Porter Novelli has announced the appointment of Jane Luscombe as one of two executive directors.
She takes over the role previously held by Sarah Williams, who was promoted to managing director in July following the departure of Strahan Wallis to the United States arm of the PR firm.
Luscombe appointment completes the leadership team, which includes Williams, non-executive chair John Frey and executive director Lousie Wright-Bush.
Luscombe joins from Commission for Financial Capability where she was the external relations manager and part of the senior leadership team.
Before working in PR, she served as a senior reporter and producer for eight years at Mediaworks (3 News and Newshub) and also previously held producer, presenter and reporter roles at the BBC.
Williams welcomed the arrival of the experienced operator.
“Her skills and experience complement our existing team and culturally she is a great fit," Williams says.
"Jane’s media, political and financial background means she brings a strong network and specialist knowledge to Porter Novelli. She is a highly impressive communicator and we are thrilled she’s joining us. Jane has enjoyed afternoon tea at 10 Downing Street with the Blairs, she produced extended coverage of Obama’s election and counts her work on the Victorian bushfires and the 2011 Canterbury earthquake as career highlights.”