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CORPORATE Lloyds TSB has hired former BHP Billiton comms chief Mark Lidiard as its new group comms director. Lidiard starts next month. Full story at

AGENCY Staniforth PR has poached Rob Brown, PR director at McCann Erickson, to fill its top role after the surprise departure of MD Emma Chadwick in November.

CONSUMER Iris PR will promote Argos stores after landing a three-year consumer news and feature generation brief with the retailer.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS Ofcom has appointed a new director of public affairs. Lynette Huntley is currently acting corporate affairs director at Camelot.
AGENCY A group of journalists have formed Pitch Doctor to offer training in story pitching to PROs. Pitch Doctor was set up by freelance journalist Flic Everett.

CONSUMER Family-owned German food business Dr. Oetker UK has hired Brando. Part of the six-figure account will see the PR and brand agency launch an interactive campaign called ‘Get Britain Baking' in April.

AGENCY The PRCA has introduced a tool, CMS International, that evaluates a range of criteria to check an agency's international capability.

AGENCY Chime Communications has merged its CSR shop The Smart Com-pany with the newly acquired The Cor- porate Citizenship Company under a shortened version of the latter name.

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