Journalists take top posts at UBS

Journalists take top posts at UBS

Investment bank UBS is boosting its four-strong corporate communications

department with two senior appointments. Damien McCrystal, City diarist

on the Daily Telegraph and Simon Pincombe, financial journalist on the

Independent are set to join the firm early next year. Both will report

to head of corporate PR Lisa Spiro.

Carlsberg-Tetley revamps PR structure

Carlsberg-Tetley’s centralised its public relations structure this week

as part of a move to concentrate its marketing efforts on its core

brands Tetley Bitter and Carlsberg. PR managers in Leeds, Scotland and

Burton-on-Trent will now report directly to corporate PR manager Linda

Bain, rather than local marketing heads. ‘Carlsberg-Tetley is conducting

a thorough business review. It is important that PR reflects this,’ said


The Communication Group hires Caine

Jonathan Caine, former special adviser to Secretary of State for

Northern Ireland Patrick Mayhew, has been appointed a director of The

Communication Group’s government and political affairs division. Caine,

whose brief is to work closely on contacts with the Conservative Party,

will report to the division’s managing director Peter Bingle.

Spybey to head PR at Silicon Graphics

Leading computer graphics firm Silicon Graphics has hired Andrew Spybey

to the new post of public relations manager for the UK. Spybey has been

hired following his departure from US-owned computer giant Digital

Equipment Corporation in July, where he held the same role. The company

is the dominant supplier of special effects technology to the UK TV and

film industry.

Helms steps down from top transport post

The Department of Transport’s head of information Martin Helms is to

take voluntary redundancy, and hand over his post in command of 39 staff

to successor David McMillan in December. Helm, 47, said he was taking

advantage of the ‘generosity of the Department’s voluntary redundancy

programme’ and would be seeking an in-house or consultancy role in the

private sector.

FD behind Harnishchfeger bid success

Financial Dynamics has emerged as the winning PR agency behind

Harnischfeger Industries’ successful bid for UK rivals Dobson Park

Indust-ries.The US mining equipment manufacturer appointed FD in August

when news of the pounds 203.6 million takeover first broke. FD chief

executive Nick Miles confirmed that the consultancy has been awarded an

additional success fee following the close of the deal last week. ‘It is

a success-based fee related to the size of the transaction which was

relatively modest,’ he said.

Partridge, Muir & Warren hire Polhill

Financial product designer Partridge, Muir & Warren has appointed

Polhill Communications to handle its PR, in a bid to raise its profile

in the financial services sector. The move comes as the company, which

has previously designed products branded for independent financial

intermediaries, prepares to launch a range of own-brand products.


Following last week’s story ‘Pill crisis expert calls in Manning Selvage

and Lee’, we would like to make it clear that research carried out by

Professor Walter Spitzer was funded by drugs company Schering AG and not

Schering Plough as stated. VNU magazine Busines Age has also asked us

to point out that Fiona Harold PR is not, as suggested in last week’s

issue, the title’s first PR consultant. Business Age has previously used

Olivia Warrington as PR consultant to the magazine.

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