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seven hills appoints emma johnson as managing director

Seven Hills today announces the appointment of Emma Johnson, who joins the company’s executive team in the newly created role of Managing Director.

A highly accomplished consultancy leader, Emma brings some 20 years experience in communications, specialising in corporate communications, inward investment and destination marketing.

Commenting on Emma’s appointment, Nick Giles co-founder of Seven Hills said, “At this important stage of development for the business, Emma will be pivotal in harnessing the talent of our team and fast tracking an exciting new phase for the firm. She will greatly add to the firepower of the Seven Hills team and her strengths in corporate communications and destination marketing will bring a new level of depth to the firm’s capabilities. The new role of Managing Director is part of the commitment that we have to building the senior team at Seven Hills and continuing the growth that we have seen since launching in 2010.”

Emma has led campaigns to drive trade, tourism and talent for a number of destinations including Dubai, Edinburgh and Liverpool. In London she has led campaigns for Nine Elms on the South Bank, Canary Wharf and the former London 2012 Athletes’ Village. Most recently she was responsible for leading a team to support the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai working with entrepreneurs and business ambassadors to promote creativity in business. Other client experience includes De Beers, Jumeirah and Ballymore Group.

She joins from The Communication Group Plc where she served as Group Managing Director and Chair of the Management Board. Prior to this she worked at Fishburn Hedges and Weber Shandwick in London and Singapore.

The move reunites Emma with Seven Hills co-founder Michael Hayman with whom she worked for five years. Michael commented, “For me this marks a particularly important moment. Not only because we have created a new leadership role within the business but also because of the leader we have appointed to do that job. Emma and I worked together for some five years and she is one of the most gifted consultants I have had the pleasure to work with. She has the skills, the attitude and the humour that great leaders need and we couldn’t have a better person on board to work with. The strength she will bring to the senior team will be formidable and marks a major part of the growth strategy for the business.”

Commenting on her appointment, Emma said: “I am extremely excited to be joining Seven Hills at such an important time for the business. With a raft of new business assignments and new team members joining the consultancy, shaping the next chapter for the business is a task I greatly looking forward to leading.”

Emma Johnson’s arrival marks a series of important hires for Seven Hills, including the recent appointment of the BBC’s former Head of Strategic Delivery, Kerensa Jennings.

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