A summary of the stories which broke over the holiday period

A summary of the stories which broke over the holiday period

Van Praag joins Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs has poached Lucas van Praag, Alan Parker’s right-hand man

at Brunswick, to become its corporate affairs director for Europe. His

post is a new one; previously the most senior PR officer in Europe was

media relations head David Woods, who left the company in November


Van Praag will be responsible for marketing and internal communications

as well as media relations, areas overseen by the company’s New

York-based MD, John Rogers. During its IPO earlier this year, Goldman

Sachs was advised by Brunswick, although van Praag did not work on the

account. Van Praag will oversee a team of five people initially,

although this is likely to expand.

News Network hires Harvard

News International’s internet division, News Network, has hired Harvard

PR to run all its launch ventures.

The agency takes over as News Network’s external consultancy from

Cunningham Communications and Eulogy. Cunningham, which has worked for

News International in the US, still works for the internet business

internationally. Eulogy was brought on-board this summer to handle PR


Harvard has set up a press office for the internet business and its

first task has been to promote the launch of an event and entertainment

site, The brief includes corporate PR, particularly

developing brand awareness.

New circle for Superdrug PRO

Consumer brand specialist 360o Communications has hired former Superdrug

PR manager Catherine Emanuel to boost its client portfolio in the health

and beauty sectors. Emanuel left Superdrug last August and travelled for

four months before returning to an associate directorship at 360o.

Emanuel will have a team of five and will head accounts for electronics

firm TDK, the Covent Garden Soup Company and Coors Light beer.

Callaghan heads Ford Britain PR

Car manufacturer Ford Britain has strengthened its communications team

by promoting Mike Callaghan to the newly created position of

communications and public affairs executive director. The position is

the most senior PR role in the UK. Callaghan reports jointly to chairman

and MD of Ford Britain Ian McAllister and Ford Europe’s recently

appointed PR chief Joe Greenwell. Callaghan was formerly public and

governmental affairs director at Ford. This position has been replaced

with the promotion of Gavin Green, formerly director of motorsport

communications, and now director of public affairs for Ford Britain.

Green reports to Callaghan.

Focus lands Lacoste account

French clothing company Lacoste has hired Focus PR as its UK PR and

marketing agency. Focus was appointed by KBL, the UK distributor of

Lacoste. The agency was hired without a competitive pitch. The account

will be headed by Camilla Wiggin, a board director at Focus, and the

agency will report jointly to KBL chairman John Prenn and Lacoste UK MD

Peter Coulstock.

Focus replaces incumbent agency Hoff Associates which had worked for

Lacoste for the past four years on a PR-only brief. Marketing was

previously handled in-house.

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