The nine PR appointments that surprised the industry this year

Here is a round-up of the top movers and shakers in the industry - take a look to see where they have ended up.

1. Edelman UK hires Lord Myners as chairman

In April Edelman announced the appointment of Lord Paul Myners, briefly chairman at Huntsworth, to the new role of chairman. The news coincided with Edelman overtaking Brunswick as the biggest PR firm according to PRWeek’s Top 150 PR Consultancies report. Myners’ former chairmanships include Marks & Spencer, Guardian Media Group and Land Securities.

2. Westbourne appoints former Labour Party Home Secretary

Britain's first female Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, joined Westbourne Communications to chair its public affairs practice.

3. G4S bags new director of media

Nigel Fairbrass, former senior vice-president of global comms at SABMiller, popped up at security giant G4S as global director of media after three months' gardening leave.

4. Sainsbury's hires Lousie Evans

In June Sainsbury’s hired Louise Evans as corporate affairs director. She was previously global comms director at Dentsu Aegis Network.

5. Ex-Grayling CEO joins Sonos

Pete Pederson, former Grayling CEO, joined electronics manufacturer Sonos in a newly created role of global head of PR.

6. FleishmanHillard fills top job

John Saunders, president of FleishmanHillard’s EMEA region, replaced Dave Senay as the firm’s president and CEO. He will move to St Louis, the Omnicom Group agency’s base.

7. Sky's Alice Macandrew joins Thomas Cook

In November, Thomas Cook hired former Sky corporate comms director Alice Macandrew. Macandrew was previously director of corporate comms at NewsCorp.

8. The Labour Party appoints Seumas Milne from the Guardian

Guardian columnist and associate editor Seumas Milne joined the Labour Party as executive director of strategy and comms.

9. Uber hires new UK head of comms

Uber appointed Alex Belardinelli, a press secretary to former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, as head of comms for the UK and Ireland.


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