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Royal and Sun Alliance see incumbents

Royal and Sun Alliance see incumbents



The recently-merged Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance Group last week saw

presentations from Shandwick Consultants and Brunswick PR. Before the

merger Shandwick worked for the Royal while Brunswick handled Sun

Alliance.



Lebus to quit Dewe Rogerson for charity



Christina Lebus, business development director at Dewe Rogerson, is to

quit the agency after 15 years. She will leave in the new year to become

director of children’s charity WellBeing. She will be replaced by Louise

Solomon who was to leave this month.



German food body seeks new agency



German food association CMA is looking for a new PR agency after 15

years with Shandwick. The Central Marketing Organisation of German

Agricultural Industries needs an agency to handle trade and consumer

media relations and organise events. Three agencies are pitching for the

account.



Maister hits PR with ‘prostitute’ jibe



Too many PR consultants fail to fulfil their potential because they act

like prostitutes - taking on unrewarding work and clients they dislike

in return for money, according to US management guru David Maister. His

remarks came at a dinner last week hosted by his cousin, London Bureau

managing director Stuart Maister, at the Institute of Directors. He

argued that the most successful professional services firms refuse to

compromise corporate values for short-term gain, and have structures

which make them intolerant of underperforming staff.



Lynne Franks has what it takes to Excite



Lynne Franks PR has been appointed by US Internet navigation network,

Excite, as their first European PR agency.



Infopress in Ceylon Tea Gardens win



Infopress has been hired to handle financial and corporate PR for Ceylon

Tea Gardens, a new tea company backed by the Sri Lankan government. The

account carries a fee of pounds 60,000.



Ripon seeks theological communicator



The Anglican diocese of Ripon is searching for its first communications

officer. The Leeds-based officer will need an accredited lay

qualification such as a theology degree.



White joins Peter Prowse Associates



Eric White, 30, former senior consultant at Countrywide Porter Novelli

and head of PR for Royal Mail International before that, has joined

Peter Prowse Associates as account director.



Baan seeks to raise profile in ERP market



Baan Company, the manufacturing software firm, is seeking a PR agency to

raise its profile in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) market. Baan

ended its relationship with The Edge Partnership this summer. A Plus,

Firefly and DPA Public Relations have been asked to pitch.



FFi and Hall or Nothing secure London gig



Youth and music PR specialists FFi and Hall or Nothing are handling

public relations for London Music Week, the three-day international

music congress and seven-day live music festival, scheduled for 26

April.



PR Week takes a Christmas break



This is the last issue of PR Week before the Christmas and New Year

break. The next issue will be published on 10 January.



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