Portland pinches WS lobbyist for partner post
Chris Hogwood becomes the 23rd member of the ‘leadership team’.
Portland has appointed Weber Shandwick’s deputy head of public affairs to head up its local government lobbying team.
Chris Hogwood is understood to be effectively replacing Kevin McKeever, who recently left Portland to set up his own firm.
The Weber Shandwick lobbyist joins Tim Allan’s agency as a partner and the 23rd member of the ‘leadership team’. The leadership team is comprised of 16 partners and a number of other more senior figures such as chief adviser George Pascoe-Watson and managing partner Steve Morris.
Hogwood started at Weber Shandwick as an account manager in 2011, having a been a media relations officer for London Councils. In 2014 he was promoted to be head of property and planning and he was made deputy head of public affairs last year.
PAN revealed earlier this week that Weber Shandwick had recruited former Number 10 special adviser Kate Shouesmith to be its new deputy head of public affairs.