NEWS IN BRIEF

PRWEEK AWARDS The magazine is still seeking final nominations for the PR Professional of the Year 2007 award. Candidates must be practising comms professionals, preferably in an in-house role, who have performed outstandingly in the past 12 months. The winner will be decided by a panel of judges and announced at the PRWeek Awards event on 24 October. Nominations to the editor: danny.rogers@haymarket.com

ENTERTAINMENT Film-maker Twentieth Century Fox has appointed Annabel Hutton as head of UK publicity. She will be based in London and will develop consumer campaigns for all of Fox’s UK releases. She was previously publicist at Premier PR.

CONSUMER Chef Antony Worrall Thompson has handed Minx PR a nationwide brief to promote his range of food, kitchen and lifestyle products. The agency will concentrate on Christmas season PR and new product launches, initially on a six-month basis.

AGENCY Renault PR head Andrew Boyle is to join Automotive PR as business development director.

CONSUMER Discount perfume retailer The Fragrance Shop has enlisted Brazen to run a consumer-focused campaign as part of a recent brand overhaul.

CORPORATE Goldman Sachs has begun recruiting for a deputy director of corporate comms following Simon Eaton’s move to Barclays Capital. The successful candidate will report to corporate comms director Paul Kafka.

TRAVEL Virgin Holidays head of PR Karen Tippett has hired a new team, comprising Lisa Deeprose as promotions and sponsorship manager, Kate Allan as PR executive and Georgina Stewart as PR assistant.

CONSUMER UK rice brand Veetee has handed Phipps PR a six-figure account to launch its ‘Dine In’ range of microwavable rice.

CORPORATE Mitsubishi Motors UK has promoted Andy Wertheim to general manager, press and public relations. Wertheim joins from the company’s used car sales division.

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