City & Corporate: Rolls-Royce awards Euro brief to Edelman

Rolls-Royce has handed a pan-European brief to Edelman to help restore its tarnished corporate reputation.

Edelman won a multi-agency pitch, revealed by prweek.com/uk, on 9 December, with a number of international corporate and financial agencies taking part.

The brief is thought to be group-wide across Europe, designed to help unify the firm's corporate messaging across the region.

Rolls-Royce uses Brunswick for financial PR in the UK, which is thought to be unaffected by Edelman's hire.

Rolls-Royce's international reputation took a big blow last November after problems with its Trent 900 engine, which forced an emergency landing of a Qantas plane in Singapore.

Earlier this month, Rolls-Royce revealed that the Qantas incident had resulted in a £56m dent to full-year profits.

Civil aerospace is understood to be a crucial aspect of the brief, but the account is believed to include Rolls-Royce's defence aerospace, marine, energy, nuclear and services divisions.

Rolls-Royce was unavailable for comment and Edelman declined to comment.

The in-house comms team at Rolls-Royce is led by corporate affairs director Peter Morgan, who joined near the end of 2009 from his role as group director of comms for BT.

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