Utilities spell boom for City PR firms
City PR firms have again been called on to assist with the latest round
of bidding in the utilities sector. Southern Electric, which announced
its intention to top Scottish Power’s pounds 1.6 billion bid for
Southern Water, is being advised by retained agency Citigate. Scottish
Power and Southern Water use Brunswick and Hudson Sandler respectively.
Dudley Fishburn snapped up by Cordiant
Dudley Fishburn, a former consultant for Fishburn Hedges and Tory MP for
Kensington, has been recruited by advertising giant Cordiant as a non-
executive director. Fishburn, who steps down at the next election, left
FH at the end of last year following publication of the Nolan Report. FH
chairman Dale Fishburn rejected suggestions that his brother’s
appointment by Cordiant would cause any conflict with the PR agency,
which is owned by advertising rival Abbott Mead Vickers.
Shandwick wins US energy campaign
Shandwick Communications’ London office is to manage an estimated pounds
65,000-fee global media relations and corporate reputation campaign for
US energy giant Babcock and Wilcox. The agency was appointed without a
formal pitch, although the company, which is part of American-based
McDermott International, is believed to have had discussions in New York
with Burson-Marsteller and Edelman.
Financial Dynamics to reveal BDDP deal
City PR firm Financial Dynamics is expected to announce details of a new
deal with parent company BDDP following final earn-out payments to eight
of its directors last week. Meanwhile it emerged that chairman Tony Knox
is recovering after a heart operation last week. He is described as
being ‘in good shape’.
Siemens retains IBA despite PR review
Siemens Nixdorf, the German-owned IT services company, has opted to
retain Ingleton-Beer Associates (IBA) to handle PR for its health
systems division. Last month the company launched a review of PR for the
division, which saw IBA repitch for the business along with Countrywide
and Arrow PR (PR Week, 19 April). IBA already handles PR for Siemens
Nixdorf’s other business units.
Rossiter leaves Labour’s Jackson for FH
Ann Rossiter, researcher to Labour MP Glenda Jackson, is to join
Fishburn Hedges as a consultant on public affairs and corporate PR
business. Rossiter takes up her new post at the agency early next month.
She has also been a researcher to John Denham, Labour’s spokesman on
BMA’s Roxan heads for Westminster
Westminster Public Relations has recruited Adrian Roxan, formerly deputy
head of public affairs at the British Medical Association, as a director
to expand its role in the health and local government sectors. Roxan
joined the BMA three years ago after working for the Health Education
Authority, Haringey Council, and local newspapers.
Jane Howard in the frame for Kodak
Jane Howard PR has been appointed by Kodak Processing to support the
launch of its Photo Story service, following a two-way pitch. The six
month project is thought to be worth around pounds 25,000. The Photo
Story service allows customers to have films developed and returned in
bound albums rather than in photo wallets.