News in brief

CONSUMER Swedish fashion retailer H&M is using Karla Otto to launch upmarket stores across Europe. The first will open on London's Regent Street in the spring.

AGENCY The B2B Consultancy, recently rebranded from B2B Communications, has restructured its management, following the departure of joint MD John Hay. Directors Shirley Braithwaite, Nicki Dallinson and Lisa Keogh will now head the agency's PR operations.

CORPORATE Nike UK & Ireland PR manager Carolyn Small has been promoted to senior PR manager EMEA. The position has been vacant since Charlie Brooks became UK head of corporate comms this summer (PRWeek, 6 July).

CORPORATE Former Egg head of PR Mark Maguire has joined mortgage lender GE Money Home Lending. He has taken the role of head of external comms.

CORPORATE SABMiller media relations manager James Crampton has left to join life insurer Old Mutual in a newly created comms role. The brewer has temporarily replaced Crampton with Sophie Miller, on secondment from Brunswick.

AGENCY Bell Pottinger Business & Brand is to promote South Wales-based financial services firm Wageroller. The agency will target the business press through traditional and online PR campaigns.

CORPORATE Tess Dixon, director of media relations at energy supplier Centrica, has left the company to look after her ill husband. She has been replaced by colleague Mish Tullar.

CONSUMER Pearl Restaurant & Bar won the ‘Marketing and PR Campaign of the Year' gong in the Visit London Awards late last month. It was recognised for its ‘Shopping with the Chef' campaign. Other entrants included London Zoo and Radisson Edwardian.

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