News in brief: Toshiba, The News of the World, Frank PR (8 Mar)

Agence ELAN's London office has been appointed as the retained UK PR agency for Toshiba Lighting Systems, which previously worked with Nelson Bostock.

Light task: Toshiba Lighting Systems
Light task: Toshiba Lighting Systems

ELAN designed an international campaign to light up The Louvre with LED lighting in 2011.

The News of the World's former executive editor Neil Wallis is to speak at the PRCA's The Future of Communications After Leveson conference on 14 March. Wallis, who was recently told he will not face phone-hacking charges, will be joined by Telegraph Media Group executive director Lord Black, who played a key part in the Leveson Inquiry.

Frank PR has been appointed as the retained UK PR agency for The Good Whey Co after a competitive pitch. Frank will support the launch of a fresh high-protein drink, called Upbeat.

Green Row PR has been hired to launch a gin brand targeted at men, called Langley's No 8.

Onitsuka Tiger, the Japanese trainer brand, has called in Renegade Media as its lead European PR agency and retained agency for the UK and Germany.

Old Spitalfields Market has engaged PR agency Kaper to bring the artisan mustard pop-up offering Maille Boutique back for a two-week period this month.

The week in global PR

Yahoo's former corporate comms director Kristen Morquecho has joined people search engine Spokeo as vice-president of comms, a new position at the company. Reporting to CEO Ray Chen, Morquecho is overseeing Spokeo's corporate comms strategy and media and community relations

Weber Shandwick, which previously held a 40 per cent share of India-based firm Corporate Voice Weber Shandwick, has purchased the remaining shares from MAA Group Holdings. MAA chairman Bunty Peerbhoy will continue in his role as chairman of CVWS.

Interpublic Group has hired Martin Skelton as MD of global healthcare. He will work to drive growth for IPG's multi-agency healthcare clients in the role.

Ogilvy Public Relations has partnered with the University of Colorado at Denver for a business and comms education programme in China. The university is conducting the undergraduate course at its International College Beijing, from 16 February to 12 April.

Fleishman-Hillard has hired Pierre-Samuel Guedj as general manager of its Paris office. He starts on 11 March and will also join the EMEA management team.

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The week in healthcare

OgilvyHealthPR has hired Nicole Yost as senior director. A trustee of Genetic Alliance UK, Yost has held an in-house marcoms position at biotech firm BGT and comms roles with both Tudor Reilly and College Hill.

Consumers for Health Choice has appointed Fox Communications to drive awareness of the Save our Supplements campaign. The campaign has been created in response to moves from the EU towards renewed legislation to set maximum permitted levels in vitamin and mineral supplements.

The 2012 NHS staff survey has found that only 40 per cent of staff were satisfied with the extent to which they felt their trust valued their work. This figure was lowest for ambulance staff at 23 per cent, and highest among social enterprise staff, at 47 per cent. The proportion of staff who indicated they would recommend their organisation as a place of work increased for the first time in three years, to 55 per cent.

Autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia all share several genetic risk factors, according to a major study reported in The Lancet.

The public sector week

Nottingham City Councils seeking agency support to help it deliver its growth plan.The tender, which is now a closed process, is for assistance during the next two years. It focuses on efforts to boost the city's growth and business during the next decade, with a particular drive around the development of the 'creative quarter.'

A Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust team has won a national award for a campaign aimed at encouraging staff to get immunised against flu this week. The team was awarded the title of Most Innovative Campaign at the NHS Confederation's annual Flu Fighter Awards, which took place at Leeds City Museum late last month.

The Government has launched its latest comms offensive on road safety. The £1.68m THINK! campaign will include TV and radio ads and a focus on the financial cost of drink-driving.

Julia Corkley, assistant director of comms and strategy at Westminster City Council, has written this week's online public sector column on the use of 'Groupon-style' discounts offered over the web as a way for councils to show better value-for-money to their residents. To read it, go to and click on opinion.

The week in the city

FTI Consulting's strategic comms business reported a 2.2 per cent increase in fourth quarter 2012 revenues, rising to $50.3m (£33.35m) from $49.2m (£32.6m) from the same period in 2011. The division reported full-year revenues of $187.8m (£124.50m), a fall of 6.5 per cent from the 2011 figure of $200.9m (£133.16m).

Corporate Reputations, the Dublin-based PR firm, has appointed the recently elected Public Relations Institute of Ireland president, Niall Quinn, as deputy MD. He will lead the firm's corporate division, which boasts a client list including Investec Ireland, Mason Hayes Curran, RSM Farrell Grant Sparks, UCD Smurfit School of Business and The Irish Times.

Metro Bank has appointed Rachel Cohen to the role of PR manager. She will be responsible for building media relationships for the bank as it continues to expand. She joins from Launch Group, where she had worked since March 2010 following several years with Edelman in London.

Walbrook has recruited Guy McDougall as an associate to focus on small-cap and AIM-listed clients. He joins from Cubitt Consulting, where he worked as an associate in its growth company team. He also worked at Newgate Threadneedle as an account manager.

The week in lobbying

The CIPR's new member group for young professionals working in public affairs last week voted unanimously for Sarah Buckley as its first leader. She is public affairs manager at the Institute of Chartered Accountants. The group was created for members in the earlyto mid-stages of their career.

Keene Communications has hired Andrew Cumpsty, a former MD of Burson-Marsteller-owned agency Direct Impact, as an associate. Cumpsty, who is also running his own business, Cumpsty Communications, is working with Keene's public affairs and reputation management teams.

Daniel Bentley, the Press Association's political correspondent, has joined the Westminster think-tank Civitas as its comms manager. He has been the Press Association's House of Commons political correspondent since 2006.

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