In brief: Alfred hires ex-Grayling CEO, LGBT+ accolade for Cicero boss Anderson, Mason Williams wins Mersey Ferries

Alfred hires former Grayling CEO Michael Murphy as non-executive director, Cicero executive chairman named top LGBT+ executive, ferries win for Mason Williams and more from PRWeek UK.

Ferries win for Mason Williams

Travel business Mersey Ferries has appointed Mason Williams Communications to deliver a national PR campaign. Mason Williams will work with the ferry firm to deliver a two-fold consumer campaign and a targeted trade campaign.

Alfred hires former Grayling boss

Integrated agency Alfred, whose clients include Amazon.eu, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros on its books, has appointed former Grayling global CEO Michael Murphy as non-executive director, effective immediately. Murphy (below) was also previously held senior roles at Weber Shandwick. He left Grayling in mid-2013.

Cicero chairman named top LGBT+ executive

Iain Anderson, the executive chair of the agency Cicero Group, has been named as one of the top 100 global LGBT+ executives in a list compiled by OUTstanding - a membership organisation for LGBT+ and ally leaders. Commenting on the accolade, Anderson said: "I am extremely proud to have been voted as a top LGBT+ executive and to operate as a mentor to young LGBT+ employees." Cicero is also the only PR or public affairs agency to hold OUTstanding membership.

Rumpus bags fragrance brief

Perfume retailer The Fragrance Shop has brought in Rumpus PR to focus on its Autumn/Winter, Christmas and Valentine’s Day collections. The appointment follows campaigns for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day earlier in the year, Rumpus said. 

Version 2.0 joins Whiteoaks' International Network

US PR and digital comms agency Version 2.0 Communications has become a full member of the international network overseen by UK firm The Whiteoaks Consultancy. The two agencies had been collaborating to support clients either of the Atlantic for the past year, and Version 2.0 now gains full access to Whiteoaks' 14 other partners in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions.

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