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Lowe Bell buys LMB and merges GMH

Lowe Bell buys LMB and merges GMH



Lowe Bell Communications has bought healthcare agency LMB and merged it

with Green Moon Healthcare. The combined staff of ten will operate from

LMB’s offices in Surrey. Mark Cater, former head of GMH - formed when

Lowe Bell bought MC2 from the receivers in October - has left and LMB

founder Louise Blakeborough has taken over as managing director.



Siemens Nixdorf retains Countrywide



Countrywide Communications has been retained by German-owned company

Siemens Nixdorf to provide PR for its health systems division.

Countrywide will target senior NHS managers to emphasise the business

benefits of IT, produce literature and establish a case history base of

key clients. The division has also retained Ingleton-Beer Associates to

handle press release production (PR Week, 31 May).



Harrods hires Lowe Bell Financial



Upmarket department store Harrods has hired Lowe Bell Financial to

handle media relations around its proposal to go for a stock market

flotation in London and New York. The agency was hired last month

without a pitch.



McNally is vice chairman of Shandwick



Shandwick Consultants has promoted Lord McNally to the post of vice

chairman. He retains the post of director of public affairs but day-to

day running of the division and the title of head of public affairs has

been handed to his deputy Colin Byrne. The agency has also appointed Ian

Lindsley, formerly director of Batey-Burn in Beijing, as an account

director; Adam Atkinson, formerly political affairs manager at Union

Railways, as a senior consultant, and Jewish lobbyist Craig Leviton as a

consultant.



Toshiba favours Jenny Bailey Associates



Toshiba’s photocopier and fax division has appointed Jenny Bailey

Associates to handle its PR.Epsom-based JBA was hired following a

four-way pitch. The fax and copier outfit’s PR was previously handled by

the JSGL Partnership (PR Week, 12 April).



Pendragon reveals recruitment plans



Luther Pendragon is planning to recruit a senior figure in both

financial PR and public affairs and to double its staff numbers. MD

George Pitcher said the senior public affairs recruit was likely to have

Labour Party experience, while in expanding its staff, the consultancy

was interested in attracting individuals, teams or ‘corporate entities’.

The agency is also looking for a non-executive chairman to succeed John

Booth, who has become an executive director.



Yarbrough to join the MS&L people



Dick Yarbrough, MD, communications, for the Atlanta Committee for the

Olympic Games, will join Manning, Selvage and Lee as a worldwide senior

counsellor, after this year’s Olympiad. Yarbrough, who will work from

MS&L’s New York and Atlanta offices, will join the agency’s board and

its US and European executive committees.



Bevan takes deputy editorship



PR Week news editor Steve Bevan has been promoted to deputy editor,

following last December’s departure of Amanda Hall to the Sunday

Telegraph. Bevan, 33, who joined the magazine in September 1993, will

retain his news editing role.



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