The former head of marketing at London Underground has been left without
a role in the organisation after his department was asked to reapply for
jobs under a new structure.
Jeff Mills, who was advertising and publicity manager for the
Underground, lost out in the new slimline structure currently being put
into place. It was announced that marketing for the Underground and
London Buses were to be merged next spring to reduce costs. The target
is to cut the labour bill by 12%.
Jean Harris, who held the top role at London Buses, has taken the job of
head of advertising and public affairs in the merged department. She
will report to Norman Cohen, who was recruited in April as LT’s first
director of marketing.
‘This is part of the rationalisation of London Transport under new
chairman Peter Ford, who has a brief to run the organisation as
efficiently as possible,’ said a spokesman. ‘Mills had to apply for a
job like everyone else. He is still working for London Transport
although he doesn’t have a specific role at the moment.’