In brief: Champollion appoints ex-Diageo comms chief; new comms head at Red Cross; Cohn & Wolfe's India acquisition

Champollion appoints ex-Diageo comms chief Ian Wright, Abrams to head comms at British Red Cross, Cohn & Wolfe acquires Six Degrees to boost India offering, Gerber appoints Aduro Communications for EU brief, and more from PRWeek UK.

Ian Wright: Former Diageo comms director becomes non-exec at Champollion
Ian Wright: Former Diageo comms director becomes non-exec at Champollion

Champollion appoints ex-Diageo comms chief Ian Wright

The agency Champollion has appointed Ian Wright, former comms director at Diageo, to its board as a non-executive director. Wright is currently director-general of the Food and Drink Federation and has held previous executive roles at Boots, Burger King and Pillsbury, and worked for the Liberal Democrats.

Abrams to head comms at British Red Cross

The British Red Cross has appointed Zoe Abrams as its new executive director of comms and engagement. She will join the charity as is most senior comms professional in December from her current role at the children's charity Barnardo's. Click to read the full story.

Cohn & Wolfe acquires Six Degrees to boost India offering

Cohn & Wolfe has bolstered its footprint in India by acquiring local comms firm Six Degrees and its marketing unit Alphabet Consulting. The move will see new firm, Cohn & Wolfe Six Degrees, expand its reach to include three major Indian cities. Click to read the full story from PRWeek Asia.

Gerber appoints Aduro Communications for EU brief

Global outdoor brand Gerber, the creators of the Bear Grylls Survival Series equipment range, has hired Aduro Communications to develop its PR strategy across Europe, following a three-way pitch. Aduro will be the lead agency for EMEA and create a virtual press office and strategy for the company's European agencies.

Prosek get former Finsbury US CEO Merrill

Prosek Partners, which has New York, London and Connecticut offices, has appointed Finsbury’s former US CEO Andy Merrill as a partner, reporting to managing partner Jennifer Prosek. Since leaving Finsbury, Merrill has spent four years as a senior MD at Teneo. Click to read the full story from PRWeek US.

Jacuzzi UK hires Turn Key PR & Social Media

Jacuzzi UK, the country’s largest producer of hot tubs, hydrotherapy and wellness products, has hired Turn Key on a 12-month retained contract after a four-way pitch. The appointment follows a campaign, and Turn Key will continue to raise brand awareness and provide social media content, as well as profiling Jacuzzi UK’s upcoming sports sponsorship agreements.

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