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Publicis president Sadoun to lead MSLGroup; Fleurot named Publicis SVP

Publicis president Sadoun to lead MSLGroup; Fleurot named Publicis SVP

Publicis Worldwide's president Arthur Sadoun is taking on direct supervision of MSLGroup.

FleishmanHillard muscles in on the action with Muscle Milk protein-shake win

FleishmanHillard muscles in on the action with Muscle Milk protein-shake win

Muscle Milk Protein has appointed FleishmanHillard for its UK consumer PR following a competitive pitch against an undisclosed number of agencies.

Video: Maurice Levy talks media agency reviews at Cannes

Video: Maurice Levy talks media agency reviews at Cannes

Maurice Levy, CEO of Publicis, gives his thoughts on media agency reviews coinciding with Cannes Lions 2015.

Smoking Gun hits the target with Holt car-care win

Smoking Gun hits the target with Holt car-care win

Vehicle care firm Holt Lloyd International has appointed Smoking Gun PR on a retained basis for a business-to-consumer and business-to-business comms brief.

PRCA and CIPR criticise European Parliament decision to scrap 'Freedom of Panorama'

PRCA and CIPR criticise European Parliament decision to scrap 'Freedom of Panorama'

The PRCA and CIPR have criticised a European Parliament committee for rejecting moves to protect the so-called 'Freedom of Panorama', the ability to take pictures of public buildings and distribute them without the permission of the architect.

Internet Matters looks for PR coverage to soar after picking Up Communications

Internet Matters looks for PR coverage to soar after picking Up Communications

Not-for-profit safety organisation Internet Matters has hired Up Communications following a five-way pitch.

Harcourt mourns the passing of founder Caroline Cawston

Harcourt mourns the passing of founder Caroline Cawston

Caroline Cawston, former managing director of Harcourt Public Affairs, died peacefully after a battle with cancer earlier this month, the agency has announced.

Viridor to cut PR agency roster from six to one amid internal comms shake-up

Viridor to cut PR agency roster from six to one amid internal comms shake-up

Viridor, the UK's largest recycling firm, is in the final stages of cutting its PR agency roster from six to one amid a £1.8bn infrastructure overhaul that has also seen a shake-up in its internal comms department, PRWeek has learned.

Partner Content: Tencent's SY Lau on using connectivity to drive societal change

Partner Content: Tencent's SY Lau on using connectivity to drive societal change

Today's technological revolution is about people, says Tencent's president at Cannes Lions keynote

CIPR 2014 income flat despite growing membership in 'year of modernisation'

CIPR 2014 income flat despite growing membership in 'year of modernisation'

The CIPR's full-year income has remained flat despite growth in membership in 2014, dubbed a "year of modernisation" for the body.

Monica Lewinsky: online we have a compassion deficit and an empathy crisis

Monica Lewinsky: online we have a compassion deficit and an empathy crisis

"Public shaming as a blood sport must stop" says Monica Lewinsky, who is leading the charge for more empathy to be spread in order to combat online bullying and 'slut shaming'.

Threepipe to run 888ladies Race for Life sponsorship

Threepipe to run 888ladies Race for Life sponsorship

Threepipe has been appointed by online bingo site 888ladies to launch its sponsorship of Cancer Research UK's 'Race for Life' series.

Atomic hires Pernod Ricard UK comms manager Sarah Bentley as director

Atomic has appointed Pernod Ricard UK's comms manager Sarah Bentley as a director at its London office, where she'll primarily oversee the agency's wine and spirits accounts.

Brandjackers out in force for Glastonbury 2015

Brandjackers out in force for Glastonbury 2015

The pilgrimage of mud, lost friends and happy mayhem that is Glastonbury is now underway, and with it the inevitable attempts at brandjacking.

Sky corporate comms director Alice Macandrew resigns

Sky corporate comms director Alice Macandrew resigns

Alice Macandrew has resigned as director of corporate communications at Sky, PRWeek has learned.

Global Power Book: Malcolm Tucker and CJ Cregg named as top fictional PRs

Global Power Book: Malcolm Tucker and CJ Cregg named as top fictional PRs

Malcolm Tucker from The Thick of It has narrowly trumped The West Wing's CJ Cregg as the favourite fictional PR character among entrants to PRWeek's Global Power Book.

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Flexible hiring is the new Holy Grail so could it become the norm any time soon?

Flexible hiring is the new Holy Grail so could it become the norm any time soon?

Research suggests that PR and comms are among the worst industries for offering staff flexible working conditions at the point of hire. Just two per cent of all vacancies in PR, marketing and advertising mentioned flexible working, according to the Timewise Flexible Jobs Index, the first study of its kind, which studied 3.5 million job ads across 122 national jobs boards between July and December 2014 to arrive at its findings.

How do you undermine the Islamic State brand?

How do you undermine the Islamic State brand?

More than 700 Britons are believed to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State, as the group employs ever more sophisticated methods to radicalise young people online. The Government is concerned that existing programmes to combat radicalisation are failing to provide a coherent alternative message to counter the extremists, and are allowing them the space to present themselves as successful.

Keep the pressure on FIFA, marketing experts tell sponsor brands

Keep the pressure on FIFA, marketing experts tell sponsor brands

The public is looking at how FIFA's global sponsors will behave in the wake of grave corruption charges against the group's officials.

Show me the money: Salary survey shows how financial PR is bringing home the bacon

Show me the money: Salary survey shows how financial PR is bringing home the bacon

Figures released this week in a salary survey have revealed that financial PRs are among the best-paid professionals in the industry, although corporate PRs are catching up fast, with in-house and consumer PRs bringing up the rear.

Thomas Cook: Our expert panel assesses the company's handling of the tragedy

Thomas Cook: Our expert panel assesses the company's handling of the tragedy

Thomas Cook bears all the hallmarks of a company about to implode under the weight of public disgust. This is due to its handling of the tragedy in which two children died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty boiler while on holiday in Corfu in October 2006. The deaths, together with the ensuing inquest verdict of unlawful killing last Wednesday, in which Thomas Cook was found to have "breached its duty of care", is a nightmare scenario for a company that has previously been synonymous with family-friendly holidays.

Coloured cocktails and confounded predictions: PRWeek's night at the election parties

Coloured cocktails and confounded predictions: PRWeek's night at the election parties

It was a night that began with low expectations of a definitive result but that ended in a shock victory for David Cameron's Conservatives.

Public affairs tactics will need to change radically after the general election

Public affairs tactics will need to change radically after the general election

Notwithstanding a sudden surge in the fortunes of one of the major parties, the general election is likely to result in either a slim Parliamentary majority of the kind not seen since Sir John Major's ill-fated 1992-1997 administration nearly 20 years ago, or a minority government. This in turn presages a radical change in the tactics employed by public affairs agencies to influence the Government's legislative programme. PRWeek speaks to three public affairs professionals to get their insight on the opportunities and challenges presented by the composition of the next government.

Beware the pitfalls of debate: The personal comms of David Cameron and Ed Miliband

Beware the pitfalls of debate: The personal comms of David Cameron and Ed Miliband

It is already received wisdom that the general election result is too close to call, with a host of smaller parties entering the fray and creating havoc for the calculations of the main contenders. But in the end, only David Cameron or Ed Miliband can realistically become Prime Minister and, while the UK electorate votes for parties rather than prime ministers, some argue that personalities will have the largest effect on which party the electorate votes for. On the eve of the hotly anticipated seven-way debate between the party leaders, PRWeek looks at a month in the comms strategies of Cameron and Miliband, how they resonate with voters and, crucially, what they should do next.

Purdah: how can government comms teams and PA firms navigate pre-election restrictions?

Purdah: how can government comms teams and PA firms navigate pre-election restrictions?

Purdah describes a pre-election period when restrictions are placed on the activity of civil servants. Ahead of the purdah period, which starts on Monday alongside the dissolution of Parliament, PRWeek takes a look at what the challenges are for professionals during this time of restricted communication.

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Lexis secures consumer PR brief for luxury beauty brand Aromatherapy Associates

Lexis secures consumer PR brief for luxury beauty brand Aromatherapy Associates

Lexis has won the consumer PR business for luxury beauty brand Aromatherapy Associates, following a competitive pitch against four other agencies.

HELLO! Fashion Monthly waves in W to boost brand awareness

HELLO! Fashion Monthly waves in W to boost brand awareness

UK glossy magazine HELLO! Fashion Monthly has commissioned W to handle its PR on a retained basis after a competitive pitch.

Proof Communication lands Tessella account

Proof Communication lands Tessella account

Science, engineering and technology PR specialist Proof Communication has been appointed by data analytics company Tessella in a new brief to help it expand its customer base.

Hope&Glory hand-picked to B&Q it

Hope&Glory hand-picked to B&Q it

B&Q has issued Hope&Glory with a newly created brief with the aim of increasing the retailer's brand awareness.

Recent European PR news

Polish music festival Open'er hires Shine for UK PR brief

Shine Communications has been appointed to handle UK PR for Open'er, the Polish music festival.

Edelman hires Esther Busscher of FleishmanHillard to head Brussels business

Edelman hires Esther Busscher of FleishmanHillard to head Brussels business

Edelman has announced the appointment of Esther Busscher from FleishmanHillard as general manager of its Brussels business.

Golin opens Istanbul office with partner agency Rekta

Golin opens Istanbul office with partner agency Rekta

Golin has opened an office in Istanbul just days after it launched an office in Moscow with Russian partner Comunica.

Consumers in HK and China view innovation in brands differently

Consumers in HK and China view innovation in brands differently

Consumers in Hong Kong and China view the concept of 'innovation' differently from, not just the rest of the world, but each other, finds a five-market study by Ketchum.

Greek government has twice the support of Germany on social media

Greek government has twice the support of Germany on social media

Germany's minister of finance Wolfgang Schäuble is the most unpopular figure in the bail-out debate and the Greek prime minister and finance minister have double the support of the German chancellor Angela Merkel, according to research by Talkwalker.