October 29, 2009 14:34 ET

Global PR Agency LEWIS Appoints Virgin Atlantic's Paul Charles as Chief Operating Officer

LONDON--(Marketwire - October 29, 2009) - Leading global PR agency, LEWIS, has appointed Paul Charles, former PR Professional of The Year, and currently Director of Communications for Virgin Atlantic, in the new role of Chief Operating Officer.

Paul takes up his post in January and will report to CEO Chris Lewis.

Paul has advised Virgin Atlantic President Sir Richard Branson since he joined the airline in 2006 and, most recently, spearheaded Virgin Atlantic's successful 25th birthday campaign.

Paul has been a non-executive Director of LEWIS PR, whose global roster of clients includes BT, Sanyo, Pret A Manger, Audi and, since 2005. Before joining Virgin Atlantic, Paul was Director of Communications at Eurostar and a presenter and reporter for BBC News on programs including Radio 4's Today, Radio 4's MoneyBox, BBC World Business Report, Radio 5 Live's Financial World Tonight and BBC1's Breakfast News.

Commenting on his appointment, the founder and CEO of LEWIS PR, Chris Lewis, said: "Paul joins us at a very significant stage for the agency, and he will be instrumental in supporting our next stage of growth. Paul's depth of corporate communications expertise will prove instrumental in the development of agency strategy, but also provide a great source of knowledge for both clients and staff."

"I'm thrilled to be joining a great team at LEWIS PR in this important new role," added Paul Charles. "It's a fantastic business which has journalistic values at its core and which continues to go from strength to strength even during the downturn. LEWIS has a very exciting future ahead of it and will play a key role in the consolidation re-shaping the industry. I was honored and privileged to work at Virgin Atlantic, one of the world's greatest airlines, and will always remember the exciting times I had there."

LEWIS PR employs 250 people at 38 wholly-owned offices across the US, EMEA and Asia Pacific, with regional headquarters in London, San Francisco and Singapore. In 2009, revenues were more than $31 million.


LEWIS specializes in global media relations, including creative services, social media, new media services, analyst relations, European public affairs, media training and event management for companies in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. It is headquartered in London with wholly-owned subsidiaries in Bangalore, Barcelona, Boston, Bristol, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lisbon, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Mumbai, New Delhi, New York, Oslo, Paris, Prague, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw and Washington DC. The company has one of the fastest growth rates in its sector.

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