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, FiredUp.com. 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
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.