The Week in Lobbying

Weber Shandwick will find out in the next few days whether it has clung on to its lucrative public affairs account with Nestle.

The firm is choosing between Weber Shandwick and Fishburn Hedges and a decision is imminent, according to insiders. In Scotland, Weber Shandwick has hired First Minister Alex Salmond's special adviser Jennifer Dempsie. She will join Weber Shandwick's public affairs team in February as associate director. Dempsie will work alongside the agency's deputy MD Moray Macdonald.

Sovereign Strategy has hired a new associate director. Rob Burlison joins Sovereign from the Council for the Advancement of the Arts, Recreation and Education, where he was campaign director. He will be working closely with key Sovereign client Bloomberg.

Central YMCA has appointed Duncan Stephenson as policy and public affairs manager. He joins from Network Rail, where he was public affairs manager for the London and South East region. He will report to Mark Harrod, Central YMCA director of policy and public affairs.

Proudfoot Consulting has called in The SPA Way's public affairs team to work on its annual Global Productivity Report and to write additional industry reports.

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