Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Keolis, the French-based transport provider, has called in Four Communications to raise the media and stakeholder profile of its UK arm, after a competitive pitch. The hire comes ahead of a planned expansion of the firm's UK business. The company - majority owned by French rail operator SNCF - already runs four UK rail franchises in joint ventures.

The BPI, the representative voice of the UK recorded music business, has appointed Ministry of Justice director Ian Moss as director of public affairs. Before joining the ministry, Moss headed the strategy unit at the Department for Work and Pensions, and worked as a senior policy adviser in the Treasury. He replaces Theo Blackwell, who has been elected cabinet member for finance in the London Borough of Camden.

Asda head of property comms and policy Jonathan Refoy is leaving the supermarket giant to join US-based CH2M Hill. Refoy started at the consulting, engineering and construction company this week as head of UK and European external affairs.

WorldSpreads, the Dublin-based spread-betting company, has hired Ireland's former European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy as a non-executive director. McCreevy has also recently taken up posts in the private sector for Ryanair and Sports Direct.

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