German round-up

The Ministry of the economy and employment (BMWA) is to keep its PR account for 'TeamArbeit fur Deutschland' with Ahrens & Bimboese (A&B), following a re-pitch which had been held for procedural reasons. A&B has worked for the BMWA since last May on the initiative, which is based on action days and events. fischerAppelt and Hill & Knowlton are rumoured to have pitched for the work.

Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg has appointed Christine Kuhlmeyer to its corporate communications team. Formerly head of corporate communications at VW de Mexico in Puebla, she will work as part of a team of spokespersons for production and plant. Malene Pickles was also appointed, as spokesperson for the Lupo. Polo and specialist vehicle product group. She will also work to strengthen international PR contacts for the VW brand. She previously worked as press relations manager for the French supplier Valeo in Paris.

Anke Cimbal has been hired to head corporate communications for Best Western Hotels GmbH in Eschborn. She replaces Sabine Fauth to take responsibility for internal and external communications.

The agency Text-Com in Taunusstein is supporting press work for the US automotive parts supplier BorWarner Turbo Systems across Europe. The company develops turbocharger systems for cars and trucks as well as for industrial and marine engines.

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