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Walgreens Boots Alliance comms chief Yves Romestan retires

Walgreens Boots Alliance comms chief Yves Romestan retires

Yves Romestan has retired as global comms chief at pharmacy giant Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), with many of his former responsibilities taken on by senior colleague Laura Vergani, PRWeek has learned.

MHP managing director Gurling takes leave to run Lib Dem election campaign

MHP managing director Gurling takes leave to run Lib Dem election campaign

James Gurling, an MD in the London office of MHP, has taken leave from the agency to chair the Liberal Democrats' General Election campaign.

In brief: wins for Headland and Edelman's Smithfield, MI PR forms JV, Pegasus 'performing well'

Smithfield wins pension client, Headland briefed by eToro, MI in JV with design firm, Pegasus 'performing well' post-acquisition, and more from PRWeek UK.

Golin: Brand relevance trumps trustworthiness in eyes of consumers

Golin: Brand relevance trumps trustworthiness in eyes of consumers

A trustworthy brand is great, but a relevant brand is much better to most customers, according to new research from Golin.

Mark Truby to replace Ray Day in top Ford comms role

Mark Truby to replace Ray Day in top Ford comms role

The change at the top of Ford Motor Company's communications team coincides with a leadership shift in the CEO's office.

'Rewarding bad behaviour' - nearly half of PR pros don't follow influencer rules

'Rewarding bad behaviour' - nearly half of PR pros don't follow influencer rules

Just under half of PR professionals and marketers in the UK are failing to adhere to official guidelines around influencer marketing, a study has found.

Five PR and public affairs professionals who could win seats in parliament

Five PR and public affairs professionals who could win seats in parliament

A number of PR and public affairs industry figures are standing for election on 8 June, and while many are outside bets for a seat in Westminster, some would appear on the brink of packing in the day job.

Row erupts as CIPR threatens to 'discipline' members that use AVEs

Row erupts as CIPR threatens to 'discipline' members that use AVEs

The CIPR's plan to make members "liable to disciplinary action" if they use the advertising value equivalent (AVE) metrics has been met by concern from both its president-elect and a former president.

Rooster wins six-figure brief with Cyprus Tourism Organisation

Rooster wins six-figure brief with Cyprus Tourism Organisation

Rooster has won a 12-month brief to provide UK PR services to the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO).

Energy drink Carabao runs cheeky 'Wins, not wings' campaign to mark Chelsea FC title win

Energy drink Carabao runs cheeky 'Wins, not wings' campaign to mark Chelsea FC title win

Energy drink brand Carabao took a cheeky swipe at rival Red Bull in an integrated campaign to celebrate commercial partner Chelsea FC winning the Premier League.

Michael Zdanowski leaves Edelman to join Madano as energy chief

Michael Zdanowski leaves Edelman to join Madano as energy chief

Madano has appointed Edelman UK energy practice lead Michael Zdanowski as a director and head of energy.

Magners unleashes scantily-clad squad to help commuters 'seize the summer'

Magners unleashes scantily-clad squad to help commuters 'seize the summer'

Cider brand Magners unleashed a squad of scantily-clad men in London yesterday (18 May) to encourage commuters to "seize the summer".

Cannes Lions owner brings in Propeller for media relations at 2017 festival

Cannes Lions owner brings in Propeller for media relations at 2017 festival

The company that owns Cannes Lions has hired independent UK agency Propeller PR to aid its comms strategy ahead of this year's event.

In brief: Portland gets partner from Weber, wins for The PR Network, Instinct and Four Rain

Weber's Hogwood hot-foots to Portland, The PR Network signs up Vistage, Instinct clicks with online retailer and more from PRWeek UK.

Edelman bags Burson's Hawker as UK healthcare MD

Edelman bags Burson's Hawker as UK healthcare MD

Kate Hawker has joined Edelman as MD of its UK healthcare team, following Ann Bartling's departure from the firm in October after 13 years.

BP promotes Geoff Morrell to group head of comms, external affairs

BP promotes Geoff Morrell to group head of comms, external affairs

He will take over the role from Peter Henshaw, who is retiring after nearly four decades at the energy giant.

Mentees paired with mentors as PRWeek/WIPR Mentoring Scheme gets underway

Mentees paired with mentors as PRWeek/WIPR Mentoring Scheme gets underway

The new crop of mentees for the PRWeek/Women in PR Mentoring Scheme have been paired with their mentors, as the 2017 initiative gets off the ground.

Section 40 scrapped, support for BBC World Service and three comms campaigns feature in Conservative manifesto

Section 40 scrapped, support for BBC World Service and three comms campaigns feature in Conservative manifesto

The Conservative Party manifesto has pledged to scrap 'flawed' plans for new rules on press regulation, pledged support for the BBC World Service and trailed three comms campaigns.

No lobbying measures in Tory manifesto, but APPC and PRCA (again) call for reform

No lobbying measures in Tory manifesto, but APPC and PRCA (again) call for reform

In contrast to Labour and the Lib Dems, the Conservative Party manifesto makes no mention of changes to lobbying regulation - but the APPC are PRCA are arguing for post-election reform.

McDonald's Alistair Macrow: Pulling bereavement ad was 'the only decision to make'

McDonald's Alistair Macrow: Pulling bereavement ad was 'the only decision to make'

McDonald's had no choice but to withdraw its now infamous "dead dad ad" after it provoked fierce criticism from the public and bereavement charities, the brand's top UK marketer has said.

Analysis

Why the McDonald's UK 'dad' film is worse than the Pepsi campaign

Why the McDonald's UK 'dad' film is worse than the Pepsi campaign

Majority of respondents to industry survey say they have experienced mental ill health

Majority of respondents to industry survey say they have experienced mental ill health

The Pitching Survey: From bad briefs to stolen ideas, frustrations abound on both sides of the process

The Pitching Survey: From bad briefs to stolen ideas, frustrations abound on both sides of the process

Mayoral elections: How successfully did the campaigns raise voter turnout?

Mayoral elections: How successfully did the campaigns raise voter turnout?

Inside the Met Police comms response to the Westminster attacks

Inside the Met Police comms response to the Westminster attacks

The PRWeek General Election Panel: Highs and lows of the first week

The PRWeek General Election Panel: Highs and lows of the first week

Inside United's social media response to #LeggingsGate

Inside United's social media response to #LeggingsGate

'Explain it to a 10-year-old' - how to communicate complex changes in healthcare

'Explain it to a 10-year-old' - how to communicate complex changes in healthcare

Trump, populism and alternative facts: UK science & research responds to US gagging order

Trump, populism and alternative facts: UK science & research responds to US gagging order

Travel ban gives tech CEOs cover to resist Trump

Travel ban gives tech CEOs cover to resist Trump

Does 'talkability' and social media success at Christmas equal sales at the tills?

Does 'talkability' and social media success at Christmas equal sales at the tills?

John Lewis smashes its Twitter record with launch of joyful Christmas campaign

John Lewis smashes its Twitter record with launch of joyful Christmas campaign

Brexit: A buying opportunity for UK PR?

Brexit: A buying opportunity for UK PR?

Comms experts to Samsung: Pick up the pace

Comms experts to Samsung: Pick up the pace

Beyond pink: Why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is different this year

Beyond pink: Why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is different this year

Latest Jobs

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In brief: Beattie hires Golley Slater's Stretton, Biggin Hill boards with 80:20, Stir brings in PrettyGreen's Grabowski

Beattie hires former Golley Slater MD, Biggin Hill gets on board with 80:20, Stir hires PrettyGreen's Grabowski and more from PRWeek UK.

PR agency M&A: get the lowdown at PRWeek breakfast briefing

PR agency M&A: get the lowdown at PRWeek breakfast briefing

Expert insights into mergers and acquisitions in the PR industry - including the best time to sell, and what buyers want from agencies - will be available at a PRWeek breakfast briefing in London on 28 June.

GK Strategy brings in former schools minister Laws

GK Strategy brings in former schools minister Laws

GK Strategy has taken on former schools minister David Laws as a strategic adviser - having also recently appointed a first chair for the agency and announced its new planning division.

Clare Preskett leaves Havas Life Medicom to join old colleague at TogoRun UK helm

Clare Preskett leaves Havas Life Medicom to join old colleague at TogoRun UK helm

Clare Preskett and Jonathan Kearney are the new co-MDs of TogoRun UK, after a promotion for the latter and the former's arrival from Havas Life Medicom.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies ups Jutkowitz to US CEO; Balsam exits

Hill+Knowlton Strategies ups Jutkowitz to US CEO; Balsam exits

Group SJR, which Jutkowitz will continue to lead, posted 26% revenue growth in 2016.

Weber brings ex-Cameron spad and Stronger In external relations lead onto public affairs team

Kate Shouesmith, who spent five years working at 10 Downing Street under David Cameron and worked on the Britain Stronger In Europe campaign last year, is the new deputy head of public affairs UK at Weber Shandwick.

AkzoNobel picks MSLGroup for global contract after wide-ranging review

AkzoNobel picks MSLGroup for global contract after wide-ranging review

The paint, coatings, and chemicals manufacturer began the review in January to reduce its agency roster of about 100 firms.

In brief: Smarts hired by Hertz, Dogs Trust gets new comms chief, Clementine wins Greek spirit brand

Smarts hired for Hertz content, Dogs Trust gets new comms chief, Clementine wins Greek spirit brand, and more from PRWeek UK.

New PR apprenticeship standard approved by Government

New PR apprenticeship standard approved by Government

Standards body the Institute for Apprenticeships has approved a new PR and communications apprenticeship, developed by a group of 23 PR agencies and other employers including the PRCA.

Weber Shandwick UK and EMEA CEO Colin Byrne to step down

Weber Shandwick UK and EMEA CEO Colin Byrne to step down

Colin Byrne, the UK and EMEA CEO of Weber Shandwick, will leave the firm in early 2018 after 20 years of service.

Flybe appoints aviation industry veteran Simon McNamara as comms chief

Flybe appoints aviation industry veteran Simon McNamara as comms chief

Regional airline group Flybe has appointed Simon McNamara, currently director-general of the European Regions Airline Association, as its new director of communications.

Porta full-year earnings hit by Brexit fears and Newgate investments

Porta full-year earnings hit by Brexit fears and Newgate investments

Porta Communications saw revenue rise nine per cent to £37.1m in 2016, although earnings fell, with the firm citing investments at Newgate and a Brexit-related slowdown at PPS.

Tech specialist Ranieri buys independent French agency Reflexion Publique

Tech specialist Ranieri buys independent French agency Reflexion Publique

London agency Ranieri, part of The Marketing Group, has acquired eight-person Parisian tech agency Reflexion Publique.