Porta boss to retire following rebuild at Newgate

Written by Rod Muir on 4 May 2017 in News

David Wright is stepping down as executive chairman.

The former chief executive of the firm that owns Newgate Communications is stepping down.

David Wright is retiring from his post of executive chairman at Porta Communications.

It comes a year after MHP Communications chief executive Gavin Devine joined Newgate as chief operating officer.

Since Devine took over, corporate and public affairs firm Newgate has moved to rebuild its lobbying team by bringing in three former Conservative special advisers: Sian Jones, Tomos Davies and Alastair Masser.

Newgate’s public affairs firepower had been weakened in early 2015 by the departure of its top two lobbyists Simon Nayyar and Eben Black.

In the last year, Newgate also acquired planning lobbying firm PPS Group in a £6.2 million deal.

Wright is a former Financial Times journalist who went on to found the agency Citigate. He became Porta’s first CEO in 2010 and has helped it grow to a business with 18 offices in nine countries. Porta also owns the PR agencies Publicasity and Redleaf.

The news comes seven months after Porta's last major reshuffle, which saw Wright move from CEO to executive chairman and Steffan Williams taking the chief executive role.

Williams said: "I would like to thank David for all his hard work in getting Porta to where it is today. David helped start Porta and played a key part in taking the company from its start-up phase to becoming a significant independent company within the strategic communications advisory market. We wish him well in his retirement.”


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