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Addison Lee hails new agency after parting ways with Burson Cohn & Wolfe

Addison Lee hails new agency after parting ways with Burson Cohn & Wolfe

Minicab company Addison Lee has handed its public affairs and corporate comms account to FTI after more than three years with Burson-Marsteller and latterly Burson Cohn & Wolfe, PRWeek has learned.

Investor response to crises 'led by reputation more than numbers'

Investor response to crises 'led by reputation more than numbers'

Investors give far more importance to reputational factors than financial considerations when responding to corporate crises, according to new research from FTI Consulting.

FTI Consulting appoints former Labour adviser in digital practice hiring spree

FTI Consulting appoints former Labour adviser in digital practice hiring spree

FTI Consulting has grown its digital reputation practice with three hires, including a former adviser to the Labour front bench, Ben Craig.

Bentley Motors global comms director joins automotive PR specialist Influence Associates

Bentley Motors global comms director joins automotive PR specialist Influence Associates

Bentley Motors director of global communications Andrew Roberts is joining automotive PR specialists Influence Associates as chief operating officer.

PR salaries to be squeezed in 2019 - analysis

PR salaries to be squeezed in 2019 - analysis

PR professionals looking for a new job should not expect a substantial rise in pay, as advertised salaries are forecast to track well below inflation this year, according to new data from recruitment firm Reed.

PR and advertising budgets slashed amid gloomy marketing outlook - IPA report

PR and advertising budgets slashed amid gloomy marketing outlook - IPA report

Six years of marketing budget growth has come to end as Brexit and economic uncertainty causes business to cool marketing spend in the final quarter of 2018, according to the IPA's Bellwether Report.

Failure to communicate: What disrupts the disruptors?

Failure to communicate: What disrupts the disruptors?

All too often, so-called disruptor companies can come unstuck. PRWeek explores the role comms fail to play in these hyper-charged businesses.

BAE Systems group comms chief departs

BAE Systems group comms chief departs

BAE Systems comms chief Claire Divver has left the defence systems manufacturing giant, PRWeek can reveal.

Ikea seeks agency for new global PR account

Ikea seeks agency for new global PR account

Ikea is sounding out agencies for a new global corporate and consumer PR brief, PRWeek has learned.

Marks & Spencer hires new corporate comms chief as veteran Fry steps down

Marks & Spencer hires new corporate comms chief as veteran Fry steps down

Marks & Spencer has hired Britvic corporate relations director Victoria McKenzie-Gould as director of corporate communications, a new role created after the departure of long-standing comms chief Dominic Fry, PRWeek can reveal.

IBM veteran David Yaun lands at Bank of America

IBM veteran David Yaun lands at Bank of America

Yaun is building out the company's editorial content and thought leadership platforms.

Ford veteran Mandy Dean promoted to UK marketing director

Ford veteran Mandy Dean promoted to UK marketing director

Former marketing communications manager Dean replaces Lisa Brankin, who moves to sales director role.

Greenbrook appoints new director from private equity firm The Carlyle Group

Greenbrook appoints new director from private equity firm The Carlyle Group

Greenbrook Communications has appointed Katarina Sallerfors as a director from multinational private equity firm The Carlyle Group.

Burson Cohn & Wolfe launches 'no deal' Brexit hotline

Burson Cohn & Wolfe launches 'no deal' Brexit hotline

Burson Cohn & Wolfe London (BCW) has launched a 'no deal' hotline to provide political consultancy and crisis communications support for businesses as a 'no deal' Brexit appears increasingly likely.

Cision acquires Falcon.io

Cision acquires Falcon.io

It is Cision's 11th acquisition since combining with Vocus in 2014.

In 2019 businesses must drive social change: consumers demand it

In 2019 businesses must drive social change: consumers demand it

From Unilever and Lego to Sainsbury's and Rihanna, there are countless examples of businesses using creative thinking to shape the world for the better.

Opinion and features

My biggest gaffe: To assume is to make an ass out of 'u' and 'me'

My biggest gaffe: To assume is to make an ass out of 'u' and 'me'

Adrian Wheeler, partner, Agincourt Communications, PR and media trainer, and non-executive director at five consultancies, recalls a mortifying lesson in the importance of nailing the basics.

The benefits of the government's ethnicity pay-gap proposals are both moral and economic

The benefits of the government's ethnicity pay-gap proposals are both moral and economic

It's popular to quip that - as a consequence of Brexit - "there is no domestic policy agenda" and it's right that we consistently look back at the commitment to wide-ranging social reforms the Prime Minister promised to correct society's "burning injustices".

Inside in-house: NHS England's '24/7 comms operation'

Inside in-house: NHS England's '24/7 comms operation'

One of the most high-pressure tasks in frontline public-sector comms falls to the team at NHS England. PRWeek gets under the skin of the service and its constant battle to get health in the headlines.

Two factors will define corporate comms in 2019

Two factors will define corporate comms in 2019

The inevitable - if unpredictable - political and economic impact of Brexit and the importance of purpose to consumers will define corporate comms this year.

'Must have' brand love (and how to lose it)

'Must have' brand love (and how to lose it)

If we've learnt anything in 2018, it's that brands need to stand for something more than just their products and services.

Would Ted do it that way? Ray Kelvin, corporate culture, the role of boards and the PR response

Would Ted do it that way? Ray Kelvin, corporate culture, the role of boards and the PR response

Ray Kelvin, founder and CEO of UK fashion chain Ted Baker, has taken a 'voluntary leave of absence' as over 100 harassment allegations against him have come to light.

Parental leave: let's not judge the different choices mums and dads make

Parental leave: let's not judge the different choices mums and dads make

Maternity leave. Paternity leave. Parental leave. They're all the same, right?

PR is in urgent need of a strong, independent research sector

PR is in urgent need of a strong, independent research sector

The relationship between PR and research has always been controversial.

'Progressive' PR cannot be a feeble branding exercise; it just smacks of insincerity

'Progressive' PR cannot be a feeble branding exercise; it just smacks of insincerity

In the wake of soul-searching by leading agencies on the nature of public relations, Robert Phillips writes for PRWeek exactly six years since he quit as boss of Edelman, proclaiming 'PR is Dead'.

In an age of conscious consumerism, what makes a challenger brand stand out?

In an age of conscious consumerism, what makes a challenger brand stand out?

If someone had said five years ago 'soap on a rope' would make a comeback, you'd probably have had a good laugh at their expense.

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Recent City & corporate people moves

Grayling hires ex-Boris Johnson adviser

Grayling hires ex-Boris Johnson adviser

Ben Gascoigne, a former adviser to Boris Johnson as both Foreign Secretary and Mayor of London, is joining Grayling UK as a director in its public affairs team.

Global software company Citrix appoints Northern Europe head of comms

Global software company Citrix appoints Northern Europe head of comms

Global software firm Citrix has appointed Rebecca Taylor-Cottle as senior communications manager of Northern Europe.

Ogilvy's John Seifert dishes on the future of PR at Ogilvy

Ogilvy's John Seifert dishes on the future of PR at Ogilvy

As global PR leader Stuart Smith heads for new pastures, the WPP firm's worldwide CEO tells PRWeek what's next.

In brief: Beattie begins Brexit marketing drive, Ozdemir elected PRCA council VC, wins for MHP, AM+A

In brief: Beattie begins Brexit marketing drive, Ozdemir elected PRCA council VC, wins for MHP, AM+A

Door opens for HROC, Whistle hires new social media head, Beattie's Brexit marketing drive, wins for MHP, AM+A, and more from PRWeek UK.

British Airways reveals new head of global PR

British Airways reveals new head of global PR

British Airways, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this August, has made Victoria Madden its head of global PR, PRWeek can reveal.

Hanover targets health clients in UAE with new hire

Hanover targets health clients in UAE with new hire

Hanover Communications' health arm has appointed Simone Elviss as director of healthcare in the Middle East in a bid to expand its health client base.

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.