The week in lobbying

Prudential has appointed HSBC's UK public affairs chief Miles Celic to its top global lobbying role.

Celic, a former Fishburn Hedges consultant, will join the FTSE 100 insurance giant as group public affairs and policy director. Prudential currently uses Lexington Communications for public affairs. Separately, Pru rival Aviva is nearing the end of an agency review that was revealed earlier this year (PRWeek, 25 February).

Quintus Public Affairs has won a retained account with IRT Surveys, a thermal imaging company, following a five-way pitch. At the same time, Quintus Public Affairs is re-positioning itself as Quintus to mark the launch of its full-service PR team, led by head of PR Debbie Zaman.

BEUC, the European Consumers’ Organisation, has hired a former Liberal Democrat head of press as its new head of comms. Dave McCullough will oversee PR and lobbying. He is currently a press officer for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

ComRes, the polling company, is surveying public affairs professionals in an attempt to shed light on the state of the industry. The pollsters are working with networking group PubAffairs. The anonymous survey can be completed at comres.co.uk/surveys/pubaffairs.

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