News in brief

APPOINTMENT: Hill & Knowlton has promoted the head of its 70-strong UK corporate communications team Sally Costerton to head of technology EMEA. Based in London, Costerton becomes a member of the consultancy’s Executive Committee and reports to chief executive EMEA Andrew Laurence.

CONSUMER: The Co-operative Group has appointed QBO Bell Pottinger to handle PR for next year’s relaunch of its membership proposition that sees the return of the Co-op Divi profit-sharing scheme. QBO will promote the benefits of membership, which include discounts, special offers and having a say in the running of the organisation.

DEPARTURE: Britain’s biggest mortgage lender, HBOS, is on the hunt for a head of internal communications following the announcement that Ralph Pitman is to take early retirement after ten years with the firm. The position reports to GM of group comms Shane O’Riordain and is responsible for comms to 67,000 staff.

B2B: The Periodical Publishers Association has hired Propeller Communications after a three-way pitch for a B2B campaign to raise the profile of trade media and increase ad spend within it. The campaign uses research, events, conferences, media relations and advertising.

PRODUCT PLACEMENT: Toshiba has hired Weber Shandwick’s product placement division, Rogers and Cowan, to promote its goods in American, European and British films and TV. R&C deputy MD of the consumer division Matt Neale said he was currently in talks with producers of Mission Impossible III.

APPOINTMENT: Honeycombe Leisure has made its first external PR hire

with the appointment of Citypress PR. The campaign will attempt to raise the industry profile of Honeycombe, which operates more than 100 pubs and hotels in northern England, and include community relations and corporate affairs work.

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