Astrazeneca, the pharma giant, has hired M:Communications' Katja Toon as its comms director, externalisation.
Lloyds Banking Group has promoted Ed Petter from head of corporate media relations to group media relations director.
The Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau has asked Hills Balfour to support the bureau's tourism efforts in the UK.
Comic Relief has hired Lexis to support the launch of a range of merchandise themed around its character Monkey, famous for appearing in PG Tips ads.
Caxton FX, the foreign exchange company, has appointed Diffusion to raise awareness of its foreign currency offering to young couples, business professionals, travellers and families.
Incisive Media Publishing has called in Taylor Herring for a Computeractive campaign focusing on helping the magazine increase brand awareness, sales at newsstands and online subscriptions.
TV presenter Moira Stuart will be hosting this year's London Press Club Ball, the annual fundraising event for the Journalists' Charity, on 13 October.