peter harrisNext Fifteen Communications Group, the agency holding company which endured an embezzlement scandal at its Bite PR unit, has installed interim finance chief Peter Harris as its permanent CFO and an executive director of the company.

Harris held the interim slot since November, after the resignation of 14-year vet David Dewhurst in October.

Harris was previously with Bell Pottinger Group, following its split from Chime Communications in 2012.

Next Fifteen CEO Tim Dyson said the company went through a "thorough market review" before handing Harris the position. "His commercial and technical experience in the media and marketing services sectors is very relevant for our company as we continue to grow and evolve," said Dyson. "He has already contributed significantly during the four months as interim CFO,"

Next Fifteen firms include Text 100, Bite, The Blueshirt Group, and M Booth, among others.

The embezzlement scandal at Bite, discovered in 2012, hampered earnings and profit at Next Fifteen for more than a year.