Carroll joins Estee Lauder
Grand Metropolitan group corporate communications director Mary Carroll
is to join the New York-based beauty giant Estee Lauder in November as
senior vice-president, global communications. Carroll will oversee
worldwide PR for Estee Lauder products including Clinique, Aramis and
Manpower reviews PR
Manpower, the world’s largest employment services company, is reviewing
its PR account - thought to be worth around pounds 75,000 in fees.
Marketing director Ian Herbertson has seen pitches from a number of
agencies including Maureen Cropper Communications and incumbent agency
Chime eyes up the new South Africa
Chime Communications, holding company for Sir Tim Bell’s PR agencies, is
negotiating the purchase of a majority stake in Johannesburg-based PR
firm Sussens Mann Carte says a report in a South African newspaper.
Meanwhile it emerged that Lowe Bell has been appointed to provide PR and
parliamentary advice to the Rugby Football Union.
Cable operator TeleWest seeks agency
TeleWest, Britain’s biggest cable operator is looking for a consumer
public relations outfit. TeleWest director of public affairs Ian Hood
said the pitch process was in the ‘final stages’.
Fiba Nordic adopts low profile
Fiba Nordic Securities, one of the stockbrokers under scrutiny for its
role in the Morgan Grenfell unit trust scandal, has decided not to
appoint another PR agency after Lowe Bell dropped the account because of
a potential conflict last week. Fiba MD Stephen Chance said ‘we feel the
story has moved away from us now’ but added the firm may appoint someone
to a more general brief in the future.
Investment group hires Ludgate
Global Asset Management, the international investment group, has hired
financial PR firm Ludgate Communications to raise its profile amongst UK
Virgin Net win for Larkspur
Virgin has hired Larkspur Communications to handle PR for the November
launch of its new online joint venture Virgin Net, a joint venture with
cable operator International CableTel. The campaign is believed to be
worth around pounds 75,000 in fees.
BBC man joins Maitland Consultancy
Martin Leeburn, news editor of the BBC’s economics and business unit, is
to join The Maitland Consultancy at the end of the month. Leeburn, who
has worked at the BBC for 15 years, will work on several Maitland
accounts, including British Gas and BT.
In a story about DIY chain Do It All last week (‘Do It All hunts for PR
fixer’, 13 September) we incorrectly stated that Boots had purchased WH
Smith’s 50 per cent stake in Do It All for pounds 1 million. In fact,
Boots paid a nominal pounds 1 for the stake, and was paid pounds 50
million by WH Smith. WH Smith also wrote off a pounds 13.5 million loan
to Do It All as part of the deal.
* EMC Euro PR & Marketing Consultants has a staff of 20 as a result of
its acquisition of the healthcare agency Fulcrum PR, not 12 as we
incorrectly stated last week (‘New hi-tech/health agency’).