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Landmark Public Affairs opens New York office

Landmark Public Affairs opens New York office

The Brussels-based firm's NY office is led by GM Julien Lafleur.

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.

Leading influencers promise greater transparency on payment from brands

Leading influencers promise greater transparency on payment from brands

Celebs including Zoella and Millie Mackintosh agree to clearly label posts featuring products supplied for free.

Hotwire names Chris Paxton as chief strategy officer

Hotwire names Chris Paxton as chief strategy officer

Paxton previously was EMEA CEO of consultancy The Leading Edge.

Campaigning climate has got worse, say half of charity campaigners

Campaigning climate has got worse, say half of charity campaigners

Research by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation finds that campaigners blame an 'atmosphere of intolerance from Whitehall'.

Markettiers appoints leads in news and client services

Markettiers appoints leads in news and client services

Broadcast PR agency Markettiers has strengthened its senior team with talent from Golley Slater and M&C Saatchi PR.

Sard Verbinnen remained top global M&A adviser in 2018, says Mergermarket report

Sard Verbinnen remained top global M&A adviser in 2018, says Mergermarket report

Sard Verbinnen retained its position as the agency that handled the highest value of M&A deals globally in 2018, with the WPP alliance of Finsbury, Hering Schuppener, and Glover Park - which topped the table at the half-year stage - in third place.

Case study: Peer pressure gets doctors to switch to online referrals

Case study: Peer pressure gets doctors to switch to online referrals

Focusing on one key message and getting doctors to share their experiences were vital ingredients in a campaign by NHS Digital which has succeeded in getting 150 acute hospital trusts to use a new online booking system for patient referrals.

Sanofi adds Well Hello to its agency roster

Sanofi adds Well Hello to its agency roster

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi has added Well Hello to its agency roster following a competitive pitch. It is the largest win to date for the healthcare and tech communications agency and its first big pharma client.

Erin Johnson: 'Never let them see you sweat and believe in forgiveness'

Erin Johnson: 'Never let them see you sweat and believe in forgiveness'

The chief communications officer lays out her personal guide for women facing hardship.

Portland hires Diageo's head of society communications

Portland hires Diageo's head of society communications

Diageo's head of society communications Mary Pollard has joined Portland as a partner and will support the agency's Global Impact practice.

Brutally honest campaign tackles fears over smear tests

Brutally honest campaign tackles fears over smear tests

A mixture of traditional media relations and social media, using celebrity influencers, is being used to promote a new campaign to increase the number of women booking cervical cancer screening appointments.

Exclusive: Government's 'fake news' unit gets green light for permanent funding

Exclusive: Government's 'fake news' unit gets green light for permanent funding

The Government's Rapid Response Unit (RRU) has received ministerial sign-off for permanent funding and will continue its operations, PRWeek has learned.

Help for Heroes lights up Tower of London to focus on veterans' mental health

Help for Heroes lights up Tower of London to focus on veterans' mental health

Veterans take four years on average to seek help for their trauma.

The Academy wins Lucozade Sport and Ubisoft pitches

The Academy wins Lucozade Sport and Ubisoft pitches

The Academy has won the retained PR account for Lucozade Sport and will provide comms to support the launch of highly anticipated Ubisoft video game, The Division 2, PRWeek can reveal.

Health specialist Journalista hires first managing director

Health specialist Journalista hires first managing director

Comms agency Journalista has appointed Hannah Rose Thomson to the new role.

Grammatik promotes Matchett to managing director

Grammatik promotes Matchett to managing director

Technology PR and marketing agency Grammatik has promoted Glenn Matchett to managing director.

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.

Healthcare PR pioneer Nick Henderson dies

Healthcare PR pioneer Nick Henderson dies

Nick Henderson, one of the pioneers of healthcare PR, has died aged 92.

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.

Analysis

PR pros: Gillette's 'clunky' masculinity campaign 'not the best an ad can get'

PR pros: Gillette's 'clunky' masculinity campaign 'not the best an ad can get'

Failure to communicate: What disrupts the disruptors?

Failure to communicate: What disrupts the disruptors?

'Shockingly inaccurate', 'wholly unfair', 'naive' - pros slam PR episode of The Media Show

'Shockingly inaccurate', 'wholly unfair', 'naive' - pros slam PR episode of The Media Show

Iceland's Rang-tan campaign delivers 65m views, sales and consideration lift

Iceland's Rang-tan campaign delivers 65m views, sales and consideration lift

'The next big thing': Agencies place big bets on sports gambling

'The next big thing': Agencies place big bets on sports gambling

'Facebook needs leadership reform and cannot PR its way out of lobbying mess' - experts warn

'Facebook needs leadership reform and cannot PR its way out of lobbying mess' - experts warn

PR leaders: 'Time to bin vanity metrics and focus on measuring impact'

PR leaders: 'Time to bin vanity metrics and focus on measuring impact'

For Amazon, the communications challenge is just beginning

For Amazon, the communications challenge is just beginning

'A knockout, highly emotive' or 'something anyone could have produced'? PRWeek's panel on John Lewis' Elton John campaign

'A knockout, highly emotive' or 'something anyone could have produced'? PRWeek's panel on John Lewis' Elton John campaign

PR in the grips of 'overtime epidemic' - professionals work 24 extra days unpaid each year, study finds

PR in the grips of 'overtime epidemic' - professionals work 24 extra days unpaid each year, study finds

The crisis comms lesson behind KFC's 'FCK bucket'

The crisis comms lesson behind KFC's 'FCK bucket'

Exclusive: Which police forces and special units across the UK are best at using social media?

Exclusive: Which police forces and special units across the UK are best at using social media?

'Women in PR more interested in careers than Stella drinkers' - PR pros slam Stella Artois dating 'research'

'Women in PR more interested in careers than Stella drinkers' - PR pros slam Stella Artois dating 'research'

'Don't shift blame onto media' - PRs slate Ryanair's latest response to racism furore

'Don't shift blame onto media' - PRs slate Ryanair's latest response to racism furore

How #MeToo changed the way brands market to men

How #MeToo changed the way brands market to men

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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.

PrettyGreen promotes Sarah Henderson to MD

PrettyGreen promotes Sarah Henderson to MD

Sarah Henderson has been promoted to managing director of PrettyGreen and will join the board after a year in which she won every pitch she led.

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.

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.

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.

Ex-Burson-Marsteller Germany boss joins Clarity

Ex-Burson-Marsteller Germany boss joins Clarity

The former CEO of Burson-Marsteller in Germany has joined tech PR shop Clarity as market lead for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Pharma association promotes Dunster to head of comms

Pharma association promotes Dunster to head of comms

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has promoted Elliot Dunster to executive director of communications.

Ex-M&C Saatchi PR MD Davnet Doran takes new agency role

Ex-M&C Saatchi PR MD Davnet Doran takes new agency role

Former M&C Saatchi PR managing director Davnet Doran has joined Fanclub PR as non-executive director, PRWeek has learned.

Senior 10 Downing Street aide to join Cicero Group

Senior 10 Downing Street aide to join Cicero Group

Nikki da Costa, the former director of legislative affairs at 10 Downing Street, has agreed to join Cicero Group as strategic counsel, pending Cabinet Office approval.

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.

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.

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.