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CORPORATE Liverpool FC – currently holding takeover talks with Dubai International Capital – is being advised by Mike Lee’s Vero Communi­cations. Lee, director of comms for London’s Olympic 2012 bid, previously worked with Liverpool FC chief executive Rick Parry at the Premier League.

CORPORATE McDonald’s global director of nutrition has joined Ketchum’s Chicago office as V-P and director of global health & wellness. Dr Cathy Kapica was senior scientist and director of nutrition education at The Quaker Oats Company before joining McDonald’s.

CONSUMER VisitWales has shortlisted four agencies for a brief that covers food, travel, business and forward planning for the 2010 Ryder Cup golf tournament at Celtic Manor. BGB Communications held the account (PRWeek, 18 October 2003) until its contract expired last August.

TECH Former Palm EMEA corporate comms and PR manager Andrew Phillips has resurfaced as Cisco Europe’s emerging markets PR manager.

CONSUMER Community website Gumtree has taken on Lexis PR after a three-way pitch against The Red Consultancy and Launch Group. The one-year incumbent was Cow PR (PRWeek, 19 January).

CORPORATE Publisher HarperCollins is on the hunt for a corporate comms director following the exit of Tom Howard-Vyse after just five months. He only joined last June from the London Eye (PRWeek, 19 May 2006).

CONSUMER Tourism Ireland has retained five-year incumbent BGB Communications after a four-way pitch (PRWeek, 16 June 2006). The brief will support a marketing strategy targeting middle-aged Britons.

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