In brief: Cognito hires ex-Huntsworth COO, FTI wins Meggitt, Burson appoints adviser

Cognito hires ex-Huntsworth COO as chairman, engineering group Meggitt appoints FTI, Burson brings in Unilever adviser and more from PRWeek UK.

Cognito hires ex-Huntsworth COO as chairman

Marketing and comms agency Cognito has hired former Huntsworth chief operating officer and finance director Sally Tilleray as non-executive chairman. Tom Coombes, Cognito CEO, said: "Cognito has ambitious plans for growth and Sally’s expertise in helping international and integrated agencies evolve will be invaluable in helping us find and seize opportunities in new markets, disciplines and sectors." Cognito has offices in New York, London, Los Angeles and Singapore.

Engineering group Meggitt appoints FTI

Meggitt, the FTSE 250-listed engineering group, has hired FTI Consulting as its retained financial PR adviser. FTI has been brought in to provide financial comms support after a competitive pitch. Meggitt specialises in products for the aerospace, defence and energy markets.

Burson-Marsteller brings in Unilever adviser

Geoff McDonald, the former global vice-president of HR at Unilever, has joined Burson-Marsteller as a senior adviser on corporate purpose and organisational change. McDonald, who was at Unilever for 25 years where he looked after HR for comms, marketing and global talent, will help the agency’s clients embed corporate purpose in their organisations.

IPR London launches social media arm

IPR London, the London-based fashion and lifestyle comms and events agency, has launched a social media division. It is headed by Polly O’Conell, a social media consultant who has worked on brands including NME.com, Ben Sherman, MTV, Pret a Manger, Letters Live and Lonelyleap.

Formative Content comes to London

Buckinghamshire b2b agency Formative Content, whose clients include Standard Chartered and global recruiter SThree, has launched a new London office in Holborn. The firm was founded in 2014 by ex-Channel 4 News managing editor Gay Flashman, and now has 16 staff.

Mophie signs up Brown Betty

Mobile phone accessories company Mophie has appointed tech and gadgets-focused PR agency Brown Betty for a UK-wide brief. The remit is to target both consumer and tech publications.

Clark Communications hires MacGregor

Edinburgh-based Clark Communications has appointed Kirsty MacGregor, former director of marketing and PR at the University of Stirling, as a senior consultant. The agency said she will help develop new clients and sectors, as well as servicing existing clients. Founded in 2012, Clark Communications’ clients include the Institute of Directors, Weightmans and Change Recruitment Group.

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