SYDNEY: Sir Richard Branson?s low-fare Australian airline, Virgin Blue, has drafted in corporate and financial firm Savage & Horrigan. The appointment comes as the airline prepares for its initial public offering, which is slated for later this year or early 2004.
BRUSSELS: Hill & Knowlton Brussels has appointed James Hunt to the newly created post of MD international corporate comms. Hunt was, until last week, corporate affairs MD based in the London office. Jerry Baston has also joined H&K Brussels as senior consultant.
ROCHESTER, NY: Eastman Kodak has promoted Stephen Ciccone to director and V-P of public affairs. He replaces Sandra Taylor, who has joined Starbucks Coffee as senior V-P of corporate social responsibility. Taylor replaced Dave Olsen, who moved internally.
PARIS: Dominique Martin has been appointed director of communications for France?s mobile phone industry trade body, L?Association Fran?aise des Op?rateurs Mobiles. She was formerly a freelance brand strategy consultant and director of comms and commercial development for media monitoring firm Datops.
COLLEGE PARK, MD: Professional body, the American Physical Society, is undertaking a media relations campaign to raise awareness of the difficulty graduate, post-doctoral and professional scientists have had obtaining visas that allow them to continue to work in the US. The postSeptember 11 Patriot Act has triggered the problem.
HONG KONG: Former Citigate Dewe Rogerson Hong Kong MD Matthew McGrath has re-emerged at banking giant UBS as head of group comms (Asia-Pacific). McGrath, who reports to Zurich-based global group comms head Michael Willi and Asia-Pacific chief Clive Standish, has spent the past year on sabbatical.
DUBLIN: The Public Relations Insitute of Ireland (PRII) last week unveiled a draft code of conduct on lobbying and public affairs. The code
defines ethical best practice in dealing with public office holders. After consultation it may be adopted as a mandatory requirement for PRII members from 2004.
BOSTON: Lewis PR is to launch a campaign to promote data security firm Tenix Datagate in the US. Lewis Boston general manager Steve
Capoccia leads the account team. Lewis?s Sydney office undertook a campaign for the client last year.