News in brief

APPOINTMENT: Kingfisher director of corporate affairs Andrew Mills is to join consumer packaging firm Rexam as group communications director at the end of February. Mills, who leaves after eight years at the retail giant, replaces Per Erlandsson.

TECH: Motorola has retained Firefly Communications for UK PR advice, following a competitive pitch (PRWeek, 10 October 2003). Firefly, which already held the business, understood to be worth around £300,000 a year, fought off Edelman in a two-way shootout.

PITCH: UK-based business consultancy Edengene is seeking to appoint its first retained PR agency. Edengene head of communications Mike Yuille said the firm was looking for a London-based agency with strong business media contacts to raise its profile.

HEALTHCARE: Hill & Knowlton’s healthcare practice in Paris has teamed up with its WPP advertising sister, J Walter Thompson, to offer an integrated marketing service to healthcare clients. The new practice is headed by former OgilvyHealthcare Paris director of international affairs Florence Bernard.

AGENCY RESIGNATION: Cake managing director Darren Thomas has resigned, as first revealed on prweek.com (15 December 2003). Thomas, who joined Cake from Frucor Beverages two years ago, is not thought to have a specific job to go to.

NEW YORK: Former Manning Selvage & Lee London chief Ann Moravick has been appointed president and CEO at sister Publicis agency Rowland Communications. She replaces Mark Weiss.

TRAINING: Leeds Metropolitan University is the first UK university to win recognition for its Edexel HND Business & PR course from the IPR. Those on the course will be the first HND PR students to be eligible to join as IPR student members.

OFFICE LAUNCH: Berlin-based PR and advertising agency Media Consulta has opened an office in London. The agency plans to have ten staff in place by the end of 2004.

TECH: Online auction provider e-Three has appointed Euro PR Group to raise awareness of the UK start-up in national, trade and business media. Software company Solcara has also appointed the agency for a media relations and marketing support campaign at key events.

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