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Hong Kong investment platform hires Borkowski for UK launch

Hong Kong investment platform hires Borkowski for UK launch

Hong Kong-based incubator and investment platform, The Mills, has appointed Borkowski and LONDON Advertising to support its UK launch in 2021, following a four-way tender.

SailGP hires former Sky social purpose lead

SailGP hires former Sky social purpose lead

Fiona Morgan has joined SailGP to head the international sailing competition's purpose agenda.

Female twist on 'Movember' wins early campaign coverage

Female twist on 'Movember' wins early campaign coverage

Abbey Clancy is among a host of personalities fronting this year's Movember campaign, which launched on Monday.

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.

Ex-Pegasus duo launch healthcare agency

Ex-Pegasus duo launch healthcare agency

Chris Webb, a former director at Pegasus, and Neil Sparks, the agency’s ex-head of design and creative services, have launched their own consultancy: Twelve.

‘Young people don't know or care about PR, our job is to go and inspire them' – Warren Johnson

‘Young people don't know or care about PR, our job is to go and inspire them' – Warren Johnson

The W Communications founder says the industry needs to inspire primary school-aged children in outreach programmes, while Xaxis director Akama Davies says the industry is at a disadvantage to other professions in attracting diverse talent.

‘Scaling a PR business during COVID-19 has been a whirlwind’ – Lynn PR founder

‘Scaling a PR business during COVID-19 has been a whirlwind’ – Lynn PR founder

One of PRWeek’s 'agencies to watch in 2020', Lynn PR has scaled impressively during the coronavirus crisis, but for founder Shayoni Lynn the experience has been surreal.

Start-up agency Intent Health wins mental health clients

Start-up agency Intent Health wins mental health clients

Intent Health has added mental health social enterprise InsideOut and wellbeing app FormScore to its initial client roster, the agency has announced.

PRWeek UK launches Top 150 Consultancies Interim Barometer

PRWeek UK launches Top 150 Consultancies Interim Barometer

PRWeek is launching a major new business barometer to gauge how consultancies are faring during this tumultuous year, and their predictions for 2021.

UAE-Israel Business Council hires PR agency

UAE-Israel Business Council hires PR agency

The council was formed to help foster closer relationships between the two nations after they signed a historic agreement to normalise relations.

International Renewable Energy Agency appoints Leidar for comms brief

International Renewable Energy Agency appoints Leidar for comms brief

The Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) has appointed international comms consultancy Leidar, following a competitive pitch process.

Global Institute for Disease Elimination hires Gong to lead communications

Global Institute for Disease Elimination hires Gong to lead communications

The Global Institute for Disease Elimination (Glide) has appointed Gong Communications to lead its comms activity.

Grand Millennium Hotel books PR agency for UAE

Grand Millennium Hotel books PR agency for UAE

Grand Millennium Hotel Business Bay has appointed Brazen MENA to handle its public relations in the UAE.

Havas Middle East wins comms brief for Muslim matchmaking app

Havas Middle East wins comms brief for Muslim matchmaking app

Egypt-based mobile app Hawaya, which approaches matchmaking with respect for Muslim traditions and cultures, has appointed Havas Middle East as its PR Agency on record to lead communications across the GCC.

John Lewis plans buy-back scheme in 'assertive and aggressive' sustainability push

John Lewis plans buy-back scheme in 'assertive and aggressive' sustainability push

Brand aims to contribute to circular economy with initiative that follows similar move by Ikea this week.

IPG to keep pay reductions for top executives for rest of 2020

IPG to keep pay reductions for top executives for rest of 2020

WPP and Publicis have ended COVID salary cuts.

Rugby League World Cup 2021 chooses PR agency for showpiece event

Rugby League World Cup 2021 chooses PR agency for showpiece event

Hatch has been appointed by Rugby League World Cup 2021 to deliver PR, social media strategy and community management for its social media channels.

Ex-Guardian CEO teams up with The Communications Store to launch new agency

Ex-Guardian CEO teams up with The Communications Store to launch new agency

David Pemsel, former chief executive of Guardian Media Group, has set up a brand-building and comms agency with The Communications Store (TCS) chief executive Julietta Dexter and chief creative officer Daniel Marks. As a result, TCS will operate as ScienceMagic.Inc with immediate effect.

Pitch Update: Kellogg's, Chelsea FC, West Ham, Testcard, Manifest, Frank and more

Pitch Update: Kellogg's, Chelsea FC, West Ham, Testcard, Manifest, Frank and more

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

Top & Flop of the Week: Ikea's stand against consumerism and Joel Glazer's own goal

Top & Flop of the Week: Ikea's stand against consumerism and Joel Glazer's own goal

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

Analysis

Fake news jeopardising chances of COVID-19 vaccine success, study warns

Fake news jeopardising chances of COVID-19 vaccine success, study warns

Fears for tiers? Councils hand down verdict on new multi-level messaging

Fears for tiers? Councils hand down verdict on new multi-level messaging

‘Brilliant communicator, but what about the leadership?’ Public affairs pros react to PM’s conference speech

‘Brilliant communicator, but what about the leadership?’ Public affairs pros react to PM’s conference speech

Can Sunak’s furlough scheme replacement save jobs in PR's hardest-hit agencies?

Can Sunak’s furlough scheme replacement save jobs in PR's hardest-hit agencies?

Biggest government comms teams revealed by official figures

Biggest government comms teams revealed by official figures

'No big campaigns, plenty of direct comms' - how big banks should respond to 'dirty money' report

'No big campaigns, plenty of direct comms' - how big banks should respond to 'dirty money' report

Keir Starmer: Public affairs pros give verdicts on the first online-only party-leader conference speech in history

Keir Starmer: Public affairs pros give verdicts on the first online-only party-leader conference speech in history

COVID-19 briefing: How can healthcare comms help the public make sense of the science?

COVID-19 briefing: How can healthcare comms help the public make sense of the science?

Contracts without competition: a reputational blow for the public affairs industry?

Contracts without competition: a reputational blow for the public affairs industry?

Five ‘lockdown’ consumer healthcare audiences – and how to communicate with them

Five ‘lockdown’ consumer healthcare audiences – and how to communicate with them

Virtuous or virtue signalling – was Ben & Jerry's right to attack the Government on Channel crossings?

Virtuous or virtue signalling – was Ben & Jerry's right to attack the Government on Channel crossings?

'Pac-Man' acquirers and holding companies 'hacking the fat' - what next for PR M&A?

'Pac-Man' acquirers and holding companies 'hacking the fat' - what next for PR M&A?

Does poor treatment of workers have an effect on brand reputation?

Does poor treatment of workers have an effect on brand reputation?

Power grab or rationalisation? Government plans huge reduction in comms personnel

Power grab or rationalisation? Government plans huge reduction in comms personnel

News analysis: Hospitality could resort to 'cleanwashing' as operators balance safety and experience

News analysis: Hospitality could resort to 'cleanwashing' as operators balance safety and experience

Latest Jobs

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Movers & Shakers: Omnicom, Four Communications, Marco, Taylor Bennett Foundation and more

Movers & Shakers: Omnicom, Four Communications, Marco, Taylor Bennett Foundation and more

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

Chief diversity officer Tiffany Warren to leave Omnicom

Chief diversity officer Tiffany Warren to leave Omnicom

The longtime executive is taking on a leadership role at Sony Music Group.

Marco hires tourism comms veteran to global role amid recruitment spree

Marco hires tourism comms veteran to global role amid recruitment spree

Marco has appointed tourism communications leader, Tomás Matesanz, as its global business development and innovation officer. The agency has also won a raft of new clients.

Dame Heather Rabbatts joins global comms group in senior role

Dame Heather Rabbatts joins global comms group in senior role

Four Communications Group has appointed Dame Heather Rabbatts as its new chair.

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.

Volunteer initiative Look After becomes full-service agency

Volunteer initiative Look After becomes full-service agency

The initiative set up by Nic Young to provide pro-bono support to charities during the COVID-19 crisis has evolved into a full-service creative agency with three founding managers, a high-profile chair, and a network of 350 freelancers, PRWeek can reveal.

Movers & Shakers: Virgin Group, Don't Cry Wolf, Yorkshire Building Society, Engine and more

Movers & Shakers: Virgin Group, Don't Cry Wolf, Yorkshire Building Society, Engine and more

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

Virgin Group chief communications officer to step down

Virgin Group chief communications officer to step down

Nick Fox has decided to seek a new challenge after 13 years at the business, including the past six and-a-half-years as CCO. The group’s director of communications, Tamara Bennett, will lead comms on an interim basis.

Don’t Cry Wolf presses play on new production arm

Don’t Cry Wolf presses play on new production arm

PR agency Don’t Cry Wolf has expanded its creative offering with a new division, DCW Productions.

Makara Health hires ex-creative chief at FCB Health

Makara Health hires ex-creative chief at FCB Health

Neil Padgett, former managing director, creative, at FCB Health, has been appointed creative director at Salisbury-based Makara Health.

UAE utility giant Taqa names senior British energy exec as new comms chief

UAE utility giant Taqa names senior British energy exec as new comms chief

Taqa, the giant merged utility in Abu Dhabi, has hired an experienced British energy comms executive as its chief communications officer.

Hilton places comms under new chief administrative officer Matthew Schuyler

Hilton places comms under new chief administrative officer Matthew Schuyler

Former EVP of global corporate affairs Katie Fallon has left Hilton for McDonald’s.

Engine - MHP Health boosts senior team with hires from BCW, Incisive and ViiV

Engine - MHP Health boosts senior team with hires from BCW, Incisive and ViiV

Engine - MHP Health has appointed two associate directors and a digital director after reporting growth of more than 20 per cent and winning new pharma clients.