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Source: Sard Verbinnen founders plan to remain involved in firm

Source: Sard Verbinnen founders plan to remain involved in firm

The agency has been in talks to sell a large percentage to a Silicon Valley-based private equity firm.

Social media relations platform Babbler plots U.S. expansion

Social media relations platform Babbler plots U.S. expansion

The company raised $2.3 million led by Omnes Capital and CM-CIC Capital Privé last month, some of which will go towards a global campaign debuting in the U.S. and France this month.

Cisco veteran Melissa Selcher joins LinkedIn

Cisco veteran Melissa Selcher joins LinkedIn

She had served in numerous roles at Cisco since joining the company in 2008.

News agency and PR firm 72 Point's owner admits 'tension' between sister firms

News agency and PR firm 72 Point's owner admits 'tension' between sister firms

The owner of a UK newswire agency that incorporates transatlantic agency 72 Point has admitted that "tension" exists between the two businesses after reporters were sent a memo asking them to weigh up the effect of negative news stories about PR clients.

PR pros: Target's brand is loud and clear

PR pros: Target's brand is loud and clear

As the retailer stays on target in messaging -- with near silence -- in the face of a growing boycott, PR pros analyze the brand and its low-key response, including Deborah Hamilton, who handles PR for the boycott's organizer.

Want to make it big in China? It's hard - and local journalists expect travel expenses

Want to make it big in China? It's hard - and local journalists expect travel expenses

Building awareness for a Western brand in China is "bloody hard" and requires payments to journalists in a way that would surprise Western media professionals, PR360 attendees heard yesterday from Cassandra Cheong, the Asia Pacific MD of The Hoffman Agency.

ISEBOX survey: Corporate newsrooms are a drag

ISEBOX survey: Corporate newsrooms are a drag

Updated and accurate contact information for phone and email topped the list of a corporate newsroom's most important features followed by the ability to easily view and download media content. Both areas were cited as those in most need of improvement

Mutuals and challenger banks have better reputations, RBS the worst

Mutuals and challenger banks have better reputations, RBS the worst

Nationwide Building Society, Virgin Money and Santander are the UK retail banks with the best reputation, a survey of 1,200 members of the public has found.

Data from 200,000 offshore firms in Panama Papers to be made public next month

Data from 200,000 offshore firms in Panama Papers to be made public next month

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will publish a searchable database next month with information on more than 200,000 offshore entities that formed part of its Panama Papers investigation into widespread tax avoidance.

Former Number 10 adviser takes senior comms role at Amazon UK

Former Number 10 adviser takes senior comms role at Amazon UK

Ruwan Kodikara will join Amazon UK as its senior manager of corporate comms next month.

Elliot Sloane hands reins of eponymous firm to Darren Brandt, Whit Clay

Elliot Sloane hands reins of eponymous firm to Darren Brandt, Whit Clay

Six years after Sloane & Company was acquired by MDC Partners, founder Elliot Sloane is stepping aside.

Porter Novelli's Darlan Monterisi to top comms role at CA Technologies

Porter Novelli's Darlan Monterisi to top comms role at CA Technologies

The Omnicom Group agency's New York office leader will join CA on May 9.

Hudson's Bay Company invests in new comms team amid international expansion

Hudson's Bay Company invests in new comms team amid international expansion

The company bought Galeria Kaufhof last summer to expand into Europe and acquired online retailer Gilt early this year.

US co-founder of Infinite Spada leads MBO of transatlantic agency

US co-founder of Infinite Spada leads MBO of transatlantic agency

Jamie Diaferia, the American co-founder of London, New York and San Francisco agency Infinite Spada, has bought the business 16 months after its creation in a transatlantic merger.

Gail Becker exits Edelman after 16 years

Gail Becker exits Edelman after 16 years

Becker is leaving her role as Edelman's president of strategic alliances and global integration to pursue an entrepreneurial venture she plans to launch later this year.

Sean O'Neill to leave Heineken as Blanca Juti of Angry Birds maker steps in

Sean O'Neill to leave Heineken as Blanca Juti of Angry Birds maker steps in

Sean O'Neill will leave his role as Heineken's global chief corporate relations officer shortly, to be replaced by Blanca Juti, most recently chief brand officer for mobile game Angry Birds' maker Rovio Entertainment.

Opinion and features

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.

Why should brands go back to school?

Why should brands go back to school?

Last year global businesses were urged to allocate 20 per cent of their philanthropic spending to education by 2020.

Future of Frontline Comms 2016: telling one corporate story
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Future of Frontline Comms 2016: telling one corporate story

Andrew Caesar-Gordon, managing director at Electric Airwaves, on how one strong corporate story tells people not only what you do, but who you are.

Steve Holliday: integration and communication
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Steve Holliday: integration and communication

Steve Holliday, CEO at National Grid, on the importance of integrating the function of comms into business to build a strong narrative and open dialogue

Russ Brady: tricky phone calls, team bonding and restoring reputations
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Russ Brady: tricky phone calls, team bonding and restoring reputations

How did Russ Brady, head of group public relations at the Co-operative, deal with a moment of crisis for the business?

Why awards matter to PR

Why awards matter to PR

The ever-shifting landscape has brought seismic changes to PR, and now creativity matters more than ever.

Engaging women voters is key to victory in the EU Referendum

Engaging women voters is key to victory in the EU Referendum

Brand marketers understand the value and are increasingly masters of engaging women - think the multi-award-winning #Like a Girl and One Billion Rising campaigns.

Collateral damage: The reputational threat to third parties from Deferred Prosecution Agreements

Collateral damage: The reputational threat to third parties from Deferred Prosecution Agreements

Of all the reputation nightmares visited upon prominent businesses, a criminal investigation or prosecution is about the most damaging.

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Recent City & corporate people moves

M&C Saatchi director moves to client Virgin Holidays in rejigged PR setup

M&C Saatchi director moves to client Virgin Holidays in rejigged PR setup

Kelly Grindle (pictured) has been appointed PR lead for Virgin Holidays in a new role created following changes to its press team.

FleishmanHillard global CMO Stephanie Marchesi departs firm

FleishmanHillard global CMO Stephanie Marchesi departs firm

The Omnicom Group agency eliminated the global CMO position upon Marchesi's exit.

In brief: Wiles to Good Relations, White Stuff CEO's PR job, Nelson Bostock win

Shine's David Wiles moves to Good Relations, White Stuff CEO gets PR job, Nelson Bostock Unlimited wins Criteo and more from PRWeek UK.

Lord Chadlington leaves Huntsworth 12 months after stepping down as CEO

Lord Chadlington leaves Huntsworth 12 months after stepping down as CEO

Lord Chadlington has stepped down from Huntsworth, one year after Paul Taaffe succeeded him as CEO of the Grayling and Red Consultancy owner.

Former Fleishman head of brand marketing to take up director role at Freuds

Former Fleishman head of brand marketing to take up director role at Freuds

Dave Bennett, formerly at FleishmanHillard Fishburn (FHF) and previously of Exposure, Edelman and MSLGroup, will next month join Freuds as a cross-practice director.

Senior corporate comms pair depart Weber Shandwick in London

Senior corporate comms pair depart Weber Shandwick in London

Two senior, London-based leaders of Weber Shandwick's corporate practice have left the firm in recent weeks, PRWeek has learned.

Ogilvy PR UK deputy MD named MD at Spider PR

Ogilvy PR UK deputy MD named MD at Spider PR

Lara Leventhal is to leave her role as deputy MD of Ogilvy PR's London office to take the position of MD at Spider PR.