The Week

Hill & Knowlton EMEA chairman and CEO Sally Costerton has taken the role of PRCA chairman, a position she will hold until 2012. Ketchum Pleon European president David Gallagher will remain as PRCA vice-chairman for the next 12 months.

Luther Pendragon has been signed up by the Institute for Turnaround to provide a comprehensive media and PR programme. Founded in 2000, the IFT represents professionals who are experts at rehabilitating underperforming organisations.

Cardiff University has promoted former Department for International Development comms director Ian Hargreaves to the new role of chair of digital economy.

Chilango, the Mexican restaurant group, has turned to ING Media to promote its expansion throughout London in 2011. The agency's brief is to implement a comms campaign with a focus on media relations.

Hills Balfour has recruited Simon Beck as business development director. He joins from Reed Travel Exhibitions, where he was regional account manager for the Asia/Pacific, Africa and Middle East regions at World Travel Market.

Multitude Media is to handle PR for next week's Manchester Comedy Festival. The festival runs from 18-31 October.

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