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APPOINTMENT: Broadcasting giant BSkyB this week confirmed the promotion of Adrian Lee to the role of director of publicity. Lee said a recruitment search would begin shortly to fill his former role as head of programme publicity. In his new role, Lee replaces John Brissenden, who left BSkyB earlier this year.

CONSUMER: Organic skincare brand Lavere has appointed Debbie Cain PR to handle all press work. The Bromley-based agency reports to the German firm’s distribution outlet in Dumfries, Scotland.

ACQUISITION: Financial and corporate PR firm Binns & Co has acquired Bristol-based PR firm Winningtons , which will change its name to Binns Winningtons.

Winningtons founders, chairman Philip Parkes and MD Ken Rees, have joined the Binns board.

TECH: Johnson King PR has been hired to launch two-year-old US tech firm AirMagnet to the UK, French and German media at the start of November. Account director Claire Sumner leads the 12-month PR campaign.

CONSUMER: Household cleaning firm Vileda has appointed Dig for Fire to promote its products to consumers and trade in 2004. PR division head Sarah Chapman leads the account team.

APPOINTMENT: Emerald Media has launched a B2B and B2C promotional campaign for Swiss airline Club Airways, which is touted as ‘the world’s first members-only airline’. The Geneva-based airline earlier this month launched a route into London’s City Airport twice each week day.

CLARIFICATIONS: Sarah Richards, who has joined Media Strategy, did not ‘leave Hill & Knowlton in recent weeks’(News, 19 September). She went on maternity leave 13 months ago and had not returned since. Finsbury advised Chubb Security, not Chubb Insurance Company (News, 19 September). Lexis PR acquired Propeller Direction from Propeller Group, not the entire group (News, 12 September).

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