MHP splits with corporate and public affairs boss Lomax
Exclusive: chief operating officer makes a surprise exit
MHP Communications chief operating officer Jonathan Lomax has left the agency in a shock departure after 12 years, PAN has learned.
Lomax was elevated to the role of COO three years ago when MHP moved to merge its public and corporate affairs teams.
The former Labour researcher was put in charge of the single team in 2014, while head of public affairs Fiona Holroyde did not return from maternity leave.
Now, Lomax is understood to have left the agency without a new post lined up.
It comes after former Edelman public affairs chief Alex Bigg joined MHP earlier this year as chief executive, replacing Gavin Devine.
Bigg told PAN: "Jonathan has been a key part of MHP’s leadership since its inception, and most recently successfully delivered the merger of teams that saw the creation of our leading corporate affairs team.
"He has decided now is the right time to pursue other interests. Everyone at MHP would like to thank him for what he has done while at the company and we wish him the very best for the future."
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.