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Weber Shandwick EMEA hires health and sustainability leads

Weber Shandwick EMEA hires health and sustainability leads

Weber Shandwick has added EMEA leaders to strengthen its sustainability and healthcare practices.

More than half of Instagram influencers 'engaged in fraud', with 45 per cent of accounts 'fake'

More than half of Instagram influencers 'engaged in fraud', with 45 per cent of accounts 'fake'

More than half (55 per cent) of Instagram influencers were involved in some form of social media fraud and fakery in 2020, despite an eight percentage point decrease from 2019. A new study by HypeAuditor also found 45 per cent of Instagram accounts were fake.

Met Police comms chief announces departure as hunt for successor begins

Met Police comms chief announces departure as hunt for successor begins

James Helm, director of comms at the Metropolitan Police, has announced that he will depart in the summer after more than three years in the job.

MSL UK partners social enterprise to 'break down PR entry barriers'

MSL UK partners social enterprise to 'break down PR entry barriers'

MSL UK is entering a partnership with a social enterprise community group for a new scheme to encourage more diverse talent into the agency and the sector.

IPA Bellwether: optimism over sector-wide prospects for first time since 2015

IPA Bellwether: optimism over sector-wide prospects for first time since 2015

Report finds budgets are beginning to stabilise.

FT appoints global communications director for maternity cover

FT appoints global communications director for maternity cover

The Financial Times has hired former Qatar Airways head of comms Sophie Knight as global communications director. She has been hired on a 12-month contract to cover for Kristina Eriksson, who is on maternity leave.

Second-hand fashion platform Vinted hires UK consumer PR agency

Second-hand fashion platform Vinted hires UK consumer PR agency

Red Havas has been appointed as the UK consumer and lifestyle PR agency of record for online fashion platform Vinted, following a competitive pitch process.

Former Conservative HQ CEO joins Hume Brophy

Former Conservative HQ CEO joins Hume Brophy

Hume Brophy has appointed former Conservative HQ chief executive Mark MacGregor as a senior adviser. He joins the international comms firm from consultancy Stonehaven, where he was a director.

Publicis Groupe plots return to the office, with help from Marcel

Publicis Groupe plots return to the office, with help from Marcel

The holding company is reimagining what getting back to work will look like.

Pandemic prompts blood cancer charity to switch to permanent 'digital-first' approach

Pandemic prompts blood cancer charity to switch to permanent 'digital-first' approach

The pandemic has inspired a fundamental overhaul of communications at blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan and now there's no going back, its comms chief has told PRWeek in an exclusive interview.

Pitch Update: Quorn, London Broncos, Nationwide, ThruDark and more

Pitch Update: Quorn, London Broncos, Nationwide, ThruDark and more

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

Finsbury Glover Hering hires FleishmanHillard's global tech chief

Finsbury Glover Hering hires FleishmanHillard's global tech chief

Finsbury Glover Hering has hired Sophie Scott, global managing director for technology at FleishmanHillard, to lead growth of its global tech business.

Sanofi poaches pharma comms veteran from rival

Sanofi poaches pharma comms veteran from rival

Fiona Olivier has left AbbVie, where she was the pharma giant's head of global patient relations and international public affairs, to be global head of public affairs and communications for Sanofi's general medicines division.

Lexington Health announces new leadership amid ‘record-breaking’ year

Lexington Health announces new leadership amid ‘record-breaking’ year

Lexington has promoted Ed McRandal to head of health, while Will Culliford has been promoted to be his deputy and lead its health-tech offer.

Hanover Health bolsters leadership team as fee income rises

Hanover Health bolsters leadership team as fee income rises

Two associate directors, specialising in comms and public affairs, have been appointed by Hanover Health after fee income climbed by almost one-fifth.

Quorn hires creative comms agency to build on sustainable food message

Quorn hires creative comms agency to build on sustainable food message

Quorn has appointed Taylor Herring to handle its retained press office, media relations strategy and creative brand PR campaigns in the UK, following a four-way competitive pitch.

Heineken pop-up ends the long wait for a pint and a haircut, simultaneously

Heineken pop-up ends the long wait for a pint and a haircut, simultaneously

Punters can enjoy a beer while getting a Heineken-haircut.

'Give Tesco a miss', supermarket urges with campaign promoting pubs

'Give Tesco a miss', supermarket urges with campaign promoting pubs

Tesco’s 'Pop to your local if you can' campaign ran across national newspapers.

Boldspace launches work experience programme for students from disadvantaged backgrounds

Boldspace launches work experience programme for students from disadvantaged backgrounds

Brand building and communications agency Boldspace has created a work experience scheme that targets talent from disadvantaged backgrounds and aims to address the “archaic, nepotistic and unproductive structure” of traditional work experience.

Next 15 reports 'excellent' results as full-year profit grows

Next 15 reports 'excellent' results as full-year profit grows

Next 15 saw pre-tax profit rise 22 per cent to £49.1m in the year to 31 January 2021, in what it described as "excellent" results aided by its focus on the b2b and tech sectors.

Analysis

Life after Slack: Who are the contenders and what next for Downing Street comms?

Life after Slack: Who are the contenders and what next for Downing Street comms?

The ‘debate is dead’ – flexible working is here to stay: industry analysis

The ‘debate is dead’ – flexible working is here to stay: industry analysis

‘Lead with truth and science’: healthcare comms pros advise Oxford/AstraZeneca as vaccine rollout stalls

‘Lead with truth and science’: healthcare comms pros advise Oxford/AstraZeneca as vaccine rollout stalls

‘A hatchet over our heads’: GCS staff and union voice anger over redundancy programme

‘A hatchet over our heads’: GCS staff and union voice anger over redundancy programme

A matter of life or death: The unique comms challenge of the vaccine rollout

A matter of life or death: The unique comms challenge of the vaccine rollout

'It’s demeaning' – corporate comms staff reveal COVID-19 pay-cut anger in survey

'It’s demeaning' – corporate comms staff reveal COVID-19 pay-cut anger in survey

'We will get through this' – hospitality PR defiant as it works toward recovery

'We will get through this' – hospitality PR defiant as it works toward recovery

Harassment, racism, unfair pay: women in public affairs reveal serious concerns

Harassment, racism, unfair pay: women in public affairs reveal serious concerns

Exceptional communicator with a ‘touch of Machiavelli’: Who is ‘Slacky’, Downing Street’s new comms chief?

Exceptional communicator with a ‘touch of Machiavelli’: Who is ‘Slacky’, Downing Street’s new comms chief?

Could consumer PR’s 'resurgence' shake up marcomms?

Could consumer PR’s 'resurgence' shake up marcomms?

‘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?

PR leaders concerned for practitioners as UK 'mental health crisis' escalates

PR leaders concerned for practitioners as UK 'mental health crisis' escalates

UK slips down freedom of expression ranking for attempts to erode public service media

UK slips down freedom of expression ranking for attempts to erode public service media

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

Latest Jobs

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Kekst CNC grows senior team with hires from Weber Shandwick, KPMG and MoD

Kekst CNC grows senior team with hires from Weber Shandwick, KPMG and MoD

Kekst CNC has added three senior consultants and eight others to its London team.

The PRWeekly Podcast: Ogilvy CEO moves to Weber | COVID & internal comms | Manifest's Obubo tackles racism report

The PRWeekly Podcast: Ogilvy CEO moves to Weber | COVID & internal comms | Manifest's Obubo tackles racism report

PRWeek's new podcast takes listeners behind the headlines of the week's most important news, views and industry gossip.

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Visa, Mischief, Finsbury Glover Hering, AxiCom and more

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Visa, Mischief, Finsbury Glover Hering, AxiCom and more

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

Visa hires communications director for Europe

Visa hires communications director for Europe

Visa has appointed Portland director Claire Hardy as its communications director for continental Europe.

Engine Mischief grows leadership team with senior hire

Engine Mischief grows leadership team with senior hire

Engine Mischief has appointed experienced brand strategist and former agency founder Alicia Mellish as a director.

AxiCom hires Frank's creative director

AxiCom hires Frank's creative director

AxiCom has appointed Graeme Anthony to the new role of creative director. He joins from Frank, where he spent 10 years – most recently in the same position.

Iris appoints new London CEO

Iris appoints new London CEO

Former chief marketing officer takes over from Chris Marlow.

ESG specialist Adrian Rimmer joins Finsbury Glover Hering

ESG specialist Adrian Rimmer joins Finsbury Glover Hering

Finsbury Glover Hering has appointed ESG and sustainable finance expert Adrian Rimmer as a partner in its London office to provide leadership to the consultancy’s sustainability and climate offering.

Edelman promotes Russell Dubner, Lisa Osborne Ross

Edelman promotes Russell Dubner, Lisa Osborne Ross

The firm is naming Dubner global vice chairman; Osborne Ross is succeeding him as U.S. CEO.

Talker Tailor Trouble Maker names lead creative

Talker Tailor Trouble Maker names lead creative

Talker Tailor Trouble Maker has promoted Olivia Mushigo into the new role of lead creative.

Portland hires former Spad Anita Boateng

Portland hires former Spad Anita Boateng

Boateng has joined Portland as a partner, PRWeek has learned.

The Unmistakables expands leadership team and hires former BT D&I lead

The Unmistakables expands leadership team and hires former BT D&I lead

The Unmistakables has grown its leadership team with the promotion of Ben Brooks-Dutton to managing partner and addition of former BT Group director of talent, leadership and diversity, Simone Marquis, as culture and inclusion director.

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, Facebook, Google, Lexington, Radioactive PR and more

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, Facebook, Google, Lexington, Radioactive PR and more

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