Easyjet has promoted Oliver Aust to head of comms and public affairs. Aust has taken over permanent responsibility for the airline's comms and lobbying, replacing Toby Nicol, who left in late August without a job to go to. Aust joined easyJet in January 2005 from General Motors' Brussels office. He has been promoted from his position of head of corporate affairs.
Crown Mortgage Management has handed a retained corporate PR brief to the Wriglesworth Consultancy. Crown is a mortgage servicing company operating in the US and European markets. It currently manages more than 30,000 commercial and residential mortgage loans for nine clients and has assets under management of £3.2bn.
Stadia Trustees, an independent specialist in self-invested personal pensions, has handed a media relations and PR brief to Broadgate. The PR programme will initially focus on maximising coverage across specialist pensions trade press and offering wider commentary concerning pensions and investment to the national media. Mark Knight, Broadgate director, will lead the team.
Neptune Investment Management has appointed Penrose Financial as its pan-European media adviser. Penrose replaces Phonenix Financial and its team will be led by chief executive Gay Collins. Neptune has grown to more than £3.7bn assets under management over the past seven years and has changed its PR agency to help reinforce its presence in the UK retail and institutional sectors.
Coastal Energy Company has brought in Buchanan Communications as its retained financial PR agency, replacing Bell Pottinger Corporate & Financial. Coastal Energy is an AIM-listed international exploration and production company focused on Southeast Asia. The company's current operations are based in Thailand.
The Financial Times has appointed Tom Glover as its acting global director of comms to cover Emma Gilpin-Jacobs' maternity leave. Glover joined the FT in November 2007 as deputy director of comms from Orange UK.