Public sector round-up

OMAHA, NE: ConAgra Foods has hired Michael Fernandez as senior vice-president of corporate affairs and chief communications officer. Fernandez, who had formerly been senior vice-president of public affairs at insurance giant Cigna, is also spearheading the hunt for a PR agency of record in the US.

PARIS: Trimedia Communications France has appointed François Ramaget as chief operating officer of its Paris office. Ramaget was formerly a director at TBWA France, which last week appointed Jean-Pierre Rousset as corporate and PR chairman. Rousset, who was formerly Burson-Marsteller vice-chairman Europe,

replaces Pierre Siquier, who is to leave at the end of this month to set up his own comms agency (PRWeek, 12 September).

SINGAPORE: Limehouse Partners, the London-based risk and crisis management firm, is to open an office in Singapore. The bureau will be led by Simon Stannard, who joins as MD, Asia-Pacific, from a role as regional security group head, Asia-Pacific, at risk consultancy firm Kroll.

NEW YORK: Michael Geczi has joined APCO Worldwide as a senior vice-president. Geczi was formerly Hong Kong-based president of Asia-Pacific financial comms for Edelman, after serving as executive vice-president of its US financial practice.

MUNICH: Microsoft Deutschland has hired FischerAppelt Kommunikation to handle PR for its home and retail division. The team on the account – which will promote consumer hardware such as keyboards, consumer software including Works, Encarta, AutoRoute and PictureIT!, and MacOffice and Office retail product divisions – will be led by Fabian Lutz, who was formerly an account director at Text 100.

LOS ANGELES: Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution has promoted Cristina Mancini to the newly created post of executive director, marketing, promotion and publicity. She reports to Michael Bessolo, senior vice-president, marketing, promotion and publicity.

ROME: The World Bank Group has appointed Weber Shandwick’s office in Rome to promote the Albanian archaeological sites of Butrint and the Saranda region as destinations for sustainable tourism across Italy and other European countries.

The agency will assist local Albanian management with institutional relations, events and marcoms work.

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