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Hume Brophy hires Broadgate Mainland's Vaughn-Thomas to lead financial services PR

Global PR, public affairs and investor relations firm Hume Brophy has appointed Broadgate Mainland executive director Roddi Vaughn-Thomas to a new role heading its global financial services PR business, PRWeek has learned.

Thomas Cook: Our expert panel assesses the company's handling of the tragedy

Thomas Cook: Our expert panel assesses the company's handling of the tragedy

Thomas Cook bears all the hallmarks of a company about to implode under the weight of public disgust. This is due to its handling of the tragedy in which two children died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty boiler while on holiday in Corfu in October 2006. The deaths, together with the ensuing inquest verdict of unlawful killing last Wednesday, in which Thomas Cook was found to have "breached its duty of care", is a nightmare scenario for a company that has previously been synonymous with family-friendly holidays.

Roche Diagnostics hands corporate PR contract to ICG

Swiss medicine company Roche Diagnostics has appointed Insight Consulting Group (ICG) to manage its corporate PR, a contract previously held by Say Communications.

Satellite Solutions Worldwide calls in Walbrook PR following IPO

Satellite Solutions Worldwide (SSW), the provider of satellite broadband services in the UK and Europe, has appointed financial PR agency Walbrook to manage its comms.

Cohn & Wolfe replaces Lansons as Barclaycard UK corporate PR agency

Cohn & Wolfe replaces Lansons as Barclaycard UK corporate PR agency

Barclaycard has appointed Cohn & Wolfe as its UK corporate PR agency, replacing Lansons, PRWeek has learned.

Russell Reynolds Associates brings in Man Bites Dog for UK PR brief

Russell Reynolds Associates, the global executive recruitment firm, has appointed Man Bites Dog as its retained UK PR agency following a five-way pitch.

Visa's Doidge joins BlackBerry corp comms team

Visa's Doidge joins BlackBerry corp comms team

She started at the mobile-device maker less than two weeks after Heidi Davidson stepped down as SVP of communications.

Thomas Cook comms strategy is 'too little, too late'

Thomas Cook comms strategy is 'too little, too late'

PR professionals and journalists have heavily criticised Thomas Cook's overall comms strategy in the aftermath of the high-profile deaths of two children on a holiday in Corfu.

Gear4music hires MHP ahead of planned stock market flotation

Gear4music hires MHP ahead of planned stock market flotation

Gear4music, the fast-growing online music instrument and equipment retailer, has appointed MHP as its first PR agency as the company announces plans to float on the stock market.

WGSN appoints Ogilvy PR as first retained agency for global brief

WGSN appoints Ogilvy PR as first retained agency for global brief

WGSN, the data and insight firm, has hired Ogilvy PR to build a corporate reputation programme across EMEA, North America and APAC.

John Lewis hires Pagefield as first dedicated corporate comms agency

John Lewis hires Pagefield as first dedicated corporate comms agency

John Lewis has appointed Pagefield as its first dedicated corporate comms agency following a three-way competitive pitch.

Bellenden hires Balfour Beatty's Laura Fox as director of corporate affairs

Bellenden hires Balfour Beatty's Laura Fox as director of corporate affairs

Bellenden has hired Laura Fox, former director of comms for Balfour Beatty's Services division and external affairs secretary to the Speaker of the House of Commons, as director of corporate affairs.

Tesco thought to be in talks to replace corporate affairs director

Tesco thought to be in talks to replace corporate affairs director

Tesco is in discussion with potential candidates to replace its corporate affairs director, Rebecca Shelley, as it struggles to deal with the fallout from a recent accounting scandal and declining revenues, PRWeek understands.

Portsmouth International Port retains Purple following six-way pitch

Portsmouth International Port retains Purple following six-way pitch

Portsmouth International Port has retained Purple, after Portsmouth City Council put the integrated marketing comms account out to tender last August.

Business Growth Fund hires Pagefield for corporate comms brief

Business Growth Fund (BGF), the £2.5bn business lending service backed by five major banks, has appointed Pagefield to handle its corporate comms following a five-way competitive pitch.

Brightside Group appoints Cicero for UK corporate work

Brightside Group appoints Cicero for UK corporate work

Insurance broker Brightside has brought in Cicero as its first retained corporate PR agency, following a competitive pitch.

Opinion and features

Dramatise your data to win in business

Dramatise your data to win in business

I teach story seminars to creative fiction writers, screenwriters and directors. But over time, I saw many business executives sitting at my seminars.

The real price of brand value

The real price of brand value

PR professionals have long understood the significance of brand value and reputation.

Raising your Analyst Profile

Raising your Analyst Profile

This may come as a surprise, but in a complex industry like IT, analyst recommendations can drive over 50 per cent of purchases.

Marketing has become PR

Marketing has become PR

Digital and social media have made marketing communications virtually synonymous with PR, according to speakers at the PRWeek PR360 summit in central London this week.

Video: PR360 insights from MSLGroup, Coral, Discovery Communications and PRCA

Video: PR360 insights from MSLGroup, Coral, Discovery Communications and PRCA

Valuable insights into the latest trends and thinking in global PR were gleaned during PRWeek's PR360 event in London. We interview four expert contributors about making the right video, comms in the marketing mix, culture versus strategy, and the growth of PR across the world.

PRWeek Global Awards 2015: In pictures

PRWeek Global Awards 2015: In pictures

Check out our gallery from the PRWeek Global Awards 2015, hosted at the Park Lane Hotel.

Should companies get involved in general elections?

Should companies get involved in general elections?

A few weeks ago, I was with the head of a medium-sized firm when he was asked to sign a letter to a national newspaper in support of a political party.

Mental ill-health: It's time for us to grow up and talk about this problem in PR

Mental ill-health: It's time for us to grow up and talk about this problem in PR

When I read the PR Week/PRCA survey on Mental Wellbeing, I did so with a sense of relief.

Mental wealth: Physical contact is critical to curing life's stresses

Mental wealth: Physical contact is critical to curing life's stresses

The fear factor is never far away, leading us to distract and comfort ourselves when we should be comforting each other.

Why looking down is killing creativity in PR

Why looking down is killing creativity in PR

The historian Simon Schama said in The Guardian recently that we have become the "look down" generation.

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Recent City & corporate people moves

Smiths Group merges PR and PA as comms chief Peter Durman departs for Imperial Tobacco

Global tech giant Smiths Group has amalgamated its comms and public affairs departments following the resignation of PR chief Peter Durman, who has been appointed director of investor relations at Imperial Tobacco.

Rain hires ex-Ogilvy and FleishmanHillard PR as corporate account director

Rain hires ex-Ogilvy and FleishmanHillard PR as corporate account director

Rain Communications has appointed Rajmeena Aujla as corporate account director.

PRCA appoints FleishmanHillard MD Jim Donaldson to management board

PRCA appoints FleishmanHillard MD Jim Donaldson to management board

The PRCA has strengthened its management board with the appointment of Jim Donaldson, senior partner and managing director of FleishmanHillard.

Leonard Cheshire Disability hires Macmillan's Gus Baldwin to corporate affairs role

Leonard Cheshire Disability, the UK's largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people, has appointed Macmillan Cancer Support head of public affairs Gus Baldwin to a new, expanded corporate affairs role.

Red hires James Chandler from Thames Advisory as corporate and tech MD

Red hires James Chandler from Thames Advisory as corporate and tech MD

Red Consultancy has appointed James Chandler as managing director of its corporate and technology practice.

Montfort hires Duncan Learmouth and James Olley as senior consultants

Montfort hires Duncan Learmouth and James Olley as senior consultants

Montfort Communications has hired Duncan Learmouth from GlaxoSmithKline and James Olley from Brunswick as senior consultants.

Uber APAC head of comms Evelyn Tay exits

Uber has lost another senior member of its PR team as Evelyn Tay, head of the company's APAC comms, leaves after just a year in the post, PRWeek has learned.