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Former MHP corporate chief joins MSL in London

Former MHP corporate chief joins MSL in London

Jonathan Lomax has been hired by MSL to lead its London corporate comms and reputation management practice, with another senior director also starting.

In brief: Chapel Down hires Well Hello, senior hires for Fourtold and Social Comms, Lib Dem aide joins Blackstock

In brief: Chapel Down hires Well Hello, senior hires for Fourtold and Social Comms, Lib Dem aide joins Blackstock

Chapel Down hires agency, Social Comms brings in Luke, FTI veteran joins Fourtold, Lib Dem aide joins Blackstock, and more from PRWeek UK.

Headland hires ex-Finsbury UK boss and former Tesco corporate comms chief

Headland hires ex-Finsbury UK boss and former Tesco corporate comms chief

Independent PR agency Headland has added two big hitters to its ranks: former Finsbury UK CEO Mike Smith and Ed Young, an ex-Tesco corporate comms chief and a former speechwriter for David Cameron.

Crisis communicators give Zuckerberg high marks for testimony

Crisis communicators give Zuckerberg high marks for testimony

The Facebook CEO did not wilt during Tuesday's marathon Senate session.

Edelman and Centrica veteran picked to lead UK corporate at Weber Shandwick

Edelman and Centrica veteran picked to lead UK corporate at Weber Shandwick

Weber Shandwick is welcoming a second new leader in its corporate, financial and public affairs unit in as many months.

Matthew Freud joins board of $500m Islamic Development Bank fund amid agency engagement

Matthew Freud joins board of $500m Islamic Development Bank fund amid agency engagement

Matthew Freud has joined the board of trustees for the Islamic Development Bank's new Transform Fund, with his agency providing ongoing support to the Saudi Arabia-based body.

In brief: AMEC boss Leggetter to depart, TMMG's PR division increases profit, Centrica leaver heads to Vattenfall

In brief: AMEC boss Leggetter to depart, TMMG's PR division increases profit, Centrica leaver heads to Vattenfall

AMEC boss Leggetter to depart, TMMG's PR division increases profit, Centrica leaver heads to Vattenfall, wins for Hope&Glory and LMPR and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Senior hires at Newington, Gates foundation recruits UK comms lead, PHA wins charity

In brief: Senior hires at Newington, Gates foundation recruits UK comms lead, PHA wins charity

Senior hires at Newington, Gates foundation recruits UK comms lead, PHA wins charity brief and more from PRWeek UK.

Shine Comms founder Rachel Bell named chair of new Built Environment Communications Group

Shine Comms founder Rachel Bell named chair of new Built Environment Communications Group

Shine Communications founder Rachel Bell has been appointed chair of BECG (Built Environment Communications Group), the agency created last year with Remarkable Group's integration of HardHat.

Portland wins extension on Scouts brief as charity readies for brand relaunch

Portland wins extension on Scouts brief as charity readies for brand relaunch

Portland will continue its corporate comms and public affairs work for the Scout Association, after triumphing in a competitive pitch process at the end of last year.

Stonehaven brings staffcount above 25 and wins clients including Airbnb

Stonehaven brings staffcount above 25 and wins clients including Airbnb

Stonehaven welcomes three new staff this month, having hired a former Bell Pottinger employee as director earlier this year and secured several high-profile new clients.

In brief: New roles for Hume Brophy trio, Pitch saddles up with Great British Racing, UEM hires Montfort

In brief: New roles for Hume Brophy trio, Pitch saddles up with Great British Racing, UEM hires Montfort

New roles for Hume Brophy trio, Pitch saddles up with Great British Racing, UEM hires Montfort, and more from PRWeek UK.

PR workforce grows by a fifth but industry has 'boardroom skills' gap, says CIPR

PR workforce grows by a fifth but industry has 'boardroom skills' gap, says CIPR

The CIPR's latest State of the Profession report has revealed a 22 per cent rise in the number of PR practitioners in recent years, but also suggests a lack of "boardroom skills" among the industry's more senior figures.

In brief: Condé Nast hires Hallie, Hanover appoints content head, public affairs lead joins Lansons, Babel brief is out of this world

In brief: Condé Nast hires Hallie, Hanover appoints content head, public affairs lead joins Lansons, Babel brief is out of this world

Condé Nast brings in Hallie, hires for Campaign Collective, PMK-BNC and Lansons, Babel brief is out of this world, and more from PRWeek UK.

Boris Johnson's press secretary quits to join APCO's Global Solutions team

Boris Johnson's press secretary quits to join APCO's Global Solutions team

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's press secretary Simon McGee is joining public affairs and comms firm APCO Worldwide, PRWeek has learned.

'A watershed moment': have people woken up to how their Facebook data is used following the Cambridge Analytica scandal?

'A watershed moment': have people woken up to how their Facebook data is used following the Cambridge Analytica scandal?

Data firm Cambridge Analytica and Facebook are both in the dock of public opinion this week after it became clear that the personal data of 50 million of the social-media platform's users were obtained in dubious circumstances and then used to target voters.

Material risk: Government wise to push plastic waste issue, but it puts corporates in a sticky position

Material risk: Government wise to push plastic waste issue, but it puts corporates in a sticky position

Chancellor Philip Hammond's announcement of a consultation on how taxes or charges could reduce plastic waste and improve re-use or recycling is a victory for the green lobby, but PR professionals say they are keeping a keen eye on the next steps.

Opinion and features

Swift action halts brewing racism storm for Starbucks

Swift action halts brewing racism storm for Starbucks

This morning I met a colleague in a coffee shop. They were late, so I waited to order until they arrived. I asked to use the bathroom. No one lifted an eyebrow. But then I'm white.

As the big beast leaves the stage - is it time for a new holding company model?

As the big beast leaves the stage - is it time for a new holding company model?

I was almost done with this article when news broke on Saturday evening that Sir Martin Sorrell (aka SMS, aka June 21st - work it out, etc) had resigned.

Let's get flexible in the PR industry

Let's get flexible in the PR industry

Flexible working is crucial not only for working mums and dads, but the PR industry as a whole.

The Brexit Diaries, revisited: No one feels like they are winning

The Brexit Diaries, revisited: No one feels like they are winning

PRWeek continues its partnership with insight and strategy consultancy BritainThinks in a unique project to take the temperature of both leave and remain voters.

Top of the Month: Theresa May strikes back amid Russia tensions

Top of the Month: Theresa May strikes back amid Russia tensions

The Prime Minister is - finally - communicating like a true stateswoman as tensions rise with Russia.

In an integrated world, PR must trade on its 'secret sauce': storytelling

In an integrated world, PR must trade on its 'secret sauce': storytelling

All marketing is meeting in the middle: PR agencies are increasingly focusing on paid tactics; digital and media agencies are looking at earned media; and every man and his dog is peddling owned content.

We all need to tackle diversity in PR in 'defining year'

We all need to tackle diversity in PR in 'defining year'

There is a lot more we can and must do to improve diversity in PR, and new guidelines will help the industry make a difference, says PRCA director-general Francis Ingham.

SXSW: Alexa, how do you define PR? Sorry, I don't know that...

SXSW: Alexa, how do you define PR? Sorry, I don't know that...

As an industry, we sometimes have a reputation as lazy early adopters. We are fascinated by new technology, but it takes a lot for us to actually start using something.

Bye-bye editors, hello algorithms

Bye-bye editors, hello algorithms

If you catch me in an 'in-between' moment, you'll most likely find me scrolling through one of my feeds on Facebook or Instagram.

PRWeek UK Power Book 2018: Top ten in public affairs PR

PRWeek UK Power Book 2018: Top ten in public affairs PR

PRWeek's UK Power Book reveals the PR professionals who lead the way in their respective areas. Today, we rank the top ten in public affairs comms.

PRWeek UK Power Book 2018: Top ten in political comms

PRWeek UK Power Book 2018: Top ten in political comms

PRWeek's UK Power Book reveals the PR professionals who lead the way in their respective areas. Today, we rank the top ten in political comms.

From the editor-in-chief: PR's top players have never been more influential

From the editor-in-chief: PR's top players have never been more influential

As PRWeek publishes the rankings of whom we judge to be the most powerful comms professionals in the UK, we're reminded of the political-socioeconomic context making these individuals ever-more influential in public life.

Forget the Beast from the East, it's time to make the most of our PRfect storm

Forget the Beast from the East, it's time to make the most of our PRfect storm

The Brand Film Festival shortlist was published last week and if you blinked, you probably missed the fact that two out of the five most nominated films were from PR agencies.

Brexit and PR: why the long face?

Brexit and PR: why the long face?

I know what you are thinking, yet another article on the impact of Brexit. Well I have got news for you; this one is not all doom and gloom.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

University of Sussex appoints first director of external relations

University of Sussex appoints first director of external relations

The University of Sussex has created its first director of external relations role, promoting Michelle Gordon to the position.

Sunday Times business editor joins Edelman financial practice Smithfield

Sunday Times business editor joins Edelman financial practice Smithfield

Smithfield, Edelman UK's specialist financial services and capital markets business, has enticed journalist Iain Dey across to the world of PR.

Maitland Political hires ex-Blair aide and former Bell Pottinger MD as chair

Maitland Political hires ex-Blair aide and former Bell Pottinger MD as chair

Maitland Political has hired Razi Rahman - former assistant political secretary to Tony Blair as Prime Minister and an ex-Bell Pottinger MD - as executive chairman.

WPP names Chris Preuss marcomms, public affairs lead for Ford agency team

WPP names Chris Preuss marcomms, public affairs lead for Ford agency team

Preuss is succeeding Gary Koops in the role.

Ketchum vice chair Lorraine Thelian exits agency after 47 years

Ketchum vice chair Lorraine Thelian exits agency after 47 years

Thelian, senior partner and vice chairman, will continue to provide counsel to the Omnicom Group firm.

Barclays promotes comms lead Doherty and expands remit

Barclays promotes comms lead Doherty and expands remit

Stephen Doherty will be promoted from head of corporate comms at Barclays to group head of corporate relations next month, while his boss has also taken a new role.