Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Finsbury, Teneo, Milk & Honey, Clarity, PRCA and more

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Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Finsbury, Teneo, Milk & Honey, Clarity, PRCA and more

New corporate comms powerhouse Finsbury Glover Hering has named regional chief executives for the UK, US and Europe.

Teneo has added five names to its list of senior advisors, including former UK Conservative cabinet minister Sir Oliver Letwin and ex-Credit Suisse UK chief executive Russell Chambers.

Charlotte Street Partners has hired Ian Duncan (Lord Duncan of Springbank) as a consulting partner, to provide strategic insight and advice to clients on engagement with the European Union. He is a former UK government minister currently serving as deputy speaker of the House of Lords. Charlotte Street Partners has also hired senior associate Katie Armour (from the Scottish Liberal Democrats), associate Maria Julia Pieraccioni and executive assistant Louise Thomson.

Edelman UK has announced leadership changes at its Smithfield financial PR and strategic comms team, with head of special projects Iain Dey promoted to managing director.

The PRCA has hired Melissa Cannon as its international director. Canon was general manager of PRCA Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from 2018-2020, helping the industry body expand its presence in more than a dozen countries in the region.

The PRCA has appointed Emmanuel Ofosu-Appiah to its Race and Ethnicity Equity Board (REEB). Ofosu-Appiah is a board committee member of the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Black Business Association and has previously worked at FTI Consulting, Kekst CNC and Mercer.

Rob Colmer, who leads Shell’s global sustainability communications and reporting, has been appointed vice-chairman of the PRCA’s PR and Communications Council 2021.

Clarity has appointed Alex Judd as global head of planning and impact.

Milk & Honey PR has hired Weber Shandwick corporate affairs account director Samir Nanji as client director to support the agency’s ongoing growth. Nanji brings more than eight ?years of strategic and creative experience, having worked with companies including?Johnson & Johnson, GSK, Nivea, Ericsson, The Economist and William Grant & Sons. Also joining the agency are senior client executive Courtney Grover (from Kindred) and client executive Eloise Clarke (from Weber Shandwick).

APCO Worldwide has promoted former UK business minister Richard Harrington to the new role of UK chairman.

Healthcare communications consultancy Aurora has promoted Chris Bath to managing director. Bath joined Aurora in 2015 and has provided senior counsel to clients and agency teams, and led the development of the agency’s digital insights capability and measurement practice.

Sky-owned streaming service NOW TV has hired Jamie Schwartz as director of brand, marketing and merchandising.

Montfort Communications has grown its Litigation & Disputes team with the appointment of Catherine Roberts. Roberts is a dual qualified barrister and has practiced in England, Wales and Ireland. She has also worked for the UK financial regulator, investigating criminal and regulatory misconduct.

Toby Orr, former director of comms and marketing at the Department for International Trade, has joined fledgling agency Shearwater Global as a founding partner.

Mixology Communications has hired technology and b2b specialist James Thorniley as associate director. He spent the past two years at Chameleon, consulting brands across cybersecurity, fintech, data centre infrastructure and the channel. Prior to that, he held roles at Racepoint Global and Sonus PR. 

Samir Patel, who spent the past eight years at the digital media and comms agency Blue State, has been appointed chief executive of Comic Relief.

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