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John Lewis comms chief Peter Cross to return to work following investigation

John Lewis comms chief Peter Cross to return to work following investigation

Peter Cross, director of communications at John Lewis, is to return to work following an internal investigation.

James Warren takes top EMEA digital role at MSLGroup

James Warren takes top EMEA digital role at MSLGroup

MSLGroup has hired former Weber Shandwick digital chief James Warren in an EMEA-wide role as the agency labels digital "a top priority".

Blue Rubicon turns in £3.9m profit after 18% top-line growth

Blue Rubicon turns in £3.9m profit after 18% top-line growth

Pre-tax profit at Blue Rubicon, the corporate PR specialist, rose 10.5 per cent to £3.9m last year.

PepsiCo's Hoffman joins Herbalife as corporate affairs EVP

PepsiCo's Hoffman joins Herbalife as corporate affairs EVP

Hoffman will lead public policy, corporate communications, government affairs, community relations, and philanthropy when he starts on August 25.

How is Lego handling Greenpeace's pressure over Shell partnership?

How is Lego handling Greenpeace's pressure over Shell partnership?

Lego's reaction to Greenpeace's PR attack on its partnership with oil company Shell provides a case study of how a company should, or should not, react when it is targeted as a corollary in a protest campaign.

PRCA rejects terms of Copyright Licensing Agency's meeting offer

PRCA rejects terms of Copyright Licensing Agency's meeting offer

The PRCA has rejected an offer of a meeting with the Copyright Licensing Agency because it falls short of the terms it called for.

Lord Drayson shifts wireless power transfer business brief to Bell Pottinger

Lord Drayson shifts wireless power transfer business brief to Bell Pottinger

Labour peer Paul Drayson has shifted work for his personal public relations and expanding wireless power transfer business to Bell Pottinger.

Standard Chartered attacks Financial Times for "misrepresenting" investors

Standard Chartered attacks Financial Times for "misrepresenting" investors

Banking and financial services company Standard Chartered has hit back at a report in the Financial Times (FT), claiming the views of its investors were misrepresented.

Government kicks off search for British Business Bank PR agency

Government kicks off search for British Business Bank PR agency

The Government has launched a tender for PR support worth up to £100,000 for a bank intended to make it easier for small businesses to access funding.

European comms survey shows social media declining as a priority

European comms survey shows social media declining as a priority

The importance of social media to European communications professionals appears to be tapering off, according to the latest European Communication Monitor report.

Channel 4 appoints James MacLeod as head of press and publicity

Channel 4 appoints James MacLeod as head of press and publicity

Channel 4 has promoted its head of corporate press James MacLeod in the wake of press and publicity director Jane Fletcher taking a job at Sky.

Vauxhall luxury hotel and apartment developer engages FTI

Vauxhall luxury hotel and apartment developer engages FTI

The Chinese developer of One Nine Elms, a luxury hotel and apartment complex planned to open in Vauxhall in 2018, has brought in FTI Consulting.

George Pitcher: No conflict of interest in dual journalism and Jericho role

George Pitcher: No conflict of interest in dual journalism and Jericho role

George Pitcher has said there is "no conflict of interest whatsoever" in him being both editor-in-chief of the International Business Times and chairman of strategic communications agency Jericho Chambers.

Commonwealth Games sponsors take chance to play to a wider public

Commonwealth Games sponsors take chance to play to a wider public

The Commonwealth Games opens tomorrow for 12 days of events following the opening ceremonies, but how are the official sponsors using the opportunity to promote their brands?

Julian Walker joins AMEC as director of comms

Julian Walker joins AMEC as director of comms

Engineering and project management company AMEC has appointed Julian Walker as director of comms on a permanent basis following an interim stint.

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.

Opinion and features

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.

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

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Recent City & corporate people moves

Edelman brings on former senators Gregg, Conrad in adviser roles

Edelman brings on former senators Gregg, Conrad in adviser roles

Both will offer public policy advice and communications counsel to corporate, association, and nonprofit clients in the newly created roles.

Fishburn expands public affairs team with Downing Street hire

Fishburn expands public affairs team with Downing Street hire

Fishburn has expanded its public affairs team with the appointment of Downing Street press officer Ben Crosland as an associate director.

RLM Finsbury names Goldberg partner

NEW YORK: RLM Finsbury has tapped former FTI Consulting senior MD Kal Goldberg as partner, based in the firm's New York office.

Former Ford digital comms lead Monty to join Shift later this month

Former Ford digital comms lead Monty to join Shift later this month

Monty left his role as global digital communications leader at Ford in May.

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.

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.

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.