Lowe Bell buys LMB and merges GMH
Lowe Bell Communications has bought healthcare agency LMB and merged it
with Green Moon Healthcare. The combined staff of ten will operate from
LMB’s offices in Surrey. Mark Cater, former head of GMH - formed when
Lowe Bell bought MC2 from the receivers in October - has left and LMB
founder Louise Blakeborough has taken over as managing director.
Siemens Nixdorf retains Countrywide
Countrywide Communications has been retained by German-owned company
Siemens Nixdorf to provide PR for its health systems division.
Countrywide will target senior NHS managers to emphasise the business
benefits of IT, produce literature and establish a case history base of
key clients. The division has also retained Ingleton-Beer Associates to
handle press release production (PR Week, 31 May).
Harrods hires Lowe Bell Financial
Upmarket department store Harrods has hired Lowe Bell Financial to
handle media relations around its proposal to go for a stock market
flotation in London and New York. The agency was hired last month
without a pitch.
McNally is vice chairman of Shandwick
Shandwick Consultants has promoted Lord McNally to the post of vice
chairman. He retains the post of director of public affairs but day-to
day running of the division and the title of head of public affairs has
been handed to his deputy Colin Byrne. The agency has also appointed Ian
Lindsley, formerly director of Batey-Burn in Beijing, as an account
director; Adam Atkinson, formerly political affairs manager at Union
Railways, as a senior consultant, and Jewish lobbyist Craig Leviton as a
Toshiba favours Jenny Bailey Associates
Toshiba’s photocopier and fax division has appointed Jenny Bailey
Associates to handle its PR.Epsom-based JBA was hired following a
four-way pitch. The fax and copier outfit’s PR was previously handled by
the JSGL Partnership (PR Week, 12 April).
Pendragon reveals recruitment plans
Luther Pendragon is planning to recruit a senior figure in both
financial PR and public affairs and to double its staff numbers. MD
George Pitcher said the senior public affairs recruit was likely to have
Labour Party experience, while in expanding its staff, the consultancy
was interested in attracting individuals, teams or ‘corporate entities’.
The agency is also looking for a non-executive chairman to succeed John
Booth, who has become an executive director.
Yarbrough to join the MS&L people
Dick Yarbrough, MD, communications, for the Atlanta Committee for the
Olympic Games, will join Manning, Selvage and Lee as a worldwide senior
counsellor, after this year’s Olympiad. Yarbrough, who will work from
MS&L’s New York and Atlanta offices, will join the agency’s board and
its US and European executive committees.
Bevan takes deputy editorship
PR Week news editor Steve Bevan has been promoted to deputy editor,
following last December’s departure of Amanda Hall to the Sunday
Telegraph. Bevan, 33, who joined the magazine in September 1993, will
retain his news editing role.