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Capcos give Hanover media brief; BAA appoints media head.

Capco, the global business and technology consultancy dedicated to the financial services industry, has handed Hanover a 12-month media relations brief. The agency will support Capco's wider business development strategy in the UK and continental Europe, co-ordinating the activities of a group of in-country PR agencies in France, Germany and the Benelux, as well as delivering the UK and corporate PR programmes.

BAA, the owner and operator of Heathrow and Stansted airports, has hired Andrew Teacher as head of media relations. He joins in September from the British Property Federation, where he has worked for four years as the principal spokesman for the UK's commercial real estate industry. He will lead a team of three PROs, overseeing the airport operator's media relations and financial communications.

Threadneedle Communications, a small-cap-based City PR firm, and Icis, a specialist technology PR firm, have merged and will now both operate under the Threadneedle umbrella. Threadneedle provides investor and media relations services to growing companies, with a particular focus on business and support services, financial services and property, natural resources and energy. Icis operates in the smaller companies arena, which has provided a specialist service to companies in the technology, media and telecoms sectors.

Hill & Knowlton has bolstered its financial and professional services team by appointing Karen Butcher as an account manager. She joins from The Wriglesworth Consultancy, where she worked with clients including Aviva, Yorkshire Building Society and Canada Life Group Insurance.

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