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European comms survey shows social media declining as a priority

European comms survey shows social media declining as a priority

The importance of social media to European communications professionals appears to be tapering off, according to the latest European Communication Monitor report.

Former Walmart comms leader Dach joins HHS as senior counselor

Former Walmart comms leader Dach joins HHS as senior counselor

Leslie Dach, formerly the communications leader at Walmart, will join the Department of Health and Human Services as a senior counselor to Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

Discover consolidates PR agency roster, names Golin global AOR

Discover consolidates PR agency roster, names Golin global AOR

The early stages of the review involved six firms, including incumbent Burson-Marsteller, which had served as Discover's global PR partner since 2010.

Blinkbox appoints Up Communications for corporate PR drive

Blinkbox appoints Up Communications for corporate PR drive

Tesco-backed movie and TV streaming, music and ebook service Blinkbox has appointed Up Communications to support a new focus on corporate comms.

Malaysia Airlines advised by former Virgin Atlantic comms chief Paul Charles

Malaysia Airlines advised by former Virgin Atlantic comms chief Paul Charles

A team from UK PR agency Perowne Charles Communications (PCC) is in Amsterdam to assist Malaysia Airlines with communications around the MH17 disaster, PRWeek understands.

Porter Novelli promotes Fenella Grey to UK MD

Porter Novelli promotes Fenella Grey to UK MD

Porter Novelli has promoted Fenella Grey to managing director of its UK office.

Kreab Gavin Anderson handles Chinese chemical company's IPO comms

Kreab Gavin Anderson, the financial PR specialist, is handling corporate and financial PR for GTS Chemical Holdings as it prepares to float on AIM.

Malaysia Airlines uses social media for first public comments on plane crash in Ukraine

Malaysia Airlines uses social media for first public comments on plane crash in Ukraine

After a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was reportedly shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Ukraine near the Russian border on Thursday, the airline went straight to Twitter and Facebook to communicate with the public about the situation.

Microsoft layoffs to affect marketing, comms groups

Microsoft layoffs to affect marketing, comms groups

Microsoft confirmed on Thursday that the layoffs it announced earlier in the day, representing 14% of the company's workforce, will affect its marketing and communications teams.

Seven things to know Thursday morning

Seven things to know Thursday morning

Anonymous quotes explain Time Warner-21st Century Fox gulf, Microsoft expected to announce layoffs today; Civil rights groups demand Twitter released diversity data.

H+K Strategies beats three to six-figure Visa Europe strategic comms brief

H+K Strategies beats three to six-figure Visa Europe strategic comms brief

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has won out in the pitch for Visa Europe's region-wide strategic comms work.

Time Warner CEO Bewkes takes personal approach with video to staff

Time Warner CEO Bewkes takes personal approach with video to staff

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes' video to staffers about why he rejected a $76 billion takeover bid from 21st Century Fox was personal and impactful, said Paul Vosloo, SVP, partner, and employee engagement lead at FleishmanHillard.

Weber Shandwick study: Combining marcomms under one leader is advantageous

This trend is driven by "dramatic shifts" in digital media and a "stronger" relationship between brand and corporate reputation, according to the study.

Howell James to leave global comms role at Christie's to head Quiller

Howell James to leave global comms role at Christie's to head Quiller

Howell James, whose experience includes running comms for the Government and Barclays, is taking over the leadership of Huntsworth-owned strategic consultancy Quiller.

Comcast tells employees: Don't act like 'aggressive' sales rep

Comcast tells employees: Don't act like 'aggressive' sales rep

Comcast has a simple message for employees: Don't act like the 'aggressive' customer-retention representative who was recorded trying to stop AOL VP of product Ryan Block from cancelling his service.

LinkedIn acquires Newsle to keep users updated on their social contacts

LinkedIn has acquired Newsle, a web app that enables users to follow real-time updates on social media platforms about connections, contacts, and public figures.

Goodyear hires Dow Chemical veteran Schnepf as comms VP

Goodyear hires Dow Chemical veteran Schnepf as comms VP

Schnepf is responsible for overseeing all PR and communications activities in support of Goodyear's North American business, including media relations, internal communications, executive comms, social media, and targeted influencer efforts.

SABMiller hands permanent comms director role to Christina Mills

SABMiller hands permanent comms director role to Christina Mills

Global beer company SABMiller has appointed Christina Mills as director of group communications and reputation.

Popeyes brings on former JetBlue PR exec Burke to lead comms

Popeyes brings on former JetBlue PR exec Burke to lead comms

Fast-food chain Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has hired former JetBlue Airways comms head Todd Burke to serve as VP of corporate communications.

Vatican hires ex-BBC Trust head Chris Patten to modernise comms

Vatican hires ex-BBC Trust head Chris Patten to modernise comms

Chris Patten is to lead a committee to advise Pope Francis on how to modernise the Holy See's media strategy, the Vatican announced today.

Analysis

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?

LinkedIn's Newsle buy a boost for b-to-b communicators

LinkedIn's Newsle buy a boost for b-to-b communicators

LinkedIn is poised to become an even more valuable tool for b-to-b communicators after incorporating Newsle into its platform.

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.

Samsung moves into damage control as evidence of child labour emerges

Samsung moves into damage control as evidence of child labour emerges

Korean multinational cuts ties with a Chinese supplier after a US rights group reports that it employed children in factories. Incident reveals why monitoring supply chain is a critical part of managing reputation

Newsmaker: Patten, The Vatican and the populist Pope

Newsmaker: Patten, The Vatican and the populist Pope

The Vatican, an institution not best known for its culture of openness, has announced the formation of an 11-strong committee to be led by Chris Patten that will oversee the modernisation of its communications.

CEO Q&A

CEO Q&A: Jay Gould, American Standard

CEO Q&A: Jay Gould, American Standard

American Standard's Jay Gould talks about improving staff morale and how the company's philanthropic efforts help increase sales.

CEO Q&A: Courteney Monroe, National Geographic Channel

CEO Q&A: Courteney Monroe, National Geographic Channel

National Geographic Channel's new US CEO Courteney Monroe talks to Diana Bradley about innovative tech and crisis comms strategies.

CEO Q&A: David Kenny, The Weather Channel

CEO Q&A: David Kenny, The Weather Channel

David Kenny, CEO of The Weather Channel, talks to Diana Bradley about the dispute with DirecTV and creating a culture of transparency.

CEO Q&A: Tony Hsieh, Zappos

CEO Q&A: Tony Hsieh, Zappos

Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, talks about how the online retailer reinforces brand culture.

CEO Q&A: Timothy Kuniskis, Dodge

CEO Q&A: Timothy Kuniskis, Dodge

Timothy Kuniskis, CEO of Chrysler Group's Dodge brand, talks about how creative efforts help the automaker raise its profile.

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