Newgate boss Gavin Devine quits to set up his own shop
A new chief executive will be appointed ‘in due course’
Newgate Communications CEO Gavin Devine has left the company and established a new consultancy called Park Street Partners.
The former boss of MHP Communications has made the shock move after just under two years in the hotseat at Newgate. He is understood to have walked out of the public affairs and communications consultancy, owned by Porta Communications, at the end of February.
Sources at Porta insisted that Devine’s departure was “entirely amicable”.
On the subject of a successor for Devine, a Porta spokesperson said: “As far as Porta is concerned, late in 2017 the board was strengthened with the appointment of Brian Tyson, the chief executive of Newgate Australia and Fiorenzo Tagliabue, founder and chief executive of SEC, who joined the Porta board as non-executive deputy chairman.
“Newgate is led by a very strong management team consisting of its four practice leaders and has had a good start to 2018. We expect to make an appointment of a chief executive in due course.”
Porta was rocked by plummeting share prices over 2016 and saw executive chairman and founder David Wright retire in May 2017. In August last year, Italian communications group SEC took a 19.3% stake in Porta, which is now led by CEO Steffan Williams.
Seasoned public affairs operator Devine left MHP in 2016 to become CEO of Newgate and also chief operating officer at Porta Communications. He was previously a public affairs consultant at now-defunct AS Biss and then part of the leadership team that formed MHP in 2010.