Omnicom is most admired by Fortune

Omnicom is most admired by Fortune

Omnicom has been named as Fortune magazine’s most admired company in the

advertising and marketing sector. Attributes such as quality of

management and products were assessed by 10,000 business people. Omnicom

owns PR brands Brodeur Worldwide, Countrywide Porter Novelli,

Fleishman-Hillard and Ketchum.

Havas Advertising reveals profits boost

Havas Advertising, the fourth largest communications group in the world,

boosted pre-tax profit by 50 per cent last year to pounds 95.7 million.

Havas subsidiary Euro RSCG reported fee income of pounds 9.6 million for

1999, compared with pounds 8.8 million the year before.

Focus Solutions hires Citigate for flotation

Focus Solutions Group, provider of e-commerce tools for the financial

services sector, has appointed Citigate Dewe Rogerson and sister agency

Citigate Technology in the run up to its AIM listing. CDR will handle

the flotation later this month, while Citigate Technology will provide

an integrated business-to-business and corporate communications

programme .

Longman moves to MRI International

MRI International, the corporate and media stocks barter specialist, has

appointed David Longman as marketing and communications director. He was

formerly senior consultant on MRI at Propeller Marketing Communications.

Longman’s brief will cover everywhere outside North America. He is

currently looking to appoint agency support.

Audax to support Galaxy’s East Midlands bid

Audax Communications has been hired on a short-term contract to boost

the profile of Galaxy Radio. The dance music station is aiming to win a

broadcast licence in the East Midlands, to be advertised by the Radio

Authority later this year. Galaxy already has stations in Newcastle,

Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and Birmingham, aimed at listeners aged 15 to


Avalon Publicity wins Big Brother PR

Avalon Publicity has beaten Freud Communications and Public Eye to

promote Channel 4’s new series, Big Brother. The show, which begins in

June, features ten strangers isolated in a purpose-built house for 70

days. Led by MD James Herring, the account will also include PR for a

24-hour webcast.

Gavin Anderson to boost CDC March profile

French financial services group CDC March has appointed Gavin Anderson

and Company to raise its profile in Europe. Byron Ousey, managing

director of Gavin Anderson, will lead the account, which includes the

UK, Scandinavia and Germany.

Touchdown hires Galloway to head marketing

Event and video production firm Touchdown has appointed Dickon Galloway

as director of marketing and business development. The newly-created

position will focus on business-to-business PR and reports to MD Jon


Polhill takes over Britannia Rescue account

Polhill Communications has won the annual consumer PR account for

Britannia Rescue and its mutual parent company, the Civil Service

Motoring Association. The agency was appointed last week after a

competitive pitch against the incumbent, Bell Pottinger Good


Cardington appoints Petrie as head of PR

Cardington, the OFEX-listed company which generates income for public

sector bodies, has appointed David Petrie as head of PR. Reporting to

chairman Simon Petherick, Petrie’s brief covers media relations and

corporate communications.

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