Hiles-Smith helps plug gap at Edelman

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

potential clients.

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.

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