The week

Liverpool FC's director of comms Ian Cotton left the club on 13 May after 16 years, by mutual consent.

Lord Mandelson has confirmed his consultancy Global Counsel is to advise APP, one of the world's largest pulp and paper firms.

Oxfam has hired Chris Gottlieb as director of comms after nearly a decade spent with the BBC.

Virgin Atlantic Airways has appointed former Mischief associate director Fay Burgin as UK head of PR.

CIPR annual results show a membership drop of 2.5 per cent, although it delivered a second successive year of profitability with a retained surplus of £245,745.

Staples, the retail chain, is on the hunt for agency support to help it attract small businesses.

Heineken has called in Publicasity to handle trade press for its portfolio of brands including Heineken, Foster's and Kronenbourg. has launched a hunt for a consumer agency. The site formerly used Peregrine Communications.

Cambridge Airport has hired Four bgb to handle PR in the UK for the next three years, providing consumer and b2b support.

Belo Horizonte in Brazil has brought in agency support to ramp up its comms ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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