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John Lewis' director of communications Peter Cross suspended

John Lewis' director of communications Peter Cross suspended

Peter Cross, the director of communications at John Lewis, has been suspended from his post, PRWeek understands.

Guy Newey on the move as Ovo raids think-tanks to boost external affairs team

Guy Newey on the move as Ovo raids think-tanks to boost external affairs team

Ovo Energy is expanding its external relations team with a series of new appointments, including Guy Newey, head of the energy and environment practice at centre-right think-tank Policy Exchange.

Blinkbox appoints Up Communications for corporate PR drive

Blinkbox appoints Up Communications for corporate PR drive

Tesco-backed movie and TV streaming, music and ebook service Blinkbox has appointed Up Communications to support a new focus on corporate comms.

Malaysia Airlines advised by former Virgin Atlantic comms chief Paul Charles

Malaysia Airlines advised by former Virgin Atlantic comms chief Paul Charles

A team from UK PR agency Perowne Charles Communications (PCC) is in Amsterdam to assist Malaysia Airlines with communications around the MH17 disaster, PRWeek understands.

Porter Novelli promotes Fenella Grey to UK MD

Porter Novelli promotes Fenella Grey to UK MD

Porter Novelli has promoted Fenella Grey to managing director of its UK office.

Kreab Gavin Anderson handles Chinese chemical company's IPO comms

Kreab Gavin Anderson, the financial PR specialist, is handling corporate and financial PR for GTS Chemical Holdings as it prepares to float on AIM.

Lithium moves UK PR to Champion

Lithium moves UK PR to Champion

Social software developer Lithium Technologies, which recently acquired social media influence measurement tool Klout, has moved its UK PR duties to Champion Communications from Bite.

Crisis experts: Malaysia Airlines had to respond where news is breaking - on Twitter

Crisis experts: Malaysia Airlines had to respond where news is breaking - on Twitter

The airline's decision to go to social media first with what little information it had is a sign of the times and an "appropriate" tactic, say crisis comms experts.

Malaysia Airlines uses social media for first public comments on plane crash in Ukraine

Malaysia Airlines uses social media for first public comments on plane crash in Ukraine

After a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was reportedly shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Ukraine near the Russian border on Thursday, the airline went straight to Twitter and Facebook to communicate with the public about the situation.

Saga hires MHP's Tim McCall as director of corporate affairs

Saga hires MHP's Tim McCall as director of corporate affairs

Tim McCall is to join the over-fifties-focused business Saga as director of corporate affairs on a full-time basis in August.

H+K Strategies beats three to six-figure Visa Europe strategic comms brief

H+K Strategies beats three to six-figure Visa Europe strategic comms brief

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has won out in the pitch for Visa Europe's region-wide strategic comms work.

Mark Cater and Fiona Holroyde to depart as MHP combines corporate and PA

Mark Cater and Fiona Holroyde to depart as MHP combines corporate and PA

MHP's heads of corporate and public affairs are leaving as the agency integrates the two disciplines into a single team led by Jonathan Lomax.

Star investment fund manager appoints Broadgate Mainland

Star investment fund manager appoints Broadgate Mainland

Woodford Investment Management, the new company founded by well-regarded fund manager Neil Woodford, has hired Broadgate Mainland.

Companies pep up their PR budgets as marketing revival continues

Companies pep up their PR budgets as marketing revival continues

PR budgets were boosted in the second quarter of this year, according to the latest IPA Bellwether Report, which indicated sustained upwards momentum for overall marketing budgets.

Weber Shandwick study: Combining marcomms under one leader is advantageous

This trend is driven by "dramatic shifts" in digital media and a "stronger" relationship between brand and corporate reputation, according to the study.

Howell James to leave global comms role at Christie's to head Quiller

Howell James to leave global comms role at Christie's to head Quiller

Howell James, whose experience includes running comms for the Government and Barclays, is taking over the leadership of Huntsworth-owned strategic consultancy Quiller.

Opinion and features

Taking the fear out of networking

Taking the fear out of networking

Ex-european director of external communications at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Debbie Spitz, shares her tips on how to get the best from, and even enjoy, networking.

Hit or Miss? Airbnb reveals new branding to the world

Hit or Miss? Airbnb reveals new branding to the world

Airbnb, the short-term accommodation businesss, updated its brand identity this week and introduced a new logo that it named the Bélo, "the universal symbol of belonging".

Know your value

Know your value

Women are often paid less than men but it's our responsibility to make our case, says Hotwire director and member of the PRWeek Mentoring Project, Kate Hamilton.

FIFA's resilience shows the media's diminishing impact

FIFA's resilience shows the media's diminishing impact

It is almost impossible to grab attention through all the noise. The truth has become invisible.

The comms world: where will growth come from?

The comms world: where will growth come from?

The future is bright for the global PR industry. But it will only maximise growth by ceasing to be the PR industry as we know it.

Richard Edelman, the new king of Cannes

Richard Edelman, the new king of Cannes

The Edelman CEO's Grand Prix win last month symbolises his vision for the modern PR agency. He outlines to Danny Rogers his ambitious plan to remould Edelman as a corporate 'game-changer'.

From the editor-in-chief: The death of PR agencies - as we know them

From the editor-in-chief: The death of PR agencies - as we know them

All the evidence gathered from PRWeek's investigations over the past month points to a couple of crucial conclusions...

Top of the month: Walmart leaves The New York Times seeing red

Top of the month: Walmart leaves The New York Times seeing red

Walmart got a big tick when it made corrections in red pen to a negative New York Times article and posted the notes on its blog

The best evidence is tested on its merits

The best evidence is tested on its merits

Evidence that informs public policy must stand the test of scrutiny, whether it is from NGOs or businesses.

Facebook breaks communications' golden rule with study scandal

Facebook breaks communications' golden rule with study scandal

Facebook's recently revealed study in 'emotional contagion' provoked angry responses from many internet users - and a pending inquiry from the Information Commissioner's Office. The response from the company not only showed a lack of understanding and empathy, but is a textbook example of how not to respond to a crisis, says Aspectus PR's Alastair Turner.

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Recent City & corporate people moves

Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe appointed as intellectual property minister

Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe appointed as intellectual property minister

Former Tesco director of corporate affairs Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe is stepping down as a non-executive director of ITV to join the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

SABMiller hands permanent comms director role to Christina Mills

SABMiller hands permanent comms director role to Christina Mills

Global beer company SABMiller has appointed Christina Mills as director of group communications and reputation.

Fishburn appoints Radley Yeldar's Cleghorn for corporate reporting role

Fishburn appoints Radley Yeldar's Cleghorn for corporate reporting role

Fishburn has hired Roger Cleghorn to the newly created post of head of corporate reporting.

Peter Wilson-Smith set to leave Quiller Consultants

Peter Wilson-Smith set to leave Quiller Consultants

Quiller is set to lose financial specialist Peter Wilson-Smith in the second major departure to hit the Huntsworth agency in days.

Vatican hires ex-BBC Trust head Chris Patten to modernise comms

Vatican hires ex-BBC Trust head Chris Patten to modernise comms

Chris Patten is to lead a committee to advise Pope Francis on how to modernise the Holy See's media strategy, the Vatican announced today.

Dominic Morgan departs FTI Consulting's property team
APCO taps eBay's Liew as executive director for Southeast Asia

APCO taps eBay's Liew as executive director for Southeast Asia

APCO Worldwide has appointed Steven Liew, previously associate general counsel and chief government relations office for eBay Asia-Pacific, to serve as executive director for the firm's Southeast Asia operation.