Hotwire lures Trimedia's Hill for development role

Hotwire PR has poached ­Trimedia UK tech director Simon Hill.

Hill has already started in a business development director role at Hotwire. He resigned from Trimedia UK – which became Trimedia Harrison Cowley on 1 January (PRWeek, 12 Jan) – late last year.

He had worked at Trimedia and MacLaurin for more than three years.

Hill told PRWeek he was unaware the Harrison Cowley merger was on the cards when he quit.

Explaining his move to Hotwire he said: ‘Having run a traditional practice team, I am now exclusively devoted to business development and new media – finding out what clients want and galvanising the team – which I love.’

At Trimedia, Hill worked on accounts with Colt ­Telecom, LogicaCMG and SanDisk, overseeing a team of eight.

In his new role he reports to Hotwire UK regional ­director Brendon Craigie. He is working across various agency practices, such as applications and services, banking and finance, consumer, ­digital media, enterprise and electronics and telecoms.

Hill replaces Ian Hood, who quit last summer to set up Babel PR with fellow ex-Hotwire staff Alexia Sciplino and Narelle Morrison (PRWeek, 5 Aug 2006).

Hotwire was quick to replace Morrison with Band & Brown Communications senior account director Katy Ludditt (PRWeek, 12 Aug 2006).

Before MacLaurin, Hill led the London office of New York-based dotcom specialist agency Connors Communications, whose UK arm was acquired by the former hatch-group in late 2002 (PRWeek, 25 Oct 2002). Prior to that, he spent 12 years as a journalist on Computing and Computer Weekly, before taking his first PR job at the former QBO.

At THC, Hall has been replaced internally by divisional director Elizabeth Dolcourt.

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