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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.

James Warren takes top EMEA digital role at MSLGroup

James Warren takes top EMEA digital role at MSLGroup

MSLGroup has hired former Weber Shandwick digital chief James Warren in an EMEA-wide role as the agency labels digital "a top priority".

Blue Rubicon turns in £3.9m profit after 18% top-line growth

Blue Rubicon turns in £3.9m profit after 18% top-line growth

Pre-tax profit at Blue Rubicon, the corporate PR specialist, rose 10.5 per cent to £3.9m last year.

PepsiCo's Hoffman joins Herbalife as corporate affairs EVP

PepsiCo's Hoffman joins Herbalife as corporate affairs EVP

Hoffman will lead public policy, corporate communications, government affairs, community relations, and philanthropy when he starts on August 25.

Jackie Brock-Doyle "walked into Glasgow 2014 office knowing everything"

Jackie Brock-Doyle "walked into Glasgow 2014 office knowing everything"

The challenge of the eleventh-hour arrival of Jackie Brock-Doyle to lead comms for Glasgow 2014 was eased by "years of planning", one of the Commonwealth Games' key PR figures has revealed.

How is Lego handling Greenpeace's pressure over Shell partnership?

How is Lego handling Greenpeace's pressure over Shell partnership?

Lego's reaction to Greenpeace's PR attack on its partnership with oil company Shell provides a case study of how a company should, or should not, react when it is targeted as a corollary in a protest campaign.

Lord Drayson shifts wireless power transfer business brief to Bell Pottinger

Lord Drayson shifts wireless power transfer business brief to Bell Pottinger

Labour peer Paul Drayson has shifted work for his personal public relations and expanding wireless power transfer business to Bell Pottinger.

Golden Goose hired for £2m global VIP party fundraisers

Golden Goose hired for £2m global VIP party fundraisers

Worldwide Exposure, the creative agency behind a series of global VIP fundraisers, has appointed Golden Goose PR.

Hope&Glory beats two agencies to land TV channel launch brief

Hope&Glory beats two agencies to land TV channel launch brief

Turner Broadcasting has appointed Hope&Glory PR to support the launch of a new TV channel following a three-way pitch shootout.

Cirque du Soleil picks Guesty PR and AKH Communications to run its London PR

Cirque du Soleil picks Guesty PR and AKH Communications to run its London PR

Cirque du Soleil has chosen AKH Communications and Guesty PR to jointly run the PR account for the London leg of its travelling show, Kooza.

Channel 4 appoints James MacLeod as head of press and publicity

Channel 4 appoints James MacLeod as head of press and publicity

Channel 4 has promoted its head of corporate press James MacLeod in the wake of press and publicity director Jane Fletcher taking a job at Sky.

Vauxhall luxury hotel and apartment developer engages FTI

Vauxhall luxury hotel and apartment developer engages FTI

The Chinese developer of One Nine Elms, a luxury hotel and apartment complex planned to open in Vauxhall in 2018, has brought in FTI Consulting.

Porter Novelli promotes Fenella Grey to UK MD

Porter Novelli promotes Fenella Grey to UK MD

Porter Novelli has promoted Fenella Grey to managing director of its UK office.

Opinion and features

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...

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.

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Recent consumer PR people moves

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.

Steven Day joins Up Communications as chairman

Steven Day joins Up Communications as chairman

Former EE chief of brand and communications Steven Day has joined his former colleagues Stuart Jackson and Lynne Arrowsmith at Up Communications, which officially launches today.

Bauer Media Radio hands Cat Martin top comms role

Bauer Media Radio hands Cat Martin top comms role

Bauer Media Radio has restructured its comms team following the acquisition of Absolute Radio.