Hiles-Smith helps plug gap at Edelman
Edelman Financial has appointed Jane Hiles-Smith,marketing
communications manager at Chase Manhattan Bank, Geneva, as a part
replacement for European MD Andrew Dewar. She takes responsibility for
financial PR from 1 March. Edelman is also looking to acquire a Brussels
firm to boost its European public affairs business. and may also move
European president and chief executive Michel Ogrizek from Paris to
IFA Promotion reveals short list of four
IFA Promotion has unveiled a shortlist of four agencies for its
estimated pounds 200,000 PR account. Biss Lancaster, Citigate,
Consolidated Communications and incumbent Lansons Communications will
pitch to IFAP in March. The shortlist is the latest stage in a review of
PR and advertising announced in December.
Citigate buys BKW to expand in Leeds
Citigate Communications has bought Leeds-based PR firm BKW. The company
will merge with Citigate’s Leeds branch and trade as Citigate BKW. BKW
made fee income of pounds 270,000 in 1994 and clients include
Prontaprint, Foto Processing and packaging firm PLM Refarn.
Focus hired for Sacker merger PR
Specialist pensions law firm Sacker and Partners has appointed Focus
Communications to handle PR for its merger with the pensions department
of Nicholson Graham and Jones. The agency will help position the
enlarged practice as a top specialist in pensions advice to existing and
Grayling picks up Exel Logistics account
Grayling has become the retained consultancy for distribution group Exel
Logistics. It won the acccount after a four-way pitch and has been
briefed to handle corporate and business-to-business PR for all Exel’s
business units. Grayling replaces Key Communications which resigned its
account with Exel last year (PR Week,17 November, 1995).
PR Week teams up for conference
PR Week and its sister publication Management Today are hosting a
conference on internal communications, PR and human resources at the
Langham Hilton Hotel in London on 28 March. Chaired by NatWest director
of corporate affairs and IPR president elect Simon Lewis, the conference
will include speakers from Granada, Microsoft and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer.
To reserve a place call 0171 4134505.
JNA to help coal face major issues
York-based agency Jennings Nicholson Associates has been appointed to
handle media relations for the Confederation of UK Coal Producers
(Coalpro) which represents 80 per cent of coal producers in Wales,
Scotland and England. JNA principal David Nicholson said the agency
aimed to help Coalpro address the major issues facing it, post coal
privatisation, and to assist the confederation in projecting its public
image. JNA won the account without a pitch.
Last week’s article ‘Cohn and Wolfe is on to an Absolut winner’
incorrectly stated that Seagram bought Absolut from IDV last year. We
would like to point out that Seagram acquired the distribution rights
for Absolut Vodka in a number of international markets in February 1994.
Absolut is in fact owned by Vin & Sprit.