Peter Cross, the director of communications at John Lewis, has been suspended from his post, PRWeek understands.
Ovo Energy is expanding its external relations team with a series of new appointments, including Guy Newey, head of the energy and environment practice at centre-right think-tank Policy Exchange.
Tesco-backed movie and TV streaming, music and ebook service Blinkbox has appointed Up Communications to support a new focus on corporate comms.
A team from UK PR agency Perowne Charles Communications (PCC) is in Amsterdam to assist Malaysia Airlines with communications around the MH17 disaster, PRWeek understands.
Porter Novelli has promoted Fenella Grey to managing director of its UK office.
Kreab Gavin Anderson, the financial PR specialist, is handling corporate and financial PR for GTS Chemical Holdings as it prepares to float on AIM.
Social software developer Lithium Technologies, which recently acquired social media influence measurement tool Klout, has moved its UK PR duties to Champion Communications from Bite.
The airline's decision to go to social media first with what little information it had is a sign of the times and an "appropriate" tactic, say crisis comms experts.
After a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was reportedly shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Ukraine near the Russian border on Thursday, the airline went straight to Twitter and Facebook to communicate with the public about the situation.
Tim McCall is to join the over-fifties-focused business Saga as director of corporate affairs on a full-time basis in August.
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has won out in the pitch for Visa Europe's region-wide strategic comms work.
MHP's heads of corporate and public affairs are leaving as the agency integrates the two disciplines into a single team led by Jonathan Lomax.
Woodford Investment Management, the new company founded by well-regarded fund manager Neil Woodford, has hired Broadgate Mainland.
PR budgets were boosted in the second quarter of this year, according to the latest IPA Bellwether Report, which indicated sustained upwards momentum for overall marketing budgets.
This trend is driven by "dramatic shifts" in digital media and a "stronger" relationship between brand and corporate reputation, according to the study.
Howell James, whose experience includes running comms for the Government and Barclays, is taking over the leadership of Huntsworth-owned strategic consultancy Quiller.
Ex-european director of external communications at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Debbie Spitz, shares her tips on how to get the best from, and even enjoy, networking.
Airbnb, the short-term accommodation businesss, updated its brand identity this week and introduced a new logo that it named the Bélo, "the universal symbol of belonging".
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.
It is almost impossible to grab attention through all the noise. The truth has become invisible.
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.
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'.
All the evidence gathered from PRWeek's investigations over the past month points to a couple of crucial conclusions...
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
Evidence that informs public policy must stand the test of scrutiny, whether it is from NGOs or businesses.
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.
Former Tesco director of corporate affairs Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe is stepping down as a non-executive director of ITV to join the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
Global beer company SABMiller has appointed Christina Mills as director of group communications and reputation.
Fishburn has hired Roger Cleghorn to the newly created post of head of corporate reporting.
Quiller is set to lose financial specialist Peter Wilson-Smith in the second major departure to hit the Huntsworth agency in days.
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.
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.