The Week

Equality and Human Rights Commission director of external affairs Mags Patten has resigned. This follows the resignation of comms chief Kamal Ahmed from the beleaguered watchdog.

Havas, owner of Cake and Euro RSCG Biss Lancaster, recorded an 8.5 per cent like-for-like fall in revenue in the first half of 2009. Q2 like-for-like revenue at its UK operation dropped 15 per cent.

Engine reported a rise in 2008 revenue of 53 per cent to £58.7m and achieved pre-tax profit of £4.9m.

The BBC has hired digital agency Headstream to promote the new season of Strictly Come Dancing online.

Huntsworth has named Michael Birkin, most recently chairman and CEO of Omnicom Asia-Pacific, to its board as a non-executive director.

Carson Yeung, the Hong Kong-based businessman, has handed financial comms specialist Bankside a brief to support his takeover of Premier League Birmingham City.

Virgin Music director of press Susie Ember has been recruited by Polydor Records as head of press.

Peugeot, the car manufacturer, has called in digital specialist agency ClickThrough Marketing to handle its online PR.

Northern & Shell's head of group PR Nicola Cutler has joined tourism specialist Davies Tanner.

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