Oxford picks BBC man as comms head
Ceri Thomas, the editor of BBC investigative series Panorama, will leave the corporation shortly to become director of comms and public affairs at the University of Oxford. According to his LinkedIn profile he has been Panorama's editor since October 2014, having previously been the BBC's head of news programmes and worked on Today.
Senior promotions at Eulogy
Eulogy, the UK's 67th largest PR firm according to PRWeek's Global Agency Business Report, has promoted Lucie Kaye to the role of head of consumer. She has been with the agency for six years. She succeeds Scot Devine, who joined the agency at the start of last year and has now taken on a new, cross-agency role of brand & innovation director.
PRCA picks diversity chairs
Gillian Tong and Pema Seely have been named as the new chair and vice-chair of the PRCA's diversity network. Tong is an MD at MHP, specialising in employee engagement and issues management, while Pema Seely is a client director at Hudson Sandler. The network works to open up access to the comms profession and make it more representative of the nation.
Niklas Ekholm dies aged 43
Financial PR professional Niklas Ekholm has died aged 43. The native of Sweden had been working in London for nearly 20 years, first at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and then in-house as Schroders' director and global head of PR. He later worked at Cognito Media and as a senior adviser for Maisonneuve Global Advisers. Donations to the intensive care department at Charing Cross Hospital are being accepted in his memory.
InsureTaXI picks up Refresh PR
InsureTaXI, the UK’s largest taxi insurance broker, has appointed Refresh PR for a new PR and comms campaign. Part of this will see research commissioned to investigate the working habits, attitudes and opinions of taxi drivers. Refresh PR will also build relationships with educational institutes and local councils.
Gibson Innovations appoints Ranieri
Gibson Innovations, the audio technology arm of music company Gibson, has appointed PR agency Ranieri to handle UK PR for its Philips, Philips Fidelio, Onkyo and Trainer audio brands. The brief includes developing media relations, events, brand building and product PR across the lifestyle and technology sectors. The PR programme will focus on the headphone, home audio and multiroom, home cinema and portable Bluetooth categories.
Gin supplier takes on Spider PR
British gin distillery Warner Edwards has hired Spider PR as its retained consumer PR agency. Spider’s brief is to engage consumers, trade and influencers through events, traditional media relations and social media campaigns. Spider MD Lara Leventhal said: "The brand is very well known and loved among gin’osseurs but now’s the right time for us to elevate to mainstream consumers."
Camron hired by Maison Numen
Camron has been appointed to provide PR for Maison Numen, an online platform for artisan design objects, which goes live on 30 June.