News in brief

AGENCY WPP's Young & Rubicam Brands - the marcoms grouping overseeing Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe - has hired ex-HSBC Holdings head of group marketing Peter Stringham as CEO. He replaces Ann Fudge, who retired last year.

ACQUISITION TNS Media Intelligence this week announced from New York that it has acquired Cymfony. The 11-year-old company, based in Boston, US, is billed as an ‘innovator in com­bining traditional and social media research and analysis'.

CONSUMER IncrediBull Ideas is pro­moting a new men's lifestyle magazine that will hit the shelves next week. Swit­ched On is being launched on 9 March by Trojan Publishing, pub­lisher of the relaunched Pent­house, which IncrediBull also pro­m­otes.

CONSUMER City & Guilds has brought in Cow PR as it plans to expand into new territories and markets. The voc­ational qualifications body recen­tly hired Blue Rubicon for corp­or­­ate comms (PRWeek, 23 February).

CORPORATE GCI London has been appointed by international outsour­cing specialist Avance Group. The agency will provide press office supp­ort and strategic comms advice.

CONSUMER Notting Hill boutique Mensah is to use Frank PR - its first retained agency - to build the brand's profile. The agency was appointed without a pitch.

CONSUMER Mason Media has laun­ched a campaign for Energy 69. The agency is promoting the drink to trade and consumer audien­ces in the UK and selected overseas markets.

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