Hill & Knowlton’s Jacquelynne Willcox moves to rival agency Weber Shandwick

Jacquelynne Willcox has moved from troubled PR agency Hill & Knowlton to Weber Shandwick to take on a practice director role with the agency’s public affairs division.

Willcox’s left Hill & Knowlton this month after almost six and a half years in the similar role of practice director, government relations and public affairs.

Her move is the latest of several changes at Hill & Knowlton in recent months.

Weber Shandwick chairman Ian Rumsby said: “Jacquelynne’s experience in public and corporate affairs has made her one of the most respected practitioners in the Australian market. Her knowledge of issues across a range of industry sectors, coupled with an unparalleled expertise in crisis management, will significantly enhance our client service offering. I’m delighted to have her on board.”

Willcox starts at the agency on Monday.

Last month, Hill & Knowlton promoted senior advisor Tim McPhail to head up public affairs. The loss of Willcox is the latest in a string of staff changes at the agency including the appointment of veteran Sue Cook as MD after Marcus Warner departed in March after only eight months in the top job.

The change in management followed the departure of CEO Michelle Hutton in March last year who left to run rival agency Edelman. Hill & Knowlton’s parent company WPP has since launched legal action against Hutton and former director of consumer practice Anna MacIntosh, who also made the agency switch, for an alleged breach of contractual obligations relating to clients.


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