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Flybe in corporate and financial PR review

Flybe in corporate and financial PR review

UK-based domestic and European airline Flybe is in talks with agencies about its corporate and financial PR after a decade with Instinctif Partners.

Reputation management agency owners set up reputation insurance broker

Reputation management agency owners set up reputation insurance broker

Paul Baverstock and Robert Nuttall, the founders of reputation management consultancy Fortitude Partners, have set up a reputation insurance broker called Reputation Risk Solutions.

Uber hires former top Obama aide Plouffe to oversee comms, policy

Uber hires former top Obama aide Plouffe to oversee comms, policy

David Plouffe "will be managing all global policy and political activities, communications, and Uber branding efforts," the company's CEO, Travis Kalanick, wrote in a blog post on the hire.

Charles Begley to join The Westminster & City Property Associations

Charles Begley to join The Westminster & City Property Associations

The Westminster & City Property Associations has hired TTA Property senior partner Charles Begley as executive director.

Max Clifford's PR firm wound up with debts of almost half a million pounds

Max Clifford's PR firm wound up with debts of almost half a million pounds

Max Clifford's PR firm is to be wound up owing £473,000 to 19 creditors including the taxman, Channel 4 and the Newspaper Licensing Agency, records at Companies House show.

Forster restructures and hires former Lawn Tennis Association comms chief

Forster restructures and hires former Lawn Tennis Association comms chief

Forster Communications is changing its structure from client-focused teams to corporate, creative and campaigns divisions, and has hired Cathy Byrne to head the corporate team.

Berkeley PR wins Yodel parcel delivery account

Berkeley PR wins Yodel parcel delivery account

Parcel delivery company Yodel has appointed Berkeley PR to handle a comms brief aimed at consumers, retailers and stakeholders.

Alibaba's Zandy to rejoin Facebook

Ashley Zandy will return to Facebook after less than a year at Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group.

Edelman apologises for Robin Williams death "opportunity" blog post

Edelman apologises for Robin Williams death "opportunity" blog post

Edelman, the world's biggest independent PR agency, has issued an apology for a blog post that described the death of actor Robin Williams as "a carpe diem moment for mental health professionals".

Huntsworth faces challenge of replacing "industry titan" Chadlington

Huntsworth faces challenge of replacing "industry titan" Chadlington

Lord Chadlington, who announced his forthcoming departure from Huntsworth yesterday, is "one of the greats" of the PR business and will be difficult to replace, according to friends and former colleagues.

Huntsworth CEO Lord Chadlington: Why I am stepping down

Huntsworth CEO Lord Chadlington: Why I am stepping down

Lord Chadlington has denied that a shareholder revolt led to him stepping down as CEO of Huntsworth, stating he made the decision to depart last year.

Huntsworth CEO Lord Chadlington to step down

Huntsworth CEO Lord Chadlington to step down

Lord Chadlington has announced that he is set to stand down from his role as CEO of Huntsworth.

Fishburn strengthens financial services team with two hires

Fishburn strengthens financial services team with two hires

Fishburn has hired Del Jones as an associate director and Grace Keeling as a consultant to strengthen the agency's financial and professional services team.

Lord Malloch-Brown steps down from FTI EMEA role

Lord Malloch-Brown steps down from FTI EMEA role

Former Labour minister Lord Malloch-Brown is set to step down from his role as EMEA chair for FTI Consulting.

Experts expect P&G to emphasize cost savings, innovation as it gets back to basics

Experts expect P&G to emphasize cost savings, innovation as it gets back to basics

The CPG giant is making plans to rid itself of more than half its brands. While it does so, it must push a message of innovation and cost savings, say experts.

Qatari government awards wide-ranging global brief to Portland

Qatari government awards wide-ranging global brief to Portland

The Qatari government has hired Portland Communications for a wide-ranging new global brief thought to be worth millions of pounds.

Opinion and features

Four rules to consider before commenting on a celebrity's death

Four rules to consider before commenting on a celebrity's death

The morality of news management is in the spotlight once again after Gawker slammed Edelman as a "soulless PR conglomerate" for its 'Carpe Diem' blog on Robin Williams.

Do Huntsworth and Engine Group intend to merge?

Do Huntsworth and Engine Group intend to merge?

As Huntsworth's half-year results were looming last week, and as the share price continued to flatline, one suspected the group would pull yet another rabbit from its top hat; few predicted that rabbit would be Lord Chadlington himself.

Challenging the flexi-working stereotype

Challenging the flexi-working stereotype

Let's stop being apologetic about wanting to reduce our hours, says founder of LMC PR Lara Molins Caplin. Project work is the future of comms and is perfectly suited to flexi-workers.

Institutional investors have a valuable voice

Institutional investors have a valuable voice

Fund managers' refreshing willingness to speak at key times is now a handy weapon in our PR armoury.

Hit or Miss? Tesco focuses on turnaround story amid CEO change

Hit or Miss? Tesco focuses on turnaround story amid CEO change

Tesco announced this week that its CEO Philip Clarke is to be replaced by Unilever's head of personal care, Dave Lewis.

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.

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Recent City & corporate people moves

Tavistock promotes Matt Ridsdale and Jos Simson as John West departs

Tavistock promotes Matt Ridsdale and Jos Simson as John West departs

John West has left financial and corporate PR agency Tavistock Communications after seven years as chief executive and has been replaced by board directors Matt Ridsdale and Jos Simson.

Centrica hires Edelman director Sarah Richardson for top public affairs role

Centrica hires Edelman director Sarah Richardson for top public affairs role

Sarah Richardson, a director at Edelman and former Lord Mayor of Westminster, is to join Centrica Energy in the newly created role of director of public affairs.

Ketchum ups Access CEO Butenhoff to dual role running global tech practice

Ketchum ups Access CEO Butenhoff to dual role running global tech practice

The Omnicom Group firm has promoted Butenhoff to director of Ketchum's global technology business.

Red hands Steph Bailey new role after Jonathan Oates and Paul Wooding depart

Red hands Steph Bailey new role after Jonathan Oates and Paul Wooding depart

The Red Consultancy has poached Edelman's Steph Bailey for a newly created role amid the departures of its corporate and technology MDs.

Capital MSL targets UAE with David Kingsmill-Moore hire

Capital MSL targets UAE with David Kingsmill-Moore hire

Capital MSL has hired David Kingsmill-Moore as the agency develops its clout in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Citigroup taps Brunswick partner Lowney as corp comms head

Citigroup taps Brunswick partner Lowney as corp comms head

Citigroup has hired Brunswick Group partner Jennifer Lowney as head of corporate communications, effective early September.

Matthew Freud invests in Seven Dials and installs new chief at Freuds

Matthew Freud invests in Seven Dials and installs new chief at Freuds

Matthew Freud has acquired a "significant minority" stake in former Independent editor Simon Kelner's PR agency Seven Dials, as well as hiring Seven Dials chair Andrew McGuinness as CEO of Freuds.