Movers & Shakers: Virgin Group, Don't Cry Wolf, Yorkshire Building Society, Engine and more

PRWeek's weekly roundup of industry hires, departures and promotions.

Virgin Group chief communications officer Nick Fox has decided to step down amid a series of leadership changes. 

Simon Ross has joined Don’t Cry Wolf to lead its new production arm.

Common Industry has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of two associate directors. Jonny Stanton will lead the agency’s technology and scale-up group, focusing on PR for b2c and b2b challenger businesses. Harriet Allner will lead the financial services team, having previously developed the agency’s offering to fintech, investment and banking clients. 

Engine | MHP Health has appointed associate directors Isabelle Scali and Maddy Farnworth and digital director Adam Naylor, after reporting growth and winning new pharma clients.

Yorkshire Building Society has appointed former Barclays UK marketing director Mark Brayton as director of marketing and digital channels. The role includes responsibility for its Social Media and External Affairs (PR and public affairs) teams.

Neil Padgett, a former managing director of creative at FCB Health, has been appointed creative director at Salisbury-based Makara Health.

Global Women in PR has appointed Cornelia Kunze as chair of its international board. She has been a strong advocate for women to take on leadership roles and is currently president of GWPR Germany, as well as founder and co-owner of i-sekai, an international boutique consultancy based in Munich and Berlin.

Taqa, the merged utilities company in Abu Dhabi, has hired an experienced British energy comms executive as its chief communications officer.

Montfort Communications has appointed Anthony Eskander to its Litigation & Disputes team. He joins from Church Court Chambers, where he practised as a financial crime barrister.

Beattie has hired Sophie Wiley and Annabel Wood as senior account executives and Megan Smith as an account executive.

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