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Award Winner Colonel Tim Collins, PRWeek’s Communicator of the Year 2003, has resigned from the Army. Collins, who won PRWeek’s award for his stirring pre-battle speech in Iraq, is being tipped for a private-sector media or PR career.

HUNTSWORTH Former Interpublic Group vice-chairman finance and operations Eugene Beard is to join Huntsworth as a non-executive director next month.

Media Relations Weber Shandwick has held on to its PR account for oil giant Shell’s industrial lubricants products. The account, which is run by the Manchester office of WS, was put up for pitch between six agencies towards the end of last year (PRWeek, 21 November 2003).

FINANCIAL Reg Hoare has joined Smithfield Financial from a director role at Weber Shandwick Square Mile. Hoare brings with him WSSM clients Afa Systems, Amer Grays and Town Centre Securities, and joins Smithfield as a director responsible for small- to mid-cap companies.

AGENCY APPOINTMENT Harrison Cowley has hired Daniel Cohen as head of consumer PR. Cohen joined last week from his former role as a director at The Impact Agency.

CONSUMER IPC Media has hired Hobsbawm Media & Marketing Communications to promote style title Wallpaper*. The agency will also promote Navigator*, a bi-annual travel magazine scheduled to launch next month.

BOSTON OPENING Band & Brown Communications has opened its first overseas office in the US as it grows its work for BT Broadcast Services. Its Boston-based office is being run by directors Martin Jones and Cheryl Gale.

B2B CAMPAIGN Payment security firm CyberSource has launched a PR campaign targeting the national, business and specialist media. Emmett & Smith has replaced Write Image on the remit.

TOURIST BOARD BGB & Associates has won the PR account for the Tunisia Tourist Office. The agency replaces Rosamunde Bern Associates on the remit, which will see it focus on aspects such as golf, food and diving.

CLARIFICATION BSkyB’s Reach for the Sky initiative was not among a number of CSR projects criticised in a report by think-tank Demos, as reported last week (News).

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