In brief: CIPR's Ross to depart, The Crown Estate names new corporate affairs chief, MLB comms chief moves to Finsbury, Costcutter hires MCG

CIPR's Andrew Ross to depart, The Crown Estate promotes Andy Payne to head of corporate affairs, MLB comms chief moves to Finsbury, MCG appointed to Costcutter brief and more from PRWeek UK.

CIPR's Andrew Ross to depart

CIPR policy and public relations manager Andrew Ross (pictured) is to leave the organisation in April to join trade body the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. Ross has been with the CIPR since September 2010 and held various roles. He said his stint with the organisation had been "a fantastic opportunity for me to learn from some of our industry’s most experienced and knowledgeable professionals".

The Crown Estate promotes Andy Payne to head of corporate affairs

The Crown Estate head of media and public affairs Andy Payne has been promoted to head of corporate affairs. In his new role, Payne has responsibility for media relations, public affairs and policy, customer focus, stakeholder engagement and internal comms across all areas of The Crown Estate. His appointment follows the promotion of director of corporate affairs Judith Everett to chief operating officer.

MLB comms chief moves to Finsbury

Finsbury has hired Major League Baseball’s former director of business PR Jeff Heckelman as vice-president, a newly created position at the firm in its New York office. Click to read the full article from PRWeek US.

MCG appointed to Costcutter brief

Costcutter Supermarkets Group, a 2,600 store chain whose brands include Costcutter, Mace and Kwik Save, has appointed Leeds-headquartered PR agency MCG to deliver a national trade and corporate PR programme.

Lanware takes on Cognito

Financial services tech firm Lanware has taken on Cognito to develop a comms strategy to build its profile in the fintech community, including a thought leadership programme to drive understanding of Lanware's solutions to issues including cybersecurity.

Aisle 8 wins skin brand

Aisle 8 has been appointed by the skincare brand Immunocologie, following a non-competitive pitch. The agency’s director, Lauren Stevenson, will manage all launch, product and brand communications.

Tria Beauty brings in Fever

Skincare brand Tria Beauty has appointed Fever as its retained UK PR agency, to run traditional and social campaigns. Fever's brief is to promote the company’s portfolio of medical devices, which includes hair removal and laser treatments, to media and consumers.

London PR lands student business work

Student business network the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs has chosen London PR to help raise its media profile. The association works with more than 32,000 students every year, helping to inspire thousands of start-up companies, and had previously handled all PR in-house.

Kate Mullen joins House of Comms

UAE-based PR agency House of Comms has appointed Kate Mullen, who has more than 20 years' experience across the Gulf states, as client services director. Click to read the full article from PRWeek Asia.

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