In brief: CSM CEO Zak Brown to step down, Teneo MD hire, Powerscourt handles Nets IPO, Lewis' German launch

Zak Brown to depart as CEO of Chime's CSM division, Lewis to open fourth German office in Hamburg, Powerscourt advises on Nets flotation, Iredale Comms names new chair and other hires.

Zak Brown to depart as CEO of Chime's CSM division

Zak Brown is to leave his role as CEO of Chime’s CSM Sport & Entertainment arm at the end of this year. Brown founded motorsports marketing agency JMI in 1995, which was acquired by CSM, Chime’s sport and entertainment division, in 2013. Chime PR agency Good Relations became part of the division following a restructure last year that saw the scrapping of the standalone PR arm, which was prior to the acquisition of the company by a consortium led by private equity firm Providence last October. Brown will continue at Chime as chairman of the Global Advisory Board at CSM and non-executive chair of JMI.

Lewis' German launch

Lewis is opening its fourth German office, in Hamburg, on 4 October. It will be led by Britta Heer, previously the head of digital in Edelman's German operation, and more recently MD of local agency Achtung. The office will focus on tech and FMCG brands. London-headquartered Lewis has 600 staff across 27 global offices and is ranked by the PRWeek Global Agency Business Report as the world's 28th largest agency. It dropped the 'PR' tag from its name at the end of last year.

Teneo hires Finsbury’s McDonagh as MEA managing director

Teneo has announced the appointment of Nicholas McDonagh, former partner at Finsbury, as MD of its Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. At Finsbury, McDonagh led the consultancy’s growth across the MEA region. He previously worked in the private equity industry and had a stint at Deutsche Bank. PRWeek reported earlier this month that Teneo had combined its entire UK operations, including Blue Rubicon, into one business under the new name Teneo Blue Rubicon.

Powerscourt advises on Nets IPO

Powerscourt advised as PR adviser to Nets, a provider of payment services, on Nasdaq Copenhagen today. The business was valued at £2.1bn. It follows Powerscourt's work on the £13bn Dong Energy floatation earlier in the year. The agency said these were the two biggest IPOs in Europe this year.

Iredale Comms names new chair among other hires

Iredale Communications has hired industry veteran Brian MacLaurin as chairman alongside the appointments of former MailOnline health editor Anna Hodgekiss and experienced in-house PR professional Nicola Renshaw. Hodgekiss has joined as a consultant, charged with expanding the healthcare arm. Renshaw, Iredale’s new client services director, has 18 years' in-house experience at B2B brands including BT, Dunhill, Avaya and CloudSense.

Promote PR wins TeamUp brief

The England and Wales Cricket Board, England Hockey and England Netball have appointed Promote PR to handle comms for TeamUp, a three-year campaign designed to maximise the legacy of the women's world cup competition for each sport being held in the next three years. TeamUp's goal is to get thousands more girls aged seven to 13 playing team sports.

Pagefield appoints

Pagefield has taken on two consultants. David Leslie has spent the last five years at the consultancy New Century Media, while Sam Barnett was previously one of the youngest employees of Bell Pottinger to achieve promotion to the position of consultant.

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