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Edelman picks APCO's Lvovich as global public affairs chair

Edelman picks APCO's Lvovich as global public affairs chair

Stephanie Lvovich, most recently global chair of the food and consumer products practice at APCO Worldwide, was named global chair of Edelman's public affairs practice. She starts next month.

RLM Finsbury rebrands to underscore global ambitions

RLM Finsbury rebrands to underscore global ambitions

To put an emphasis on the firm's global expansion, RLM Finsbury has rebranded as Finsbury.

Hit or Miss? Apple customers bite back over free U2 album

Hit or Miss? Apple customers bite back over free U2 album

Apple caved into mounting consumer pressure this week by releasing a 'U2 album removal tool'.

eHarmony finds its perfect match in Dr Linda Papadopoulos

eHarmony finds its perfect match in Dr Linda Papadopoulos

Dr Linda Papadopoulos is joining dating website eHarmony as its UK media spokesperson.

WPP "winning the war for talent" in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list

WPP "winning the war for talent" in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list

WPP has jumped 12 places in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list released today, rising from 50 to 38 and the only marketing services company in the list.

Thellusson and Thomas launch Dissident

Thellusson and Thomas launch Dissident

Comms veterans James Thellusson and Martin Thomas have launched marketing services consultancy Dissident.

Cheshire council hires former print and broadcast journalist to lead comms

Cheshire council hires former print and broadcast journalist to lead comms

Cheshire East Council has appointed former print and broadcast journalist Beverley Walkden as its new head of comms and media.

Sharon Flaherty leaves MoneySuperMarket to launch own agency

Sharon Flaherty leaves MoneySuperMarket to launch own agency

Sharon Flaherty, former head of PR and social media at MoneySuperMarket, has launched her own content marketing agency Brand Content this week.

Synchronoss appoints CCgroup for international PR

Synchronoss appoints CCgroup for international PR

Telecoms cloud software company Synchronoss Technologies has appointed London-based b2b technology PR agency CCgroup as its international PR partner.

Weber Shandwick hires Dave Morris as EMEA change management director

Weber Shandwick hires Dave Morris as EMEA change management director

Dave Morris has been appointed by Weber Shandwick to the newly created EMEA-wide role of director of change management.

Government's stance on lobbying labelled "flawed" as Alison White gets the nod

Government's stance on lobbying labelled "flawed" as Alison White gets the nod

A key parliamentary committee has taken a swipe at the Government as it approves the choice of former Royal Mail commercial director Alison White to oversee the lobbying register.

Publicis boss Maurice Levy to step down in 2016 amid board shake-up

Publicis boss Maurice Levy to step down in 2016 amid board shake-up

Publicis Groupe chief executive Maurice Lévy is to step down in 2016 amid a management shake-up at the company.

Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman on lookout for comms advisers

Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman on lookout for comms advisers

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has issued a tender for seven advisers to controversial mayor Lutfur Rahman, with a value of up to £1.2m in total.

Yes campaign sticks to grassroots while lobbyists expect union to remain

Yes campaign sticks to grassroots while lobbyists expect union to remain

A leading Scottish independence figure has revealed that the Yes campaign will stick to its grassroots guns in the final days of the fight, as a new poll of the lobbying industry suggests the Nos have it.

Propeller Group expands senior team with Branwell Johnson and Matt Phillips hires

Propeller Group expands senior team with Branwell Johnson and Matt Phillips hires

Propeller Group has hired Branwell Johnson and Matt Phillips in two newly created roles as part of the agency's expansion drive.

Exposure to handle PR and strategy for outdoor footwear firm

Exposure to handle PR and strategy for outdoor footwear firm

Exposure has been brought in by The Original Muck Boot Company to handle its PR, brand strategy and creative content.

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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".