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Salesforce hires AT&T's Brad Burns as chief communications officer

Salesforce hires AT&T's Brad Burns as chief communications officer

Burns was most recently SVP of corporate comms for AT&T Communications.

GE Appliances hires Procter & Gamble's Antonio Boadas as comms head

GE Appliances hires Procter & Gamble's Antonio Boadas as comms head

Boadas is a 16-year veteran of P&G.

US PR chief allegedly linked to Qatar World Cup 'dirty tricks' campaign and Syria work

US PR chief allegedly linked to Qatar World Cup 'dirty tricks' campaign and Syria work

A senior US-based PR executive has been in the news for his alleged involvement in a 'dirty tricks' campaign that helped secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, and separate work to improve the image of the Assad regime in Syria.

Corporate affairs head Jeff Winton departs Astellas for Alkermes

Corporate affairs head Jeff Winton departs Astellas for Alkermes

Astellas shook up its corporate affairs department after Winton's departure.

'Saddened and disturbed': Sorrell aims another barb at WPP over board resignation

'Saddened and disturbed': Sorrell aims another barb at WPP over board resignation

Martin Sorrell has again criticized former employer WPP, saying he is "saddened and disturbed" by the resignation of its non-executive director, Hugo Shong, who he credited as a significant factor in the group's growth in China.

Porter Novelli names Jennifer Swint global president amid leadership shuffle

Porter Novelli names Jennifer Swint global president amid leadership shuffle

The Omnicom firm has also appointed MDs in four markets.

Polansky: 'Low-single-digit' revenue growth for CMG PR firms in Q2

Polansky: 'Low-single-digit' revenue growth for CMG PR firms in Q2

Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky also said his firm and Golin are "poised for strong years."

WPP China in talks to sell stake to Alibaba, CMC, Tencent

WPP China in talks to sell stake to Alibaba, CMC, Tencent

Sources estimate the stake at hand to be roughly 20% of WPP China, valued at between $2 billion (£1.5 billion) and $2.5 billion.

Lenovo seeks agency support for seven-figure China brief

Lenovo seeks agency support for seven-figure China brief

The winning firm will help the Chinese multinational tech giant overcome recent reputational challenges.

WPP agency alliance overtakes Sard Verbinnen for top Mergermarket spot

WPP agency alliance overtakes Sard Verbinnen for top Mergermarket spot

It's the first time the partnership of Finsbury, Hering Schuppener, and Glover Park Group has topped the list.

Publicis experiences first revenue drop under new CEO

Publicis experiences first revenue drop under new CEO

The chief executive of Publicis Groupe has experienced his first bad financial quarter since he took charge last June, as a drop in organic growth led its shares down 7 per cent this morning.

Omnicom PR revenue up 2.7% in Q2

Omnicom PR revenue up 2.7% in Q2

The holding company's overall revenue was up 1.8% in the period to $3.9 billion.

Instinctif sale 'paused' as buyers fail to meet circa £20m price for majority stake

Instinctif sale 'paused' as buyers fail to meet circa £20m price for majority stake

The sale process for Instinctif Partners has been "paused", with potential buyers unwilling to meet the asking price.

Ogilvy Worldwide creative chief fired after internal investigation

Ogilvy Worldwide creative chief fired after internal investigation

Tham Khai Meng has been with Ogilvy since 1999.

Number 10 comms veteran leaves Edelman Middle East for role with Princess Haya of Jordan

Number 10 comms veteran leaves Edelman Middle East for role with Princess Haya of Jordan

Former Number 10 comms strategist Robin Gordon-Farleigh has left Edelman in the Middle East to take a role advising Princess Haya of Jordan.

Opportunistic or inspiring? Four car firms celebrate women driving in Saudi Arabia

Opportunistic or inspiring? Four car firms celebrate women driving in Saudi Arabia

PRWeek looks at four carmakers' films that celebrate the ending of a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia - and asks whether they get the tone right?

Nissan Motor global comms VP David Reuter to exit

Nissan Motor global comms VP David Reuter to exit

Reuter, who has worked at Nissan for eight years, leaves the company on Friday.

New Europe comms lead at Nissan as Stuart Jackson heads to Amazon

New Europe comms lead at Nissan as Stuart Jackson heads to Amazon

Stuart Jackson is leaving Nissan Europe and will take up a new role at Amazon Operations.

Which PR agencies won the most Cannes Lions?

Which PR agencies won the most Cannes Lions?

Lions wrought from varying shades of metal will arrive in PR offices across the globe this week as their winners return from Cannes. But who bagged the most?

Edelman campaign for Adobe wins Social & Influencer Bronze Lion

Edelman campaign for Adobe wins Social & Influencer Bronze Lion

It's the second non-PR Lion for Edelman and the Make the Cut campaign.

Creative shops (again) win Lion's share of PR trophies at Cannes

Creative shops (again) win Lion's share of PR trophies at Cannes

FleishmanHillard, Edelman, and Ketchum bagged PR Lions on Thursday.

Burson UK CEO Stephen Day 'made redundant' as part of BCW merger

Burson UK CEO Stephen Day 'made redundant' as part of BCW merger

Burson-Marsteller UK CEO Stephen Day has left the company as part of its merger with Cohn & Wolfe, PRWeek understands.

Edelman, PMK*BNC win Brand Experience, Digital Craft Lions

Edelman, PMK*BNC win Brand Experience, Digital Craft Lions

London's Stripe Communications also took home a Bronze Lion for Entertainment.

Edelman and Weber shortlisted at Cannes for Adobe, Samsung and IFAD work

Edelman and Weber shortlisted at Cannes for Adobe, Samsung and IFAD work

Aside from the PR Lions, six other shortlists have been published at Cannes today and there is a place for comms agencies on three of them.

Ketchum work shows up on non-PR Cannes shortlists

Ketchum work shows up on non-PR Cannes shortlists

The Omnicom firm's efforts on the Blood Normal campaign for Essity's Libresse and Bodyform was shortlisted in several categories.

We Are Social makes first acquisition in Dubai and targets more

We Are Social makes first acquisition in Dubai and targets more

We Are Social has made its first acquisition, taking a majority stake in Dubai-based social media agency Socialize as it targets further acquisitions across the world.

Ogilvy unveils new identity: CEO Seifert explains agency's new structure and purpose

Ogilvy unveils new identity: CEO Seifert explains agency's new structure and purpose

Ogilvy is ditching Mather, introducing a new corporate identity and cementing months of streamlining with a simplified organizational structure that chief executive John Siefert says will "build a new model for our industry."

WE gives UK GM new global role, hires BCW's Allchurch to lead London

WE gives UK GM new global role, hires BCW's Allchurch to lead London

WE Communications' UK general manager Marcus Sorour is taking on a more global role at the agency, with his old job being taken by Ruth Allchurch, who was latterly, briefly, at Burson Cohn & Wolfe.

Burson-Marsteller worldwide president Kevin Bell retires following BCW merger

Burson-Marsteller worldwide president Kevin Bell retires following BCW merger

Burson-Marsteller's worldwide president Kevin Bell is retiring, the boss of the newly merged Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) told staff yesterday.

Sir Martin Sorrell set to reignite career with stock market return

Sir Martin Sorrell set to reignite career with stock market return

The former WPP CEO is thought to be gearing up to acquire a new company which he will turn into a new marketing group.

Jaguar Land Rover names PR lead to CXO post in restructure of marcoms and related functions

Jaguar Land Rover names PR lead to CXO post in restructure of marcoms and related functions

Jaguar Land Rover has today revealed a complete restructure of its marketing, sales, service and PR functions, putting its top consumer comms professional at the head of all marketing communications and customer experience.

Bigger market changes in China bring taller silos

Bigger market changes in China bring taller silos

Wunderman's Bryce Whitwam grumbles about working with clients in China that suffer from too much infighting and divisiveness.

Mediacorp hires new CMO

Mediacorp hires new CMO

Newly-created role oversees media company's integrated marketing unit.

Singapore Tourism Board goes back to Four for UK PR

Singapore Tourism Board goes back to Four for UK PR

Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has rehired Four Travel as its PR consultancy in the UK with immediate effect.

Digital revenues up, but profits down at Dentsu

Digital revenues up, but profits down at Dentsu

Both Dentsu Inc and Dentsu Aegis Network are earning more from digital, but challenging markets, Japanese work reforms, and planned investments weigh on Q1 profits.

Edelman names Susan Isenberg global health chair

Edelman names Susan Isenberg global health chair

Isenberg is replacing Kym White, who left the PR agency in March to join Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Sorrell: 'I'm going to start again'

Sorrell: 'I'm going to start again'

The former WPP CEO said on Tuesday at Techonomy NYC 18 that he's not planning to retire.

Craft appoints APAC head

Craft appoints APAC head

Melissa Chan joins to lead regional unit.

Trust in health sector takes a hit in major markets, finds Edelman research

Trust in health sector takes a hit in major markets, finds Edelman research

The healthcare sector has suffered a dip in public trust in major markets including France, India and the US, but Britons remain among the more trusting globally, according to the Edelman Health Trust Barometer.

IBM selects Weber Shandwick to lead revamped global agency roster

IBM selects Weber Shandwick to lead revamped global agency roster

The tech giant has also brought on SKDKnickerbocker, Spectrum Science Communications, and Civic Entertainment Group.

Nonprofit Global Citizen drops APCO Worldwide over Egypt work

Nonprofit Global Citizen drops APCO Worldwide over Egypt work

An APCO representative said the firm no longer represents the Egyptian government.

WPP fully acquires Wunderman and Y&R JV agencies in Asia-Pacific

WPP fully acquires Wunderman and Y&R JV agencies in Asia-Pacific

WPP has bought full ownership of Y&R and Wunderman joint-venture agency assets in Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Dentsu Sudler & Hennessey in Japan.

Organic revenue down for Weber Shandwick in Q1

Organic revenue down for Weber Shandwick in Q1

Interpublic Group's first-quarter results suggest the PR agency sector still has work to do to pull out of last year's tough business environment.

Sorrell's pay fell more than 70%, WPP annual report reveals

Sorrell's pay fell more than 70%, WPP annual report reveals

WPP's former chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell was paid a (relatively) measly £13.9m by the company in 2017, its annual report shows.

UK Government to run more than 140 campaigns in 2018/19

UK Government to run more than 140 campaigns in 2018/19

The annual Government Communications plan was launched last week with an ambitious commitment to deliver more than 140 campaigns during the coming financial year, an increase of 20 on 2017/18.

Sony Electronics picks Weber Shandwick for corporate account

Sony Electronics picks Weber Shandwick for corporate account

Racepoint Global, Grayling, and Burson-Marsteller were also in contention for the business.

Coty hires AstraZeneca's Esra Erkal-Paler for global corporate affairs role

Coty hires AstraZeneca's Esra Erkal-Paler for global corporate affairs role

The position is newly created at the beauty company.

Publicis rebrands two shops in Asia under MSLGroup

Publicis rebrands two shops in Asia under MSLGroup

The moves are part of parent Publicis Groupe's effort to convert its PR assets to the MSL brand.

Publicis Groupe upbeat after account wins fuel organic growth

Publicis Groupe upbeat after account wins fuel organic growth

Publicis Groupe's net revenue grew organically by 1.6% to €2.1bn (£1.8bn/$2.6bn) thanks to account wins in 2017 that included McDonald's and Diesel.

Omnicom PR firms flat in first quarter

Omnicom PR firms flat in first quarter

The group's PR revenue grew only 0.7% organically in Q1 to $346.3 million.

Read, Scott to split duties as WPP joint COOs

Read, Scott to split duties as WPP joint COOs

Mark Read and Andrew Scott, who have been named joint COOs of WPP after Martin Sorrell abruptly quit, know each other well.

Sorrell exit could spell the end for WPP, analysts say

Sorrell exit could spell the end for WPP, analysts say

Martin Sorrell's resignation as chief executive of WPP could lead to a break-up of the company and spark other major changes to the shape of the industry, according to analysts.

Sorrell quits as WPP chief executive

Sorrell quits as WPP chief executive

Martin Sorrell has resigned from WPP, the owner of PR agencies including Burson Cohn & Wolfe, Ogilvy, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Finsbury, The Glover Park Group, and Hering Schuppener.

Marian Salzman exits Havas PR for Philip Morris International

Marian Salzman exits Havas PR for Philip Morris International

She is relocating to Switzerland for the role.

Crisis communicators give Zuckerberg high marks for testimony

Crisis communicators give Zuckerberg high marks for testimony

The Facebook CEO did not wilt during Tuesday's marathon Senate session.

Sunday Times business editor joins Edelman financial practice Smithfield

Sunday Times business editor joins Edelman financial practice Smithfield

Smithfield, Edelman UK's specialist financial services and capital markets business, has enticed journalist Iain Dey across to the world of PR.

Matthew Freud joins board of $500m Islamic Development Bank fund amid agency engagement

Matthew Freud joins board of $500m Islamic Development Bank fund amid agency engagement

Matthew Freud has joined the board of trustees for the Islamic Development Bank's new Transform Fund, with his agency providing ongoing support to the Saudi Arabia-based body.

Senior trio leave Qatar Airways comms team as senior seat remains vacant

Senior trio leave Qatar Airways comms team as senior seat remains vacant

Three senior members of Qatar Airways' comms team are taking off, with the airline also struggling to recruit for its most senior PR job.

WPP investigation raises Sorrell succession questions

WPP investigation raises Sorrell succession questions

WPP's board has hired an independent counsel to investigate an allegation of misconduct against the CEO.

Burson Cohn & Wolfe names APAC market leaders

Burson Cohn & Wolfe names APAC market leaders

Newly-merged PR agency selects local leaders from existing talent pool.

WE acquires stake in India's Avian Media and merges with local offices

WE acquires stake in India's Avian Media and merges with local offices

US-headquartered WE Communications has acquired a "significant" stake in leading Indian agency Avian Media and is merging its local operations into the firm to create a new business called Avian WE.

Hyundai seeks UK agency for £250,000 project

Hyundai seeks UK agency for £250,000 project

Korean carmaker Hyundai is in the process of looking for an agency to handle a major project.

Men in comms in APAC earn 28% more than women

Men in comms in APAC earn 28% more than women

A new report by Prospect and PublicAffairsAsia lays bare the extent of the pay gap between genders in the PR and communications industry in Asia Pacific.

Big pharma posted less on social last year, but which firm got the best engagement?

Big pharma posted less on social last year, but which firm got the best engagement?

Big pharma firms posted less content on their social feeds last year, but grew their communities, according to a new report.

Starbucks EMEA comms lead to reunite with former boss at Salesforce

Starbucks EMEA comms lead to reunite with former boss at Salesforce

Simon Redfern is leaving Starbucks and will renew his professional relationship with Corey duBrowa when he joins software firm Salesforce in May.

Barclays promotes comms lead Doherty and expands remit

Barclays promotes comms lead Doherty and expands remit

Stephen Doherty will be promoted from head of corporate comms at Barclays to group head of corporate relations next month, while his boss has also taken a new role.

Gavin Devine leaves Newgate and Porta as former opens in Shanghai

Gavin Devine leaves Newgate and Porta as former opens in Shanghai

Gavin Devine has left his dual role at Newgate and its parent company Porta, less than two years after joining from MHP.

UK travel specialist Hills Balfour acquired by US integrated group

UK travel specialist Hills Balfour acquired by US integrated group

London-based travel specialist Hills Balfour has been taken over by US group MMGY Global, which claims to be the world's largest integrated marketing company specialising in travel and hospitality, for an undisclosed sum.

Burson Cohn & Wolfe appoints regional leaders

Burson Cohn & Wolfe appoints regional leaders

The appointments come one week after WPP announced the merger of Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe.

Llorente & Cuenca announces 7.6 per cent growth and signs Guiu from FC Barcelona

Llorente & Cuenca announces 7.6 per cent growth and signs Guiu from FC Barcelona

Madrid-headquartered Llorente & Cuenca has announced that it closed 2017 with total global fee earnings of €36.3m ($44.8m, £32.4m), up 7.6 per cent on the year before.

Golin reveals reverse gender pay gap figures in voluntary disclosure

Golin reveals reverse gender pay gap figures in voluntary disclosure

Golin UK has published figures detailing a reverse gender pay gap at the agency, meaning women at the firm are paid more.

Brunswick names six new partners across four continents

Brunswick names six new partners across four continents

Brunswick Group has promoted six directors - including two apiece in London and the US - to the partnership.

Shortlist for PRWeek Global Awards 2018 unveiled

Shortlist for PRWeek Global Awards 2018 unveiled

The PRWeek Global Awards are scheduled for 15 May in London.

Longstanding Brunswick partner Richard Jacques checks out

Longstanding Brunswick partner Richard Jacques checks out

Richard Jacques, a partner at Brunswick initially in Europe and latterly in New York, has left after 17 years.

'Massive restructuring is underway': Experts predict more agency mergers to follow Burson-C&W tie-up

'Massive restructuring is underway': Experts predict more agency mergers to follow Burson-C&W tie-up

The toughest task for Burson Cohn & Wolfe CEO Donna Imperato: bringing together the cultures of two very different WPP agencies, say top agency executives.

WPP merges Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe

WPP merges Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe

The combined agency will be called Burson Cohn & Wolfe.

Time's up: Exclusive survey shows extent of sexual harassment in PR and comms

Time's up: Exclusive survey shows extent of sexual harassment in PR and comms

An exclusive survey for PRWeek makes grim reading as it lifts the lid on sexual harassment in the UK PR and communications industry, and now key figures have pledged to take action for lasting change.

Finn Partners named AOR for cancer social network Belong.Life

Finn Partners named AOR for cancer social network Belong.Life

The platform is looking to focus its communications strategy on the U.S. market.

Influencer marketing damages public's perception of brands, survey finds

Influencer marketing damages public's perception of brands, survey finds

Nearly three quarters of the public incorrectly believe there are no rules or regulations surrounding influencer marketing and almost half think it is damaging for society, according to a new survey.

Polansky: Interpublic PR firms' revenue 'down slightly' in Q4

Polansky: Interpublic PR firms' revenue 'down slightly' in Q4

Interpublic's PR agencies include Weber Shandwick, Golin, DeVries, Current, and the Axis Agency.

PRCA diversity report urges root and branch reform of PR industry practices

PRCA diversity report urges root and branch reform of PR industry practices

The PRCA has launched its 'diversity and inclusion guidelines' report, which calls on the industry to reform working and recruitment practices.

Dentsu Aegis Network posts record 17.1% growth on the back of new business

Dentsu Aegis Network posts record 17.1% growth on the back of new business

Dentsu Aegis Network posted gross profit growth of 17.1% thanks to record new business wins totaling $5.2 billion (£3.75bn).

Dynamo launches 'industry first' blind recruitment drive

Dynamo launches 'industry first' blind recruitment drive

Dynamo today has launched what it has billed as the PR industry's first 'blind recruitment' scheme - deleting name, education and gender requirements from applications in a bid to end bias and boost diversity.

Maitland hires former Bell Pottinger Hong Kong leader

Maitland hires former Bell Pottinger Hong Kong leader

Sam Turvey, latterly the Hong Kong MD of Bell Pottinger, has begun a second stint at London's Maitland.

DawBell hired by Spice Girls ahead of rumoured reunion

DawBell hired by Spice Girls ahead of rumoured reunion

London entertainment specialist DawBell has been hired as publicists for the Spice Girls.

Former adviser to David Cameron promoted to Google EMEA comms helm

Former adviser to David Cameron promoted to Google EMEA comms helm

Google's new EMEA comms and public affairs head has been confirmed as Tim Chatwin, an internal hire who has been with the company since 2011.

Google EMEA comms lead Peter Barron to leave next month

Google EMEA comms lead Peter Barron to leave next month

Peter Barron, head of comms and public affairs EMEA at Google, is stepping down after nearly a decade at the tech giant.

Salary survey shows contrast between financial and corporate comms - and identifies gender pay gap of up to £75k

Salary survey shows contrast between financial and corporate comms - and identifies gender pay gap of up to £75k

Salaries for financial comms experts nudge ahead of their corporate counterparts all the way through their careers until they reach the top, while a yawning gender pay gap of up to £75,000 has opened up between men and women, according to a comprehensive salary survey shown exclusively to PRWeek.

Alibaba pays tribute to underdogs in major Olympics campaign

Alibaba pays tribute to underdogs in major Olympics campaign

The ecommerce giant alludes to its support of small businesses in its first Olympics-themed campaign

Crisis comms expert Glenn Selig killed in Kabul hotel attack

Crisis comms expert Glenn Selig killed in Kabul hotel attack

Selig was killed after Taliban gunmen raided a hotel in the Afghan capital this weekend.

Golin appointed to develop global corporate narrative of Merck (the German one)

Golin appointed to develop global corporate narrative of Merck (the German one)

Golin's London office has been appointed to a project to develop a corporate narrative for German drugs giant Merck KGaA, which in recent years has stepped up efforts to differentiate itself from the US pharma firm of the same name.

Sard Verbinnen overtook Brunswick as top global M&A adviser in 2017, says report

Sard Verbinnen overtook Brunswick as top global M&A adviser in 2017, says report

Sard Verbinnen overtook Brunswick as the agency that provided comms support on the greatest number of M&A deals globally in 2017, amid an international slowdown in the market, according to new research.

PRWeek Global Awards 2018 entry deadline nears

PRWeek Global Awards 2018 entry deadline nears

Time is running out to enter the 2018 PRWeek Global Awards, which recognise comms excellence on a global scale.

Slow trend towards recognition from the top for NHS Trust comms chiefs, survey finds

Slow trend towards recognition from the top for NHS Trust comms chiefs, survey finds

NHS Trust comms chiefs believe health service leaders understand the critical role they play in enhancing the patient experience and internal comms, but too few of them report directly to their CEO and the profession is overworked and understaffed, according to a definitive survey shown exclusively to PRWeek.

Davos: Sorrell and Edelman on education, lobbying and stakeholders

Davos: Sorrell and Edelman on education, lobbying and stakeholders

Two of the most powerful men in media and communications have outlined views on how communicators and business leaders need to change how they work.

People want quality journalism but delivered in a more compelling way, says Edelman's latest update

People want quality journalism but delivered in a more compelling way, says Edelman's latest update

As someone who has been dragging himself to Edelman's annual #TrustBarometer briefings on cold January mornings for nigh on a decade, the 2018 report, launched yesterday, proved intriguing. Dare I say it, even uplifting.

US institutions suffer 'decimation in trust': Edelman Trust Barometer 2018

US institutions suffer 'decimation in trust': Edelman Trust Barometer 2018

Disinformation and tribal dialogue have dragged down the public's trust in NGOs, businesses, media, and government in the past year.

'Comms helped defeat Isis in Iraq', claims government counter-propaganda unit

'Comms helped defeat Isis in Iraq', claims government counter-propaganda unit

A successful propaganda offensive waged by comms professionals in the UK and other countries for more than two years helped bring about the defeat of Isis in Iraq, the former head of the Government's Counter Daesh Coalition Communications Cell has claimed, as the Commons Defence Committee announced a new inquiry into the response to Islamist terrorism.

UKGI seeks PR support amid concerns over increased media scrutiny in 2018

UKGI seeks PR support amid concerns over increased media scrutiny in 2018

Concerns over growing media scrutiny have played a part in a decision by UK Government Investments (UKGI), the body that manages the sale of publicly owned assets, to boost its spending on PR significantly.

Ruder Finn names new Asia head as Dumont takes global role

Ruder Finn names new Asia head as Dumont takes global role

Jean-Michel Dumont, who has led the network in Asia since 2008, will relocate to Europe as head of international strategy.

Australia's Sling & Stone expands to US

Australia's Sling & Stone expands to US

After launching in New Zealand last year, the firm has opened a Los Angeles office at the start of 2018.

Edelman UK creates international affairs team for NGO work

Edelman UK creates international affairs team for NGO work

Edelman UK is creating a new team in its London office, focused on working for NGOs and humanitarian organisations.

Pressure on for Snapchat and social peers after global Diageo withdrawal, say PRs

Pressure on for Snapchat and social peers after global Diageo withdrawal, say PRs

Drinks giant Diageo's decision to stop all global advertising on Snapchat has been praised for its swiftness and clarity - but the regulatory decision that prompted it should ring warning bells for social networks, according to comms pros.

Hyundai unveils experiential activity for this year's Super Bowl

Hyundai unveils experiential activity for this year's Super Bowl

Hyundai is hosting a number of interactive spaces and showcasing its car models at Super Bowl LII, set for Minneapolis next month.

FTI Consulting 'formally closes' Beijing office, Moscow office MBO revealed

FTI Consulting 'formally closes' Beijing office, Moscow office MBO revealed

FTI Consulting no longer has a formal presence in the capitals of Russia or China, PRWeek has learned.

Crisis comms, senior hires and under pressure: The public sector year in review

Crisis comms, senior hires and under pressure: The public sector year in review

2017 has seen the public sector - and its comms people - put under greater pressure than ever: with terrorism, cyber attacks and one of Britain's biggest peace-time disasters. It has also seen the launch of new initiatives and a host of senior appointments to some of the most demanding comms jobs in the country...

Visa's Stephen Kehoe named Edelman's global chair of reputation

Visa's Stephen Kehoe named Edelman's global chair of reputation

Kehoe most recently served as SVP of global corporate relations and financial inclusion at Visa.

Met Police picks former government comms chief to replace Martin Fewell

Met Police picks former government comms chief to replace Martin Fewell

The Met has appointed a former government comms chief and senior BBC journalist as its new director of media and comms.

FleishmanHillard appoints Sophie Scott global head of technology

FleishmanHillard appoints Sophie Scott global head of technology

Her predecessor was Bob Winslow, who moved on to Oracle.

United Continental's Jim Olson to leave airline

United Continental's Jim Olson to leave airline

Olson is exiting the company after a year that included the David Dao incident and other crises.

Weber Shandwick acquires Resolute Digital, Bomoda

Weber Shandwick acquires Resolute Digital, Bomoda

The two shops, which will retain their brands, will boost the Mediaco content creation unit and Weber's data and analytics capabilities.

Allison+Partners opens offices in India, Australia

Allison+Partners opens offices in India, Australia

Pranav Kumar and Michelle Rovere are leading the agency's new offices in the respective countries.

Nissan Europe comms chief Stuart Jackson adds brand to remit

Nissan Europe comms chief Stuart Jackson adds brand to remit

Nissan has further expanded the scope of its European communications operation, with comms chief Stuart Jackson given additional responsibility for the brand team.

Facebook explains ad policies to users, but industry wants more

Facebook explains ad policies to users, but industry wants more

It is telling, says one observer, that a new post from the platform focuses on empowering users to take action, leaving them with the onus.

Ford 'wants to' extend global relationship with WPP

Ford 'wants to' extend global relationship with WPP

WPP's global partnership with Ford, the marcoms giant's biggest global client, is being reviewed and may be extended - although final decisions have not been made.

Royals face headache with William and Kate likely to be 'overshadowed', says PR man who wrote Harry biography

Royals face headache with William and Kate likely to be 'overshadowed', says PR man who wrote Harry biography

The Royal Family's PR operation faces a conundrum with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge likely to be "massively overshadowed" by his newly engaged brother and wife-to-be Meghan Markle, according to a PR man who covered the princes as a journalist and biographer.

WPP backtracks, agrees to sell ADK stake

WPP backtracks, agrees to sell ADK stake

Bain Capital is apparently closer to taking control of Japan's third-largest advertising agency, ending a 20-year partnership with WPP.

Sorrell faces House of Lords grilling on the future of advertising

Sorrell faces House of Lords grilling on the future of advertising

WPP chief executive Martin Sorrell will be questioned by the House of Lords on a number of topics related to the future of advertising.

YouTube under fire again, this time for videos that 'exploit' children

YouTube under fire again, this time for videos that 'exploit' children

An article has claimed that Google made millions of pounds in advertising from videos that exploit children.

Hanover acquires Bell Pottinger's operations in Middle East

Hanover acquires Bell Pottinger's operations in Middle East

UK-based Hanover Group has acquired outright the Middle East business of Bell Pottinger, including its Abu Dhabi operating license, with Archie Berens becoming chair of the new combined operation.

Havas posts flat third-quarter growth

Havas posts flat third-quarter growth

The French advertising group's U.K. organic revenue fell by 10.9% for the three months to the end of September, while its North American business grew.

Move and win roundup: Week of November 13, 2017

Move and win roundup: Week of November 13, 2017

A weekly collection of notable people moves and account news.

Graphic novel-style 'Run, Hide, Tell' counter-terror campaign to be taught in schools and youth groups

Graphic novel-style 'Run, Hide, Tell' counter-terror campaign to be taught in schools and youth groups

Counter-terrorism officers have launched the latest stage of the 'Run, Hide, Tell' campaign - a live action and graphic novel-style animation designed to be used by schools and youth leaders to teach young people what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.

Case study: How the London Ambulance Service 'NEE-NAW' tweet went viral

Case study: How the London Ambulance Service 'NEE-NAW' tweet went viral

A tweet by London Ambulance Service (LAS) went viral last week, with 1.7 million impressions, nearly 10,000 retweets and plenty of celebrity engagement, as well as being name-checked across national media and broadcast channels.

Dentsu Aegis profit slide slows to 0.2%

Dentsu Aegis profit slide slows to 0.2%

Dentsu Aegis Network, the international business owned by Dentsu, has recorded a decline in organic gross profit for the second quarter in a row.

Cannes Lions shortens festival to five days with 'simplified' awards structure

Cannes Lions shortens festival to five days with 'simplified' awards structure

Cannes Lions-owner Ascential has announced a host of changes to next year's festival, including plans to a reduce the length of the event and to "simplify" its awards structure.

Mars tests giving PR firms global roles for the first time

Mars tests giving PR firms global roles for the first time

Freuds, Omnicom PR Group, Edelman, and Weber Shandwick are the firms that were handed worldwide assignments.

Hegarty: The future of marketing is a return to the basics

Hegarty: The future of marketing is a return to the basics

"The creative voice is being drowned out because there are so many platforms. I don't catch fucking platforms. I get ideas."

Local authorities lead public sector organisations for early gender pay gap reporting

Local authorities lead public sector organisations for early gender pay gap reporting

Councils are the leading public sector organisations for early reporting of their gender pay gap, according to a PRWeek analysis of more than 200 employers which have submitted figures so far.

The Hoffman Agency opens in Indonesia

The Hoffman Agency opens in Indonesia

New Jakarta office the PR firm's seventh in Asia-Pacific.

Jo-ann Robertson named Ketchum London CEO as Kaufmann heads back to the US

Jo-ann Robertson named Ketchum London CEO as Kaufmann heads back to the US

Ketchum London CEO Denise Kaufmann will return to her native US for a new role with the firm in January, with her deputy Jo-ann Robertson stepping up to lead the UK operation.

Jon Iwata to retire from IBM; Ray Day picked as replacement

Jon Iwata to retire from IBM; Ray Day picked as replacement

Iwata will exit IBM next month after a 34-year career at the company, to be replaced by Ford veteran Ray Day.

Hume Brophy expands in Hong Kong and NY with Madaket+Co acquisition

Hume Brophy expands in Hong Kong and NY with Madaket+Co acquisition

Global comms agency Hume Brophy has established its first full-time base in Hong Kong with the acquisition for an undisclosed sum of Madaket+Co, a consultancy which also has offices in New York.

Engage by Bell Pottinger boss Hugh Taggart takes senior Edelman role

Engage by Bell Pottinger boss Hugh Taggart takes senior Edelman role

Former Bell Pottinger partner Hugh Taggart has joined Edelman UK in a senior role, giving him oversight of more than 150 staff.

Q3 revenue drop for WPP's PR firms but Cohn & Wolfe 'projects double-digit growth'

Q3 revenue drop for WPP's PR firms but Cohn & Wolfe 'projects double-digit growth'

WPP followed its rival holding groups in announcing a dip in revenues from its PR firms in Q3, but Cohn & Wolfe was once again fêted in the quarterly results, and is on course for a fourth year of double-digit organic growth.

Roomba parent iRobot chooses WE as AOR in North America, China

Roomba parent iRobot chooses WE as AOR in North America, China

Allison+Partners was the incumbent on the account, which has a low-seven-figure budget.

Pre-emptive communications could help Japan carmakers amid scandals

Pre-emptive communications could help Japan carmakers amid scandals

As Nissan and Subaru face up to flawed quality checks in Japan, compliance among all automakers comes under the spotlight.

Freuds restructures to create new parent brand, agency group and leadership team

Freuds restructures to create new parent brand, agency group and leadership team

Freuds' new CEO, Arlo Brady, has announced changes to its structure, including the creation of a group encompassing it and various sister agencies, adding further partners, and removing the "irrelevant" distinction between corporate and consumer within the firm.

Lenovo picks Zeno Group as global AOR

Lenovo picks Zeno Group as global AOR

The DJE Holdings shop beat teams from Weber Shandwick, WE Communications, and Omnicom PR Group for the lucrative account.

Moët Hennessy Diageo hires W Asia

Moët Hennessy Diageo hires W Asia

Agency will handle communications strategy for key brands in Singapore.

Porter Novelli wins lucrative multi-year CSR brief with Johnson & Johnson

Porter Novelli wins lucrative multi-year CSR brief with Johnson & Johnson

Porter Novelli has been appointed to lead a new global CSR brief for pharma and consumer goods giant Johnson & Johnson, as the company faces a major reputation challenge in the US.

Polansky: Interpublic PR firms see 'slight decrease' in Q3 revenue

Polansky: Interpublic PR firms see 'slight decrease' in Q3 revenue

Weber Shandwick's CEO said he saw pressure on CPG budgets across the Constituency Management Group portfolio. His firm experienced a slight organic and as-reported revenue drop in Q3.

Date set and entries open for PRWeek Global Awards 2018

Date set and entries open for PRWeek Global Awards 2018

Comms excellence on a global scale will be recognised at the 2018 PRWeek Global Awards, with entries now open.

PRs baffled by Robert Mugabe's role as WHO ambassador - but at least the U-turn was quick

PRs baffled by Robert Mugabe's role as WHO ambassador - but at least the U-turn was quick

PR professionals have expressed shock at the World Health Organization's announcement of Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador - but praised the body's quick change of heart.

US ad tech firm acquires Japanese influencer platform Withfluence

US ad tech firm acquires Japanese influencer platform Withfluence

Companies see opportunity to grow internationally by adding rigour to influencer marketing.

Omnicom PR revenue dips 0.4% in Q3

Omnicom PR revenue dips 0.4% in Q3

The PR segment experienced a revenue drop in its first earnings report since Omnicom CEO John Wren said the holding company was "adjusting some of the leadership at its PR firms" after a disappointing Q2.

Natalie Kerris exits Edelman after six months to join Oracle

Natalie Kerris exits Edelman after six months to join Oracle

The veteran of Apple and Twitter had a short stint as chair of Edelman's technology sector. Sanjay Nair has replaced her in the agency role.

British Airways in review of 'seven-figure' global PR duties

British Airways in review of 'seven-figure' global PR duties

British Airways is contacting a number of large agencies, including incumbents Grayling, Action and Meropa, about its global PR support and crisis management, PRWeek has learned.

Fearless Girl creator State Street comes in for media scrutiny for 'ironic' gender inequality settlement

Fearless Girl creator State Street comes in for media scrutiny for 'ironic' gender inequality settlement

The parent company of the US financial services giant whose Fearless Girl campaign took Cannes by storm earlier this year has come in for widespread criticism for alleged practices directly contradicting the campaign's equality message.

PR Talent opens Twin Cities office

PR Talent opens Twin Cities office

MINNEAPOLIS: PR Talent has opened an office in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, its eighth in the U.S.

Nasdaq could sell its PR and media services products

Nasdaq could sell its PR and media services products

Nasdaq is looking at whether to offload some of its products used by PRs, including the press release distribution service GlobeNewswire.

AdAsia bags additional funding, cashing in on AI

AdAsia bags additional funding, cashing in on AI

The company announced that its AI matching engine for its influencer marketing platform is fully scaled, and will be further bolstered by additional funds.

WPP pulls out of Eurobest and threatens to leave Cannes

WPP pulls out of Eurobest and threatens to leave Cannes

A leaked email chain has made it clear that WPP intends to withdraw completely from Ascential's Eurobest awards in London this November - and is also in discussions with the event organiser about Cannes Lions.

Former Hotwire CEO Brendon Craigie will soon join agency's 'long line of spin-offs'

Former Hotwire CEO Brendon Craigie will soon join agency's 'long line of spin-offs'

Brendon Craigie, the former CEO of Hotwire, has said that he will shortly be launching a new venture, saying that the number of start-ups created by his former colleagues is a sign of his old agency's "entrepreneurial culture".

Telegraph business editor Quinn takes senior comms job at financial giant

Telegraph business editor Quinn takes senior comms job at financial giant

James Quinn will join international financial services group Credit Suisse as head of corporate comms for EMEA next month, following more than a decade writing for the Telegraph.

Singapore payment provider calls pitch

Singapore payment provider calls pitch

NETS plans to choose a team of four agencies to handle its needs.

Honda on the 11-year-old mowing the White House lawn: 'We had nothing to do with this'

Honda on the 11-year-old mowing the White House lawn: 'We had nothing to do with this'

Honda spokesperson Kathy Graham said she was "surprised" when she saw a Honda mower being pushed by a young boy in a White House video.

At AdColor, 'Five Woke Women' challenge perceptions of identity in the workplace

At AdColor, 'Five Woke Women' challenge perceptions of identity in the workplace

A "seat at the table" isn't enough, says Oath's Allison Allen, in wide-ranging discussion at annual diversity conference.

Snapchat removes Al-Jazeera from its app in Saudi Arabia

Snapchat removes Al-Jazeera from its app in Saudi Arabia

Snapchat has blocked Al-Jazeera's Discover publisher channel in Saudi Arabia because the authorities claimed it violated local laws.

Finn Partners acquires ABI Marketing Public Relations

Finn Partners acquires ABI Marketing Public Relations

Finn Partners is gaining a foothold in Shanghai and Frankfurt through the acquisition of the international b-to-b firm.

'No other option': Bell Pottinger goes into administration

'No other option': Bell Pottinger goes into administration

BDO has this afternoon confirmed that Bell Pottinger has gone into administration.

Tim Sutton to become CEO of EMEA at Weber Shandwick

Tim Sutton to become CEO of EMEA at Weber Shandwick

Weber Shandwick, the world's second biggest PR consultancy, has handed Tim Sutton the role of CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Sorrell under pressure to streamline WPP as CPG clients cut back on marketing

Sorrell under pressure to streamline WPP as CPG clients cut back on marketing

Martin Sorrell should consider more radical ways to restructure and simplify WPP in response to slowing revenue growth and changing client needs, according to people inside and outside the company.

Global adspend growth downgraded again to 4%

Global adspend growth downgraded again to 4%

Global ad expenditure will grow by 4% in 2017 after Zenith downgraded its growth forecast for the second time.

Bell Pottinger Middle East arm to split from UK parent, saying: 'We rejected Oakbay account'

Bell Pottinger Middle East arm to split from UK parent, saying: 'We rejected Oakbay account'

The directors of Bell Pottinger's Middle East arm say they are in discussions about a formal separation from the agency's parent, which is due to be placed in administration imminently.

'Business as usual' for Bell Pottinger Asian business as it rebrands as Klareco

'Business as usual' for Bell Pottinger Asian business as it rebrands as Klareco

Bell Pottinger Asia today relaunched as Klareco Communications, formalising its total separation from Bell Pottinger UK, which is close to collapse following the scandal over its involvement in a campaign in South Africa.

We Are Social and Citizen to join new entity as BlueFocus signs deal with US analytics firm

We Are Social and Citizen to join new entity as BlueFocus signs deal with US analytics firm

We Are Social and Citizen Relations will join a new marketing services group following an agreement between their Chinese owner BlueFocus and US data analytics firm Cognit.

Cision names Abe Smith EMEAI president

Cision names Abe Smith EMEAI president

Smith previously worked at Oracle and gamification site Badgeville.

Chime gifts 27 per cent Bell Pottinger stake back to agency

Chime gifts 27 per cent Bell Pottinger stake back to agency

Chime Communications handed its 27 per cent stake in Bell Pottinger back to the beleaguered PR agency last month, apparently without any money changing hands, it has emerged.

Study: Threat of fake news is elevating trust in traditional media

Study: Threat of fake news is elevating trust in traditional media

Ogilvy Media Influence's annual global survey of 250-plus reporters and producers has found that journalism across the board is better due to reports of "fake news."

Uber expands role of Leigh Wong to cover Southeast Asia

Uber expands role of Leigh Wong to cover Southeast Asia

Wong will be responsible for comms teams in five countries.

Bell Pottinger news hits front pages as PR professionals praise PRCA expulsion

Bell Pottinger news hits front pages as PR professionals praise PRCA expulsion

Bell Pottinger's manic Monday got the PR industry discussing the PRCA's decision to throw out the agency - and also attracted the interest of the mainstream media, with two nationals running the story on their front pages.

Bell Pottinger thrown out of PRCA after 'bringing industry into disrepute'

Bell Pottinger thrown out of PRCA after 'bringing industry into disrepute'

Bell Pottinger has become only the second agency in the past ten years to be excluded from the PRCA, following a ruling on a complaint about its infamous work in South Africa.

Bell Pottinger agrees six-point plan as lawyers say economic apartheid campaign 'arguably breached ethical principles'

Bell Pottinger agrees six-point plan as lawyers say economic apartheid campaign 'arguably breached ethical principles'

A report by lawyers into Bell Pottinger's controversial activities in South Africa points the finger at senior management at the agency, saying they "should have known that the campaign was at risk of causing offence".

'I feel deeply let down by colleagues who misled me': Henderson's resignation note

'I feel deeply let down by colleagues who misled me': Henderson's resignation note

James Henderson's resignation as Bell Pottinger CEO has been formally announced, after news broke of the embattled agency leader's departure yesterday.

Bell Pottinger CEO James Henderson quits ahead of crucial week for crisis-hit agency

Bell Pottinger CEO James Henderson quits ahead of crucial week for crisis-hit agency

Bell Pottinger CEO James Henderson has resigned, the latest twist in the damaging scandal over the agency's controversial work for South African client Oakbay Investments.

McCann appoints new leader for Japan

McCann appoints new leader for Japan

Hiroaki Mori joins from TBWA Hakuhodo with experience in China and the US.

WPP wins global contract to provide PR and other agency services to Campari

WPP wins global contract to provide PR and other agency services to Campari

Italian spirits giant Gruppo Campari has appointed WPP as its global partner for marketing and communication services, putting independent agencies holding briefs with its brands on alert.

Alibaba Group appoints Blue 449 for media planning in China

Alibaba Group appoints Blue 449 for media planning in China

Scope covers media planning, but not buying, over traditional and digital channels for Alibaba's major properties.

Margins slide at Havas as CEO amends growth forecast

Margins slide at Havas as CEO amends growth forecast

Havas CEO Yannick Bolloré (below) hopes the French group's growth and profitability will improve "slightly" in the second half of 2017 after it "suffered a slowdown" in H1 2017.

McDonald's awards World Cup brief to Leo Burnett

McDonald's awards World Cup brief to Leo Burnett

McDonald's has awarded Leo Burnett's London office the global brief to amplify its sports sponsorship for next year's football World Cup.

Red and Kazoo lose out as Samsung brings in new agency for UK brief

Red and Kazoo lose out as Samsung brings in new agency for UK brief

Ketchum has been appointed to a consolidated UK PR brief for electronics giant Samsung.

Red succeeds H+K on Huawei UK consumer brief after Samsung loss

Red succeeds H+K on Huawei UK consumer brief after Samsung loss

Huawei's consumer tech arm has appointed Red Consultancy to deliver its comms strategy across Western Europe, the UK and Ireland, despite Hill+Knowlton Strategies' attempt to hold onto the UK brief.

Hani Durzy leaves Pandora after seven months to lead comms for Samsung Next

Hani Durzy leaves Pandora after seven months to lead comms for Samsung Next

Since Durzy joined Pandora in February, he's worked on a CEO transition and other major changes.

Chelsea FC comms head Emma Wilkinson scores top PR job for Premier League

Chelsea FC comms head Emma Wilkinson scores top PR job for Premier League

Emma Wilkinson has been recruited as the new director of comms for the Premier League, succeeding Dan Johnson.

Text100 wins Rolls-Royce in Southeast Asia

Text100 wins Rolls-Royce in Southeast Asia

The agency will develop the company's digital presence.

Booking.com's global PR head on Japan, data, and the fallacy of awards

Booking.com's global PR head on Japan, data, and the fallacy of awards

In Tokyo, Leslie Cafferty discusses her aims for the brand in Japan and why it's important to give freedom to local markets.

Unilever deodorant brand Rexona hires MullenLowe to roll out global PR campaign

Unilever deodorant brand Rexona hires MullenLowe to roll out global PR campaign

Unilever has picked MullenLowe Group to handle global PR for its Rexona brand of deodorant products - the first major win for the PR division of the group since its acquisition of UK firm Salt.

Etihad launches global agency review and parts with Ketchum in US

Etihad launches global agency review and parts with Ketchum in US

Etihad Airways has begun a review of its agency relationships around the world as part of a major strategic business review by the Abu Dhabi flag carrier.

IBM names Jon Iwata first chief brand officer

IBM names Jon Iwata first chief brand officer

The 33-year IBM veteran is also serving as chairman of the newly created IBM Values and Policy Advisory Board, which recommends policies and principles for the company.

Sard Verbinnen London partners exit firm

Sard Verbinnen London partners exit firm

Almost a third of SVC's partners have departed since the agency struck a deal with a private equity firm last year.

Snap signs up measurement partners to help marketers justify spend

Snap signs up measurement partners to help marketers justify spend

Snap has launched a marketing mix modelling (MMM) partner program that includes tie-ups with Neustar Marketshare, Analytics Partners, MMA, and Nielsen.

Dalian Wanda Group starts global comms and branding offensive

Dalian Wanda Group starts global comms and branding offensive

H+K will be covering overall brand building as well as specific in-market communications projects for Dalian Wanda Group.

McSuicide? Twitter hoax affects McDonald's Hong Kong

McSuicide? Twitter hoax affects McDonald's Hong Kong

McDonald's Hong Kong received worldwide publicity over the weekend due to a Twitter squatter making cryptic posts about suicide, kidnapping, and romantic rejection.

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue dips 7.4% in Q2

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue dips 7.4% in Q2

The firm said the revenue drop was attributable to a decline in project-based revenues in North America.

Huntsworth Health CEO Matheson departs after eight years

Huntsworth Health CEO Matheson departs after eight years

The CEO of Huntsworth's biggest and fastest-growing unit Huntsworth Health, which includes Nitrogen and Tonic Life, has departed after eight years.

Porter Novelli wins Panasonic Consumer Electronics AOR pact

Porter Novelli wins Panasonic Consumer Electronics AOR pact

Incumbent Cohn & Wolfe stopped working with the company in March.

'This girl can' goes international with campaign for Australian women

'This girl can' goes international with campaign for Australian women

Australia is adopting Sport England's "This girl can" campaign to inspire more women Down Under to get active.

Weber Shandwick hires Asia executive creative director from Uber

Weber Shandwick hires Asia executive creative director from Uber

Ali Grayeli has joined the Interpublic Group firm to lead its creative strategy in the region.

Interpublic's CMG down 2.2% in Q2

Interpublic's CMG down 2.2% in Q2

The holding company as a whole reported an organic revenue increase of 0.4% in the period and year-over-year drops in net and operating income.