NEWS IN BRIEF

ISSSUE MGT Former Sky News royal correspondent Katherine Witty has started as director of press and public affairs for Mohamed Al Fayed in preparation for October’s inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Al Fayed.

CORPORATE R3 – the professional association for the debt recovery industry – is on the hunt for agencies to raise its profile in Scotland and other British regions.

CONSUMER Brown-Forman has appointed Brave PR to promote black raspberry liqueur Chambord to women’s press. The agency has also been awarded a retained contract for B-F bourbon Woodford Reserve, which it was working on a project basis.

CONSUMER Ray Ban has contracted Capitalize to handle an experiential campaign through the summer. The campaign will feature events at summer music festivals. See Feature.

TRAVEL Spanish holiday resort La Manga Club has hired Leeds-based Lucre as its first PR agency. Lucre will handle publicity around the re-launch of the Hyatt Regency Hotel within the resort, later this year.

CORPORATE Cision has appointed former managing director of Echo Research Giselle Bodie as consul­tancy services director. The hire follows changes in management and the global re-branding of Cision last year.

CONSUMER Threepipe Communi­cations has been appointed by Ramada Jarvis, as the hotel chain refurbishes its 42 UK hotels.

AGENCY Communications network Freshwater has named Baroness Cohen as non-executive director and audit committee chairman.

CONSUMER Spanish wine group United Wineries – which supplies nine per cent of all Spanish wine to UK super­markets – has landed Cube Communications a trade and consumer brief after a three-way pitch.

AGENCY Golin Harris has brought in ex-eBay PR manager Charlie Coney as account director. Coney joins from Launch Group.

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