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Philips puts $300 million global integrated account up for bid

Philips puts $300 million global integrated account up for bid

The Dutch electronics company is reviewing creative, media and communications globally, and has invited four major holding companies to participate.

Edelman’s ‘new era of information bankruptcy’: An existential threat to media and comms businesses?

Edelman’s ‘new era of information bankruptcy’: An existential threat to media and comms businesses?

Edelman’s annual global trust barometer was unveiled yesterday (13 January).

PR professionals: ‘Chartwells' reaction as insufficient as its food parcels’

PR professionals: ‘Chartwells' reaction as insufficient as its food parcels’

Chartwells’ reaction to a being called out over its meagre food parcels for vulnerable schoolchildren was defensive, lacked empathy and only “threw fuel onto the fire”.

BA to BT, Tesco to Tesla: 13 corporate comms teams to watch in 2021

BA to BT, Tesco to Tesla: 13 corporate comms teams to watch in 2021

Which corporate in-house teams can expect a busy and eventful year ahead?

Good Relations opens first international office in New York

Good Relations opens first international office in New York

Good Relations has expanded into New York with the first international office in the agency's 60-year history, PRWeek has learned.

W Communications launches in the US

W Communications launches in the US

W Communications has expanded its operations into the US, opening a ‘Little London’ office to serve UK brands seeking a greater US presence, PRWeek has learned.

Edelman UK names new Smithfield MD amid leadership shake-up

Edelman UK names new Smithfield MD amid leadership shake-up

Edelman UK has announced leadership changes at its Smithfield financial PR and strategic comms team, with head of special projects Iain Dey promoted to managing director.

Greenbrook makes double hire from Citigate and Lansons

Greenbrook makes double hire from Citigate and Lansons

Investment comms firm Greenbrook has added to its team with the appointment of a director and consultant.

'It’s demeaning' – corporate comms staff reveal COVID-19 pay-cut anger in survey

'It’s demeaning' – corporate comms staff reveal COVID-19 pay-cut anger in survey

Corporate comms professionals are frustrated by continued pay cuts due to the impact of COVID-19, millennial staff members feel their careers have stalled, and others worry about a lack of safety measures in the office, according to a survey shown to PRWeek.

CharityComms CEO and ex-Unilever CMO in New Year Honours list

CharityComms CEO and ex-Unilever CMO in New Year Honours list

CharityComms chief executive Adeela Warley and former Unilever chief marketing and communications officer Keith Weed are among the industry figures recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list, announced this evening (30 December).

Oil and gas trade body names comms and external relations directors

Oil and gas trade body names comms and external relations directors

OGUK, the representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, has appointed directors for communications and external relations - new roles created following a senior departure.

Exclusive: British Airways comms director to depart after major changes at airline

Exclusive: British Airways comms director to depart after major changes at airline

British Airways’ comms and sustainability director has resigned from the airline after three years.

Huawei splits UK corporate comms leadership as Brewster steps down

Huawei splits UK corporate comms leadership as Brewster steps down

Huawei is dividing responsibility for UK corporate comms between two senior figures following the departure of UK comms director Edward Brewster, PRWeek has learned.

Huawei comms chief resigns over 'Uighur alarms' report; UK counterpart also steps down

Huawei comms chief resigns over 'Uighur alarms' report; UK counterpart also steps down

Huawei's comms leaders for the UK and Denmark have both stepped down - the latter apparently over the issue of facial recognition technology that would reportedly flag up members of China's Uighur minority to the Chinese government.

Standard Life Aberdeen names new external comms chief as Thorneley departs after 20 years

Standard Life Aberdeen names new external comms chief as Thorneley departs after 20 years

Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) global head of media relations James Thorneley has left the FTSE 100 firm to seek "a new challenge".

E.ON moves comms remit to head of brand and marketing after departure

E.ON moves comms remit to head of brand and marketing after departure

E.ON has removed the director of marketing and comms role with the departure of Belinda Moore, and shifted responsibility for comms to head of brand and marketing Scott Somerville, PRWeek has learned.

Opinion and features

From the UK editor: Interim Top 150 Barometer points to glass-half-full industry

From the UK editor: Interim Top 150 Barometer points to glass-half-full industry

This article is part of The Knowledge, PRWeek's premium content offer.

Top & Flop of the Week: Retailer's right messaging, football bosses drop ball on Covidiots

Top & Flop of the Week: Retailer's right messaging, football bosses drop ball on Covidiots

PRWeek shines a light on major brand and corporate successes and failures of the past week.

2021: a year that changes corporate comms, and in which corporate comms creates real change

2021: a year that changes corporate comms, and in which corporate comms creates real change

2020 was as horribilis an annus as we’ve had since the 1940s; but if you’re hoping that 2021 will be much better, I’d stop reading now.

PR pros offer 21 words on what they're expecting in 2021

PR pros offer 21 words on what they're expecting in 2021

Following a year of COVID-19 chaos, we asked PR leaders to give 21-word predictions of what they believe is in store for the profession in 2021.

Five New Year resolutions for agencies working with clients

Five New Year resolutions for agencies working with clients

During my career I’ve been lucky enough to work both agency- and client-side, and one of the most important things I have learned is the value of a great client-agency relationship.

Naysayers are wrong: millennials will not desert the industry because of COVID-19

Naysayers are wrong: millennials will not desert the industry because of COVID-19

What we really want is some kind of certainty about how this works out, and that is difficult when we can’t quite see the way ahead. But be in no doubt, the way ahead is emerging – and more quickly than many might imagine.

Failing to apologise? That’s criminal

Failing to apologise? That’s criminal

Given there’s been plenty to be sorry about in 2020, it’s no surprise there’s been plenty of apologies flying around.

Honest, grudging, or non-existent: The PR apologies of 2020

Honest, grudging, or non-existent: The PR apologies of 2020

If a mistake has been made and people are angry or upset because of it, the best way to move on is to offer an apology, so here is the annual PRWeek round-up of the best and worst attempts to make good during a year like no other.

A strong campaign is like a great murder mystery – and we’re the detectives

A strong campaign is like a great murder mystery – and we’re the detectives

People are often surprised I also write novels. Well, OK, just one complete novel so far… but it makes perfect sense when you think about it.

PlayStation, Kellogg's, Pernod Ricard, Co-op, TikTok… account moves that shook up PR in 2020

PlayStation, Kellogg's, Pernod Ricard, Co-op, TikTok… account moves that shook up PR in 2020

Electronics multinationals, hotel groups, auto giants, supermarkets and high-street retailers were among the pitches that caught the eye of PRWeek in this COVID-interrupted year.

Corporate and Public Affairs Summit

24-25 September 2020| Online event

In an exciting new launch, PRWeek’s inaugural Corporate & Public Affairs Summit will provide delegates with high-level strategic insight while showcasing innovative tools and techniques through a comprehensive conference programme.

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Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Finsbury, Teneo, Milk & Honey, Clarity, PRCA and more

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Finsbury, Teneo, Milk & Honey, Clarity, PRCA and more

PRWeek's weekly roundup of industry hires, departures and promotions.

APCO names ex-government minister as first UK chairman

APCO names ex-government minister as first UK chairman

APCO has promoted former UK business minister Richard Harrington to the new role of UK chairman.

Sir Oliver Letwin among five new senior advisors at Teneo

Sir Oliver Letwin among five new senior advisors at Teneo

Teneo has added five names to its list of senior advisors, including ex-UK Conservative cabinet minister Sir Oliver Letwin and former Credit Suisse UK chief executive Russell Chambers.

Cirkle hires strategy and digital directors

Cirkle hires strategy and digital directors

Cirkle has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of directors from Edelman and Splendid Communications.

Finsbury Glover Hering names regional CEOs as merger completes

Finsbury Glover Hering names regional CEOs as merger completes

New corporate comms powerhouse Finsbury Glover Hering (FGH) has completed its merger and named regional chief executives for the UK, US and Europe.

Movers & Shakers: Teneo, Purpose Union, Made By Giants, Netball England, Boldspace and more

Movers & Shakers: Teneo, Purpose Union, Made By Giants, Netball England, Boldspace and more

PRWeek's weekly round-up of industry hires, departures and promotions.

Boldspace appoints creative director from adland

Boldspace appoints creative director from adland

The brand-building, communications and analytics agency has appointed former BBDO, M&C Saatchi and Iris Worldwide creative Matt Weston as creative director.