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Former Whitehouse Consultancy director returns as MD

Former Whitehouse Consultancy director returns as MD

The former director of The Whitehouse Consultancy, Helen Munro, is returning after eight years to take up the role of managing director.

Advertising body ISBA appoints Helen Nassey as comms lead

Advertising body ISBA appoints Helen Nassey as comms lead

Helen Nassey has been hired by ISBA, the representative body for British advertisers, to lead comms for the organisation.

Snapchat grabs Google's Hazelbaker as comms, public policy VP

Snapchat grabs Google's Hazelbaker as comms, public policy VP

Google's Jill Hazelbaker will join Snapchat as VP of communications and public policy next month.

Ogilvy promotes Smith to global CEO; Graves becomes chairman

Ogilvy promotes Smith to global CEO; Graves becomes chairman

Ogilvy PR has shuffled its top executive ranks, naming Stuart Smith global CEO and moving Christopher Graves to the chairman role, effective immediately.

Lobbying Act proposals show "disregard for expert views" says NUJ PR & Comms council chair

Lobbying Act proposals show "disregard for expert views" says NUJ PR & Comms council chair

Members of the PR & Comms council at the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) voted on Friday to condemn the proposals set out by the Government regarding the Lobbying Act.

PHA Media brings in Telegraph's Tim Jotischky as senior consultant

PHA Media brings in Telegraph's Tim Jotischky as senior consultant

PHA Media has hired former head of business news for Telegraph Media Group, Tim Jotischky.

Westbourne sets up cities practice to capitalise on more local spending

Westbourne sets up cities practice to capitalise on more local spending

Westbourne Communications has launched a cities practice to help comms professionals take advantage of £2bn of spending that has been diverted from central government control to Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Former Cabinet and PM's comms adviser Lucy Maggs joins Smart Energy GB

Former Cabinet and PM's comms adviser Lucy Maggs joins Smart Energy GB

Smart Energy GB has appointed former Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Office comms adviser, Lucy Maggs, as its new head of media.

Ex-Times Educational Supplement editor launches education PR consultancy

Ex-Times Educational Supplement editor launches education PR consultancy

Former TES editor Gerard Kelly has launched a specialist education PR consultancy, called Gerard Kelly & Partners (GKP).

Greenpeace ups the ante in campaign against Lego-Shell partnership

Greenpeace ups the ante in campaign against Lego-Shell partnership

Greenpeace is plotting the next move in its ongoing campaign against Lego's partnership with Shell.

Capella PR beats four to uSwitch money and insurance brief

Capella PR beats four to uSwitch money and insurance brief

Price comparison and switching service uSwitch.com has appointed Capella PR for its money and insurance business after a five-way competitive pitch.

Labour Party conference: policy pledge for the Grass Roots which has business twitching

Labour Party conference: policy pledge for the Grass Roots which has business twitching

Political Lobbying and Media Relations MD, Kevin Craig has put himself on the frontline of the Labour Party conference, Sunday 21 September.

'Selfy Stick' company chooses NYPR to represent it

'Selfy Stick' company chooses NYPR to represent it

NYPR has been appointed to handle media relations for the launch of The Selfy Stick.

Lansons' Beth Murray quits corporate PR for charity sector

Lansons' Beth Murray quits corporate PR for charity sector

Lansons' associate director Beth Murray has left the corporate world to head up comms at the crime prevention charity Only Connect.

Mischief hires Gemma Moroney as planning director

Mischief hires Gemma Moroney as planning director

Gemma Moroney has joined Mischief as its new planning director.

Parkrun appoints Threepipe for brand positioning brief

Parkrun appoints Threepipe for brand positioning brief

Threepipe has been appointed by Parkrun, a not-for-profit body that organises free, weekly, 5km timed runs, to develop and articulate the brand and engage with potential new partners.

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Alibaba shows critical comms importance of investor roadshows

Alibaba shows critical comms importance of investor roadshows

As Alibaba executives go city to city as part of a 10-day roadshow, the pressure is on. Despite a bevy of new interactive media tools, roadshows are still a critical communications strategy for companies going public.

PR pros greet China media integration plan with cautious optimism

PR pros greet China media integration plan with cautious optimism

Media stocks surge as Chinese President announced plans to merge media into 'strong, influential and credible' groups. But what does this mean for the PR industry?

Experts expect P&G to emphasize cost savings, innovation as it gets back to basics

Experts expect P&G to emphasize cost savings, innovation as it gets back to basics

The CPG giant is making plans to rid itself of more than half its brands. While it does so, it must push a message of innovation and cost savings, say experts.

How communicators are addressing the spread of Ebola in West Africa

How communicators are addressing the spread of Ebola in West Africa

The spread of Ebola in West Africa has posed comms challenges in the region, where the focus is on containing the outbreak by educating those affected, and in the UK, where reassurance is more the order of the day.

Can a rebrand help change a disastrous narrative?

Can a rebrand help change a disastrous narrative?

With Malaysia Airlines contemplating a change of name following two passenger aircraft tragedies close together, PRWeek asks whether a rebrand is the right course.

Planning the evolution of press releases

Planning the evolution of press releases

Don't expect press releases to cease to exist anytime soon. But look for them to evolve rather than die out.

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.

China food scandal rocks McDonald's and KFC

China food scandal rocks McDonald's and KFC

The two global fast food chains scramble to assure Chinese customers after a TV sting report accuses supplier of processing expired meat. What can these MNCs do to win back consumer trust in the wake of the latest scandal to hit their credibility?

Crisis experts: Malaysia Airlines had to respond where news is breaking - on Twitter

Crisis experts: Malaysia Airlines had to respond where news is breaking - on Twitter

The airline's decision to go to social media first with what little information it had is a sign of the times and an "appropriate" tactic, say crisis comms experts.

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Kenya hunts for global PR help to reverse impact of Islamist attacks

Kenya hunts for global PR help to reverse impact of Islamist attacks

Kenya is looking for a global PR agency to help turn around a decline in the number of tourists and investors coming to the country following assaults by Islamist militias.

Pension Protection Fund seeks first agency

Pension Protection Fund seeks first agency

The multibillion-pound company pension safety net launched by the government nearly ten years ago is hunting for external PR support for the first time.

Portsmouth International Port issues six-figure brief

Portsmouth International Port issues six-figure brief

Agency assistance is being sought to promote Portsmouth International Port, with the work potentially worth up to £750,000 over five years.

E.On invites agencies to compete for six-figure comms account

E.On invites agencies to compete for six-figure comms account

One of the 'big six' energy firms has begun approaching PR agencies to gauge their interest in pitching for consumer-led work currently held by 3 Monkeys and Tangerine PR.

Recent European PR news

Double blow for Edelman as Starbucks shifts UK & France consumer work

Double blow for Edelman as Starbucks shifts UK & France consumer work

Edelman's hold on its Starbucks relationship across Europe has weakened after the global coffee giant shifted work in both the UK and France to new agencies.

Edelman buys France's biggest independent agency ELAN

Edelman buys France's biggest independent agency ELAN

Edelman, the world's biggest PR network, has today bought all the shares of ELAN, France's biggest independent communications consultancy, in a bid to break into the top three agencies in the country.

Florentina Village appoints Golin in China

Florentina Village appoints Golin in China

Florentia Village, China's first luxury designer outlet has appointed Golin as their communications agency of choice, tasked with both consumer and corporate communication

Powerscourt supports €1bn Bank of Cyprus capital raising

Powerscourt supports €1bn Bank of Cyprus capital raising

Powerscourt is handling comms for the Bank of Cyprus, which last week secured a major funding boost following a disastrous year.

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".