Tuesday February 19,2013 : QUICK TURNOVER FOR BETFAIR PROs
 
Now Lambert departs
 
Public Affairs managers at Betfair seem to have a limited shelf life, with current incumbent Matt Lambert departing the online gambling group to join a shale oil gas company after only a year in post.
 
Lambert replaced Tim Phillips last year, who himself departed after an eighteen-month stay.
 
This week the publication PR Week Limited reported that Lambert, who prior to joining Betfair was a director of corporate affairs at Microsoft, has quit Betfair to join controversial shale gas exploration company Cuadrilla.
 
He is likely to have his work cut out – the firm hit the headlines in 2011 when two minor earthquakes in Lancashire were linked to its exploration activity in the region. Operations were suspended pending a government review.
 
Lambert will be Cuadrilla's government and public affairs director, reporting to chief executive Francis Egan.
 
Betfair is apparently not directly replacing Lambert. His duties have been divided between Martin Cruddace, group director of legal and corporate affairs, and Susannah Gill, UK head of public affairs.