Ex-MHP chief Jonathan Lomax resurfaces with corporate job at MSL
Lomax is a former Labour researcher and AS Biss lobbyist.
Former MHP Communications chief operating officer Jonathan Lomax is set to join global PR group MSL to lead its corporate practice in London.
Lomax resurfaces at MSL seven months after making a surprise exit from MHP, where he was chief operating officer.
He had spent 12 years at MHP and its forerunner AS Biss, but made an abrupt departure following the arrival of former Edelman public affairs chief Alex Bigg as chief executive.
In the new job, Lomax will be tasked with growing the UK corporate communications and reputation management practice at MSL, which is part of Publicis Groupe.
James Parsons, joint CEO at MSL said: “We are thrilled that Jonathan is joining the team... The practice has grown consistently for the last three years, achieving over 30% growth in 2017 following wins such as AkzoNobel, Transferwise and Landsec. We set high expectations for this role and Jonathan ticked all the boxes.
“Culturally he’s an excellent fit for MSL, he’s commercially savvy, values creativity, he’s a strong senior adviser and has a proven track record in building prosperous, long-term client relationships. We have no doubt Jonathan will steer the corporate practice firmly in the right direction.”
Lomax is a former researcher for ex-Labour MP Bill Tynan, who stood down in 2005. He went on to become public affairs chief at The Salvation Army and a consultant at the now defunct lobbying firm AS Biss, a forerunner to MHP.
He said: “MSL’s ambitious growth plans, the impressive performance to date and integrated way of working are what attracted me to this role. I think MSL has an opportunity to demonstrate a level of creativity in corporate work that will really mark it out from its competitors. That, in addition to a very strong international network, a superb existing team and a diverse roster of clients will help me to continue to drive growth."