Douglas to take the reins at COI
The first non-Whitehall reared Central Office of Information chief
executive takes up the reins next month. Tony Douglas, formerly joint
chief executive of advertising agency D’Arcy Masius Benton, succeeds
Hirsch takes the chair at Infopress
Infopress has named John Hirsch, 66, a former board director of Ford of
Europe, as non-executive chairman. The agency has also announced the
launch of a new IT unit, Infopress Interactive.
Sabini takes maternity break from Bass
Bass Brewers brand PR manager Jane Sabini is going on maternity leave
for six months. The post will be filled by ex-Gala Clubs PR manager
Kerry Teakle until Sabini returns.
Paragon beats three to win PowerBreaker
Paragon Communications has unseated Holmes and Marchant Counsel as the
PR agency for electrical safety and security product firm PowerBreaker
after eight years. Paragon pitched against Charles Barker, GCI and the
incumbent to land the pounds 100,000-budget and fee account.
Scott says ‘no’ to TSB move to London
Anita Scott has left her position as head of the TSB retail press office
which has been relocated from Birmingham to London as part of the Lloyds
Alpha drops Ludgate for Gavin Anderson
Alpha Airports, the flight catering, airport services and retail group,
has switched its financial PR from Ludgate to Gavin Anderson. The
business is thought to be worth around pounds 50,000 in fees.
Securicor halts search for communicator
Securicor has ‘put on ice’ its search for a head of corporate
communications. The company has conducted several interviews but has
decided to ‘re-look’ at the job specification and will not be making an
appointment for a number of months.
Royal British Legion recruits Peacock
The Royal British Legion has hired former DTI press officer James
Peacock as head of media relations and promoted Jeremy Lillies to the
new role of head of public affairs.
Franchetti Bond seeks mail order PR
Leathergoods company Franchetti Bond of Burlington Arcade is looking for
a PR agency to promote its new mail order division.
New Man picks Erica Crome for image lift
New Man, the French clothing company, has hired Erica Crome Public
Relations to boost its image. Erica Crome was set up at the end of last
year by the former fashion marketing director of Esquire.
Ballygowan hires Maurice Lovett for UK PR
Ballygowan, the Irish mineral water producer, has hired Leicester-based
PR firm Maurice Lovett and Partners to co-ordinate UK PR and
Greer v Guardian libel trial to go ahead
A judge ruled last Friday that the ‘cash for questions’ libel trial, in
which lobbyist Ian Greer and MP Neil Hamilton are suing Guardian
Newspapers, will go ahead on 1 October. Lawyers acting for the Guardian
had argued that the rules governing Parliamentary privilege would stop
vital information from surfacing.