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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, Lifesum, ThruDark and more

Pitch Update: Quorn, London Broncos, Nationwide, Lifesum, 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.

Dave teases thirsty Brits with 'build your own boozer'

Dave teases thirsty Brits with 'build your own boozer'

As pub beer gardens reopen, Comedy TV channel Dave has partnered online retailer Firebox to launch the world’s first Flat Pack Pub in a campaign delivered by Taylor Herring. But can such a novel concept meet demand?

Nationwide and The FA appoint PR agency for respect campaign

Nationwide and The FA appoint PR agency for respect campaign

Leeds agency Hatch has won a brief to deliver a national PR campaign for Nationwide Building Society and The FA.

Lobbying industry's self-regulator unveils six-point plan to fix 'unfit' Lobbying Act

Lobbying industry's self-regulator unveils six-point plan to fix 'unfit' Lobbying Act

The lobbying self regulator has urged the Government to adopt six reforms to lobbying rules to improve transparency, accountability and trust in the UK political system.

‘Blatant cronyism’ – industry reacts to Cameron's lobbying admission

‘Blatant cronyism’ – industry reacts to Cameron's lobbying admission

Senior lobbyists and the lobbying self regulator would like to see lobbying rules tightened after David Cameron finally broke his silence over his role lobbying on behalf of Greensill Capital.

Electronics giant Jumbo appoints UAE PR agency

Electronics giant Jumbo appoints UAE PR agency

Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) has been appointed as Jumbo Group’s PR agency in the UAE, to enhance creative communications across the tech group’s business units.

Mashreq Bank hires agency of record

Mashreq Bank hires agency of record

UAE private bank Mashreq has appointed Sweetwater MEA as its brand agency of record following a competitive pitch process.

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.

Senior hire and promotion at Cicero/AMO as agency eyes fintech growth

Senior hire and promotion at Cicero/AMO as agency eyes fintech growth

Cicero/AMO has hired Sameer Gulati as a director to lead its growing fintech division and promoted Sonia Khan to associate director and a member of the agency’s UK public affairs senior management team.

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

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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.

Google hires KPMG's Jennifer ‘Jo’ Ogunleye to lead b2b comms

Google hires KPMG's Jennifer ‘Jo’ Ogunleye to lead b2b comms

Google UK & Ireland has hired Jennifer ‘Jo’ Ogunleye to lead its b2b communications function with a focus on Google Search and YouTube advertising.