Google nabs Skelton from Weber
Exclusive: David Skelton set to leave Weber Shandwick months after joining to head up UK public affairs
Weber Shandwick’s head of public affairs is to join Google as public policy manager, PAN can reveal.
David Skelton is understood to have been poached by the web giant for the sought-after role. It comes just six months after he was brought in by Weber Shandwick to replace Alex Deane as the firm's UK public affairs chief.
Skelton is a former Policy Exchange deputy director who stood as a Tory parliamentary candidate in 2010 and recently set up the think tank 'Renewal', with the aim of broadening the appeal of the Conservative Party. He also spent seven years at PA Consulting.
His move to Weber was revealed by PAN in April and he started the new role immediately after the May 2015 general election.
Skelton is expected to make the move to Google after Christmas, with Weber launching a search for a replacement in the meantime. The agency is believed to be looking for a senior Conservative with good links to government figures.
Weber Shandwick UK corporate, financial and public affairs chairman Jon McLeod confirmed the departure in a statement.
He said: “It’s a great compliment to Weber Shandwick that Dave has attracted the interest of a firm like Google. Dave has been a great colleague and he goes with our best wishes.”