NEWS: STOP PRESS

Douglas to take the reins at COI

Douglas to take the reins at COI



The first non-Whitehall reared Central Office of Information chief

executive takes up the reins next month. Tony Douglas, formerly joint

chief executive of advertising agency D’Arcy Masius Benton, succeeds

Mike Devereau.



Hirsch takes the chair at Infopress



Infopress has named John Hirsch, 66, a former board director of Ford of

Europe, as non-executive chairman. The agency has also announced the

launch of a new IT unit, Infopress Interactive.



Sabini takes maternity break from Bass



Bass Brewers brand PR manager Jane Sabini is going on maternity leave

for six months. The post will be filled by ex-Gala Clubs PR manager

Kerry Teakle until Sabini returns.



Paragon beats three to win PowerBreaker



Paragon Communications has unseated Holmes and Marchant Counsel as the

PR agency for electrical safety and security product firm PowerBreaker

after eight years. Paragon pitched against Charles Barker, GCI and the

incumbent to land the pounds 100,000-budget and fee account.



Scott says ‘no’ to TSB move to London



Anita Scott has left her position as head of the TSB retail press office

which has been relocated from Birmingham to London as part of the Lloyds

TSB merger.



Alpha drops Ludgate for Gavin Anderson



Alpha Airports, the flight catering, airport services and retail group,

has switched its financial PR from Ludgate to Gavin Anderson. The

business is thought to be worth around pounds 50,000 in fees.



Securicor halts search for communicator



Securicor has ‘put on ice’ its search for a head of corporate

communications. The company has conducted several interviews but has

decided to ‘re-look’ at the job specification and will not be making an

appointment for a number of months.



Royal British Legion recruits Peacock



The Royal British Legion has hired former DTI press officer James

Peacock as head of media relations and promoted Jeremy Lillies to the

new role of head of public affairs.



Franchetti Bond seeks mail order PR



Leathergoods company Franchetti Bond of Burlington Arcade is looking for

a PR agency to promote its new mail order division.



New Man picks Erica Crome for image lift



New Man, the French clothing company, has hired Erica Crome Public

Relations to boost its image. Erica Crome was set up at the end of last

year by the former fashion marketing director of Esquire.



Ballygowan hires Maurice Lovett for UK PR



Ballygowan, the Irish mineral water producer, has hired Leicester-based

PR firm Maurice Lovett and Partners to co-ordinate UK PR and

sponsorship.



Greer v Guardian libel trial to go ahead



A judge ruled last Friday that the ‘cash for questions’ libel trial, in

which lobbyist Ian Greer and MP Neil Hamilton are suing Guardian

Newspapers, will go ahead on 1 October. Lawyers acting for the Guardian

had argued that the rules governing Parliamentary privilege would stop

vital information from surfacing.



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