The Week

- Rebecca Adlington, the Olympic gold medallist, has hired start-up agency Marmalade PR to handle her personal publicity.

- The CIPR has elected Jay O'Connor, MD of Racepoint Group Europe, as president for 2010. Companycare director Kevin Taylor is to replace Elisabeth Lewis-Jones as president next year.

- Debenhams is using Euro RSCG Biss Lancaster to handle its new UK store openings. It plans to open four by the end of the year.

- Pleon UK CEO Jennifer Paavola has quit the agency after two years without a new job lined up. European CEO Timo Sieg will manage Pleon UK until a replacement is found.

- Manchester City FC's head of comms, Paul Tyrrell, has left the club. The former PR chief of ITV Sport is expected to launch his own sports PR firm.

- Cadbury Trebor Bassett has handed its six-figure account to The Red Consultancy. Red will work on a Bassetts Allsorts launch in 2009.

- Puma, the sportswear firm, has taken on Capitalize to promote its sponsorship of this year's Volvo Ocean Race.

- The PRCA and Ketchum are co-hosting a free US election night party on 4 November at Ketchum's offices from 10pm until early morning. See the PRCA website for details.

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