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Coty hires AstraZeneca's Esra Erkal-Paler for global corporate affairs role

Coty hires AstraZeneca's Esra Erkal-Paler for global corporate affairs role

The position is newly created at the beauty company.

Consultancies are 'in the room, but not winning,' says WPP digital leader

Consultancies are 'in the room, but not winning,' says WPP digital leader

Threats to the industry loom as brands take work in-house.

Diffusion sets up Los Angeles office

Diffusion sets up Los Angeles office

The firm's first office on the West Coast is its third overall.

In brief: Eulogy wins Halo Top, Oatly hires John Doe, Avani appoints GribbonBerry

In brief: Eulogy wins Halo Top, Oatly hires John Doe, Avani appoints GribbonBerry

Fast-growing ice cream brand Halo Top hires Eulogy, Oatly appoints John Doe, Reuter Communications enters MENA, and more from PRWeek UK.

Cirkle becomes majority employee-owned business

Cirkle becomes majority employee-owned business

Cirkle has become a majority employee-owned business, with founder and chairman Caroline Kinsey transferring 60 per cent of the equity into an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT).

Money Advice Service seeks video production agency

Money Advice Service seeks video production agency

The government-funded free and impartial financial advice body Money Advice Service (MAS) is looking to recruit a video and animation production agency on a year-long contract.

South Lakeland tells voters to watch out for change on 3 May

South Lakeland tells voters to watch out for change on 3 May

In the fifth of PRWeek's series on voter-registration and turnout campaigns, we take a look at how, with several changes for voters to navigate in this year's local elections, South Lakeland District Council's comms team is focusing its efforts on getting them up to speed before they reach the ballot box.

FCO appoints Kindred to deliver behaviour change campaign aimed at UK holidaymakers

FCO appoints Kindred to deliver behaviour change campaign aimed at UK holidaymakers

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has appointed the agency to handle its annual Travel Aware campaign.

NHSE school speakers to reach children & win coverage for 70th birthday

NHSE school speakers to reach children & win coverage for 70th birthday

NHS England is hoping to inspire schoolchildren to consider a career in the health service by sending TV doctors and senior staff to speak in schools.

Derbyshire Council plans cost-cutting comms operation review under new boss

Derbyshire Council plans cost-cutting comms operation review under new boss

Derbyshire County Council is seeking external advice on cutting costs in its comms operation following the appointment of Emma Crapper to oversee the function.

Study: Long live the press release

Study: Long live the press release

For three years running, journalists have referred to the press release as their go-to source for reliable information.

Social influencers are ditching Snapchat for Instagram

Social influencers are ditching Snapchat for Instagram

Does this mark the beginning of the end for Snapchat?

Brand Film Festival London: stellar line-up confirmed for must-attend event

Brand Film Festival London: stellar line-up confirmed for must-attend event

High-profile figures from the world of film will join PR and advertising experts as speakers at next week's must-attend Brand Film Festival London.

How brands got on the Royal baby train... again

How brands got on the Royal baby train... again

Despite there being no shortage of royal babies and marriages to celebrate in recent years, UK media was once again ripe with slogans, puns and pretty pictures celebrating the new prince's birth.

Spirits brands 'call time on Twitter'

Spirits brands 'call time on Twitter'

Barely a week after pub giant Wetherspoons announced its departure from social media, new research suggests spirits brands have been abandoning Twitter in droves.

PR industry M&A rebounds in Q1

PR industry M&A rebounds in Q1

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the PR industry rebounded in the first quarter of 2018, with 14 deals involving PR agencies taking place over the three months, says new research.

Ketchum to streamline agency operations, move to one P&L

Ketchum to streamline agency operations, move to one P&L

CEO Barri Rafferty said the firm is "evolving."

PRWeek UK 30 Under 30 2018: judges confirmed... deadline nears

PRWeek UK 30 Under 30 2018: judges confirmed... deadline nears

The judges for this year's 30 Under 30 from PRWeek UK have been confirmed - as the deadline for entries nears.

In brief: Talk PR rebrands, British Business Bank re-appoints MHP, Finn launches responsible tourism shop

Talk PR becomes Talk.Global, British Business Bank expands MHP brief, Finn launches Global Responsible Tourism consultancy, Fogel & Partners joins Finsbury, Hering Schuppener and GPG partnership, and more from PRWeek UK.

Which firms' reputations have risen in 2018, and which have plunged?

Which firms' reputations have risen in 2018, and which have plunged?

The reputation of companies operating in the UK has declined for the first time since 2008, says a new report that lists which firms have seen their reputations soar and plunge this year.

Analysis

Crisis communicators give Zuckerberg high marks for testimony

Crisis communicators give Zuckerberg high marks for testimony

'A watershed moment': have people woken up to how their Facebook data is used following the Cambridge Analytica scandal?

'A watershed moment': have people woken up to how their Facebook data is used following the Cambridge Analytica scandal?

Which government departments are the most effective at using Twitter?

Which government departments are the most effective at using Twitter?

Time's up: Exclusive survey shows extent of sexual harassment in PR and comms

Time's up: Exclusive survey shows extent of sexual harassment in PR and comms

'Politicians' worst nightmare': Tone, social savvy make Parkland students authentic advocates

'Politicians' worst nightmare': Tone, social savvy make Parkland students authentic advocates

'Reputations are hard won and easily lost' - PR chiefs dissect Oxfam's crisis

'Reputations are hard won and easily lost' - PR chiefs dissect Oxfam's crisis

Salary survey shows contrast between financial and corporate comms - and identifies gender pay gap of up to £75k

Salary survey shows contrast between financial and corporate comms - and identifies gender pay gap of up to £75k

People want quality journalism but delivered in a more compelling way, says Edelman's latest update

People want quality journalism but delivered in a more compelling way, says Edelman's latest update

Why Davos is bucking the populist trend to stay on agency leaders' calendars

Why Davos is bucking the populist trend to stay on agency leaders' calendars

Was Virgin Trains crazy to pick a fight with the Mail? Comms experts analyse this week's big story

Was Virgin Trains crazy to pick a fight with the Mail? Comms experts analyse this week's big story

Budget 2017: Gags and giveaways but 'Spreadsheet Phil' is no showman and can't hide the bad news

Budget 2017: Gags and giveaways but 'Spreadsheet Phil' is no showman and can't hide the bad news

#MoztheMonster makes smaller splash than previous John Lewis campaigns but PR pros say retailer's money 'well spent'

#MoztheMonster makes smaller splash than previous John Lewis campaigns but PR pros say retailer's money 'well spent'

Local authorities lead public sector organisations for early gender pay gap reporting

Local authorities lead public sector organisations for early gender pay gap reporting

FARA 'shockwaves:' Agencies rush to ensure compliance after indictments

FARA 'shockwaves:' Agencies rush to ensure compliance after indictments

The Queen, Trump, Bono, 'Big Business'... whose reputation is at greatest risk from Paradise Papers?

The Queen, Trump, Bono, 'Big Business'... whose reputation is at greatest risk from Paradise Papers?

Latest Jobs

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Edelman hires Marie-Claire Barker as global chief talent officer

Edelman hires Marie-Claire Barker as global chief talent officer

Barker was most recently global chief talent officer at Wavemaker, a WPP media, content, and technology agency.

Former MHP corporate chief joins MSL in London

Former MHP corporate chief joins MSL in London

Jonathan Lomax has been hired by MSL to lead its London corporate comms and reputation management practice, with another senior director also starting.

University of Sussex appoints first director of external relations

University of Sussex appoints first director of external relations

The University of Sussex has created its first director of external relations role, promoting Michelle Gordon to the position.

In brief: Chapel Down hires Well Hello, senior hires for Fourtold and Social Comms, Lib Dem aide joins Blackstock

In brief: Chapel Down hires Well Hello, senior hires for Fourtold and Social Comms, Lib Dem aide joins Blackstock

Chapel Down hires agency, Social Comms brings in Luke, FTI veteran joins Fourtold, Lib Dem aide joins Blackstock, and more from PRWeek UK.

Forensic, focused, cantankerous: nine reflections on Sorrell and his style

Forensic, focused, cantankerous: nine reflections on Sorrell and his style

As Sir Martin clears his desk, PRWeek has collected nine thoughts from the worlds of PR, journalism and agency life on the man, his skills, his temperament and his future.

Sorrell quits as WPP chief executive

Sorrell quits as WPP chief executive

Martin Sorrell has resigned from WPP, the owner of PR agencies including Burson Cohn & Wolfe, Ogilvy, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Finsbury, The Glover Park Group, and Hering Schuppener.

In brief: Red hires Huawei lead, Cricket World Cup selects comms lead, Mudhar's Commonwealth appointment

In brief: Red hires Huawei lead, Cricket World Cup selects comms lead, Mudhar's Commonwealth appointment

Red hires Huawei lead, Cricket World Cup selects comms lead, Mudhar's Commonwealth appointment and more from PRWeek UK.

Challenger bank hires long-time Times journalist Frean as corporate affairs lead

Challenger bank hires long-time Times journalist Frean as corporate affairs lead

Alexandra Frean has ended her quarter-of-a-century stint as a Times journalist by stepping into a role at a new mobile-only bank.

Marian Salzman exits Havas PR for Philip Morris International

Marian Salzman exits Havas PR for Philip Morris International

She is relocating to Switzerland for the role.

Headland hires ex-Finsbury UK boss and former Tesco corporate comms chief

Headland hires ex-Finsbury UK boss and former Tesco corporate comms chief

Independent PR agency Headland has added two big hitters to its ranks: former Finsbury UK CEO Mike Smith and Ed Young, an ex-Tesco corporate comms chief and a former speechwriter for David Cameron.

Sunday Times business editor joins Edelman financial practice Smithfield

Sunday Times business editor joins Edelman financial practice Smithfield

Smithfield, Edelman UK's specialist financial services and capital markets business, has enticed journalist Iain Dey across to the world of PR.

Edelman and Centrica veteran picked to lead UK corporate at Weber Shandwick

Edelman and Centrica veteran picked to lead UK corporate at Weber Shandwick

Weber Shandwick is welcoming a second new leader in its corporate, financial and public affairs unit in as many months.

Matthew Freud joins board of $500m Islamic Development Bank fund amid agency engagement

Matthew Freud joins board of $500m Islamic Development Bank fund amid agency engagement

Matthew Freud has joined the board of trustees for the Islamic Development Bank's new Transform Fund, with his agency providing ongoing support to the Saudi Arabia-based body.