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 Communications has continued its expansion by acquiring a 29.5 per cent stake in corporate comms agency Broker Profile.
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 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 are to share offices from the autumn, PRWeek understands.
Virgin Trains and Virgin Trains East Coast are inviting pitches from agencies for a social media brief, PRWeek understands.
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.
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 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 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
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.
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.
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 Communications has appointed Kate McFerran, former head of corporate at 3 Monkeys, as a partner to head up its reputation practice.
Trainline, the train ticket booking provider, has appointed Bite to handle its corporate and consumer PR following a competitive pitch.
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.
The PR world has always had a large number of gay practitioners but support networks for this community remain notably absent.
Brands are no strangers to art event sponsorships.
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.
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.
It's not easy for brands to keep their emojians under control today.
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?
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.
PRWeek and Women in PR have joined forces to relaunch the Mentoring Project, which is designed to encourage more female leaders in comms.
The site's first chief executive, Steve Huffman, is returning to the company's helm.
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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.
John West, the former chief executive of Tavistock Communications, has launched a new PR firm called Belvedere Communications.
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.
He succeeds Carol Cone, who left the position three months ago to start a collaborative consultancy.
Nadal will also be required to repay $10.6 million in payment received between 2012 and 2015.
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.
Tony Halmos is stepping down as director of PR at the City of London Corporation after 21 years in the role.