London-based PR agency Aspectus has appointed Jed Hamilton, former head of corporate comms at New York tech firm Jibe, as its North America MD.
Novantas, a US-based provider of analytical advisory services and technology, has appointed Cicero Group to support its launch in the UK and Ireland.
Red Consultancy has hired Nick Edell from Hill+Knowlton Strategies as its head of digital, while former Red Consultancy managing director Steph Bailey has become a director of FleishmanHillard's London office as a director, PRWeek has learnt.
Six more industry professionals are running as parliamentary candidates in the general election, PRWeek has learned.
The Constituency Management Group unit, which includes IPG's PR agencies, saw 1.6% organic revenue growth in Q1.
Notwithstanding a sudden surge in the fortunes of one of the major parties, the general election is likely to result in either a slim Parliamentary majority of the kind not seen since Sir John Major's ill-fated 1992-1997 administration nearly 20 years ago, or a minority government. This in turn presages a radical change in the tactics employed by public affairs agencies to influence the Government's legislative programme. PRWeek speaks to three public affairs professionals to get their insight on the opportunities and challenges presented by the composition of the next government.
Troubled coal producer Asia Resource Minerals (ARMS) has stopped working with Finsbury and will not replace the agency as two competing takeover bids battle it out for control of the London-listed company, PRWeek has learnt.
WPP has reported a 1.2 per cent rise in like-for-like sales in its PR and public affairs group in the first quarter of 2015, with growth in all regions except the UK and continental Europe. Net sales in the division grew 1.6 per cent.
Berkeley PR has opened an office in New York as it looks to expand outside the UK.
Patel has enlisted Curzon PR to help her promote equality and diversity in the workplace, following a non-competitive pitch.
Grayling has won the National Casino Forum (NCF) account after a competitive five-way pitch.
Hitachi Capital UK has appointed Smarts Illuminate to handle PR for its invoice finance branch, following a competitive pitch.
Dragon Associates has formed a Special Situations Division, headed up by new hire Patrick Elliot.
Mothercare is holding a pitch with four agencies as it looks to expand its financial PR account into a more integrated brief, including corporate and consumer brand comms.
Healthcare company Bupa is looking for one or two UK agencies that have a global network, for a two-way brief involving reputation building and financial comms.
Dunlop Tyres has appointed KINC to support its new brand positioning strategy, following a competitive pitch.
Digital and social media have made marketing communications virtually synonymous with PR, according to speakers at the PRWeek PR360 summit in central London this week.
Valuable insights into the latest trends and thinking in global PR were gleaned during PRWeek's PR360 event in London. We interview four expert contributors about making the right video, comms in the marketing mix, culture versus strategy, and the growth of PR across the world.
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A few weeks ago, I was with the head of a medium-sized firm when he was asked to sign a letter to a national newspaper in support of a political party.
When I read the PR Week/PRCA survey on Mental Wellbeing, I did so with a sense of relief.
The fear factor is never far away, leading us to distract and comfort ourselves when we should be comforting each other.
The historian Simon Schama said in The Guardian recently that we have become the "look down" generation.
Gosh, what a load of hand-wringing fuss about Robert Phillips' book Trust Me, PR is Dead.
"When Will Your Data Breach Happen? Not a question of if but when." This is a March 2015 headline from a well-read security news site.
Trust is earned when reputation becomes central to every business decision, but it is a job that requires constant refinement and evolution.
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Wendy Loh, most recently vice president at Weber Shandwick Singapore, will be charged with developing communications strategies in several sectors
Former director of media at Barclays Bank, Giles Croot, has moved to Balfour Beatty to head up its comms and investor relations team, PRWeek has learned.
Weber Shandwick has hired political consultant and strategist David Skelton to lead its UK public affairs offering.
Golley Slater has appointed Cat Jennings, former brand marketing director at Ketchum, as managing director of its London office.
Cohn & Wolfe (C&W) has announced a reshuffle to its senior corporate team, with UK corporate MD Andrew Escott appointed to head the agency's global corporate practice.
UK Music has appointed James Murtagh-Hopkins as director of comms, a role he takes up on a full-time basis from today.
James Lundie has been appointed as MD and head of corporate comms, personal and corporate banking at Barclays.