Global Round-up

NEW YORK: Former US vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro last month joined Global Consulting Group, a Huntsworth Group subsidiary, as executive V-P and public affairs practice head.

Ferraro, who was formerly president of management consultancy G&L Strategies, was the Democratic candidate for vice-president in the 1984 US presidential elections. Meanwhile, GCG has also appointed Jaime de Pinies as Madrid-based Europe MD and chief economist for GCG Worldwide.

MADRID: Bassat Ogilvy & Consejoros de Comunicación has scooped the PR contract for the launch of Don Quijote Airport, a £763m project that will see the first international airport in the Castilla-La Mancha region of Spain. A six-strong Bassat team will handle press and events work in the run-up to the airport’s opening in early 2006.

DUBLIN: Jackie Gallagher, a former adviser to Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, and Martin Mackin, a former general secretary of Fianna Fáil, last month launched a corporate PR consultancy called Q4. Gerry O’Sullivan, a former director of corporate and financial comms at Eircom, completes the start-up’s staff.

STRASBOURG: PR Newswire director Mark Hynes last week said the European Commission’s draft transparency directive would result in a ‘two-tier information market and, ultimately, a loss of investor confidence within and outside the EU’. The statement followed the issuing of a joint paper from PR Newswire and other concerned bodies, such as investor organisations including the London Stock Exchange, to the European Parliament, which is currently debating the directive. Hynes described the draft as a ‘missed opportunity’.

WASHINGTON DC: Business intelligence firm Citigate Global Intelligence & Security last month appointed J Graham Joscelyne as global practice leader and senior MD of the global governance and risk management practice. Joscelyne was formerly auditor general of the World Bank and its member groups, the International Finance Corporation and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee, for eight years.

SHANGHAI: Larry Ong last month joined Ogilvy & Mather Shanghai as group executive creative director. Ong – who is to work across all comms disciplines, including PR – joined from D’Arcy Shanghai, where he was executive creative director.

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