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WPP "winning the war for talent" in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list

WPP "winning the war for talent" in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list

WPP has jumped 12 places in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list released today, rising from 50 to 38 and the only marketing services company in the list.

Thellusson and Thomas launch Dissident

Thellusson and Thomas launch Dissident

Comms veterans James Thellusson and Martin Thomas have launched marketing services consultancy Dissident.

Sharon Flaherty leaves MoneySuperMarket to launch own agency

Sharon Flaherty leaves MoneySuperMarket to launch own agency

Sharon Flaherty, former head of PR and social media at MoneySuperMarket, has launched her own content marketing agency Brand Content this week.

Weber Shandwick hires Dave Morris as EMEA change management director

Weber Shandwick hires Dave Morris as EMEA change management director

Dave Morris has been appointed by Weber Shandwick to the newly created EMEA-wide role of director of change management.

Propeller Group expands senior team with Branwell Johnson and Matt Phillips hires

Propeller Group expands senior team with Branwell Johnson and Matt Phillips hires

Propeller Group has hired Branwell Johnson and Matt Phillips in two newly created roles as part of the agency's expansion drive.

Alibaba shows critical comms importance of investor roadshows

Alibaba shows critical comms importance of investor roadshows

As Alibaba executives go city to city as part of a 10-day roadshow, the pressure is on. Despite a bevy of new interactive media tools, roadshows are still a critical communications strategy for companies going public.

Hit or Miss? Apple unveils new iPhones at latest product launch

Hit or Miss? Apple unveils new iPhones at latest product launch

This week saw Apple’s latest product launch event, with the unveiling of its new iPhone models and Apple Watch.

RBS makes independence announcement in response to "media speculation"

RBS makes independence announcement in response to "media speculation"

Royal Bank of Scotland's announcement that it would relocate its HQ from Edinburgh to London in the event of a vote for independence was driven by "media speculation", an internal memo has revealed.

Ex-Barclays investment comms lead Simon Eaton joins Instinctif Partners

Ex-Barclays investment comms lead Simon Eaton joins Instinctif Partners

Simon Eaton has been appointed by Instinctif Partners as a managing partner in its capital markets and corporate affairs practice.

Hume Brophy snaps up FTI's Simon Elliott to lead international expansion

FTI MD Simon Elliott has been hired by Hume Brophy to lead its new international corporate practice.

Chatsworth to help ACI restore "battered" reputation of financial markets

Chatsworth to help ACI restore "battered" reputation of financial markets

Global financial professional body ACI has hired Chatsworth Communications as it seeks to rebuild trust in the "battered" reputation of the markets.

PA journalist Martha Linden joins Church of England comms team

PA journalist Martha Linden joins Church of England comms team

The Church of England has hired Martha Linden as senior media officer after 16 years with the Press Association.

Former BBC and G4S man Adam Mynott joins Huawei

Adam Mynott has joined the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei as director of media affairs.

One Two Four appoints Braben for business-focused brief

Braben Communications has been called in by creative content company One Two Four to enhance its profile as a content company.

MHP hires Instinctif's Mark Lunn to strengthen financial offering

MHP Communications has poached Instinctif Partners' Mark Lunn for its financial practice.

World Bank hires Jeremy Hillman for top comms role amid $400m savings effort

World Bank hires Jeremy Hillman for top comms role amid $400m savings effort

The World Bank has hired Jeremy Hillman from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to lead comms as it seeks to "tell a strong story" about its role in global affairs amid a major restructure.

Opinion and features

The tech industry is in danger of becoming more remote than ever

The tech industry is in danger of becoming more remote than ever

I'm not quite sure why anyone is surprised at the tone and breadth of criticism of technology companies outlined in The Financial Times this week.

A global climate deal is crucial to firms looking to go greener

A global climate deal is crucial to firms looking to go greener

Businesses need a binding global climate deal if they are to develop innovative products and services for a greener future.

From the editor-in-chief: Private sector can reignite the climate change debate

From the editor-in-chief: Private sector can reignite the climate change debate

What has always fascinated me about the comms business is that this is an industry built on intelligent debate.

Six principles that brands must follow to survive

Six principles that brands must follow to survive

As pressure mounts on the world's resources, brands must reconfigure themselves to be sustainable citizens.

Adbusters' Kalle Lasn says comms professionals can save the world

Adbusters' Kalle Lasn says comms professionals can save the world

The environmentalist and anti-consumerist leader of Adbusters talks to Alex Benady about 'culture jamming', empty CSR initiatives and how comms professionals can use the power in their hands for global good.

The big debate: do Ice Bucket Challenge-type campaigns produce long-term engagement?

The big debate: do Ice Bucket Challenge-type campaigns produce long-term engagement?

The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised an estimated £60m for charities on both sides of the Atlantic in the two months it started spreading on social media.

Birth of a new body

Birth of a new body

This week the CIPR introduces a new package of measures helping PR women navigate maternity leave. Board member and chair of the Professional Practices Committe Sarah Hall explains why this is so important.

Four rules to consider before commenting on a celebrity's death

Four rules to consider before commenting on a celebrity's death

The morality of news management is in the spotlight once again after Gawker slammed Edelman as a "soulless PR conglomerate" for its 'Carpe Diem' blog on Robin Williams.

Do Huntsworth and Engine Group intend to merge?

Do Huntsworth and Engine Group intend to merge?

As Huntsworth's half-year results were looming last week, and as the share price continued to flatline, one suspected the group would pull yet another rabbit from its top hat; few predicted that rabbit would be Lord Chadlington himself.

Challenging the flexi-working stereotype

Challenging the flexi-working stereotype

Let's stop being apologetic about wanting to reduce our hours, says founder of LMC PR Lara Molins Caplin. Project work is the future of comms and is perfectly suited to flexi-workers.

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eHarmony finds its perfect match in Dr Linda Papadopoulos

eHarmony finds its perfect match in Dr Linda Papadopoulos

Dr Linda Papadopoulos is joining dating website eHarmony as its UK media spokesperson.

Dragon Associates hires new managing director

Dragon Associates hires new managing director

Dragon Associates has appointed Dan Bridgett as its new managing director in its London office.

Publicis boss Maurice Levy to step down in 2016 amid board shake-up

Publicis boss Maurice Levy to step down in 2016 amid board shake-up

Publicis Groupe chief executive Maurice Lévy is to step down in 2016 amid a management shake-up at the company.

Facebook hires Walt Disney's Anouska Ruane for top UK comms role

Facebook hires Walt Disney's Anouska Ruane for top UK comms role

Facebook has poached The Walt Disney Company's Anouska Ruane to lead comms across the UK & Ireland.

Dragon boosts luxury goods and financial sectors with double hire

Dragon boosts luxury goods and financial sectors with double hire

Corporate PR specialist Dragon Associates has hired Nick Barrington-Wells and Claire Rumbellow as consultants.

Jonathan Oates to head up comms for MAG's four airports

Jonathan Oates to head up comms for MAG's four airports

Jonathan Oates has joined Manchester Airports Group as director of external comms.

Elephant Communications appoints Nicky Brooke to lead events drive

Elephant Communications appoints Nicky Brooke to lead events drive

Nicky Brooke has been appointed to Elephant Communications' newly created head of events role, with the aim of developing the agency's growing work within event management.