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Stephen Carter takes CEO position with City PR firm

LONDON - Stephen Carter, the former Ofcom chief executive and a frontrunner for the role of ITV chief executive, has returned to the agency world and taken up the role of group chief executive at City PR firm Brunswick.

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The former managing director and chief executive of J Walter Thompson will, in his role of group chief executive, report directly to the firm's chairman and founder Alan Parker.

Parker said: "The scale and breadth of the firm is such that now is the right time to appoint an experienced chief executive.

"I am delighted that in Stephen we have found someone who really fits the firm and will make a great contribution."

Carter joins four months after quitting Ofcom, where he was its first chief executive, overseeing the media and communications regulator's work on a raft of major issues, including the promotion of junk food to children.

Prior to Ofcom, he was chief operating officer and managing director of cable firm NTL, which along with EMI is one of Brunswick's clients. He was at JWT immediately before that.

As well as his role with Ofcom, Carter is also a highly respected figure within the marketing and charity sectors, serving as chairman of the Marketing Group of Great Britain and vice-president of Unicef UK.

Since leaving Ofcom, he was widely considered a frontrunner to replace Charles Allen as ITV chief executive. However, that was put in doubt last month with the appointment of Michael Grade, the BBC chairman and media veteran, to the similar role of executive chairman.

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