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
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
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
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
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.