INTERNATIONAL: FD replaces Kohtes with Ahrens for Vodafone bid

FRANKFURT: London-based Financial Dynamics has replaced Kohtes Klewes with rival Ahrens Behrent for work on Vodafone AirTouch’s hostile takeover bid for German telecoms company Mannesmann (PR Week, 19 November).

FRANKFURT: London-based Financial Dynamics has replaced Kohtes

Klewes with rival Ahrens Behrent for work on Vodafone AirTouch’s hostile

takeover bid for German telecoms company Mannesmann (PR Week, 19

November).



The switch is due to a client conflict, as sister organisation Brodeur

Kohtes and Klewes works with Mannesmann.



FD’s co-ordinator in Germany, Perry Hall, said: ’Initially it was

something that Kohtes Klewes thought they could work around, but this

has turned out not to be the case and it did present a problem.’



As a result, the vacancy for a local agency has been filled by

Frankfurt-based agency Ahrens Behrent.



Hall said the appointment would help strengthen FD’s contact with the

German financial and business press as well as broader-based media.



FD was brought on board by Vodafone last month to manage financial

communications during the pounds 77 billion bid. It was chosen for its

expertise in cross-border bids, and because of its connections with a

variety of agencies in Europe.



Tavistock Communications has held Vodafone’s PR account since 1988 and

is also working on the bid.



Mannesmann’s supervisory board is expected to rebuff Vodafone’s offer as

PR Week goes to press.



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