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Movers and shakers: 13 of the biggest appointments and departures in 2017

Movers and shakers: 13 of the biggest appointments and departures in 2017

As 2017 prepares to be succeeded by 2018, here are 13 lucky (or unlucky, in some cases) PR and comms leaders who moved on during the year.

Kraus defends APCO's LGBT commitment after criticism of Egypt work

Kraus defends APCO's LGBT commitment after criticism of Egypt work

APCO's founder and executive chairman contended the agency's work on behalf of the country had nothing to do with Egypt's reported crackdown on LGBT citizens.

Hanover public affairs chief steps down as internal successor appointed

Hanover public affairs chief steps down as internal successor appointed

Laura Swire has stepped down from her role as the MD of Hanover's 30-strong public affairs team, with Katie Blower promoted to take over the position.

Ben Burton leaves Weber Shandwick UK to join Porter Novelli's Irish operation

Ben Burton leaves Weber Shandwick UK to join Porter Novelli's Irish operation

Weber Shandwick UK's MD of corporate, financial and public affairs Ben Burton is leaving the company to join Porter Novelli's Dublin office, as Ireland's capital looks to opportunities arising from Brexit.

In brief: Remarkable rebrands after acquisition, Lotus heads back to Spain, Fleishman begins Western Union campaign

In brief: Remarkable rebrands after acquisition, Lotus heads back to Spain, Fleishman begins Western Union campaign

Remarkable rebrands after acquisition, Lotus heads back to Spain, Fleishman begins Western Union campaign and more from PRWeek UK

Lloyd's of London's Stewart Todd to join Santander to lead media and public policy

Lloyd's of London's Stewart Todd to join Santander to lead media and public policy

Stewart Todd will join the bank Santander UK in March as head of external comms.

'We apologise for any offence caused': Pizza Hut is latest brand 'apologising' for promotion after Sun deal

'We apologise for any offence caused': Pizza Hut is latest brand 'apologising' for promotion after Sun deal

Pizza Hut Delivery has apologised on social media following a backlash online to a promotional deal it ran in yesterday's print edition of The Sun.

Uber UK signs Spurs man to lead 'community engagement' team

Uber UK signs Spurs man to lead 'community engagement' team

Adam Davison has joined Uber UK as team lead for its UK and Ireland community engagement.

Chadlington: ban all ads and promotion for gambling

Chadlington: ban all ads and promotion for gambling

Lord Chadlington, the founder of Shandwick and later CEO of Huntsworth, yesterday told parliament that Government should "urgently consider severely curtailing or even banning" all gambling promotion - but also outlined a more nuanced plan to PRWeek.

Bulgaria's foreign ministry appoints APCO for brief covering EU Presidency

Bulgaria's foreign ministry appoints APCO for brief covering EU Presidency

APCO Worldwide's global solutions practice has won a £200,000-plus brief with Bulgaria's Ministry for Foreign Affairs, to provide strategic communication counsel during the state's upcoming EU Presidency.

ABI thanks agency for successful Budget campaign (and for proving insurance industry does have a sense of humour)

ABI thanks agency for successful Budget campaign (and for proving insurance industry does have a sense of humour)

The Association of British Insurers has welcomed Chancellor Philip Hammond's decision not to increase Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) in the Budget, saying that agency Third City's #IPTsUnfair campaign "did the trick".

Budget 2017: Gags and giveaways but 'Spreadsheet Phil' is no showman and can't hide the bad news

Budget 2017: Gags and giveaways but 'Spreadsheet Phil' is no showman and can't hide the bad news

Chancellor Phillip Hammond unveiled the Government's Budget this afternoon, in which he announced cuts to stamp duty for first-time buyers and an investment fund to enliven UK productivity, a significant proportion of which will be spent in high-tech industries such as AI and full-fibre broadband.

Scottish lobbying register urged to emphasise 'positive' aspects of the trade

Scottish lobbying register urged to emphasise 'positive' aspects of the trade

The nascent Scottish Parliament Lobbying Register has been urged to raise awareness of what lobbying is and highlight the positive aspects of it, in a report by a University of Edinburgh lecturer.

Hanover acquires Bell Pottinger's operations in Middle East

Hanover acquires Bell Pottinger's operations in Middle East

UK-based Hanover Group has acquired outright the Middle East business of Bell Pottinger, including its Abu Dhabi operating license, with Archie Berens becoming chair of the new combined operation.

Dods Group and Lord Bell make loans totalling £1m to start-up Sans Frontières

Dods Group and Lord Bell make loans totalling £1m to start-up Sans Frontières

Sans Frontières Associates, the agency set up last year by a former Bell Pottinger partner and chaired by Lord Bell, has been given interest-free loans totalling £1m by its chair and investor Dods Group.

Mexico hires FTI Consulting for NAFTA negotiations

Mexico hires FTI Consulting for NAFTA negotiations

The firm will provide comms and public affairs support to Mexico as the country enters tough NAFTA negotiations.

Angela Merkel campaigns adviser Joachim Koschnicke to become Hering Schuppener partner

Angela Merkel campaigns adviser Joachim Koschnicke to become Hering Schuppener partner

Joachim Koschnicke has been hired by Hering Schuppener, the European sister firm of Finsbury and Glover Park, following a short stint as head of strategic planning and strategic comms to German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Opinion and features

Interns are people too - so why can't a 'people business' like PR recognise that?

Interns are people too - so why can't a 'people business' like PR recognise that?

In the PR world we often use the phrase "we're a people business", yet, in parallel, we hear about PR companies exploiting young people with unpaid work experience and internships designed to "open doors" to a career in communications.

Pitching, planning and reflecting - why December is not dead time for PR

Pitching, planning and reflecting - why December is not dead time for PR

In a recent client meeting, it was said, "well, then we are into mid-November, and then it's Christmas, so dead time".

You don't need AVE to work out PR's financial ROI

You don't need AVE to work out PR's financial ROI

One thing my 20-plus years in PR has taught me is that this industry doesn't stay still for long.

Flack on Friday: Private Eye PR target, McDonald's social slip, cartoon capers, Awards 'banter'

Flack on Friday: Private Eye PR target, McDonald's social slip, cartoon capers, Awards 'banter'

In Flack this week: Disdain for democracy, McDonald's Black Friday botch, bemoaning 'all staff' emails, Lewis v Octopus, and which agency does Private Eye pick on this week?

'A hard road to walk' - can brands advertise with the Daily Mail and still keep customers on side?

'A hard road to walk' - can brands advertise with the Daily Mail and still keep customers on side?

So Paperchase has apologised to its followers on social media after objections were aired to the promotional deal it ran on the front page of Saturday's print edition of the Daily Mail.

Boutique agencies are critical to the future of PR

Boutique agencies are critical to the future of PR

I first started in PR when Instagram didn't exist, Facebook ads weren't really 'a thing' and cost-per-click had yet to evolve into the giant performance marketing industry it is today.

Do we need women-only clubs to foster female entrepreneurs in PR?

Do we need women-only clubs to foster female entrepreneurs in PR?

As we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week this week, it's as good a time as any to reflect on the fact that I've been an entrepreneur for 15 years.

The poppy has a PR problem

The poppy has a PR problem

It should be a straightforward symbol of remembrance for the war dead, but these days the humble poppy has a PR problem.

What to expect when you hire a PR graduate

What to expect when you hire a PR graduate

After three years of studying a PR degree, I finally made it into PR - but do employers know what to expect from the grads they bring in?

Flop of the Month: Theresa May splutters through her make-or-break moment

Flop of the Month: Theresa May splutters through her make-or-break moment

Theresa May's keynote speech to the Conservative Party Conference was a make-or-break moment.

Five Campaigns We Liked in October 2017: vote for your favourite

Five Campaigns We Liked in October 2017: vote for your favourite

From super-strength, anti-vampire garlic bread, to police wearing nail varnish and 'mummies' marching for better working rights... PRWeek UK chooses its top October campaigns. Vote below for your favourite.

Former GCS deputy director: BBC should publish its audience data for news

Former GCS deputy director: BBC should publish its audience data for news

There is no one left in PR who thinks that data doesn't have a role - or that a cuttings book and maybe a showreel are enough to persuade a client that they have got their money's worth.

What you see is what you get: Why LGBT+ visibility in comms remains vital

What you see is what you get: Why LGBT+ visibility in comms remains vital

Last week, the Financial Times released its OUTstanding list of the 100 most influential LGBT+ leaders in business.

Five ways to fast-track graduates... for their benefit and yours

Five ways to fast-track graduates... for their benefit and yours

The PR industry is unique in the sense that it's the people who matter. The success of an agency or consultancy is almost 100 per cent dependent on the people within it.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Visa's Stephen Kehoe named Edelman's global chair of reputation

Visa's Stephen Kehoe named Edelman's global chair of reputation

Kehoe most recently served as SVP of global corporate relations and financial inclusion at Visa.

In brief: Law Society's new external affairs lead, Russia World Cup plans, wins for Jargon and The Wern

Law Society's new external affairs lead, Russia World Cup press plans, Trint takes on The Wern and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Sard recruits from Edelman, Brands2Life hires deputy MD, PRCA elects Council vice-chairman, wins for Fusion and Third City

In brief: Sard recruits from Edelman, Brands2Life hires deputy MD, PRCA elects Council vice-chairman, wins for Fusion and Third City

Sard hires Edelman's Young, Brands2Life hires Katy Stolliday as deputy MD, Third City takes off with Delta, police comms chief named PRCA Council vice-chairman and more from PRWeek UK.

United Continental's Jim Olson to leave airline

United Continental's Jim Olson to leave airline

Olson is exiting the company after a year that included the David Dao incident and other crises.

In brief: Irish press secretary joins Edelman, Hotwire hires, German launch from Premier

In brief: Irish press secretary joins Edelman, Hotwire hires, German launch from Premier

Feargal Purcell joins Edelman Ireland, Hotwire hires corporate strategy director, Premier launches German campaign and more from PRWeek UK.

Asda corporate affairs VP Charlotte Cool departs business after summer shake-up

Asda corporate affairs VP Charlotte Cool departs business after summer shake-up

Asda's vice president of corporate affairs Charlotte Cool has departed the business, following a major restructure at the supermarket.