Global Round-up

NEW YORK: Hill & Knowlton last month named John Quick as director of its New York healthcare and pharmaceutical practice. He was formerly general manager in Euro RSCG Life NRP’s New York office, where he led the healthcare marcoms group. Prior to that he spent nine years at Ogilvy PR Worldwide.

NEW YORK: PR Newswire chief executive and president Charlie Morin has resigned to focus on a small ‘business venture’, according to a company statement. Charles Gregson, executive director for United Business Media – PRN’s parent firm – and former PRN chairman has assumed the post of interim chief executive.

OSLO: Geelmuyden.Kiese has signed an affiliate deal with Weber Shandwick. The agency, which has 65 staff and offices in Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen, will serve WS clients in Scandinavia and will have access to WS’s global network.

MUNICH: Trimedia Communications Germany has opened an office in Munich. The office, which has five staff, is managed jointly by Trimedia Germany chief executive Bodo Kirf and Roland Maeusi, former director of Munich agency essential media.

LAGOS: Nigerian PR firm JSP Corporate Communications has signed an affiliation agreement with Hill & Knowlton. The Lagos-based agency has around 20 staff and is run by managing director Phil Osagie.

SOFIA: A campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer in Bulgaria will feature a fashion show using breast cancer survivors as models. The campaign, which is backed by the Ministry of Health and the International Women’s Club of Sofia, will also feature a gala dinner, opera and a 5km run.

BRUSSELS: Russell Patten last week joined Grayling Political Strategy as chief executive of its Brussels office. He joined after eight years

at Hill & Knowlton, of which the last 18 months were as vice-president of its public affairs network across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

NEW YORK: VisitScotland has hired travel and tourism specialist agency Laura Davidson Public Relations to handle media relations in North America. LDPR will also organise press trips, act as a press office and represent the tourism body at industry forums in the US and Canada.

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