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Engine shareholders unhappy over terms of sale to Lake Capital

Engine shareholders unhappy over terms of sale to Lake Capital

Engine Group is facing a potential revolt by a number of shareholders over the terms offered as part of the group's pending acquisition by Lake Capital, announced on Wednesday.

Heineken appoints Carlsberg's Joanna Dring to UK comms team

Heineken appoints Carlsberg's Joanna Dring to UK comms team

Heineken has brought in former Carlsberg Group global brand PR manager Joanna Dring as a PR and press manager.

Weber Shandwick appoints filmmaker Mike Buonaiuto to new content role

Weber Shandwick appoints filmmaker Mike Buonaiuto to new content role

Weber Shandwick has hired award-winning filmmaker Mike Buonaiuto for its new head of content and distribution role in the UK.

HSBC's James Thorpe to fill Neil Henderson's shoes at Mastercard

HSBC's James Thorpe to fill Neil Henderson's shoes at Mastercard

Mastercard has hired James Thorpe as head of comms for the UK and Ireland following the exit of Neil Henderson in January.

Lake Capital to form $400m global group with newly purchased Engine at centre

Lake Capital to form $400m global group with newly purchased Engine at centre

Engine Group's confirmed sale to Lake Capital today will see the advertising-to-PR group combined with Lake's entertainment and research arms to form an independent marketing services group with more than $400m revenues and $50m in profits.

MHP owner Engine set to confirm £100m sale to Lake Capital

MHP owner Engine set to confirm £100m sale to Lake Capital

Engine Group, the owner of PR firms MHP Communications and Mischief and ad agency WCRS, is set to confirm its sale to private equity group Lake Capital later today.

Usain Bolt accuses journalists of lies after Commonwealth Games 'gaffe'

Usain Bolt accuses journalists of lies after Commonwealth Games 'gaffe'

Superstar sprinter Usain Bolt has sought to deflect a media storm after he was reported to have said the Commonwealth Games were "a bit shit".

Government leaves Unity vacancy unfilled

Government leaves Unity vacancy unfilled

The Government will not be replacing Unity on its PR roster following the agency quitting in protest at what it dubbed a "fundamentally flawed" system.

Lanzarote resort appoints Weber Shandwick to attract UK tourists

Lanzarote resort appoints Weber Shandwick to attract UK tourists

The Dream Gran Castillo Resort in Lanzarote has brought in Weber Shandwick's Manchester office following a three-way pitch.

Popcorn PR wins Old Speckled Hen brief

Popcorn PR wins Old Speckled Hen brief

The brewer of Old Speckled Hen is turning to consumer PR to generate sales of the ale after appointing Popcorn PR

The Grown Up Chocolate Company hands Bell Pottinger social brief

The Grown Up Chocolate Company hands Bell Pottinger social brief

Luxury confectionery brand The Grown Up Chocolate Company has appointed Bell Pottinger for a new retained social media and content marketing brief.

Starbucks offers UK agencies chance to dislodge Edelman

Starbucks offers UK agencies chance to dislodge Edelman

Edelman has been put on alert by Starbucks as the coffee company pitches out its UK consumer brief following five years with the agency.

Malaysia Airlines considers rebrand

Malaysia Airlines considers rebrand

Malaysia Airlines may change its name as it contemplates a rebrand to salvage its reputation after two tragic incidents in less than six months.

Tulisa's PR man Simon Jones: No grudge against The Sun over "living hell"

Tulisa's PR man Simon Jones: No grudge against The Sun over "living hell"

Tulisa Contostavlos' PR manager Simon Jones has said he holds no grudge against The Sun despite its stories about her over the past year and is "not concerned in the slightest" about a BBC Three documentary airing on Monday night because Contostavlos "has nothing to hide".

John Lewis comms chief Peter Cross to return to work following investigation

John Lewis comms chief Peter Cross to return to work following investigation

Peter Cross, director of communications at John Lewis, is to return to work following an internal investigation.

Opinion and features

Hit or Miss? Tulisa Contostavlos allows BBC Three documentary to follow her trials

Hit or Miss? Tulisa Contostavlos allows BBC Three documentary to follow her trials

Singer and former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos chose to be filmed for a BBC Three documentary, 'Tulisa: The Price of Fame', as she went on trial for supplying cocaine to an undercover Sun reporter.

Q&A: Team Sky comms pair on the Tour de France

Q&A: Team Sky comms pair on the Tour de France

Chris Haynes, director of external affairs at Team Sky and Sky Sports, and Joel Keoghan, director of marketing at Team Sky, talk about managing Team Sky's communications around this year's Tour de France.

Taking the fear out of networking

Taking the fear out of networking

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.

Hit or Miss? Airbnb reveals new branding to the world

Hit or Miss? Airbnb reveals new branding to the world

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".

Who real-timed it best -- Adidas or Lufthansa?

Who real-timed it best -- Adidas or Lufthansa?

German companies celebrate their team winning the World Cup for the fourth time.

Showcase: Blog4Trek

Showcase: Blog4Trek

TrekAmerica and Fred, February-April 2014

Notonthehighstreet.com's Holly Tucker on cutting through the noise

Notonthehighstreet.com's Holly Tucker on cutting through the noise

The site's co-founder explains how her online business has been shaped by strategic comms.

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...

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Recent consumer PR people moves

Huntsworth puts Tonic Life founders on gardening leave and installs new team

Huntsworth puts Tonic Life founders on gardening leave and installs new team

Huntsworth has put Tonic Life founders Scott Clark and Oliver Parsons on gardening leave until next January following the pair giving notice of their decision to quit the agency after failing to reach terms about their future involvement.

Porter taps Buehler as global director of strategic planning

Porter taps Buehler as global director of strategic planning

Porter Novelli has appointed Phil Buehler to serve as EVP and global director of strategic planning.

We Are Social bolsters senior team with trio of hires

We Are Social bolsters senior team with trio of hires

We Are Social has poached talent from companies including Edelman in a trio of senior appointments.

Unity appoints Davnet Doran to managing director role

Unity appoints Davnet Doran to managing director role

Unity has appointed Davnet Doran, who joined as a director last year, to the new role of managing director, allowing co-founders Nik Done and Gerry Hopkinson more time to grow its client offering.

Good Relations hires Oliver Dove as executive creative director

Good Relations hires Oliver Dove as executive creative director

Good Relations has recruited Oliver Dove to replace Simon Shaw, who left the agency to join Hill+Knowlton Strategies in May.

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.