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Santander appoints corporate comms chief Louise Shield from insurer RSA

Santander appoints corporate comms chief Louise Shield from insurer RSA

Louise Shield will join the bank Santander UK as director of corporate comms on 1 August.

Connect Communications announces MBO and spins off 'Devo' arm as separate entity

Connect Communications announces MBO and spins off 'Devo' arm as separate entity

Connect Communications has undergone a management buyout that has seen executive chairman Gill Morris sell her majority stake and take ownership of Devo Connect, its division focused on the devolved nations, as a separate agency.

Finsbury and Hering Schuppener hired for Bayer's $62bn Monsanto bid

Finsbury and Hering Schuppener hired for Bayer's $62bn Monsanto bid

Finsbury and its WPP partner agency Hering Schuppener have been appointed to handle corporate comms around the proposed $62bn (£42.8bn) bid by German life sciences firm Bayer for American agrochemical giant Monsanto.

Eurozone exchange market Euronext appoints Montfort for strategic comms

Eurozone exchange market Euronext appoints Montfort for strategic comms

Pan-European exchange Euronext, which had more than 1,300 listed issuers and is worth a total of more than €3tr (£2.3tr, $3.37tr) at the end of 2015, has appointed London's Montfort Communications as its UK strategic comms adviser.

Nissan restructures European comms team with new hires and wider remit

Nissan restructures European comms team with new hires and wider remit

Nissan has announced a restructure of its pan-European comms team, with several senior appointments and promotions alongside the transfer of corporate responsibility to the comms division.

Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates names Relevance New York first global PR firm

Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates names Relevance New York first global PR firm

The firm was brought on last month after an RFP process.

Michael Prescott prepares to leave BT after Ofcom review concludes

Michael Prescott prepares to leave BT after Ofcom review concludes

BT's group director of corporate affairs, Michael Prescott, will leave the business later this year after nearly seven years at the company.

Brits among world's most sceptical consumers - but less so towards UK brands

Brits among world's most sceptical consumers - but less so towards UK brands

Britons are some of the most sceptical people in the world in terms of their relationship with brands - but they are more likely to perceive UK firms as trustworthy and reliable, according to new research.

Sky's director of external comms to leave after 16 years

Sky's director of external comms to leave after 16 years

Sky's director of external comms, Robert Fraser, is to leave next month after more than 16 years with the company, PRWeek has learned.

Battle of the brands: Brits 'love' cars, Lego and iPhones (of course)

Battle of the brands: Brits 'love' cars, Lego and iPhones (of course)

Automotive companies are collectively the most loved brands in the UK, with nine car makers including Audi, BMW, Ferrari and Porsche featuring in a top 25 list compiled by social media watcher NetBase.

DONG Energy hires Powerscourt ahead of one of Europe's biggest IPOs this year

DONG Energy hires Powerscourt ahead of one of Europe's biggest IPOs this year

Powerscourt has been hired to handle international comms for the upcoming $11bn (£7.6bn) IPO of Denmark's state-backed energy giant DONG Energy, which is expected to be among the biggest flotations in Europe this year.

The next 'green wash'? Corporate purpose used as window dressing, execs fear

The next 'green wash'? Corporate purpose used as window dressing, execs fear

The current trend towards the articulation of corporate purpose could give rise to "purpose wash" in the same way that the reaction of some businesses to calls for environmental responsibility was to commit "green wash", it is feared.

Ruder Finn names Burson's Keith Hughes to lead corporate; Rachel Spielman takes new role

Ruder Finn names Burson's Keith Hughes to lead corporate; Rachel Spielman takes new role

Ruder Finn has hired Keith Hughes as the new head of its corporate practice and formalized its EVP of storytelling and media position with Rachel Spielman.

Charlotte Street Partners moves into healthcare and IR with new hires

Charlotte Street Partners moves into healthcare and IR with new hires

London and Edinburgh agency Charlotte Street Partners, whose board includes Roland Rudd and Scottish entrepreneur Sir Angus Grossart, is expanding into the healthcare and investor relations markets.

Former Freuds team head is first notonthehighstreet.com corporate comms head

Former Freuds team head is first notonthehighstreet.com corporate comms head

Louise Winmill has become the third former Freuds employee to move to an in-house role in as many weeks as she today joins notonthehighstreet.com to establish an in-house corporate comms practice.

Pressure mounts on Facebook over Trending Topics 'bias'

Pressure mounts on Facebook over Trending Topics 'bias'

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to meet conservative critics in a bid to persuade them that the social network is taking allegations that it has suppressed right-wing news sources seriously.

Opinion and features

Dodging the question: smart or dumb?

Dodging the question: smart or dumb?

Politicians are famous for dodging journalists' questions, and it is happening all too often.

Why there is a different rule book for pitching to broadcast

Why there is a different rule book for pitching to broadcast

As experts we are constantly striving for new and better ways of engaging people; that and delivering greater reach, greater influence and greater returns on investment of course.

It's complicated...the changing relationship between PR and marketing
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It's complicated...the changing relationship between PR and marketing

In partnership with global communications agency LEWIS, PRWeek hosted an executive debate at PR360 that explored the changing nature of the relationship between PR and marketing

Mind the gap - how to gain the trust of senior clients as a young PR consultant

Mind the gap - how to gain the trust of senior clients as a young PR consultant

PRWeek's 2013 PR Census showed that 46 per cent of all PR agency employees were aged between 25 and 34. So how can today's generation of great young PR people be confident in the boardroom?

Smart PR enables more powerful insights

Smart PR enables more powerful insights

Relying on gut feeling about a campaign doesn't cut it any longer - smart PR involves using business intelligence to ensure success.

Comms pros are the bridge between the boardroom and the rest of the workforce

Comms pros are the bridge between the boardroom and the rest of the workforce

A recent study tells us that most employees across the country and in every sector are dealing with significant organisational change, and it is taking its toll, not least because CEOs are not visible enough during periods of change.

In search of the MacGuffin - Apple's quest for the next iPhone

In search of the MacGuffin - Apple's quest for the next iPhone

When you set the bar so high, it's difficult to keep topping yourself. Apple has found this out with its first fall in sales since 2003.

Cyber risk: Are businesses aware of internal threats?

Cyber risk: Are businesses aware of internal threats?

2016 is already shaping up to be the year when cyber risks are a seemingly constant media headline - hacking, data thefts, leaks of confidential data (see the Panama Papers).

Can the PR industry afford another generation of 'lost women'?

Can the PR industry afford another generation of 'lost women'?

The PR and comms sector is waking up to the 'national blind spot' that employers seem to have when it comes to the gender pay gap - but does it need to do more?

A eulogy for Twitter?

A eulogy for Twitter?

Twitter's latest results have given the company little to shout about.

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In brief: 3 Monkeys Zeno wins ZyXEL, Cognito hires from Grayling, Golley Slater hired

3 Monkeys Zeno wins ZyXEL, Cognito hires from Grayling, Golley Slater PR wins LDF and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Benugo hires Fleet Street, FTI strengthens public affairs, Pernod Ricard promotes

Benugo hires Fleet Street, FTI strengthens public affairs, Pernod Ricard promotes and more from PRWeek UK

Johnson & Johnson names Michael Sneed chief communications officer

Johnson & Johnson names Michael Sneed chief communications officer

He is replacing Maggie FitzPatrick, who left the healthcare giant earlier this year, in the company's top communications role.

In brief: Instinctif wins rent-to-buy homes firm, Lansons' health hire, VFS recruits

Instinctif taken in by Rentplus, Lansons' health hire, VFS hires comms chief

In brief: Chinese airline calls on Rooster, Westminster Advisers hires, Nobu books VIP

Chinese airline calls on Rooster, Westminster Advisers hires from Energy UK, Nobu books VIP Worldwide and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Former London Mayor PR joins Hull 2017, Typhoo hires Spider, win for TopLine

Hull hires from London Mayor's office, Spider appointed by Typhoo, TopLine wins back recruiter and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Livermore to Britain Thinks, QVC hires, easyCar Club appoints, Ruder Finn

Spencer Livermore appointed partner at Britain Thinks, QVC UK's new comms chief, easyCar Club appoints PHA Media and more from PRWeek UK.