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Charles Lewington


Charles Lewington
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Charles Lewington’s standing in the field has grown exponentially since he founded Hanover in 1999. The offering – which is built around Lewington’s savviness and charm – continues to grow. In November Hanover acquired Bell Pottinger Middle East, in the wake of the Bell Pottinger scandal. A statement called it ‘a strategic opportunity to supercharge its growth in the region’. In addition to adding another 14 consultants to approach the 140 mark, the move is expected to increase additional fee income by £20 million. Lewington – who, as a former press secretary to John Major should know – was publicly critical of the Conservatives’ 2017 election campaign. And with a ‘Goldilocks’ client book that includes Apple, Facebook, the Premier League, Tate & Lyle and Tesco, when he speaks the industry, and those beyond, listen. CEOs and senior executives from Microsoft, Sky, Airbus and Goldman Sachs are also clients. Lewington touts an eight-sector approach covering healthcare, financial services, food and beverages, education, aerospace and defence, energy and resources, third sector, and technology/media/ telecoms. He’s illuminating about challenges for modern companies, previously telling Spear’s: ‘The problem with cybersecurity attacks is you don’t get much of a handle on the quantum of any data that’s gone missing quickly enough for you to go out and firmly tell the world exactly what’s happened.’