Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

APCO Worldwide has formed a strategic partnership with US consultancy RiceHadley Group.

RiceHadley was co-founded in late 2009 by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and assists CEOs and corporations in expanding their businesses in key emerging markets such as China, India, Latin America and the Middle East.

CitiBank has appointed Steven Blaney as head of public affairs. He will have responsibility for public affairs and comms across CitiBank's Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

He was previously Royal Bank of Scotland's head of comms in the global banking and markets division.

BEll Pottinger Public Affairs has hired James McLoughlin as an associate director. Formerly an account manager at FleishmanHillard, he also worked on the operation team of Boris Johnson's mayoral campaign. McLoughlin joins at the end of September in time for the Conservative Party conference, which starts in Manchester on 2 October.

Three, the mobile network, has signed up Jenny Amphlett from the Association of Convenience Stores as public affairs manager. Amphlett will report to head of public policy and corporate responsibility Julie Minns.

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