60-second summary: last week's PR news (17 February)

Missed any developments over the past seven days? Catch up fast with all the account reviews, people moves, client wins and other stories on PRWeek.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Frank landed digital work
Winnie-the-Pooh: Frank landed digital work

Account reviews

The Metropolitan Police started a review of media training and monitoring.

Marks & Spencer split with Tulchan and reviewed its financial PR.

People moves

Daisy Dunlop, corporate affairs head at News International, is to move to a strategy role at parent company News Corporation’s international publishing spin-off.

Paul Mylrea, director of public affairs at the BBC, is set to leave the corporation.

Avril Lee stepped down as CEO of Ketchum.

Jackie Brock-Doyle was hired as group CEO of Good Relations.

James Purnell was brought in to a top comms and strategy role at the BBC.

John Shewell left his role as comms head at Brighton & Hove Council to launch an agency.

Paul Kafka departed his role as Swiss banking giant UBS head of marketing comms.

Ken Cronin was appointed as managing director of UK Onshore Operators Group.

Marcus Smith was installed as vice-president of media relations at Liberty Global, which is buying Virgin Media.

Joanne Bullen was hired by Lexington Communications to head its international healthcare offering.

Victoria MacCullum is to cover for Cabinet Office head of comms Emily Tofield, who is going on maternity leave.

Patricia Hamzahee took the new role of head of financial services at Fleishman-Hillard.

Client wins

APCO Worldwide was appointed by Rotary International to a polio lobbying brief.

Capital MSL won a corporate comms brief from Newedge.

Surname & Surname landed profile-building work for the Marine Stewardship Council.

Ogilvy is to handle the launch of cruise ship Royal Princess.

GolinHarris was awarded a large chunk of Smirnoff’s PR work.

Hanover picked up public affairs for the John Lewis Partnership.

Frank won a consumer PR project for a digital relaunch of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Red Consultancy won a brief for education charity Edge Foundation.

Just Health was awarded an integrated PR and public affairs brief for Caris Life Sciences.

Agency investments and restructures

The founder of Global Tolerance put the agency on a year-long sabbatical.

Threepipe merged with digital marketing agency Blowfish.

Omnicom’s annual PR revenues climbed 3.3% to $1.29bn.

Matter PR, a new agency focusing on university science and research groups, has launched.

Other news

Salaries for in-house private sector comms professionals rocketed 14% in a year.

The Department of Health unveiled a strategy aligning its comms with 15 national health organisations.

David Gallagher, the Ketchum Europe CEO, was named jury president for the Cannes PR Lions.

Findus’ crisis comms were blasted as ‘not fit for purpose’.

Luther Pendragon told healthcare clients it was no longer working with tobacco company Philip Morris.

The PRCA/Meltwater vs Newspaper Licensing Agency case went to the Supreme Court.

And breathe ...

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