In brief: Finn forms travel tech group, Laura Ashley picks Halpern, plus wins for Mason Williams and Smoking Gun
Finn Partners launches dedicated travel tech group FinTech, Halpern wins Laura Ashley business, Spanish chef José Pizarro chooses Mason Williams and Smoking Gun outshoots three agencies in animal healthcare pitch.
Ralf Hering, founder of German financial PR agency Hering Schuppener, has died at the age of 61, with industry figureheads including Roland Rudd paying tribute to the man and his legacy.
One in four comms directors of financial services companies do not actively track their organisation's reputation - while one in seven say their CEO has never raised their firm's reputation with them.
Pharma company AbbVie, in association with Freuds and charity The Patients Association, is launching the next stage of its preventative health campaign to help the UK overcome FOFO - the 'Fear of Finding Out'.
Linda Boff, GE CMO and chief learning officer, has taken on the additional responsibility of interim head of communications.
The PRCA has launched its 'diversity and inclusion guidelines' report, which calls on the industry to reform working and recruitment practices.
Pembroke and Rye, a new agency formed by three former senior staff of Engage by Bell Pottinger, launches publicly this month.
British Airways has hired Louise Evans, formerly director of corporate affairs at Sainsbury's, to the position of director of external communications.
Positive media coverage and a good reputation in the press appear to be more influential than good advertising for consumers choosing their next energy company, according to research by a new renewable energy specialist.
Sam Turvey, latterly the Hong Kong MD of Bell Pottinger, has begun a second stint at London's Maitland.
Flack on Friday: PRWeek runners catch up at Ketchum, May's healthy hire, Space: the final frontier, a beefy bouquet
In Flack this week: PRWeek Running Club catches up at Ketchum, May's healthy hire, Space: the final frontier (in billable hours), a beefy bouquet and more.
Brunswick has promoted senior counselor Neal Wolin (pictured) to group CEO, with current chief executive Susan Gilchrist given a new role amid a shakeup of the agency's senior team.
In brief: Citizen picks Facets, Another Word wins KP, Octopus retains Unisys, Rule 5 lines up with Red Devils
Citizen picks W's Facets, Octopus retains Unisys, Another Word tucks into KP, new boss for Ketchum Germany and more from PRWeek UK.
David Page will join Tesco later this month as director of comms for the UK and Ireland.
Marketing and talent lead Jane Fordham and head of digital Alex Brittain (pictured) are among a spate of senior figures leaving Golin's London office, although the business has recently been boosted after successfully re-pitching for npower.
The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that a risqué festive Twitter campaign by Poundland is offensive and must not be repeated - but the retailer isn't taking it lying down.
Interns' rights hinge on two essential premises: that there are clear legal, moral, and business justifications for paying people gaining experience, and that the distinction between output and outcomes from 'interns' and 'everyone else' is wholly artificial.
Video spending has increased 130 per cent year-on-year, while an estimated 80 per cent of global internet traffic will be attributed to video by 2020.
While Trump and Brexiters raise barriers and walls, independent comms agencies in Europe are tearing them down.
Call me controversial, but I count a solid spokesperson as 80 (if not 90) per cent of the battle to get good media coverage - wherever you are in the world, whatever your story.
We're (for the most part) very conscious now of the "motherhood penalty" women pay in our industry due to maternity leave and that this is a key cause of the gender pay gap.
If you asked the public which supermarket chain led the pack for green credentials, few would probably choose a retailer synonymous with low-cost, frozen food. But Iceland reaped the PR benefits of its plastics pledge in January.
It's not often that a company's internal comms memo becomes the biggest news story of the day, means it becomes pilloried as an enemy of democracy and puts it in Fleet Street's bad books.
The recent Cabinet reshuffle points to the next 18 months emerging as a period of relative stability when it comes to business policy.
As Bitcoin jumped to record highs in December, increasing 1,300 per cent from its price a year ago, PR firms were fighting to claim they were the first to take cryptocurrency as payment, as reported by Flack.
Setting aside the few bad apples hurting the perception of the multi-billion-pound PR industry with their unscrupulous behaviour and scandals, there are in fact bigger challenges for us to overcome.
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In brief: Nokia Technologies picks Brands2Life, FTI's senior digital hire, new office and hire at Muckle Media
Nokia Technologies appoints Brands2Life for integrated programme, FTI Consulting hires Janey Spratt of Battenhall as senior director, Glasgow next for Muckle Media and more from PRWeek UK.
PR agency Speed has appointed Sarah Firth, formerly of TVC and Lexis PR, as its first creative director.
The Financial Times has hired Finola McDonnell, currently VP of communications and marketing at CNBC, as its new chief communications and marketing officer.
MHP has appointed Ruby Quince from Porter Novelli as its new creative director.
Relevance International, the New York-based luxury lifestyle, property, and hospitality PR specialist, has made its first UK appointments, hiring two senior executives formerly of Luchford APM and Four Communications.
Former Cirkle MD Ruth Allchurch is returning to Cohn & Wolfe (C&W) as managing director of its UK consumer brand practice.
AxiCom, the tech agency that is part of Cohn & Wolfe, has unveiled a new corporate identity.