City & Corporate: The Week in City & Corporate

Barclays appoints media relations chief; 7City calls in Cognito.

Barclays Corporate has appointed Alexandra Jackson-Proes as media relations manager. Reporting to head of media relations Daniel Hunter, she will be responsible for media relations across EMEA and Asia Pacific for the bank's corporate banking division. Jackson-Proes previously worked at Cohn & Wolfe and has held corporate PR roles at EMI, Brown Lloyd James and Kreab Gavin Anderson.

The John Lewis Partnership has hired Neil Spring as senior comms manager. He joins from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, and will report to the partnership's head of public affairs Charlotte Cool. Spring will focus on developing a comms strategy to promote the relevance of the company's employee-owned model to key external audiences.

7city Learning has appointed Cognito's London office to raise awareness of its UK and Asia divisions. Based in London, New York and Singapore, 7City Learning administers qualifications and professional skills training for financial services firms.

Randstad, the recruitment and HR services company, has briefed Cubitt Consulting to support a multimillion-pound integrated national marketing campaign in the UK. The appointment broadens the agency's involvement with the firm to corporate level in the UK, in addition to the operating company brief it has held for the past three years.

Ogier, the offshore legal and financial services firm, has handed a brief to New Century to handle its PR in Europe, Middle East and Russia following a competitive pitch.

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