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New chair of the APPC announced as Mark Glover steps down

New chair of the APPC announced as Mark Glover steps down

Mark Glover stood down as chair of the Association of Professional Political Consultants at the body's AGM last night, and will be replaced by Paul Bristow, founder of PB Consulting.

Labour PR chief: the Tories 'had no plan B' and four other reasons why we 'won' it

Labour PR chief: the Tories 'had no plan B' and four other reasons why we 'won' it

The Labour party's deputy comms director has put forward four reasons he believe Labour's General Election campaign was a success - and questioned the Conservatives' comms tactics.

Global Power Book: Sean Spicer is influential, but with a caveat

Global Power Book: Sean Spicer is influential, but with a caveat

Eighteen executives in the PRWeek Global Power Book named press secretary Sean Spicer when asked who the most influential PR professional in the world is, and agreed he was bad for the industry.

Theresa May's ex-comms chief Katie Perrior rejoins iNHouse Communications

Theresa May's ex-comms chief Katie Perrior rejoins iNHouse Communications

Katie Perrior, former Downing Street comms director who quit in April after Theresa May called the snap General Election, is rejoining PR agency iNHouse Communications as its first chair.

Brexit secretary chief of staff James Chapman to join Bell Pottinger political team

Bell Pottinger has appointed former senior David Davis aide James Chapman as a partner in its political practice.

May failed to connect as social media came into its own: PR chiefs dissect UK election

May failed to connect as social media came into its own: PR chiefs dissect UK election

After an evening of drama, PR experts discuss where the General Election was won and lost, the lessons for comms and campaigning - and the impact of the new political landscape on our industry.

Which party ran the best General Election campaign? Our panel gives its verdict

Which party ran the best General Election campaign? Our panel gives its verdict

The PRWeek General Election panel has come together for one last time to give their final thoughts - and scores out of 10 - for the campaigns run by the main contenders.

Weber Shandwick ups Pam Jenkins to global public affairs lead

Weber Shandwick ups Pam Jenkins to global public affairs lead

Jenkins is replacing Ranny Cooper. Paul Massey is taking on the role of president of Powell Tate, and Peter Carson is moving into the position of head of public affairs for North America.

HSBC external comms and public affairs remits reassigned as Katja Hall departs

HSBC external comms and public affairs remits reassigned as Katja Hall departs

HSBC is handing its global external comms and public affairs remits to Pierre Goad and Sherard Cowper-Coles respectively, after Katja Hall announced her departure.

Obama administration veteran Frank Benenati joins United Airlines

Obama administration veteran Frank Benenati joins United Airlines

Benenati was most recently director of public affairs for the Environmental Protection Agency before joining the airline.

Burson plans defence and security sector push with former NATO commander

Burson plans defence and security sector push with former NATO commander

A former NATO commander is spearheading Burson-Marsteller's attempts to win more work in the defence and security sectors.

Theresa May's ex-comms chief Katie Perrior criticises Conservative social care announcement

Theresa May's ex-comms chief Katie Perrior criticises Conservative social care announcement

Theresa May's former comms director Katie Perrior has criticised the Conservative Party's communications around its election policy on social care in an article in The Times.

In the 'Facebook election', voters are not being campaigned to - they're being lobbied

In the 'Facebook election', voters are not being campaigned to - they're being lobbied

Almost two thirds of UK voters are now on at least one social media platform, meaning national messages are being linked to individual voter desires.

David Cameron's former PR man Giles Kenningham forms new agency Trafalgar Strategy

David Cameron's former PR man Giles Kenningham forms new agency Trafalgar Strategy

Giles Kenningham, former head of political press under David Cameron's premiership and director of comms for the Conservative Party's successful 2015 general election campaign, has launched a communications consultancy.

PR and public affairs leaders predict Tory majority of 50 to 100

PR and public affairs leaders predict Tory majority of 50 to 100

Half of senior PR and public affairs pros believe the Conservatives will win next week's general election with a majority of 50 to 100 seats - despite one opinion poll today predicting the outcome could be closer than initially thought.

Teneo buys Brussels-based agency Cabinet DN

Teneo buys Brussels-based agency Cabinet DN

Teneo Holdings has continued its acquisition spree by buying Cabinet DN, the Brussels-based public affairs and strategic communications firm.

'The attack in Manchester may change the course of the election campaign': GE Panel week five

'The attack in Manchester may change the course of the election campaign': GE Panel week five

The PRWeek General Election Panel draws together some of the best public affairs practitioners in the industry, from both sides of the political divide, to dissect the campaign as it unfolds between now and 8 June.

Opinion and features

Comms Director Report: optimism high but Brexit concerns persist

Comms Director Report: optimism high but Brexit concerns persist

The 'PRWeek/Brands2Life Comms Director Report 2017' is the most upbeat survey of the industry in five years, with optimism about the coming year high among respondents.

Enough is enough - political communicators must ditch the Lynton Crosby playbook

Enough is enough - political communicators must ditch the Lynton Crosby playbook

The Crosby campaign playbook is simple, but the General Election result proves that this time it didn't work. Here are four lessons political comms pros can learn from that failure...

Flack on Friday: Katie Perrior, Malcolm Tucker, Willy Wonka, pig wrestling, detectives

Flack on Friday: Katie Perrior, Malcolm Tucker, Willy Wonka, pig wrestling, detectives

In Flack this week: PRs round on Timothy and Hill, DCMS comms confusion, summer party fun, Joe Sinclair's new career, and who is really the most powerful (PR) of them all?

Flack election special: drama and humour from PRCA and IoD election bashes, and more

Flack election special: drama and humour from PRCA and IoD election bashes, and more

PRWeek's diarist presents highlights from a night of drama, silliness and faulty technology as the UK awaited the election result.

Breaking up is hard to do: how to end client relationships

Breaking up is hard to do: how to end client relationships

In nearly twenty years of PR consultancy, I have seen many relationships end - some of which could have been saved if handled sensitively.

General Election Top and Flops: dementia tax, Labour leak, Abbott number blunder

General Election Top and Flops: dementia tax, Labour leak, Abbott number blunder

The run-in to 8 June has seen its fair share of missteps, gaffes and the occasional PR gem. PRWeek outlines the episodes from May that won our hearts and minds, and those that turned our stomachs.

Why are car-crash political interviews on the rise?

Why are car-crash political interviews on the rise?

The number of "car-crash" media interviews is rising all the time. Just over the last few weeks we've had Diane Abbott and Angela Rayner receiving the Nick Ferrari treatment on LBC.

How should PR adapt to the advent of 'grey' journalism?

How should PR adapt to the advent of 'grey' journalism?

Cut the crap. Get to the point. The job of journalists has been to wade through complexity and get to the core of an issue, sparing unnecessary clutter so that audiences are presented with what matters - and the best PR people help them do it.

The end of the White House press briefing? Trump threatens on Twitter

The end of the White House press briefing? Trump threatens on Twitter

In the middle of a tweet-storm about James Comey, China, and other topics, the president said he could end the daily press event.

'Keep up or close up' - the traditional PR agency model is dead

'Keep up or close up' - the traditional PR agency model is dead

There's an ever-growing network of PRs and freelance-inspired agencies creeping up who are doing away with tradition and challenging the current status quo.

What's the comms verdict on 100 days of Trump?

What's the comms verdict on 100 days of Trump?

This Saturday marks 100 days of President Trump. The milestone prompted a declaration from the White House that Trump had accomplished more in his first 100 days than any other president since Franklin Roosevelt.

Wikitribune is a shot in the arm for the media and good for the PR industry, too

Wikitribune is a shot in the arm for the media and good for the PR industry, too

We've witnessed the rise of citizen journalism. We've heard about the wisdom of crowds. And lately, of course, we've been introduced to the scourge of "fake news".

Today's PR people need to understand algorithms to achieve cut-through

Today's PR people need to understand algorithms to achieve cut-through

The days when PR effort was simply measured by weight of media coverage and spurious and meaningless metrics are almost gone.

Flack on Friday: #digitaldetox, sector's irreverent response to election, Arron Banks goes for jugular

Flack on Friday: #digitaldetox, sector's irreverent response to election, Arron Banks goes for jugular

In Flack this week: digital detox rudely disrupted by election, Arron Banks hones his inner Trump, and PR footy fun.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

In brief: Horniman Museum hires Flint, EM opens in Beijing, Social hires Milnes in ops role

Horniman Museum hires Flint, EM opens in Beijing, Social hires Milnes in ops role and more from PRWeek UK.

United puts Brett Hart on top of comms

United puts Brett Hart on top of comms

The airline promoted Hart to chief administrative officer and general counsel on Thursday.

Cicero launches consumer arm and targets acquisitions

Cicero launches consumer arm and targets acquisitions

Cicero, the public affairs and corporate PR specialist agency, has announced the launch of a new consumer division and revealed plans to make acquisitions.

Weber Shandwick appoints Susan Howe chief collaboration officer

Weber Shandwick appoints Susan Howe chief collaboration officer

The firm also made two regional hires aimed at boosting integration: Charlotte Witte in EMEA and Alan Kercinik in North America.

Weber Shandwick EMEA chief strategy officer Adam Mack steps down

Weber Shandwick EMEA chief strategy officer Adam Mack steps down

Adam Mack, chief strategy officer for EMEA at Weber Shandwick, is stepping down after six years at the agency to work as a consultant.

Starbucks' Corey duBrowa joins Salesforce as chief communications officer

Starbucks' Corey duBrowa joins Salesforce as chief communications officer

Upon duBrowa's departure, John Kelly will lead Starbucks' global communications team in addition to global social impact, community investments, and public policy.