Sector: Corporate Affairs|Government Relations and Public Affairs|PR and Media Relations

Joey Jones joins Grayling as Senior Counsel, Corporate Affairs

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We are delighted to announce that Grayling have strengthened our corporate offer with the appointment of Joey Jones to the position of Senior Counsel.

Joey served as Deputy Political Editor at Sky News throughout the period of the coalition government before joining the then Home Secretary Theresa May as her spokesman through the EU referendum and the subsequent Conservative leadership campaign. He is a sought-after commentator on politics and media issues.

Joey joins a growing bench of corporate affairs practitioners at Grayling and he will span across corporate communications and public affairs, devising and executing fully integrated and multi-channel communications campaigns for Grayling’s expanding roster of marquee clients across the UK and Europe.

“We are delighted to welcome Joey Jones to Grayling. It has never been more important for clients to be able to turn to expert, authoritative communications advisors, and Joey Jones’ appointment underlines our commitment to delivering at the most senior level. His career has taken him to the highest level of communications, journalism and politics and he is another heavyweight appointment to a fantastic team of consultants.” Says Richard Jukes, Global Chairman of Grayling.

Joey Jones says “Grayling is evolving at pace. I am excited to be joining a team that demonstrates vision and ambition, delivering at every level for its clients. The client roster is first class and growing fast, while Grayling’s UK and European network is unrivalled. I look forward to playing my part in helping to build its Corporate Affairs offer further and to steer the agency to new heights ”.

Peter Fecko appointed new CEO of Grayling CEE

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Grayling has appointed Peter Fecko as the new Chief Executive Officer in the CEE region, effective 1 January 2021.

Grayling was one of the first international agency networks to set up shop in CEE in the early 90ies and has successfully expanded its footprint in the region over the past decades – providing corporate communications consultancy and extensive public affairs support in addition to classic public relations services. In his new leadership role as CEO of Grayling CEE (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine) Peter Fecko is responsible for taking the region to the next level in terms of business growth.

Peter has been active in the communications industry for more than 20 years, working originally as a journalist for business media in Slovakia and prior to joining Grayling and establishing its office in Bratislava, Slovakia in 2000. Over the past 12 years, he has been managing further Grayling operations in CEE including, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Bulgaria, while continuing to provide strategic advice for multi-market key clients.

The newly created CEO role for the CEE region is linked to the recently announced new leadership roles and Grayling’s biggest-ever commitment to agency-wide cultural initiatives: significant investment has been made to ensure that Grayling staff worldwide feel more connected to each other and the business, and that best practice and local understanding is shared seamlessly across markets.

Ben Petter, Chief Operating Officer Grayling Europe, said:
“Grayling’s network in CEE is one of the agency’s great strengths. It has showed remarkable resilience throughout the pandemic, primarily because of its outstanding Public Affairs and Crisis Communications offer. Peter has such a wealth of experience in these areas, as well as Corporate Communications more broadly. Under his leadership, we are very confident that Grayling will continue to go from strength to strength in CEE.”

Peter Fecko, CEO Grayling CEE, said:
“Grayling has the most comprehensive and best-connected footprint of any agency in the CEE region. That has always made us an obvious choice for clients looking for multi-country support, but we are also seeing increasing demand for integrated Corporate Affairs services, covering both Public Affairs and Corporate Communications. This is our sweet spot across the region, and we expect to see significant growth in this area in 2021.”