In brief: UK's Steven Spurr to head Edelman Australia, Eloqui founder Chris Genasi named new Grayling Kenya MD, electronics firm hires Radiator

Eloqui founder Chris Genasi named new Grayling Kenya MD, top-level reshuffle at Edelman Australia, electronics firm hires Radiator for automotive brief and more from PRWeek UK.

Steven Spurr: To be CEO in Edelman Australia
Steven Spurr: To be CEO in Edelman Australia

UK's Steven Spurr to head Edelman Australia

Edelman Australia has announced that Steven Spurr (pictured), COO of the firm's UK and Ireland operations, will become CEO in Australia effective 1 March next year. Spurr has spent 17 years at the company across its New York, London and Sydney offices. He replaces outgoing CEO Tim Riches, who has resigned with immediate effect to "pursue other opportunities", according to an Edelman statement. Click to read the full story from PRWeek Asia.

Eloqui founder Chris Genasi named new Grayling Kenya MD

Chris Genasi, formerly CEO and founder of Eloqui Public Relations, has been hired as MD of Grayling’s East Africa hub in Kenya. Grayling Kenya launched in April 2015 and is seen by the agency as a springboard for its development into East Africa. Genasi previously held senior international positions in Weber Shandwick and is a former CIPR president.

Electronics firm hires Radiator for automotive brief

Pioneer, the audio electronics firm, has appointed Radiator Communications to handle PR and social media for its car entertainment products following a competitive pitch. The PR brief will initially focus on Pioneer’s pre-Christmas product ranges.

Broker Profile rebrands following acquisition

Investor engagement adviser Broker Profile has rebranded as Capital Access Group. The firm was acquired by a newly formed holding company in July, with Porta Communications taking a major stake. Chief executive Richard Feigen said the firm would be widening its service offering.

Bulletproof Coffee hires EdenCancan for UK launch

US-based coffee brand Bulletproof Coffee has hired PR agency EdenCancan to handle its UK launch. Bulletproof Coffee is said to use ‘upgraded’ black coffee beans that are blended with grass-fed butter and so-called 'brain octane oil' to increase alertness. It was founded in 2009 Silicon Valley investor and tech entrepreneur Dave Asprey and has received some high-profile publicity in the US.

Weber hires Luke Walker as UK & EMEA creative head

Weber Shandwick appointed Luke Walker as creative head, with a UK and EMEA remit. Walker has more than ten years’ experience from agencies including WCRS, Ogilvy and SapientNitro, and is the first senior hire by recently appointed executive creative director James Nester.

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