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Instinctif replaces Wes Himes with new Brussels managing partner

Instinctif replaces Wes Himes with new Brussels managing partner

Instinctif Partners has appointed Brandon Mitchener as the managing partner of its Brussels office, succeeding Wes Himes, who will return to the UK to pursue a new challenge.

The eight biggest PR stories of 2018

The eight biggest PR stories of 2018

PRWeek casts a beady eye back over what hit the PR headlines in 2018.

Truly, madly, deeply: the PR apologies (and non-apologies) of 2018

Truly, madly, deeply: the PR apologies (and non-apologies) of 2018

PR gaffes, blunders and mistakes are nothing new, and neither are the resultant apologies - or lack of them. PRWeek looks back upon a 'sorry' 2018...

PRCA strikes deal with Dutch PR association

PRCA strikes deal with Dutch PR association

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has forged closer ties with the Netherlands association for communications professionals, Logeion.

Twitter spat erupts between PRCA's Ingham and Whitehouse Consultancy founder

Twitter spat erupts between PRCA's Ingham and Whitehouse Consultancy founder

A social-media row has erupted between a senior lobbyist and the head of the PRCA over how the new Public Affairs Board Twitter account should be used.

Senior lobbyists dismiss chances of Brexit deal as businesses begin contingency plans

Senior lobbyists dismiss chances of Brexit deal as businesses begin contingency plans

Senior lobbyists have warned that Theresa May's Brexit deal has very little hope of finding a passage through parliament as highly impacted businesses begin rolling out contingency plans for a 'no deal' scenario.

Top of the month: Iceland's Rang-tan is a lesson in effective social cause marketing

Top of the month: Iceland's Rang-tan is a lesson in effective social cause marketing

It's rare for a Christmas campaign to receive as much hype and media attention as Iceland's Rang-tan.

Iceland's Rang-tan campaign delivers 65m views, sales and consideration lift

Iceland's Rang-tan campaign delivers 65m views, sales and consideration lift

Iceland's record-breaking Rang-tan campaign has lifted sales of mince pies and helped elevate the frozen food retailer to the highest consideration score among supermarket brands. PRWeek takes a look behind the figures and the legitimacy of Iceland's palm oil pledge.

Amnesty International slams Google's ethics over censored search app in campaign

Amnesty International slams Google's ethics over censored search app in campaign

Amnesty International has launched a global campaign to stop Google from releasing a censored search engine app in China.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies names Simon Whitehead as UK CEO

Hill+Knowlton Strategies names Simon Whitehead as UK CEO

Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) has promoted its global energy boss Simon Whitehead to UK chief executive.

Vince Cable's senior spin doctor joins Powerscourt

Vince Cable's senior spin doctor joins Powerscourt

Powerscourt has hired senior Liberal Democrat spin-doctor Mark Leftly as a senior consultant and Victoria Ryzhykh as a consultant to strengthen its issues management and special situations team.

People's Vote campaign opens Brexit shop selling 'worst deals in Europe'

People's Vote campaign opens Brexit shop selling 'worst deals in Europe'

Black Friday pop-up in Peckham highlights inflation caused by uncertainty over Brexit negotiations.

'Facebook needs leadership reform and cannot PR its way out of lobbying mess' - experts warn

'Facebook needs leadership reform and cannot PR its way out of lobbying mess' - experts warn

Tech and crisis comms experts have warned that Facebook is no longer living up to its brand values and Mark Zuckerberg should step down as chairman and take responsibility for its latest PR disaster, rather than blaming comms.

David Attenborough urges ordinary people to speak up on climate change in UN campaign

David Attenborough urges ordinary people to speak up on climate change in UN campaign

Sir David Attenborough and environmental campaigner Kathy Jetnil-KijiƱer are inviting people to share their experiences of climate change as part of a new UN campaign, the People's Seat.

FleishmanHillard to handle US Army PR as part of Omnicom win

FleishmanHillard to handle US Army PR as part of Omnicom win

Weber Shandwick previously worked on the account.

Portland acquires Qatari consultancy Forbes Associates

Portland acquires Qatari consultancy Forbes Associates

Portland has acquired Doha-based agency Forbes Associates to support its growth in the Middle East.

Ketchum forms European partnership with Carbon Disclosure Project

Ketchum forms European partnership with Carbon Disclosure Project

Global comms consultancy Ketchum has formed a pro bono partnership with CDP, the NGO formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, to develop a strategic communications programme.

Opinion and features

Parental leave: let's not judge the different choices mums and dads make

Parental leave: let's not judge the different choices mums and dads make

Maternity leave. Paternity leave. Parental leave. They're all the same, right?

PR is in urgent need of a strong, independent research sector

PR is in urgent need of a strong, independent research sector

The relationship between PR and research has always been controversial.

'Progressive' PR cannot be a feeble branding exercise; it just smacks of insincerity

'Progressive' PR cannot be a feeble branding exercise; it just smacks of insincerity

In the wake of soul-searching by leading agencies on the nature of public relations, Robert Phillips writes for PRWeek exactly six years since he quit as boss of Edelman, proclaiming 'PR is Dead'.

The good, the bad, and the really ugly: lessons from the Khashoggi crisis

The good, the bad, and the really ugly: lessons from the Khashoggi crisis

In an age where the pen is mightier than the lord, killing a man of faith is condemnable, but to kill a man of free speech... sacrilege.

The 'overtime epidemic' in PR is a myth

The 'overtime epidemic' in PR is a myth

The economist, Keynes, predicted in 1930 in his famous essay that we'd all be working 15-hour weeks and we'd be confronted with how to find purpose with all our leisure time.

PR agencies rebranding as PR agencies - please stop

PR agencies rebranding as PR agencies - please stop

I think it was early 2016 at another 'Future of PR' event when I'd had enough; all 17 stone of me lurched forward to intercept the microphone from some poor, weary, events administrator.

Flack on Friday: Meyer's negroni-fuelled eulogy, breaking awards news, fun with Finsbury, PR's Julien Caesar

Flack on Friday: Meyer's negroni-fuelled eulogy, breaking awards news, fun with Finsbury, PR's Julien Caesar

This week in Flack: Meyer explains Pagefield's secret weapon and nicknames the PM, Talker Taylor wants to Instagram the f*ck out of stuff, meet PR's version of Kanye West, mums rate Christmas ads, and more.

'It's our role as industry leaders to be wide-eyed and build new things' - PR's next top model

'It's our role as industry leaders to be wide-eyed and build new things' - PR's next top model

In the wake of Martin Sorrell's claim that unification of brand services is the future, why does the PR industry insist on swimming in its own lane instead of leading the revolution?

If Facebook sneezes, do other tech giants catch a reputational cold?

If Facebook sneezes, do other tech giants catch a reputational cold?

For keen watchers of tech and innovation, Facebook sent up a reputational flare from Silicon Valley last month.

So, you want my job? Head of external stakeholder comms at HMCTS

So, you want my job? Head of external stakeholder comms at HMCTS

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Rob Hack's job as head of external stakeholder comms at Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service?

Every PR and comms leader needs a coach, especially the ones flying solo

Every PR and comms leader needs a coach, especially the ones flying solo

"People join companies, but leave managers" - this is at the heart of why every leader needs a coach.

Give back and grow, the value of mentoring

Give back and grow, the value of mentoring

There is no doubt that mentorship can be a positive experience for both the mentee and the mentor.

Climate change comms in the post-truth, fake news era

Climate change comms in the post-truth, fake news era

Scanning the news headlines last Monday morning, the scale of communicating the climate change challenge waltzed past my eyes.

The reason we dropped the 'PR' abbreviation in our name

The reason we dropped the 'PR' abbreviation in our name

As we enter the "age of earned media", as asserted recently at the PRCA conference, public relations has never been more relevant.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Movers and shakers: 15 of the biggest appointments and departures in 2018

Movers and shakers: 15 of the biggest appointments and departures in 2018

We've seen a plethora of people moves this year, with some iconic industry figures making way. Here are 15 PR and comms hires and fires that really shook up the industry.

NHS leadership body appoints director of comms to help communicate 10-year plan

NHS leadership body appoints director of comms to help communicate 10-year plan

The NHS Confederation has named Daniel Reynolds as its new director of comms, with a remit to support healthcare leaders in delivering the service's 10-year plan.

Health trust comms chief moves to NHS Improvement role

Health trust comms chief moves to NHS Improvement role

Career NHS comms specialist Jack Adlam has been appointed head of comms for the Midlands and East region at NHS Improvement.

Virgin Atlantic turns to ITV for new head of global PR

Virgin Atlantic turns to ITV for new head of global PR

Virgin Atlantic has appointed Laura Brander as head of global PR, filling a void left by the departure of Sarah Coggins in August, PRWeek can reveal.

Pagefield grows senior team in 'biggest recruitment drive' to date

Pagefield grows senior team in 'biggest recruitment drive' to date

Pagefield has bolstered senior ranks with the appointments of three partners, including former editor of The Sunday Express, Martin Townsend, and celebrity doctor, David Bull, PRWeek can reveal.

APCO Worldwide's UK chief resigns after six years

APCO Worldwide's UK chief resigns after six years

APCO Worldwide's leader in the UK, James Acheson-Gray, is leaving the firm at the end of the year, PRWeek has learned.