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Cognito bolsters team with director and account manager hires

Cognito bolsters team with director and account manager hires

Financial services comms and marketing agency Cognito has appointed Paul Wynne as a director and Lara Joseph as a senior account manager in its London team.

Porta buys stake in corporate comms agency Broker Profile

Porta buys stake in corporate comms agency Broker Profile

Porta Communications has continued its expansion by acquiring a 29.5 per cent stake in corporate comms agency Broker Profile.

Pearson sells FT Group to Japanese media group Nikkei for £844m

Pearson sells FT Group to Japanese media group Nikkei for £844m

Japanese media company Nikkei has agreed to buy the Financial Times Group for £844m in cash, beating German publishing firm Axel Springer, which was believed to be in advanced talks with Pearson.

Google leading brand in world but losing sense of purpose, says global survey

Google is the leading brand in the world but it is losing its sense of purpose, according to a global survey of 3,000 people about 100 leading companies.

FleishmanHillard and Fishburn office-sharing arrangement fuels merger rumours

FleishmanHillard and Fishburn office-sharing arrangement fuels merger rumours

FleishmanHillard and Fishburn are to share offices from the autumn, PRWeek understands.

Virgin Trains and Virgin East Coast invite pitches for social media brief

Virgin Trains and Virgin East Coast invite pitches for social media brief

Virgin Trains and Virgin Trains East Coast are inviting pitches from agencies for a social media brief, PRWeek understands.

Hudson Sandler represents Aveva in £1.3bn Schneider Electric deal

Hudson Sandler is handling PR for Aveva, the global engineering software provider to the plant, power and marine industries, through its £1.3bn reverse takeover of Schneider Electric's industrial software assets.

Apologise to us too, UK POW relatives tell Mitsubishi

Apologise to us too, UK POW relatives tell Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Corporation in Japan has made an historic apology to US prisoners of war forced to work in its mines during the Second World War, leaving relatives of UK prisoners demanding a similar apology.

FIFA hires Teneo for 'operational and reputational' work

FIFA hires Teneo for 'operational and reputational' work

FIFA has taken on US-based consulting firm Teneo Holdings as the world football governing body looks to deal with its ongoing crisis.

Weber Shandwick Manchester hires Heather Blundell from Edelman as associate director

Weber Shandwick Manchester hires Heather Blundell from Edelman as associate director

Weber Shandwick Manchester has appointed Heather Blundell from Edelman London as an associate director to head up the agency's corporate practice.

Jacobs Douwe Egberts appoints Lindsay Wright from Mondelez International as corporate affairs director

Jacobs Douwe Egberts appoints Lindsay Wright from Mondelez International as corporate affairs director

Newly formed global coffee company Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) has hired Lindsay Wright from Mondelez International as its new corporate affairs director for the UK and Ireland.

Teneo: The ambition is global

Teneo: The ambition is global

The acquisition of Blue Rubicon and StockWell by Teneo Holdings last week has sent shockwaves through the industry. The scale of the ambition is huge: to set up a global City and crisis shop to challenge stalwarts such as Finsbury and Brunswick, and become the market leaders in this field. PRWeek assesses the impact on the industry as well as what it says about the health of the mergers and acquisitions market for PR agencies in the UK and beyond.

Ex-News of the World journalist Lucy Panton to head comms at wine trade body

Ex-News of the World journalist Lucy Panton to head comms at wine trade body

Lucy Panton, the former crime editor of the News of the World who was cleared of making payments to public officials as part of Operation Elveden, has joined the Wine and Spirit Trade Association as head of comms.

Westbourne appoints Kate McFerran from 3 Monkeys to lead reputation practice

Westbourne appoints Kate McFerran from 3 Monkeys to lead reputation practice

Westbourne Communications has appointed Kate McFerran, former head of corporate at 3 Monkeys, as a partner to head up its reputation practice.

Trainline hires Bite for corporate and consumer brief

Trainline, the train ticket booking provider, has appointed Bite to handle its corporate and consumer PR following a competitive pitch.

Africa's Djembe Communications eyes UK expansion

Africa's Djembe Communications eyes UK expansion

Djembe Communications, a consultancy with offices in Angola, Ghana, Mozambique and Nigeria, is looking to partner with or acquire a UK agency to boost its corporate offering.

Opinion and features

Where are the support networks for gay PR people?

Where are the support networks for gay PR people?

The PR world has always had a large number of gay practitioners but support networks for this community remain notably absent.

Brands and the arts: Why sponsorship is no longer enough

Brands and the arts: Why sponsorship is no longer enough

Brands are no strangers to art event sponsorships.

A gallant apology - Why did Mitsubishi's brave expression of remorse trigger a domino effect?

A gallant apology - Why did Mitsubishi's brave expression of remorse trigger a domino effect?

Relatives of UK prisoners of war have urged Mitsubishi to extend its apology to all prisoners subjected to forced labour during the Second World War after its historic apology to US POWs at the weekend.

Unmassing the Middle East

Unmassing the Middle East

Many international organisations still insist on seeing the Middle East as one big mass, but it is a mistake to parcel individual countries together too closely.

How 14 brands are getting emojinal on #WorldEmojiDay

How 14 brands are getting emojinal on #WorldEmojiDay

It's not easy for brands to keep their emojians under control today.

Brands are failing women's sport

Brands are failing women's sport

The success of the England team at the recent FIFA Women's World Cup has only further increased my ire because it highlights the great brand hypocrisy of our time: why aren't brands investing in women's sport?

Tessa Jowell's appointment shows the value of placing social purpose centre stage

Tessa Jowell's appointment shows the value of placing social purpose centre stage

I am not surprised at Tessa Jowell's appointment as Chime Specialist Group chair - social purpose has been one of the PR industry's worst kept secrets over the past few years, with the discovery that values are an incredibly important part of reputation and building relationships with consumers and stakeholders.

Mentoring Project: Coached by the best

Mentoring Project: Coached by the best

PRWeek and Women in PR have joined forces to relaunch the Mentoring Project, which is designed to encourage more female leaders in comms.

Ellen Pao out at Reddit a week after AMA leader Victoria Taylor ousted

Ellen Pao out at Reddit a week after AMA leader Victoria Taylor ousted

The site's first chief executive, Steve Huffman, is returning to the company's helm.

Take the money or keep your principles: The moral dilemma for PRs

Take the money or keep your principles: The moral dilemma for PRs

We have recently ceased working on a project. I'd like to say it was a mutual agreement brought about by creative differences, but that would be like saying we won't work for a tobacco company because we think cigarettes might be a bit unhealthy.

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Recent City & corporate people moves

FleishmanHillard hires Teneo's Michelle di Leo to head new standalone public affairs arm

FleishmanHillard hires Teneo's Michelle di Leo to head new standalone public affairs arm

FleishmanHillard is to split its UK public affairs and corporate arm into two divisions, and has appointed former Teneo SVP Michelle di Leo to lead the new standalone public affairs team.

Ex-Tavistock boss John West launches Belvedere with Digicel among clients

John West, the former chief executive of Tavistock Communications, has launched a new PR firm called Belvedere Communications.

Food and Drink Federation appoints Tim Rycroft as corporate affairs director

Food and Drink Federation appoints Tim Rycroft as corporate affairs director

Tim Rycroft, currently a PR director at Intercontinental Hotels Group and previously of Bell Pottinger, will become the Food and Drink Federation's corporate affairs director in September.

Bob Knott returns to Edelman to lead its business and social purpose practice

Bob Knott returns to Edelman to lead its business and social purpose practice

He succeeds Carol Cone, who left the position three months ago to start a collaborative consultancy.

MDC's Miles Nadal resigns amid SEC probe; Kauffman takes reins

MDC's Miles Nadal resigns amid SEC probe; Kauffman takes reins

Nadal will also be required to repay $10.6 million in payment received between 2012 and 2015.

Bell Pottinger hires former barrister Antony Dunkels from Hudson Sandler

Bell Pottinger hires former barrister Antony Dunkels from Hudson Sandler

Bell Pottinger has appointed Antony Dunkels as associate partner in its crisis and litigation team, which the firm says is a growing area of its business.

City of London Corporation seeks new PR chief as Tony Halmos steps down after 21 years

Tony Halmos is stepping down as director of PR at the City of London Corporation after 21 years in the role.