NEWS IN BRIEF

AGENCY Geronimo CEO Karen Harris made a shock exit from the agency this week. Harris, who founded the public sector specialist agency from her front room in 1999, plans to set up a mentoring charity.

CONSUMER London radio station Magic 105.4FM has hired Golden Goose in a bid to capitalise on the popularity of its breakfast DJ Neil Fox.

AGENCY Luther Pendragon has named Conor Pickering as an associate partner. Pickering joined the agency this week from the corporate, public affairs and PR shop Mmd, where he was director of the corporate practice.

CONSUMER Swimming brand Speedo has asked Brandnation to handle its UK media comms activity. Brandnation replaces Sputnik, which held the account for six years.

B2B Belfast-based PR firm MCE has been appointed to run comms activity for the £320m regeneration scheme of retail centre Victoria Square in Belfast city centre.

PUBLIC SECTOR BBC Worldwide has brought in a new head of comms for its 40 magazine titles and exhibitions business. Sarah Williams previously worked in government comms.

CORPORATE Chatsworth Communications has been retained to provide PR support for energy giant Alstom’s UK business. The agency will promote Alstom’s carbon capture technologies, which prevent CO2 from reaching the atmosphere.

CONSUMER A new glacial mineral water has signed up Euro RSCG Biss Lancaster for its UK launch. Isklar will go to market in spring 2008. Biss Lancaster will use ‘guerilla tactics’ and press trips to the Hardanger region of Norway to promote the brand.

MEDIA RELATIONS The Mail on Sunday’s political editor Jonathan Oliver will replace David Cracknell as political editor of The Sunday Times in 2008. Cracknell is joining public affairs firm FD-LLM as chairman.

CORRECTION Last week, we reported that Reynolds-Mackenzie will promote a drug named Revlamid. The drug is, in fact, called Revlimid.

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