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Carroll joins Estee Lauder

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

MAC.



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

Biss Lancaster.



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

investment advisers.



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.



Corrections



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’).



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