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Franklin leaves housing for RSC

Franklin leaves housing for RSC



Tom Franklin, campaigns officer at the National Federation of Housing

Associations, is leaving after two years to join Rowland Sallingbury

Casey. Franklin, 27, joins RSC as an account manager in November. Prior

to NFHA he worked in the office of then shadow trade and industry

secretary Robin Cook. RSC has also recruited Richard Patient, a senior

consultant at Shandwick Consultants.



Dow Corning hires Grey for image boost



Dow Corning, the US chemicals and glass manufacturer, has hired the Grey

advertising and PR group to run a worldwide corporate image programme.

The company, which faces thousands of law suits from women who claim

they were injured by its silicon breast implants, will work with Grey

Advertising, GCI and APCO on an integrated campaign to boost the

company’s image.



Edelman prepares for pain-free Advil launch



Edelman London’s consumer division is gearing up for the UK launch of

Advil - the second biggest selling branded painkiller in the US. Advil

will compete with ibuprofen product Nurofen when it launches in three

weeks time.



Ludgate wins Pechiney investor relations



Pechiney, the recently-privatised French aluminium and packaging

manufacturer, has hired Ludgate Communications to handle its investor

relations in the UK and the US. The agency worked on the privatisation

process last year. The business is worth around pounds 50,000 a year in

fees.



Friends of the Earth seeks communicator



Environmental campaigning group Friends of the Earth is interviewing

candidates for the position of communications director.



Broderbund ends relationship with SMI



Broderbund Software, the computer software company, is ending its

relationship with SMI PR at the end of this month as it takes PR in-

house. The move follows the appointment last month of Rebecca Lester as

Broderbund’s European PR manager. She previously worked as an account

executive for SMI on the Broderbund account.



Tunstall quits Britannia for Direct Line



Fiona Tunstall, PR manager for Britannia Building Society, is quitting

to become senior PR executive for Direct Line in Scotland. Based in

Glasgow, she will take charge of PR for the firm’s savings and lending

activities.



Bite celebrates clutch of new business



Bite, the self-styled consumer tech agency, has scooped a clutch of

accounts worth around pounds 75,000 in annual fees. Design, software and

multimedia outfits Me Company, SCET, Fortune City and Liris Interactive

have all signed up the agency over the last month.



Gibbons heads over to Camelot



National Lottery operator Camelot has hired Terence Gibbons, ex-press

adviser to Transport Minister in London Stephen Norris, as corporate

affairs manager. He reports to PR manager Lisa Bond.



Fodor Wyllie in Mmultimedia Factory win



Mmultimedia Factory, which produces video and animation libraries for

homes and businesses, has hired Fodor Wyllie to manage its business-to-

business and consumer PR. The agency competed for the account against

three other firms, including advertising agency M&C Saatchi.



IPR to address the question of ethics



The Institute of Public Relations is hosting a one day conference next

month on ethical issues in public relations. Scheduled for 20 November,

the conference is being organised by Fifth Estate, the IPR’s specialist

group for the voluntary sector. Speakers include Peter Hunt, head of

group communications at Shell and Ruth Gledhill, religious correspondent

for the Times.



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