The Week

Network Rail has signed up former BAA head of corporate affairs Duncan Bonfield as director of external comms.

Subway, the sandwich chain, has brought in Duffy Rafferty Communications to handle consumer PR for its 86 Northern Ireland stores.

Royal Caribbean, the cruise line, has appointed Briony Peters as PR manager for the UK and Ireland. Peters was formerly PR director for Kerzner International.

Bondy Consulting is to promote the launch of a book on US president-elect Barack Obama by British author Anthony Painter.

Bell Pottinger North’s Liverpool office has hired BBC presenter Roger Summerskill. He was Radio Merseyside’s breakfast show host.

AA Publishing has brought in LDR London to launch its new-look guides and website.

Porter Novelli global head of digital Mat Morrison has been appointed by the PRCA to lead its new digital comms group.

Paddy Hughes, the new president of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland, has warned that the PR industry is heading for an ‘exceptionally tough and challenging’ 2009.

JPR
won four gongs at the Northern Ireland CIPR Pride Awards, including the top agency award, and the rebranded Tribe won the East Anglia agency prize.

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