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Insurance giant Lloyd’s of London appoints agency for global brief

Insurance giant Lloyd’s of London appoints agency for global brief

Insurance market Lloyd’s of London has hired Brunswick for a global PR brief following a competitive pitch, PRWeek understands.

Mattel hires Discovery’s Catherine Frymark to lead communications

Mattel hires Discovery’s Catherine Frymark to lead communications

She’s a 20-year veteran of Discovery.

Subway hires consultancy for corporate and public affairs brief

Subway hires consultancy for corporate and public affairs brief

The restaurant franchise has chosen MSL to handle a UK and EMEA corporate reputation brief.

Harry and Meghan hire Pinterest alum Christine Schirmer to lead PR team

Harry and Meghan hire Pinterest alum Christine Schirmer to lead PR team

The Office of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also named Toya Holness as press secretary.

‘This is not the end of populism' – how will a Biden presidency shake up UK political comms?

‘This is not the end of populism' – how will a Biden presidency shake up UK political comms?

The victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to become the next president and vice-president of the US, after a nail-biting four days of vote-counting, is still subject to a raft of legal challenges.

Hanover hires chief political adviser following 'heartbreaking' exit of public affairs head

Hanover hires chief political adviser following 'heartbreaking' exit of public affairs head

Nick King – former chief of staff to Sajid Javid – joins Hanover amid a leadership restructure that involves the departure of public affairs leader Katie Cooper and the promotion of several others, PRWeek has learned.

Convergence of health and public affairs as Lodestone announces health unit

Convergence of health and public affairs as Lodestone announces health unit

Political strategy and corporate comms specialist Lodestone has announced the formation of a health unit managed by co-founder David Wild, PRWeek can reveal.

Pitch Update: Subway, Kia, COVID-19 testing, Scream Street, Little Moons and more

Pitch Update: Subway, Kia, COVID-19 testing, Scream Street, Little Moons and more

PRWeek's weekly round-up of pitches and account moves.

Heineken names Sarah Backhouse as global comms director

Heineken names Sarah Backhouse as global comms director

She joins the company on November 16.

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue plummets 11.7% in Q3

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue plummets 11.7% in Q3

Lower demand for M&A, financial comms and large corporate reputation work was to blame.

Steffan Williams to leave Portland for new venture

Steffan Williams to leave Portland for new venture

Steffan Williams, who joined Portland in 2018 to launch and lead its financial communications division, is leaving the agency at the end of the year to start a new venture.

Joey Jones leaves Cicero/AMO for Grayling

Joey Jones leaves Cicero/AMO for Grayling

Joey Jones, former Weber Shandwick UK head of public affairs and most recently strategic counsel at Cicero/AMO, has moved to Grayling, PRWeek has learned.

Current picks up Subway global AOR account

Current picks up Subway global AOR account

The firm will handle both consumer and corporate work for the sandwich chain around the world.

Global investment management firm Millennium hires comms chief

Global investment management firm Millennium hires comms chief

Millennium, a global investment management company, has appointed Rosanna Konarzewski, formerly of asset management firm Man Group, as its chief communications officer.

Where are they now? Thomas Cook’s senior comms team in new roles

Where are they now? Thomas Cook’s senior comms team in new roles

A year on from Thomas Cook Group's collapse, its senior comms executives have landed roles across various sectors. PRWeek tracks them down in this special report.

Alice Macandrew: Corporate affairs critical as businesses must close ‘talk' and 'walk’ gap

Alice Macandrew: Corporate affairs critical as businesses must close ‘talk' and 'walk’ gap

Companies are placing a greater value on corporate affairs due to the coronavirus crisis and this bodes well for practitioners, an industry leader has claimed, while lamenting how "well run, well capitalised" brands in travel are facing an existential threat.

Opinion and features

We’re at a tipping point on breaking the ‘white ceiling’ once and for all

We’re at a tipping point on breaking the ‘white ceiling’ once and for all

While we’ve all heard about the ‘glass ceiling’ in relation to women in PR, the ‘white ceiling’ is exactly what it sounds like – it refers to the racial inequality that keeps the careers of BAME PR professionals from progressing beyond a certain point.

Black Friday: be alive to public mood in a weaponised social media environment

Black Friday: be alive to public mood in a weaponised social media environment

Nothing about the 2020 retail environment is familiar, yet brands must get Black Friday communications tonally right this year.

Mondelez and the self-delusion of brand purpose

Mondelez and the self-delusion of brand purpose

No words are minced in the reaction to Cadbury owner Mondelez's new 'Humaning' approach to marketing: "In any sober industry the perpetrators of this nonsense would be taken out back by grown-ups and beaten to a pulp."

The biggest lie in the industry: ‘Our people are our greatest strength’

The biggest lie in the industry: ‘Our people are our greatest strength’

This lie (sorry, line), or similar, is often found about five slides into an agency’s creds document – usually accompanied with a full-bleed image of smiling agency employees in wetsuits from that one summer surf trip in 2012.

Why are our clients not demanding more diverse teams from agencies?

Why are our clients not demanding more diverse teams from agencies?

Over the past few months, diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the PR industry has taken centre stage.

Five ways you can support the mental health and happiness of your employees

Five ways you can support the mental health and happiness of your employees

With almost everyone working from home, it’s important that people continue to feel a part of their work family and – as a chief happiness officer – my objective is to ensure that everyone knows they are supported and cared for.

Top & Flop of the Week: Heathrow makes a point, Pret founder leaves a sour taste

Top & Flop of the Week: Heathrow makes a point, Pret founder leaves a sour taste

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

Black History Month: 'If industry leaders want to bring about change, we need to deal with the problem of race'

Black History Month: 'If industry leaders want to bring about change, we need to deal with the problem of race'

Throughout Black History Month in October, Women in PR has been publishing interviews with senior black and mixed race female comms professionals on topics including diversity in PR, racism and Black Lives Matter. Here are some of the highlights.

Agencies: don’t make your pro bono work for charities a PR exercise

Agencies: don’t make your pro bono work for charities a PR exercise

Every PR agency should be investing time and money in CSR and pro bono initiatives.

From the Editor-in-Chief: 2020’s changes in ethical capitalism could be a game-changer

From the Editor-in-Chief: 2020’s changes in ethical capitalism could be a game-changer

TS Eliot famously branded April ‘the cruellest month’. Personally, I’d opt for October.

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: M&C Saatchi, Ketchum, Man Bites Dog, Spider, The 10 Group and more

Movers & Shakers: M&C Saatchi, Ketchum, Man Bites Dog, Spider, The 10 Group and more

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

Moray MacLennan ascends to the throne at M&C Saatchi PLC

Moray MacLennan ascends to the throne at M&C Saatchi PLC

M&C Saatchi PLC is set to promote long-term lieutenant Moray MacLennan to chief executive, as the company’s last remaining founders bow out.

HSE media chief takes deputy comms director role in government department

HSE media chief takes deputy comms director role in government department

Jason Green, head of strategy, media and campaigns at the Health and Safety Executive, has been appointed interim deputy director of comms at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) amid a restructure of the comms team, PRWeek has learned.

Frank names former director as new deputy MD

Frank names former director as new deputy MD

Bianca Lee-Chang has rejoined Frank PR in a move that completes the agency's senior management team.

Whitehouse hires ex-Labour strategist and reveals fresh public affairs clients

Whitehouse hires ex-Labour strategist and reveals fresh public affairs clients

Former Labour strategist Max Wilson has joined The Whitehouse Consultancy to lead its public affairs practice, as the agency announced several new client wins and an expanded brief with Hong Kong democracy campaigners.

Boldspace appoints client services lead as it strengthens PR team

Boldspace appoints client services lead as it strengthens PR team

The six-month-old agency, which was set up by Mike Robb and adland leaders, has made four new hires, growing its team to 17.

Elan Edelman founder and CEO Marion Darrieutort steps down

Elan Edelman founder and CEO Marion Darrieutort steps down

Marion Darrieutort, CEO of Elan Edelman who founded the French agency prior to its merger with Edelman Paris six years, is leaving her role.