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Teach your SLT about internal comms by letting them ‘do the damage’

Attendees were warned to ‘choose their battles’ when it comes to working with senior leadership teams during a panel at PRWeek’s Strategic Internal Communications conference this week.

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

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

Betfair's World Cup prediction, Oatly's breakfast machine, #IDontHaveDandruff - Campaigns round-up

PRWeek UK rounds up campaign launches from the past seven days.

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‘They think it’s just putting information in an email’ – helping HR understand internal comms

Internal comms pros discussed the difficulties of being grouped with human resources teams, and how to work in harmony with them at this year’s PRWeek Strategic Internal Communications conference.

Duncan Purves

4media Group buys Stature PR and appoints UK CEO

Global integrated comms and marketing firm 4media Group has acquired UK-based consumer and fintech PR agency Stature.

Rachel Pendered and Mark Killick

Media Zoo makes digital agency acquisition

Creative agency Media Zoo is set to integrate AR, VR and web3 comms expertise into its offering, after buying digital agency Finer Vision in a multi-million pound deal.

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Balenciaga pulls campaign and apologises after backlash

Holiday gift campaign was shot by photojournalist Gabriel Galimberti.

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‘Internal comms is for life, not just for crisis – and must be at the top table’

There is no longer a business case for internal comms not having a seat at the top table – that was a key message to delegates at PRWeek’s Strategic Internal Communications conference yesterday.

James MacFarlane

MHP Group hires capital markets MD

MHP Group has strengthened its capital markets team with the appointment of James McFarlane, most recently at H/Advisers Maitland, as a managing director.

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PR industry becoming more profitable despite underlying issues, say agency bosses

PR firms across the world expect to become more profitable within the next year, having higher expectations than in 2021, according to a new ICCO survey.

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Qatar's Budweiser beer ban ‘a storm in a pint cup’

Sports marketing leaders say the last minute U-turn on Bud selling alcoholic beer at World Cup games has been blown out of proportion.

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Anti-Black Friday campaigns achieve limited cut-through, research finds

Marketing activity around Black Friday is down this year compared to last – despite more people showing an interest in it.

Bobby Morse

WPP agency lands energy client

WPP-owned financial PR specialist Buchanan has been appointed on a retainer to provide PR and financial comms advice to Oracle Power, a developer of green hydrogen.

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Rashford wins public vote for campaign of the decade

Marcus Rashford’s free school meals initiative has been named the best campaign of the past decade, according to the results of a poll conducted by Pagefield.

Peter Fitch

Former Teneo COO joins Nepean

Peter Fitch has left his role as chief operating officer at Teneo’s London office to become a partner at reputation and comms consultancy Nepean.

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Huge numbers of PR and public affairs firms could be caught up in new anti-spying laws

More than 165,000 PR, public affairs, advertising and management consultants will have to familiarise themselves with a Foreign Influence Registration Scheme, under the National Security Bill going through parliament.

PRCA names team for governance review

The PRCA has appointed a team headed by Professor Chris Bones, chair of the Board of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, for its governance review, the trade body announced today.

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H+K splattered with fake oil in Extinction Rebellion protest

Extinction Rebellion splattered fake oil over the London office of PR agency Hill+Knowlton today as part of a series of protests in the capital targeting organisations with "links to the fossil fuel industry".

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Teneo hires former Downing Street business chief

Alex Hickman, previously business engagement lead in Downing Street, has joined Teneo to head its political practice in the UK.

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Sally Donovan-Smith and Ed McRandal

Lexington hires head of brand and medical comms

UK strategic comms consultancy Lexington has appointed Sally Donovan-Smith – a healthcare comms stalwart who has worked at Sanofi, Novartis and agency-side at Chandler Chicco – as head of brand and medical communications.

David Wheldon, Sarah Bates, Shereen Daniels, Philip Collins

Lansons hires four senior advisers including ex-Tony Blair speechwriter

Lansons has appointed four senior advisors to the business, including Tony Blair’s former chief speechwriter, Philip Collins.

LLYC names global CEO

Alejandro Romero, who has worked at comms agency LLYC for 26 years, is set to become global chief executive of the firm.

Movers and Shakers: Omnicom, Hanbury, Rise at Seven, Gucci, Lewis and more...

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

Hanbury bolsters EU public affairs team with hires and promotions

Hanbury Strategy has hired Tom Denney, formerly of BCW and Teneo, as a partner as the firm continues to grow its public affairs practice in Brussels.

 Benjamin Cercio

Gucci hires ex-Louis Vuitton comms head

Fashion giant Gucci has hired Benjamin Cercio, former international director for press, influencer and entertainment relations at Louis Vuitton, as its new global communications director.

Mark Flanagan

Ex-Portland CEO Mark Flanagan takes new European role at Omnicom PR Group

Former Portland chief executive Mark Flanagan has been elevated to a new, wider European public and corporate affairs role at parent Omnicom PR Group (OPRG).

Ollie Buckley

Taso Advisory poaches Ollie Buckley from Teneo

Ben Greenstone, the founder of Taso Advisory, has appointed former colleague Ollie Buckley as a director, the public affairs agency announced today.

Chloe George

Ex-BT ESG chief joins agency

Sustainability comms consultancy Seahorse Environmental has appointed Chloe George, former head of ESG strategy and engagement at BT Group, to lead its new ESG and corporate sustainability practice.

Jim Murphy

Arden Strategies hires two Labour figures including ex-shadow minister

Comms advisory firm Arden Strategies, founded by former Labour Secretary of State for Scotland Jim Murphy, has strengthened its Labour credentials with two hires – one of them ex-MP Anna Turley.

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

Alice Walker, Ghali Houri, Natalie Amos, Mohaned Lafi, Samir Hammad and Louay Houri

Four MENA makes three senior promotions

Four Communications Group has named Ghali Houri, Louay Houri and Mohaned Lafi as managing directors in the MENA region.

Simon Thiel

Zalando hires ex-Bloomberg journalist for top corporate affairs role

Simon Thiel will join online fashion and beauty retailer Zalando in the coming weeks as senior vice-president of corporate affairs, reporting directly to chief executive Robert Gentz.