Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Sanofi has hired Open Road for a public affairs brief to improve awareness of venous thromboembolism (VTE) - otherwise known as deep vein thrombosis.

Open Road is charged with putting its public affairs weight behind Sanofi's campaign to improve prevention and awareness of VTE, the UK's biggest killer in hospitals. Sanofi previously worked with Insight and handed the account to Open Road after a competitive pitch thought to have included Lexington Communications.

The House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee called freelance public affairs consultant Mark Ramsdale to give evidence on 1 March in relation to its pre-legislative scrutiny of the Government's proposals for introducing a statutory register of lobbyists. He was called specifically in relation to his experience in various bodies representing the public affairs industry.

Oliver Parry has been appointed acting head of comms at the Financial Reporting Council. He replaces Jonathan Labrey, who has been appointed director of comms for the International Integrated Reporting Council, a body that is leading the development of a global framework for integrated reporting. Parry was a former research assistant to the opposition chief whip Patrick McLoughlin.

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