The Week

Freud Communications' MD of the corporate and media practice, Alex Cole, is set to leave after nine months with the agency. Separately, Ruth Settle, previously group director of comms at ITV, has joined Freuds as a corporate consultant.

Maitland has hired Tom Buchanan, a partner at rival agency Brunswick. He will join as a senior partner at the end of his notice period in mid-September after 18 years at Brunswick.

One Young World, the founder client of Andy Coulson's PR agency Elbrus Consultants, has stopped working with the ex-Downing Street comms chief owing to the ongoing phone hacking affair.

Ecco, the footwear brand, has handed TVC a global PR account to raise the profile of its sport ranges.

Legoland Windsor has hired Freerange Communications to promote its summer activities and events.

The British Olympic Association has called in sports comms specialists Pitch to handle a targeted consumer and lifestyle campaign for the 2011 BT British Olympic Ball.

Clarification In his column of 7 July, Ian Monk said that 'LOCOG is bundling tickets'. LOCOG did not bundle tickets in any way, and customers were able to choose which tickets to apply for independently throughout this process.

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