60-second summary: last week's PR news (8 April)

Missed any developments over the past seven days? Catch up fast with all the account reviews, people moves, client wins and other stories on PRWeek.

Jessica Ennis: Jaguar Academy
Jessica Ennis: Jaguar Academy

Account reviews

The Moroccan National Tourist Office ended its relationship with Ketchum and is planning to re-tender its European PR account.

Homing Endonuclease Genes Consortium, a US government-backed global network battling malaria, is set to bring in agency help to boost the fight against the disease.

 

People moves

Louis Susman, the outgoing US ambassador to the UK, was appointed as non-executive chairman of Edelman and Zeno Group parent company DJE Holdings. 

Lauren Branston, European corporate comms director for The Coca-Cola Company, is to leave the company in June to go freelance.

Stephen Webb, NHS London's PR head, became a director at the London Communications Agency. 

Chris Woodcock, corporate head at College Hill, left the agency five years after selling her comms practice to the group.

 

Client wins

The Royal Mint handed its comms brief to Hope&Glory and Lansons.

Firstlight was appointed as LinkedIn's first retained corporate agency for the UK.

Hanover was recruited by The New College of the Humanities. 

Journalista won the healthcare account for MySupportBroker, the social care support service.

Newgate Communications was handed a retained brief by The Biotech Growth Trust.

Communications Management won a brief for The Transformation Trust.

Pagefield and Blue Rubicon split the £500,000 account for HS1.

 

Agency investments and restructures

Cicero Group
launched a joint venture with political monitoring firm Yatterbox to help financial services firms track social media activity across UK politics.

 

Other news

The Metropolitan Police Service is set to lose about 50 of its comms roles amid swingeing budget cuts.

GPs are to take on the role of local NHS spokespeople amid fears that cuts will hinder efforts to communicate major changes in healthcare.

Jaguar's global brand PR manager apologised after agencies protested over the result of a recent pitch.

Larry Franks, the head of Beige, called for agencies to 'stand up for themselves' after launching a fightback against the threat of client-side exploitation.

Minister Chloe Smith admitted to not having held any meetings with interested parties regarding the Government's proposed lobbying register since taking on the brief last year.

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