Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Nestle is understood to be deciding between incumbent Weber Shandwick and rival agency Fishburn Hedges as it reviews its public affairs arrangements. As previously reported (PRWeek, 12 September), the confectionery giant is reviewing the big-money account after more than a decade with WS.

Edelman is on the lookout for political and economic heavyweights to bolster its new global public affairs advisory panel. Nicholas Burns, former under-secretary of state for political affairs in the Bush administration, was recently appointed to chair the panel. Burns was this week on a scouting mission in the UK.

The Green Alliance has appointed Unilever's former corporate responsibility manager Thomas Lingard to the new post of deputy director. Lingard joins the environmental think-tank on a two-year secondment from Unilever. His most recent role at Unilever was external relations manager.

The CIPR has called a one-off meeting to discuss whether to fully integrate the Government Affairs Group within the CIPR. The meeting will be held at 6.30pm on 11 November at CIPR HQ. In addition to the key business, ex-CIPR chair Lionel Zetter will be discussing his keenly anticipated book on public affairs.

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