ComRes has appointed Peter Harlock as its new Chief Executive, as part of the company’s ongoing strategy for growth.
Founder Andrew Hawkins becomes Executive Chairman which will enable him to take a more focused role in supporting and developing the company’s expanding portfolio of corporate, charity, government and media clients.
Peter comes to ComRes with an impressive background of senior leadership across the Public, Private and Third sectors.
A former Chief Executive of Barclays Bank in India, his CV includes time as the Chief Operating Officer of Save the Children, and as Chief Executive of the £25m independent foster care company Pathway Care, all with a common theme of driving strategic growth.
Founder Andrew Hawkins said of the appointment
“We are delighted that Peter has chosen to come on board at this exciting time for ComRes. The company has continued to grow strongly despite the recession, and is exceptionally well positioned to take advantage of what we have identified as some major opportunities ahead. Peter’s appointment will enable us to step up another gear while retaining our unique company culture. We intend to make use of his international experience as part of that.”
New Chief Executive Peter Harlock said
“ComRes is a great organisation, with a strong reputation and ethos for innovation, service and delivery. I look forward to working with Andrew and the team to build on these successes, and to help the company to achieve its potential over the coming years.”
About Peter Harlock:
Peter Harlock was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the London Apprenticeship Company, and before that of Pathway Care, a private equity acquired company delivering high quality foster care to local authority children’s service teams.
As Chief Operating Officer of Save the Children Peter drove significant internal organisational change and strategic focus to deliver increased effectiveness.
From 1998 to 2001 Peter was Chief Operating Officer of the Commonwealth Development Corporation (Department for International Development) and prior to this was Chief Executive of Barclays Bank in India, and later in Singapore.
ComRes is one of the leading market research companies serving public, private and third sector clients in the UK and internationally.
Its client list includes blue chip companies and organisations such as Coca Cola, Microsoft, EDF, Kraft, Liberty, Centrica, Local Government Association, Cancer Research UK, The Royal British Legion, Lloyds Banking Group and Transport for London.
Among the company’s regular media clients are The Independent, the Independent on Sunday and the BBC.
ComRes is a founder member of the British Polling Council. In December 2009 ComRes was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Research Magazine Awards ‘Best Agency’ category.
The company is particularly well known for its brand development work, its pioneering political research tools and its public policy research.
For more information please visit: www.comres.co.uk
22nd February 2010