Lear reports to Andy Reid, Managing Director of McCann Bristol.

Melody Meacher-Jones joins the new role of Social Services Manager, reporting to Lear. In his previous role as Social Media Manager at Lidl, Meacher-Jones was responsible for brand strategies for social media and influencers, including campaigns. She also worked at BT and Nestlé.

In addition to leading McCann Bristol’s existing public relations team and client portfolio, Lear will work with Meacher-Jones to expand the agency’s social offering, McCann Live. The agency said the offering had seen “significant growth” over the past year.

McCann’s public and social relations team now has over 60 people operating in Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Milton Keynes and London. The team has its own clients and supports McCann’s integrated clients across different industries.

Chris Arthur, Group Managing Director, PR & Comms, at McCann Central, said: Critical role in the marketing mix. Never has there been such a need to engage audiences meaningfully and truthfully.

“The appointments of Laura and Melody demonstrate our commitment to this and our understanding of the communications landscape. By building a strong PR and social relations team within a large, integrated agency, you get everything under one roof, which is the key to making a real impact for brands and businesses. “

McCann is part of the Interpublic Group, which also owns the public relations agencies Weber Shadwick and Golin.

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