In brief: Havas buys Indian health shop, Huawei comms VP departs, Clarion wins Wickes

Havas buys Indian health shop, Huawei comms VP joins VEON, Clarion wins Wickes, and more from PRWeek UK.

Havas buys Indian health shop

Havas Group has acquired Sorento, an India-based health-and-wellness comms agency. The 70-strong agency will integrate into the Havas Health & You business, and will be rebranded Havas Life Sorento. Sorento's current client base includes Abbott, Johnson & Johnson, MSD, along with local pharmas including Alkem, Dr. Reddy's, Finlinea Healthwits, Glenmark and Torrent. Sorento's co-founders Susan Josi and Sangeeta Barde will continue to lead the team, reporting to Health & You APAC CEO Charles Houdoux. Havas already has 250 staff in India.

Huawei comms VP joins VEON

Huawei comms exec Roland Sladek (below) has left his role as VP of international media affairs at tech giant Huawei, and has become group director of comms and identity at Veon, a telco and digital services group headquartered in Amsterdam. Prior to Huawei he worked at Daimler, Schneider Electric and Vinci, among others.

Clarion wins Wickes with PRCA help

Home improvement retailer Wickes has appointed Clarion Communications as its retained UK PR agency, having been matched with the agency via the PRCA's Matchmaker service. Clarion, which takes over from incumbent agency Weber Shandwick, has been tasked with providing media relations and generating news across all Wickes' product categories.

Instinct appointed for baby food launch

Smoothie brand Savsé has called in consumer PR agency Instinct to launch a cold-pressed baby food product, as well as manage UK PR for the wider Savsé range. Instinct PR first worked with Savsé in 2013, helping to launch the business and secure stockists in the UK. The new brief will include a Summer campaign, experiential social media content and press office activity, the agency said.

Sony hires in Ireland

Clearbox has been appointed to manage comms and PR programmes for Sony Mobile across the Republic of Ireland. The brand recently hired Fever to replace Citizen as its UK PR agency.

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