András Simon, communications director at the National Bank of Hungary (NBH) has been laid off, local news portal origo.hu has learned.

Simon, who had gained reputation as a television reporter, was hired by the central bank in 2010.

He jointed Magyar Telekom in early 2007 as media relations director and between the autumn of 2007 and 2009 he was communications director there.

Before his appointment to the central bank Simon managed as co-owner his company specialised in brand building and communication of large enterprises.

Simon graduated at the University of Pécs, Faculty of Law and obtained his degree in economics at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration. He worked as a journalist for 11 years. He was the editor and anchor of commercial television TV2 between 1994 and 2005. From 2002 he was the chief editor and host of the Este (Evening) programme that was awarded with a Pulitzer Memorial Prize. Between 2005 and 2006 Simon was Vice President of public television Magyar Televízió responsible for programming and was appointed Vice President of the Hungarian Marketing Association in 2008.

Hvg.hu has reported that NBH Governor György Matolcsy sacked Simon personally himself. The communications department lost more than just its chief, though. Matolcsy sent packing a media relations and an internal relations employee too (the latter was chosen Person of the Year at the central bank in 2010). Another employee in charge of the bank’s representation at external events (e.g. Night of the Museums, Sziget Festival, Volt Fesztival, etc.) and the one responsible for the communication of memory coins were also let go. On paper all of them left the bank on mutual consent and none of them are expected back at the NBH anymore. Two people at the communications department had already tendered their resignation and found employment elsewhere.

The head of the visitor centre, who is also responsible for the bank’s website, also had to leave, along with another colleague and the webmaster. A few weeks ago it was a few HR staff that were laid off.

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