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Hill & Knowlton to expand its Africa presence, Brendan Llewellyn joins MRM.

- Hill & Knowlton has expanded its presence in Africa with the launch of a joint venture with marketing services group Scangroup to create a new PR firm. Hill & Knowlton East Africa will cover Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and will be based in Nairobi. The creation of the company follows the acquisition of 27.5 per cent in Scangroup by WPP in 2008. The firm will launch at the beginning of May.

- MRM, the comms consultancy, has appointed financial services stalwart Brendan Llewellyn to the position of non-executive chairman. Llewellyn has more than 30 years industry experience, including serving as Scottish Amicable's MD, and has been associated with MRM for several years. In his new role, Llewellyn will work closely with MRM directors Andrew Appleyard and Richard Wheat. Llewellyn will continue to run his marketing consultancy Marketing Edge.

- Penrose Financial has promoted Nick Bone and Clare Milton to associate directors and to the firm's committee. Bone has been at Penrose for more than four years and is an experienced adviser for a range of capital markets and financial services clients, while Milton is in her third year at Penrose and is a specialist in asset management. Additionally, Penrose has promoted Sue Mathews to the role of account director.

- QBE, a specialist in insuring business risk, has named Helena Christopher as head of its new corporate comms team. It will focus on supporting QBE's market profile in both the UK and Europe and will take responsibility for public relations, internal comms, advertising and corporate collateral, new media and events management. Christopher has been with QBE for more than eight years, during which time she has held a variety of roles.

- Smithfield Consultants has appointed Alex Simmons as a director. He joins from Finsbury, where he worked in the financial services team for four years. He worked on the high-profile defences of the London Stock Exchange and the Campaign for Crossrail.

- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the City law firm, has hired Mike Burgess as PR manager. Burgess, previously an account director at Hume Brophy, will report to senior manager Christian Marroni.

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