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Dentsu PR aligns with think tank for insight into Japan-US relations

Dentsu PR aligns with think tank for insight into Japan-US relations

The arrangement is the first of its kind for the Japanese agency.

Huawei strengthens UK and Europe comms team with Sky News veteran

Huawei strengthens UK and Europe comms team with Sky News veteran

Huawei has hired veteran Sky News reporter Paul Harrison as a senior member of its Europe communications team, PRWeek can reveal.

PRWeek Global Awards 2019: winners revealed

PRWeek Global Awards 2019: winners revealed

Senior figures from across the global PR and communications industry assembled in London tonight to discover who would take home the coveted trophies at the PRWeek Global Awards 2019.

Havas PR creates Red Havas 'micro-network'

Havas PR creates Red Havas 'micro-network'

The organization will be comprised of Havas PR offices in North America and the U.K. and Red Agency in Asia-Pacific.

Havas PR merges with US and Australasian agencies to form Red Havas

Havas PR merges with US and Australasian agencies to form Red Havas

Havas PR in the UK is merging with counterparts in the US and Australia's Red Agency to create a new global network called Red Havas.

Dentsu sees Q1 organic growth fall as it prepares for new corporate structure

Dentsu sees Q1 organic growth fall as it prepares for new corporate structure

The advertising giant is optimistic about major upcoming events in Japan and sees planned new holding company improving alignment between domestic and international operations.

Hotwire merges with Precinct

Hotwire merges with Precinct

The Precinct brand will be retired July 1.

Wachsman grows leadership with former Edelman and Teneo senior execs

Wachsman grows leadership with former Edelman and Teneo senior execs

Former Skype and Edelman executive Jane Fields has been appointed managing director for EMEA, while ex-Teneo managing director Danny Phan will lead APAC.

PR agencies snub Royal Brunei Airlines pitch over controversial LGBT laws

PR agencies snub Royal Brunei Airlines pitch over controversial LGBT laws

PR agencies have begun boycotting Royal Brunei Airlines in the wake of the Kingdom enacting controversial LGBT laws, PRWeek has learned.

MSL veteran Glenn Osaki takes job at USC

MSL veteran Glenn Osaki takes job at USC

The 32-year veteran of MSL will serve as SVP and chief communications officer for the University of Southern California, his alma mater.

Zebra Technologies reviews global PR

Zebra Technologies reviews global PR

BCW and Archetype are the incumbents on the account.

Cisco hires Stella Low as chief communications officer

Cisco hires Stella Low as chief communications officer

She is replacing Oliver Roll, who left Cisco this month.

FTI strategic comms revenue jumps 9.3% in Q1

FTI strategic comms revenue jumps 9.3% in Q1

The agency credited corporate reputation projects for the growth.

Omnicom PR revenue dips 0.5% in Q1

Omnicom PR revenue dips 0.5% in Q1

However, Omnicom CEO John Wren said he's seeing "positive signs in certain areas of our PR operations."

Doodle extends Common Industry partnership

Doodle extends Common Industry partnership

The agency will continue its work with the scheduling platform following the successful launch of Doodle's inaugural Meeting Report and an initial six-month press office campaign.

PR pros appalled by anti-LGBTI laws, but should brands join Brunei boycott?

PR pros appalled by anti-LGBTI laws, but should brands join Brunei boycott?

Brunei-owned brands face a reputational crisis, but PR pros are divided about whether other brands should join a celebrity-led boycott against barbaric new laws that punish Brunei's LGBTI+ community with death.

Interpublic Group combines Current Marketing, Creation

Interpublic Group combines Current Marketing, Creation

The new agency is called Current Global.

Xerox hires Anne Marie Squeo as comms, brand leader

Xerox hires Anne Marie Squeo as comms, brand leader

Squeo has held communications roles at IBM and Netflix and won a Pulitzer Prize.

Mark Thorne leaves Hill+Knowlton Strategies for Burson Cohn & Wolfe

Mark Thorne leaves Hill+Knowlton Strategies for Burson Cohn & Wolfe

Thorne is serving as EVP, CFO, and COO at BCW.

Tourism Australia seeks PR agency for China

Tourism Australia seeks PR agency for China

A tender calls for a wide range of PR services under a 24-month term.

Uber hires Instagram's Taj Alavi as global head of marcomms

Uber hires Instagram's Taj Alavi as global head of marcomms

Alavi has spent the last three years leading brand marketing at the Facebook-owned platform.

Lenovo picks BCW for China corporate PR, brand reputation support

Lenovo picks BCW for China corporate PR, brand reputation support

The company started its review last summer.

FleishmanHillard locks down Iron Mountain account

FleishmanHillard locks down Iron Mountain account

The business was previously held by Weber Shandwick for at least a decade.

Luxury comms group PRCO expands into Asia

Luxury comms group PRCO expands into Asia

PRCO, the global luxury integrated communications group that was founded in London, has expanded into Asia, opening new offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai under the PRCO Asia banner.

Cision revenues up 10.3% in Q4

Cision revenues up 10.3% in Q4

The PR services provider also continued 2018's buying spree into early 2019.

Combined Text100, Bite agency gets a new brand: Archetype

Combined Text100, Bite agency gets a new brand: Archetype

The name refers to the agency's desire to be an "archetype" for the modern marcomms agency.

WPP hires Walmart's Jacqui Canney as global chief people officer

WPP hires Walmart's Jacqui Canney as global chief people officer

Canney is set to start in June and take over from Mark Linaugh.

MSL appoints Greater China CEO

MSL appoints Greater China CEO

Jun Xu has joined the Publicis Groupe agency from Unilever.

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue up 6.7% in Q4

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue up 6.7% in Q4

For the year, strategic comms revenue was up 16%.

Facebook cuts down agency roster, puts survivors on notice about policies

Facebook cuts down agency roster, puts survivors on notice about policies

The social network has asked agency partners to adhere to a set of standards after fallout from its work with Definers Public Affairs.

Edelman revenues dip 1.1% in 2018

Edelman revenues dip 1.1% in 2018

Revenues dropped 0.7% in the U.S., 2.4% in EMEA, and 2.8% in Asia-Pacific last year.

Dentsu posts 3.4% organic growth as reforms continue

Dentsu posts 3.4% organic growth as reforms continue

China and Australia weighed down APAC performance in the last quarter, Dentsu said.

Polansky: 'High-single-digit' revenue growth for CMG PR firms in Q4

Polansky: 'High-single-digit' revenue growth for CMG PR firms in Q4

Weber Shandwick had double-digit growth in Q4 and mid-single-digit growth for the full year, according to the agency's CEO.

Omnicom PR revenue up 1.5% in Q4

Omnicom PR revenue up 1.5% in Q4

For all of 2018, Omnicom's PR firms were up 1.8% organically to $1.4 billion.

Twitter reports 23% rise in Q4 ad revenue and first full-year profit

Twitter reports 23% rise in Q4 ad revenue and first full-year profit

The social network will add to U.S. and international sales teams.

Publicis shares crash by more than 10% after creative agencies slump

Publicis shares crash by more than 10% after creative agencies slump

WPP, Interpublic, and Omnicom also saw stocks slide.

Brian Wieser joins Group M to lead business intelligence

Brian Wieser joins Group M to lead business intelligence

Media and advertising analyst moves back to agency world.

WPP sells its stake in Richard Attias & Associates

WPP sells its stake in Richard Attias & Associates

The move is part of WWP's restructuring plans.

WE Communications shakes up leadership team

WE Communications shakes up leadership team

International president Alan VanderMolen is leaving the agency.

Cisco consolidates PR work with FleishmanHillard

Cisco consolidates PR work with FleishmanHillard

The company has ended its corporate and tech PR relationships with Brunswick, Text100, and Golin.

Weber Shandwick's Ian Cohen named global content, innovation lead at PayPal

Weber Shandwick's Ian Cohen named global content, innovation lead at PayPal

He is the third major hire for PayPal's comms team in the past 18 months.

Cision's shopping spree continues as it acquires TrendKite for $225 million

Cision's shopping spree continues as it acquires TrendKite for $225 million

It is the 12th company Cision has acquired since the combination of Cision and Vocus in 2014.

FleishmanHillard Middle East incorporates into Omnicom's Impact BBDO

FleishmanHillard Middle East incorporates into Omnicom's Impact BBDO

FleishmanHillard has incorporated its Middle Eastern business into Impact BBDO, the regional network owned by Fleishman parent company Omnicom, although the PR shop insists it is not a merger.

GCI Health to open Singapore office, its first in Asia

GCI Health to open Singapore office, its first in Asia

It's the first step in a planned regional expansion for GCI.

Edelman APAC vice chair Rupen Desai departs

Edelman APAC vice chair Rupen Desai departs

Former MullenLowe Asia-Pacific leader to leave post in March, after just two years.

Finn Partners buys Hong Kong hospitality firm CatchOn

Finn Partners buys Hong Kong hospitality firm CatchOn

The 30-person firm will be called CatchOn, a Finn Partners Company.

Acceleris and Limelight rebrand under single identity; add new staff and clients

Acceleris and Limelight rebrand under single identity; add new staff and clients

Merged communications agencies Acceleris and Limelight have rebranded under a single brand - Definition.

Newell Brands picks WPP as global comms partner

Newell Brands picks WPP as global comms partner

WPP is launching Team Newell to handle the account globally. BCW will work on the business.

Alibaba VP Bob Christie leaves for Brunswick

Alibaba VP Bob Christie leaves for Brunswick

Christie spent four years at the China-based company.

Snap names 21st Century Fox's Julie Henderson chief communications officer

Snap names 21st Century Fox's Julie Henderson chief communications officer

She'll exit the entertainment company after the completion of its deal with Disney.

Edelman's Michelle Hutton named Cannes Lions PR jury president

Edelman's Michelle Hutton named Cannes Lions PR jury president

Hutton, MD of global clients, has worked at Edelman since 2010.

Keith Weed retires from Unilever after 35 years

Keith Weed retires from Unilever after 35 years

Veteran marketer will leave in May 2019.

Japan Consulate and Information Center signs Marathon Strategies

Japan Consulate and Information Center signs Marathon Strategies

The comms firm will provide media research and counseling services for the publicity wing of Japan's consulate general.

Global comms SVP Stella Low to leave Dell

Global comms SVP Stella Low to leave Dell

The technology company has not yet named a replacement.

ICF combines shops including Olson Engage, PulsePoint into ICF Next

ICF combines shops including Olson Engage, PulsePoint into ICF Next

IBM iX veteran John Armstrong will lead the new agency.

In brief: Citizen wins Chinese travel client, Influential grows team, wins for MHP, Rooster

In brief: Citizen wins Chinese travel client, Influential grows team, wins for MHP, Rooster

Citizen wins Chinese travel client, Influential grows team, account wins for Palm, MHP and Eulogy, and more from PRWeek UK.

Golin buys Singapore creative content agency Hurrah Productions

Golin buys Singapore creative content agency Hurrah Productions

Golin's Singapore office has acquired creative content agency Hurrah Productions to boost its "visual storytelling capabilities".

Former Edelman global digital lead Kevin King joins Citizen Relations

Former Edelman global digital lead Kevin King joins Citizen Relations

King will serve as global chief digital officer at Citizen.

Twitter PR pros call out Facebook's 'garbage move' of blaming its comms team

Twitter PR pros call out Facebook's 'garbage move' of blaming its comms team

"Sorry, but blaming your comms team in times of crisis is a garbage move," said one unlikely ally.

Wieser: Bad behavior makes working with Facebook harder

Wieser: Bad behavior makes working with Facebook harder

Marketers may think twice about the platform after revelations in The New York Times, the Pivotal Research analyst said.

Golin sets up affiliate office in Malaysia

Golin sets up affiliate office in Malaysia

Rantau Golin joins the Singapore and Indonesia offices to form a Southeast Asia Golin network.

Entrepreneur indicted in U.S., Malaysia hires comms firms

Entrepreneur indicted in U.S., Malaysia hires comms firms

Low Taek Jho had been reportedly traveling between Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China.

Pearson hires GE alum Deirdre Latour as chief corporate affairs officer

Pearson hires GE alum Deirdre Latour as chief corporate affairs officer

Latour will start in the role at the beginning of next year.

SoftBank names Gary Ginsberg as global comms head

SoftBank names Gary Ginsberg as global comms head

Ginsberg is a veteran of News Corp. and Time Warner.

Cohn & Wolfe revenue up double digits in Q3

Cohn & Wolfe revenue up double digits in Q3

CEO Donna Imperato said both Burson-Marsteller and C&W 'delivered strong profit growth' in the quarter.

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue jumps 14% in Q3

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue jumps 14% in Q3

Strategic communications was in the middle of the pack among FTI business segments in terms of revenue performance in Q3.

Ogilvy's Thomas Crampton takes global digital role at Edelman

Ogilvy's Thomas Crampton takes global digital role at Edelman

Edelman Digital manages more than $200 million in paid media spend.

Jukebox expands across Asia and US following 'explosion of festival tourism'

Jukebox expands across Asia and US following 'explosion of festival tourism'

One of the UK's largest specialist music PR agencies, Jukebox PR, is expanding across Asia, Europe and the Americas following an explosion of festival tourism.

Polansky: Mid-single-digit revenue growth for IPG PR firms in Q3

Polansky: Mid-single-digit revenue growth for IPG PR firms in Q3

Weber Shandwick's CEO said Weber, Golin, and Rogers & Cowan performed particularly well in the quarter.

Anti-scamming campaign receives top gong in PRWeek Awards' 'best public sector' category

Anti-scamming campaign receives top gong in PRWeek Awards' 'best public sector' category

Unity has been announced as the winner of the best public sector campaign at last night's PRWeek Awards, for 'Scammer Nanas'.

Omnicom PR revenue up 2.3% in Q3

Omnicom PR revenue up 2.3% in Q3

The holding company beat expectations with its net income up more than 13% in the period.

Allison+Partners launches in Seoul

Allison+Partners launches in Seoul

The location is Allison's 11th office in Asia-Pacific and the 30th globally.

Kekst, CNC combine

Kekst, CNC combine

The new entity will be co-led by Kekst CEO Jeremy Fielding and CNC chief executive Bernhard Meising.

H+K separates from SJR in global restructure

H+K separates from SJR in global restructure

Alex Jutkowitz will no longer run Hill+Knowlton in the U.S.; Lars Erik Grønntun and Richard Millar become global presidents.

Top corporate affairs directors on £750k as function rises in importance

Top corporate affairs directors on £750k as function rises in importance

A growing proportion of corporate affairs directors (CADs) are earning remuneration packages in excess of £500,000 and report directly to the CEO, a study has revealed.

PRWeek Global Awards launch; Jonathan Adashek to chair jury

PRWeek Global Awards launch; Jonathan Adashek to chair jury

Global auto communications executive Jonathan Adashek will head a star-studded jury to identify transformative work that crosses global territories as well as the best work in the regions - with six new categories added this year.

Next Fifteen merges Text100, Bite under Helena Maus

Next Fifteen merges Text100, Bite under Helena Maus

Bite's global chief executive will lead the combined agency as Text100 CEO Aedhmar Hynes exits.

Watch: Heathrow Airport CEO talks about the value of PR and comms

Watch: Heathrow Airport CEO talks about the value of PR and comms

The CIPR has kicked off a series of interviews with business leaders about the role of PR in their organisations with an interview featuring the chief executive of Heathrow Airport, John Holland-Kaye.

Brands in motion: Brexit Britain responds better to 'rational' comms

Brands in motion: Brexit Britain responds better to 'rational' comms

Almost all consumers expect brands to act ethically, but when it comes to what drives a purchase decision or brand support in these uncertain times, rational considerations trump emotional - and increasingly so, a study by WE Communications has found.

GDS rules of the social media game: listen first and keep it simple

GDS rules of the social media game: listen first and keep it simple

New guidance on how to use social media to its full potential has been issued by the Government Digital Service, with government departments urged to monitor online exchanges between people to inform their approach.

Will Mark Read's appointment bring stability to WPP after the post-Sorrell turmoil?

Will Mark Read's appointment bring stability to WPP after the post-Sorrell turmoil?

The news this week that Mark Read had been appointed CEO of WPP came after a painful interregnum following the abrupt departure of the charismatic Martin Sorrell after more than 30 years at the helm. But is Read a thoughtful and safe pair of hands or a dull accountant with little in the way of leadership skills?

In brief: Beattie adds five staff, Jam chosen by Wakelet, Mc&T wins Zopa, Avant PR gets Broke & Beautiful

In brief: Beattie adds five staff, Jam chosen by Wakelet, Mc&T wins Zopa, Avant PR gets Broke & Beautiful

Beattie backs new business with more hires, Jam wins Wakelet content platform brief, Zopa appoints Mc&T after three-way pitch, Avant PR awarded Broke & Beautiful, Label wins Pro Blo, and more from PRWeek UK.

PRCA builds global aspirations with opening of PRCA Southeast Asia

PRCA builds global aspirations with opening of PRCA Southeast Asia

The PRCA has extended its global reach with the launch of PRCA Southeast Asia, with Text 100's Lee Nugent chairing the new offering.

Australia bans use of influencers in government campaigns after 'offensive' posts

Australia bans use of influencers in government campaigns after 'offensive' posts

The Australian government has banned the use of influencers from all federal government campaigns after a series of embarrassing exposés involving taxpayer-funded social media stars.

Singapore Airlines calls integrated pitch, looking to get 'back to #1'

Singapore Airlines calls integrated pitch, looking to get 'back to #1'

Singapore Airlines is putting its strategy, creative, media, content, website/app development and production up for a competitive bid, as part of what it calls a major transformation effort.

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.

Luxury is the new black: Boomtown for specialist agencies in London as M&A activity heats up

Luxury is the new black: Boomtown for specialist agencies in London as M&A activity heats up

MMGY's acquisition of Grifco and Ophir this week could herald a stampede by foreign investors looking to buy up skills or a London presence in the luxury travel and lifestyle sectors. The pound is at a low against the dollar, London is a vital hub for the luxury sector and Brexit is of only passing concern - all of which create ripe conditions for a boom in M&A activity.

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.