News in brief

A brief look at some of this weeks leading PR news stories.

CITY & CORPORATE
Pritchard Stockbrokers - the firm under investigation over alleged links with jailed Lib Dem donor Michael Brown - has hired Media House to argue its innocence to the press. Media House also works for Merlin Biosciences chairman Sir Christopher Evans, who was arrested last month in the ‘cash for honours' scandal.

CONSUMER
Trainer brand Onitsuka Tiger has split with Manchester-based Brazen after four years to take on a London-based agency. Mischief and Surgery PR are short­listed to pitch.

CONSUMER
Mum has hired Pegasus PR to handle its relaunch of the classic deodorant brand. The agency has been briefed to target over-40s women.

AGENCY
Food and drink agency William Murray PR has poached marcoms shop Futerra's head of PR Mark MacKenzie as MD. He will work on clients including Unilever, Procter & Gamble and Greene King. Previous MD Jackie Cleveland has become joint CEO.

B2B
The world's largest wine and spirit exhibition, Bordeaux-based Vinexpo, has taken on Voice PR to handle UK trade and consumer PR. Accent Communications held the account for the past four years.

CITY & CORPORATE
Lloyd's comms director Nick Gammage has left the insurance market after three years. Head of worldwide markets Julian James is reviewing its internal comms structure. Gammage said he is ‘reviewing a number of job options'.

CITY & CORPORATE
European aerospace firm EADS has appointed Christof Ehrhart as head of corporate comms. He joins in the new year, replacing Christian Poppe, who will continue to serve as senior adviser.

AGENCY
Former Consolidated Communications operations board director Nick Woods has joined Weber Shandwick as a director in its consumer practice. 

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