POLITICS: As PRWeek went to press, the Prime Minister’s director of comms and strategy Alastair Campbell was facing the House of Commons foreign affairs select committee to explain his role in last September’s dossier that claimed Iraq could launch a chemical or biological strike within 45 minutes.
GOVERNMENT: The Government Information and Communication Service (GICS) this week made public its submission to the Phillis review of Government comms as to how Government PR could be improved. GICS head Mike Grannatt’s team raised various suggestions, such as the creation of a ‘central marcoms organisation driving the [Government’s] comms agenda’. It is available online at www.gcreview.gov.uk
CONSUMER: Hair and beauty brand Charles Worthington has hired Cohn & Wolfe to promote male grooming line IMPACT and its Q&A haircare range on fees of around £100,000. The agency won a two-way pitch against Consolidated Communications.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS: Media Strategy has this week recruited Chelgate senior counsellor Mark Glover as an account director. Glover will advise on transport, construction and local government issues.
TRADE: Italian-Dutch confectionery firm Perfetti van Melle has hired Siren PR to handle a trade PR push for its Fruittella brand. The agency reports to Netherlands-based area director Peter Roelofs.
CONSUMER: Aero Products International, a US-based firm that manufactures air-filled mattresses, has hired salt to handle a UK retail trade and consumer PR campaign. The agency reports to Aero UK MD Susan Young.
appointment: Alex Gordon Shute this week joined comms headhunting firm Taylor Bennett (TB) after quitting executive search firm Morgan Hunt. Shute, who has joined TB’s financial and professional services team, was formerly head of comms and marketing at insurance firm Hiscox.
CLARIFICATION: Last week’s picture for the WTTC campaign (PRWeek, 20 June) showed Sir Ian Prosser, chairman of the WTTC and chairman of InterContinental Hotels Group, not Peter De Jong as stated.