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Facebook hires Standard Chartered veteran for senior public policy role

Facebook hires Standard Chartered veteran for senior public policy role

Facebook has hired Standard Chartered's public and regulatory affairs chief Ed Bowles as its UK-based public policy director for Northern Europe.

Grenfell United projects messages on to tower blocks to highlight lack of action

Grenfell United projects messages on to tower blocks to highlight lack of action

Campaign by Anomaly drew attention to buildings in London, Manchester and Newcastle.

'I felt like he was a predator': Exclusive sexual harassment survey lifts the lid on abuse in PR industry

'I felt like he was a predator': Exclusive sexual harassment survey lifts the lid on abuse in PR industry

Respondents to a survey on sexual harassment in the PR and comms industry report abuse by agency chiefs, senior staff and clients; with incidents taking place on work trips and at awards ceremonies, while those on the receiving end criticise those in charge for covering it up.

The PR Show podcast: 'Stop commoditising PR' and 'be prepared before you pitch'

The PR Show podcast: 'Stop commoditising PR' and 'be prepared before you pitch'

Procurement teams need to stop treating PR and comms as commodities like "photocopier paper or hand towels", while some agencies need a big wake-up call when it comes to preparing for the process.

Public affairs pros on Brexit: 'We're having the time of our lives'

Public affairs pros on Brexit: 'We're having the time of our lives'

Both London and Brussels-based public affairs professionals agreed Brexit should be seen as a time of "great opportunity".

'A smilier version of the NRA' - Industry voices want Facebook, Google broken up

'A smilier version of the NRA' - Industry voices want Facebook, Google broken up

W Communications founder Warren Johnson and other marcoms experts have called for tougher regulation of Facebook and Google. They rubbish claims social media are only 'tech platforms' and describe the powerful tech lobby as "a 'smilier' version of the NRA", among other things.

The importance of PR at wartime: 'Maximum meaning, minimum means'

The importance of PR at wartime: 'Maximum meaning, minimum means'

As world leaders and veterans gather today to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, PRWeek looks back at the work of Abram Games, a poster artist for the War Office Public Relations Directorate.

Cost of London PR commute from outside M25 is 16 per cent of pay

Cost of London PR commute from outside M25 is 16 per cent of pay

PR professionals living in the 17 most popular commuter towns outside of London pay about 16 per cent (£5,622) of their average take home pay on their commute into work, PRWeek can reveal from a new study by Tyto.

Exclusive: Google appoints UK and Ireland comms director

Exclusive: Google appoints UK and Ireland comms director

Former Teneo MD Jenny Jamie has been appointed director of communications and public affairs at tech titan Google, PRWeek can reveal.

PR pros: 'Huawei is handling crisis well, but could target customers in charm offensive'

PR pros: 'Huawei is handling crisis well, but could target customers in charm offensive'

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has its work cut out to convince governments, technology partners and consumers that its products and telco infrastructure are safe, experts warn.

Zeno Group's Steve Earl joins APCO Worldwide as London MD

Zeno Group's Steve Earl joins APCO Worldwide as London MD

Zeno Group's European head Steve Earl has been appointed by APCO Worldwide as managing director of its UK operations, filling a void left by James Acheson-Gray last year.

'My goal is to keep nurturing talent in the region' - Edelman's Middle East CEO

'My goal is to keep nurturing talent in the region' - Edelman's Middle East CEO

The PR firm Edelman is marking ten years in the region and its Middle East CEO Omar Qirem has big ambitions for the business.

Huawei strengthens UK and Europe comms team with Sky News veteran

Huawei strengthens UK and Europe comms team with Sky News veteran

Huawei has hired veteran Sky News reporter Paul Harrison as a senior member of its Europe communications team, PRWeek can reveal.

FTI Consulting investigates claims its employee posed as journalist in Monsanto trial

FTI Consulting investigates claims its employee posed as journalist in Monsanto trial

FTI Consulting has launched an official review into one of its employees misidentifying as a journalist to gain access to a court case involving client Monsanto.

Teneo paid $550,000 by energy company linked to California's deadliest fire

Teneo paid $550,000 by energy company linked to California's deadliest fire

Teneo Strategy was retained and paid $550,000 late last year to provide strategic communications services by the energy company responsible for California deadliest ever bushfires.

Former Number 10 press chief takes top comms role at government department

Former Number 10 press chief takes top comms role at government department

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has appointed former Number 10 press chief and agency public affairs director Craig Woodhouse as its new director of communications.

Teneo boss threatens to shut office bar and slams staff for acting like 'clubbing teens'

Teneo boss threatens to shut office bar and slams staff for acting like 'clubbing teens'

Teneo CEO Gordon Tempest-Hay has threatened to close the consultancy's London Bridge office bar after calling out the 'out of hand' behaviour of staff.

Opinion and features

'The special attention - and career prospects - ended when I told him I had a new boyfriend'

'The special attention - and career prospects - ended when I told him I had a new boyfriend'

A low point in my career was being warned before an evening event that a client I was hosting was "a bit handsy".

Trump doesn't want the NHS - he wants more access for US pharma

Trump doesn't want the NHS - he wants more access for US pharma

While visiting London last week, President Trump made a splash by seeming to suggest that the NHS was of interest to the US as part of a potential post-Brexit trade agreement.

What does the modern PR professional look like in 2019?

What does the modern PR professional look like in 2019?

It is time for PR pros to upskill and improve their understanding of digital marketing in order to survive as an industry.

Game of coverage: The diary of a Westeros PR man

Game of coverage: The diary of a Westeros PR man

Spinnius Flack is the Grand Maester of King's Landing Coverage - Westeros' leading PR agency.

Top of the Month: Brexit Party effortlessly fills the political void

Top of the Month: Brexit Party effortlessly fills the political void

Nigel Farage's latest political vehicle, The Brexit Party, swept the board at this month's European elections to return the largest number of MEPs, a remarkable achievement for a political party that did not exist just six weeks before the vote.

Time for public affairs to step up to the Tory leadership challenge

Time for public affairs to step up to the Tory leadership challenge

It's finally upon us. After weeks, months and even years of endless speculation, the PM has announced her intention to resign and the official campaign for leader of the Conservative Party will begin on 10 June.

Time for the industry to act on climate change and learn from its best spokeswoman

Time for the industry to act on climate change and learn from its best spokeswoman

On a day when teenagers inspired by climate change activist Greta Thunberg go on strike from lessons to bring attention to the gravity of the issue, two commentators give their views on how the industry should change.

Milkshake brings all the noise to Farage

Milkshake brings all the noise to Farage

British politics has been milkshaken to its core this week. While we should be talking about tomorrow's European elections, discussion - earlier this week, at least - was dominated by what is apparently being called the Milkshake Spring.

The CEO's most powerful asset is knowing how to communicate

The CEO's most powerful asset is knowing how to communicate

The world of the CEO is a world of competing priorities: clients must be kept happy, new work must be won, and employees attracted and retained.

The overarching issue with mental health in the industry is a lack of education

The overarching issue with mental health in the industry is a lack of education

On reflection, I probably had mental health issues during my childhood, but the first time I really became aware I was mentally ill was when I was 17.

It's time for the PR Industry to be protective 'AF' about its creative ideas

It's time for the PR Industry to be protective 'AF' about its creative ideas

Another year, another Brewdog Brouhaha. The latest is that they've launched Punk IPA as an 'alcohol free' beer, cheekily using the AF in an FCUK way.

Sir Craig Oliver: Business must understand the shift to populism and speak up

Sir Craig Oliver: Business must understand the shift to populism and speak up

Former 10 Downing Street communications director, Sir Craig Oliver, called on business and PR to 'be the architects of change' during his keynote address at the PR360 conference on Friday.

A UK Foreign Agent Registration Act is long overdue for the protection of everyone

A UK Foreign Agent Registration Act is long overdue for the protection of everyone

Tory MP Bob Seely's idea of a UK version of the US Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) is an idea whose time is long overdue.

Stagnant pay and flexible work forecast for Middle East PR professionals

Stagnant pay and flexible work forecast for Middle East PR professionals

Recruitment firm Hays says marketing and communications salaries remained steady in the past 12 months and the trend will continue throughout 2019.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

In brief: Unilever appoints agency, Marvel Live! turns to Instinct, national awareness win for PHA, new MD at 10 Yetis

In brief: Unilever appoints agency, Marvel Live! turns to Instinct, national awareness win for PHA, new MD at 10 Yetis

Unilever appoints The Hoxby Collective for digital content role, Scottish Land and Estates poaches head of comms, and more from PRWeek UK.

Exclusive: Domino's radical restructure positions comms as 'internal business partners'

Exclusive: Domino's radical restructure positions comms as 'internal business partners'

Domino's has restructured the role of communications, giving the function greater prominence across the company as internal business partners, PRWeek can reveal.

Exclusive: Police force picks new comms chief from ranks of veterans' charity

Exclusive: Police force picks new comms chief from ranks of veterans' charity

Essex Police has appointed former veterans' charity comms chief Robin Punt as its director of comms.

'I am proud that corporate affairs is now at the top table' - O2 comms chief Nicola Green appointed to exec team

'I am proud that corporate affairs is now at the top table' - O2 comms chief Nicola Green appointed to exec team

O2's corporate affairs director Nicola Green has been appointed to the Telefónica UK executive team, effective on 1 June.

Local authority picks top agency consultant as new comms chief

Local authority picks top agency consultant as new comms chief

The London borough of Waltham Forest has appointed Alex Try as its director of communications and culture.

Mubadala comms chief: 'Region is placing right emphasis on corporate communications'

Mubadala comms chief: 'Region is placing right emphasis on corporate communications'

While the profession is becoming more respected, fake news is still a chink in the armour for Middle East communications expert, Brian Lott, the chief communications officer of Mubadala Investment Company.