News in Brief: 18 April 2008

AGENCY Two ex-board directors of Herald Communications have launched a new consumer and trade agency called Honcho PR. The agency will use a team of experienced consultants working on a freelance basis. Charlotte Priest and Amanda Slayton-Joslin are behind the venture.  

CORPORATE Cruise and ferry industry body The Passenger Shipping Association has appointed its first PR director. Penny Guy was previously an independent PR consultant.  

AGENCY Connectpoint and Politics International owner Hasgrove, based in Manchester, posted a 42 per cent increase in turnover through 2007. Gross profit increased to £15.1m.

CONSUMER The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics committee has appointed Weber Shandwick to handle international comms. The agency supported the Russian city's bid.

STOP PRESS Brunswick has made senior partner Laurent Perpere managing partner, filling the gap left by Stephen Carter's move to Downing Street (PRWeek, 11 January). Perpere was promoted to the agency's top managing role at the firm's partner conference in Paris on Wednesday.

CLARIFICATION Last week we suggested that senior figures at Downing Street, including political strategy director David Muir, had held talks with Burson-Marsteller global CEO Mark Penn. Muir has since denied that any talks took place. 

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