Stonehaven hires Portland partner
Portland partner Ben Thornton is leaving the agency after six years to join Stonehaven as director of corporate and reputation. He begins in September. Set up in 2014 by Peter Lyburn, the agency now has 16 staff, including former David Cameron press aide Caroline Preston. Clients include Heathrow, PepsiCo and Cuadrilla.
...while Richards joins Labour MP's team
Amy Richards has returned to the office of Labour MP Yvette Cooper. Richards recently left Portland where she had worked for just under a year, prior to which she was national press office manager at the pro-EU campaign Stronger In during last year's referendum. Before that she was a spad for Cooper, and worked on her leadership campaign in 2015. She has also worked for Lexington and charity leaders group ACEVO.
Condé Nast launches content division
Condé Nast Britain, the publisher of British Vogue, GQ and others, has launched a dedicated branded content division called Stories. It is led by head of branded content Tristan Taylor. A launch client is automotive brand Aston Martin, for whom it has created a campaign entitled The Beauty of Design.
Little Red Rooster handed watch brief
Consumer agency Little Red Rooster has been appointed by Oxfordshire watchmaker the Marloe Watch Company to provide strategic planning, press office and creative campaign support, with a focus on launching the brand in the UK and rapidly increasing brand awareness.
Whyte moves to Antwerp
Belgian independent agency Whyte Corporate Affairs has opened a second office, in Antwerp. The agency was founded in Brussels, but now claims to be the only agency present in Belgium's two largest cities.