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MHP and Mischief to adopt 'Engine' branding

MHP and Mischief to adopt 'Engine' branding

MHP Communications and Mischief will operate under the 'Engine' banner and could dissolve their legacy brands in years to come, PRWeek has learned.

Provoke Piers: PR agency launches tool for triggering Piers Morgan

Provoke Piers: PR agency launches tool for triggering Piers Morgan

It's becoming the PR tactic du jour - and now a PR agency has launched a website dedicated to generating campaign ideas to trigger Piers Morgan.

CIPR launches service to help clients recruit PR talent and agencies

CIPR launches service to help clients recruit PR talent and agencies

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has launched a client adviser service to guide businesses through the process of hiring public relations support.

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.

Fusion Media to handle PR for sports clothing brand

Fusion Media to handle PR for sports clothing brand

Sports clothing brand GORE Wear has appointed Fusion Media as its UK PR agency.

FleishmanHillard Middle East incorporates into Omnicom's Impact BBDO

FleishmanHillard Middle East incorporates into Omnicom's Impact BBDO

FleishmanHillard has incorporated its Middle Eastern business into Impact BBDO, the regional network owned by Fleishman parent company Omnicom, although the PR shop insists it is not a merger.

Why McDonald's doesn't fight social media wars

Why McDonald's doesn't fight social media wars

The home of the Golden Arches has a reason for staying silent in the face of social media attacks by competitors such as Wendy's and Burger King.

Expanding Rocco Forte Hotels group appoints UK PR agency

Expanding Rocco Forte Hotels group appoints UK PR agency

PRCO has been appointed as the UK PR agency for Rocco Forte Hotels. The group has a portfolio of 11 hotels and resorts in iconic destinations, with several new openings in the pipeline.

Hostels giant Generator appoints UK agency to Europe brief

Hostels giant Generator appoints UK agency to Europe brief

One of Europe's institutions on the backpacking circuit, hostels business Generator, has appointed London-based travel representation and PR consultancy Hills Balfour to manage its European PR strategy.

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.

Former public affairs agency chief jailed for rape

Former public affairs agency chief jailed for rape

Former lobbyist and private secretary to two prime ministers, Mark Adams, was jailed for rape for seven years at Woolwich Crown Court earlier this week.

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.

GCI Health to open Singapore office, its first in Asia

GCI Health to open Singapore office, its first in Asia

It's the first step in a planned regional expansion for GCI.

Threepipe lands PR for Indian airline

Threepipe lands PR for Indian airline

Indian airline Jet Airways has appointed Threepipe to handle its PR activity in the UK.

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.

Hanover wins Mondelez trade PR pitch

Hanover wins Mondelez trade PR pitch

Food and drinks giant Mondelez International has chosen Hanover Communications as its trade communications agency following a competitive pitch.

Nick Hewer fronts new podcast to encourage exports

Nick Hewer fronts new podcast to encourage exports

TV presenter Nick Hewer, former aide to Lord Sugar on The Apprentice, is hosting a podcast launched this week by the Department for International Trade (DIT) as part of the government's 'Exporting is GREAT' campaign.

PR salaries to be squeezed in 2019 - analysis

PR salaries to be squeezed in 2019 - analysis

PR professionals looking for a new job should not expect a substantial rise in pay, as advertised salaries are forecast to track well below inflation this year, according to new data from recruitment firm Reed.

Survey highlights fears over cuts to government comms budgets

Survey highlights fears over cuts to government comms budgets

One in three heads of communications at councils across the country expects their budgets to be cut in the coming year, with a significant number predicting a "great decrease", according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

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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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.

Edelman APAC vice chair Rupen Desai departs

Edelman APAC vice chair Rupen Desai departs

Former MullenLowe Asia-Pacific leader to leave post in March, after just two years.

Ketchum appoints new head of London analytics team

Ketchum appoints new head of London analytics team

Ketchum had appointed data analytics professional Fran Cavanagh as head of research and analytics in London.

British Airways reveals new head of global PR

British Airways reveals new head of global PR

British Airways, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this August, has made Victoria Madden its head of global PR, PRWeek can reveal.

Hanover targets health clients in UAE with new hire

Hanover targets health clients in UAE with new hire

Hanover Communications' health arm has appointed Simone Elviss as director of healthcare in the Middle East in a bid to expand its health client base.

Edelman health director poached by Reynolds-MacKenzie

Edelman health director poached by Reynolds-MacKenzie

Vicky Bramham has left Edelman to take up the role of managing director at healthcare specialist PR agency Reynolds-MacKenzie, part of the OPEN Health group.