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Newsmaker: Patten, The Vatican and the populist Pope

Newsmaker: Patten, The Vatican and the populist Pope

The Vatican, an institution not best known for its culture of openness, has announced the formation of an 11-strong committee to be led by Chris Patten that will oversee the modernisation of its communications.

The in-house view: Clients left "disillusioned" by agencies shifting teams post-pitch

The in-house view: Clients left "disillusioned" by agencies shifting teams post-pitch

In the wake of a survey showing that agencies are still prone to switching their teams between pitching for business and working on it, PRWeek sampled the views of in-house PRs to see just how widespread the practice is.

Peter Wilson-Smith set to leave Quiller Consultants

Peter Wilson-Smith set to leave Quiller Consultants

Quiller is set to lose financial specialist Peter Wilson-Smith in the second major departure to hit the Huntsworth agency in days.

Renewable supplier Good Energy raids Whitehall to challenge Big Six

Renewable supplier Good Energy raids Whitehall to challenge Big Six

Renewable energy supplier Good Energy has brought in former Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) chief press officer Emily Towers to lead its communication team as it seeks to challenge the Big Six.

Post-pitch staff churn still an agency issue, survey finds

Post-pitch staff churn still an agency issue, survey finds

Four in ten agencies may change teams between pitching for a brief and working on it, a new study has found.

Kaper hires Cancer Research UK's head of PR Nicola Dodd

Kaper hires Cancer Research UK's head of PR Nicola Dodd

Cancer Research UK's head of PR and social media Nicola Dodd has been hired to a newly created role as director at Kaper.

Vatican hires ex-BBC Trust head Chris Patten to modernise comms

Vatican hires ex-BBC Trust head Chris Patten to modernise comms

Chris Patten is to lead a committee to advise Pope Francis on how to modernise the Holy See's media strategy, the Vatican announced today.

Dominic Morgan departs FTI Consulting's property team
APCO taps eBay's Liew as executive director for Southeast Asia

APCO taps eBay's Liew as executive director for Southeast Asia

APCO Worldwide has appointed Steven Liew, previously associate general counsel and chief government relations office for eBay Asia-Pacific, to serve as executive director for the firm's Southeast Asia operation.

Twitter gives Stricker CCO title after he absorbs media oversight

Twitter gives Stricker CCO title after he absorbs media oversight

Stricker is continuing to report to CEO Dick Costolo with responsibility for leading Twitter's consumer marketing, global media, and worldwide PR efforts.

Sainsbury's Tom Parker takes on corporate role at Golin

Sainsbury's Tom Parker takes on corporate role at Golin

Golin has poached Sainsbury's Tom Parker for a new role as the agency seeks to grow its corporate offer.

Software company ClearStar appoints Luther Pendragon for AIM IPO

ClearStar, a technology and service provider to the background check industry, has appointed Luther Pendragon to advise on comms around its planned IPO on AIM.

Tech journalist Edwards joins Netflix as corporate comms director

Netflix has tapped former technology journalist Cliff Edwards as director of corporate communications and technology.

FTI Consulting's group finance director Tom Leigh set to exit firm

FTI Consulting's group finance director Tom Leigh set to exit firm

FTI Consulting's London-based group finance director Tom Leigh is set to depart from the company after eight years.

Free access to PRWeek's iPad edition comes to an end for non-subscribers

Free access to PRWeek's iPad edition comes to an end for non-subscribers

PRWeek's iPad edition is becoming a paid-for product, although our subscribers will continue to receive free access as part of their package.

Hit or Miss? BNP Paribas pleads guilty over US sanction violations

Hit or Miss? BNP Paribas pleads guilty over US sanction violations

France's largest bank BNP Paribas this week agreed to pay a $8.97bn settlement over US allegations of sanctions violations, the largest settlement for a such a case in US history.

Opinion and features

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

The best evidence is tested on its merits

The best evidence is tested on its merits

Evidence that informs public policy must stand the test of scrutiny, whether it is from NGOs or businesses.

Facebook breaks communications' golden rule with study scandal

Facebook breaks communications' golden rule with study scandal

Facebook's recently revealed study in 'emotional contagion' provoked angry responses from many internet users - and a pending inquiry from the Information Commissioner's Office. The response from the company not only showed a lack of understanding and empathy, but is a textbook example of how not to respond to a crisis, says Aspectus PR's Alastair Turner.

Shaw: When to punch back like Walmart, and when to step away from the keyboard

Shaw: When to punch back like Walmart, and when to step away from the keyboard

In light of Walmart's decision to push back against The New York Times, Microsoft's Frank Shaw explains when his company uses owned media to rebut an outlet.

Tech City needs some old-school PR advice

Tech City needs some old-school PR advice

We need to convince the Tech City trailblazers about the value of traditional PR support.

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Recent City & corporate people moves

Former Tory adviser Tom Muir takes on new comms role at The Priory

Former Tory adviser Tom Muir takes on new comms role at The Priory

The Priory, the addiction clinic known for treating a string of high-profile figures, has handed former Conservative adviser Tom Muir a newly created comms role.

Newsmaker: Vickie Sheriff heads for global challenges at Diageo

Newsmaker: Vickie Sheriff heads for global challenges at Diageo

Diageo's new global comms director is a "robust and clear-headed" figure with 21 years' experience in Whitehall.

Pierre Goad takes over as HSBC scraps joint comms roles and Naylor departs

Pierre Goad takes over as HSBC scraps joint comms roles and Naylor departs

Charles Naylor, one of HSBC's two heads of global communications, is leaving the bank to "pursue other opportunities", PRWeek can reveal.

Diageo hands global comms director role to UK govt figure Vickie Sheriff

Diageo hands global comms director role to UK govt figure Vickie Sheriff

Alcohol giant Diageo has hired Vickie Sheriff, the Department for Transport's director of communications and former deputy spokeswoman to the Prime Minister, as global communications director.

James McLoughlin to depart Bell Pottinger for Institute of Directors

James McLoughlin to depart Bell Pottinger for Institute of Directors

The Institute of Directors has hired James McLoughlin, an associate partner at Bell Pottinger, as deputy head of policy.

Covington & Burling hires Fipra's Sebastian Vos to head government affairs

Covington & Burling hires Fipra's Sebastian Vos to head government affairs

Law firm Covington & Burling has appointed Sebastian Vos to head up the European division of its global public policy and government affairs practice.

Ex-Vodafone comms lead Christian Cull takes top corporate role at MSLGroup London

Ex-Vodafone comms lead Christian Cull takes top corporate role at MSLGroup London

MSLGroup London has appointed Vodafone's recent comms head Christian Cull for its top corporate job.