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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.

How companies are keeping their PR cool in the heatwave

How companies are keeping their PR cool in the heatwave

As the weather heats up, a number of organisations are using social media and PR stunts to raise their brand's profile. Here are our favourites...

Bullet PR called in as London's Royal Docks area undergoes billion-pound regeneration

Bullet PR called in as London's Royal Docks area undergoes billion-pound regeneration

The area around London City Airport and the ExCel exhibition centre has appointed Bullet PR to help establish it as an "exciting and distinctive new place" in the minds of Londoners.

H+K Strategies beats three to six-figure Visa Europe strategic comms brief

H+K Strategies beats three to six-figure Visa Europe strategic comms brief

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has won out in the pitch for Visa Europe's region-wide strategic comms work.

Nissan becomes Manchester City FC official partner

Nissan becomes Manchester City FC official partner

Nissan Motor Company has agreed a global partnership with City Football Group (CFG) which will see it become the official partner of the Manchester City FC owner.

Spider PR launches property division

Spider PR launches property division

Spider PR has launched a division aimed at international and UK clients in the real estate sector with three new accounts.

Airbnb unveils global rebrand with symbol 'of belonging'

Airbnb unveils global rebrand with symbol 'of belonging'

Airbnb has overhauled its brand identity with a new look and logo that focuses on the "A" of its name, but which it says can be adapted by its customers and community across the globe to create their own personalised versions.

Companies pep up their PR budgets as marketing revival continues

Companies pep up their PR budgets as marketing revival continues

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.

Soho House beauty brand Cheeky retains W

Soho House beauty brand Cheeky retains W

Soho House beauty brand Cheeky has appointed W to handle its PR on a retained basis after a competitive pitch.

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.

Superfood truffles brand Sweet Virtues appoints Palm for UK launch

Superfood truffles brand Sweet Virtues appoints Palm for UK launch

Hand-made superfood chocolate truffles brand Sweet Virtues has called in Palm PR to manage PR and social media activity in an intensive six-month campaign.

Celebrities join new ad blitz in favour of Scotland staying in the Union

Celebrities join new ad blitz in favour of Scotland staying in the Union

Celebrities including Eddie Izzard, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Ross Kemp are to feature in an ad launched today by senior figures in adland as part of a new campaign against Scottish independence.

The Drum Consultancy faces new plagiarism claim from rival agency

The Drum Consultancy faces new plagiarism claim from rival agency

The Drum Consultancy, which last week admitted using stories written by journalists and reattributing the quotes to its clients, is at the centre of fresh plagiarism claims - this time by a rival PR company.

Marlboro owner looks for social media agency

Marlboro owner looks for social media agency

Philip Morris International (PMI), the company that owns Marlboro cigarettes, has approached agencies to discuss its international social media arrangements.

Unity quits "flawed" government PR roster

Unity quits "flawed" government PR roster

One of the six agencies appointed to the Government's roster for PR contracts worth more than £100,000 has quit, accusing the system of encouraging "cronyism" and labelling it "fundamentally flawed".

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

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.

Weber Shandwick's Roxanne Kalha joins W in top lifestyle role

Weber Shandwick's Roxanne Kalha joins W in top lifestyle role

W has poached Roxanne Kalha from Weber Shandwick to become head of lifestyle at the agency.

Iris Culture recruits Ben Gotto Smith as managing partner

Iris Culture recruits Ben Gotto Smith as managing partner

Iris Culture has recruited former Exposure Europe director of communications Ben Gotto Smith to the new role of managing partner.

Manchester's Citypress targets growth with new London office

Manchester's Citypress targets growth with new London office

Manchester-headquartered PR, digital and creative agency Citypress has set its sights on winning new business and attracting new talent after opening its first permanent London office.