News in brief

AGENCY APPOINTMENT: Flora Martin, the former MD of Incepta’s Scottish outfit Citigate Smarts, will be succeeded by Lesley Alexander and Helen Morrison as joint-MDs. Martin is rumoured to be looking at a career outside PR, but told PRWeek: ‘I wouldn’t rule anything out.’

OLYMPIC STAR’S PR: British Olympic boxing sensation Amir Khan will defer decisions on any PR deals for at least three weeks, according to Ron Boddy from British Sport, who is acting as his agent. The 17-year-old amateur from Bolton has been ‘inundated’ with offers from media and brands, Boddy told PRWeek.

CONSUMER PR: Mitchells & Butlers has appointed Harrison Cowley and Splendid Communications to handle PR for its O’Neill’s and All Bar One brands, respectively. Hasliman Taylor had previously held the O’Neill’s account for three years.

FINANCIAL PR: Financial PR shop Holborn PR is in merger talks with rival Hansard. Holborn declined to comment, but a source close to the firm said a deal was not yet agreed.

FINANCIAL PR: Former Citigate Dewe Rogerson director Peter Pender-Cudlip has launched a business intelligence agency with fellow ex-Kroll directors Patrick Grayson and Andrew Wordsworth. Grayson Pender Wordsworth will use external PR advice on how to manage the information it unearths for its clients.

CSR: PR agency Golin/Harris has launched a corporate social responsibility practice called Change. It will be based out of the firm’s office in Washington DC. Rob Anderson, a G/H executive V-P, leads the entity as a director. G/H London corporate director Chantal Bowman is the UK head.

CLARIFICATION: Infoplan PR chief executive Daphne Barrett created the Perrier Awards in 1981 for the Edinburgh Festival, and not Nica Burns as stated (Feature, 20 August). Burns is director of the awards.

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