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New UK comms head for Fidelity

Hannily Pavey is to join Fidelity Worldwide Investment as head of UK corporate communications on 28 April, reporting to head of business development Ed Dymott....
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Vodafone UK appoints head of external communications

Paddy Toyne-Sewell has joined Vodafone UK as head of external communications with responsibility for media relations, social media and corporate responsibility and reputation. He reports...
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New comms head of Credit Suisse in EMEA

Christiana Marran has joined Credit Suisse as head of communications for the EMEA region. Christiana joins as a managing director and is based in Credit...
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Richard Caseby starts DWP role

The former managing editor of The Sun, Richard Caseby, takes up his new role as comms director for the Department for Work and Pensions today....
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SABMiller hires Christina Mills

Christina Mills has joined SABMiller as interim global head of communications and reputation. Christina is responsible for corporate reputation programmes, media relations, corporate digital media...
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B-M brings in George Godsal

George Godsal is to join Burson-Marsteller UK as a managing director and practice chair of the UK Corporate and Crisis Practice. He will also chair...
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BBC’s Clare Lucraft to head up corporate comms at KPMG

KPMG has appointed the BBC’s director of internal communications Clare Lucraft to the newly created role of UK head of corporate communications, whilst Sorrelle Cooper...
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Tulchan brings in City heavyweight Martin Pengelley

Former Deutsche Bank corporate stockbroker Martin Pengelley has joined Tulchan as a senior adviser following his retirement from the bank last month. At Tulchan his...
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Virgin Atlantic appoints new director of communications

Meigan Terry has joined Virgin Atlantic as director of communications in a newly expanded role to oversee the airline’s external communications, internal communications and social...
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Brigitte Trafford to join Virgin Media

Virgin Media has hired Brigitte Trafford as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer. In her new role, which she starts in March, Brigitte will oversee teams responsible...
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Michael Murphy joins Waypoint Partners

Michael Murphy, the former global chief of Grayling, has been named chairman of Waypoint Partners, an advisory firm for the marketing sector. Michael will be...
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FTI acquires TLG to enhance thought leadership offering

TLG, the corporate communications agency founded by Malcolm Gooderham specialising in building corporate reputation through thought leadership content and campaigns, is being merged into the...
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New Global Communications Head for Man

The listed investment management company Man Group has appointed Rosanna Konarzewski as its new Director of Communications. Man Group is one of the world’s largest...
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Two senior hires for Greenbrook

Charlotte Balbirnie joins as a partner and Georgiana Brunner has arrived as a consultant. Charlotte (nee Kirkham) has over 13 years’ experience in financial and...
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PR heavyweights unite to launch media consultancy.

Two of Scotland’s best-known media relations advisers are launching a communications business backed by some of the biggest names in Edinburgh and London. Former Royal Bank...
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Vanguard hires Caroline Hancock

Caroline Hancock has joined Vanguard Asset Management as head of PR for Europe, with responsibility for all of the company’s communications across Continental Europe. Since...
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Emma Gilpin-Jacobs to become Nick Clegg’s director of communications

The Financial Times’ former global communications director Emma Gilpin-Jacobs is to become the Deputy Prime Minister’s director of communications. Prior to the FT, Emma was...
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Generali hires Matthew Newton for new role

Matthew Newton has been appointed to the new role of head of international media and institutional relations for Generali, Italy’s largest insurer. “I am delighted...
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Kate James joins Pearson as chief corporate affairs officer

Pearson has appointed Kate James, the former chief communications officer of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as chief corporate affairs officer and a member...
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Barclays hires Andrea Coleman for IB team

Andrea Coleman has joined the corporate communications team of Barclay’s investment bank as a vice president. She joins Barclays from Maitland and will be responsible...
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Simon Eaton to leave Barclays

Simon Eaton is to step down as head of corporate comms for Barclays Corporate and Investment Banking. Simon Eaton, Managing Director, Head of Corporate Communications...
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Blackstone hires Andrew Dowler

Andrew Dowler has joined Blackstone, the global investment and advisory firm, as managing director of public affairs. Based in London, Andrew will oversee all European...
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Richard Wray to join Rolls-Royce

Vodafone UK’s Richard Wray is set to join Rolls-Royce as director of external affairs at the end of the year. Richard is currently head of...
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Former John Lewis comms head joins Kreab Gavin Anderson

Retail specialist Helen Dickinson has joined Kreab Gavin Anderson’s London office as a senior advisor. Helen was formerly communications director at John Lewis, where she...
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Eliza de Waard becomes Robeco’s head of corporate communications

Dutch based asset management company Robeco has appointed Eliza de Waard to the position of head of corporate communications. Eliza has been interim corporate PR...
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BBC hires John Shield as Director of Communications

John Shield has joined the BBC as Director of Communications, reporting to James Purnell, Director of Strategy and Digital, where he will be responsible for...
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AFME appoints new director of external relations

The Association for Financial Markets in Europe has appointed experienced financial communications consultant David Waller as director of external relations. He joins in October after...
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RBS head of group comms to take up client role with WPP

Andrew Wilson, the current head of group communications at RBS is set to leave the bank to take up a client facing role with WPP....
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HSBC Private Banking appoints global comms head

Medard Schoenmaeckers has joined HSBC Private banking as global head of communications as other HSBC comms positions are confirmed. Based in Zurich, Medard will report...
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Alastair Campbell joins Portland

Portland has appointed Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former director of communications, as a consultant. In his new post Alastair will advise on reputation management and...
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Nicole Wesch to head PR at Newedge

Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, has hired Nicole Wesch as global head of media and public relations. She reports directly to...
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New comms head at News International

Guto Harri has joined News International as director of comms. News International has brought in the Mayor of London’s director of external affairs, Guto Harri,...
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Royal Mail appoints Mish Tullar as director of communications

Mish Tullar, the former director of media relations at Centrica, has started as director of media relations with Royal Mail Group. The Government-owned UK postal...
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New head of marketing at SWIP

The Scottish Widows Investment Partnership has appointed Ian Marsh as head of marketing with responsibility for client communications, advertising and brand management. Based in Edinburgh,...
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Changes announced to Brunswick’s management structure

Susan Gilchrist has been appointed Group chief executive and Rob Pinker chief operating officer at Brunswick in changes that will allow chairman Alan Parker an...
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College Group hires Tim Fallon

Tim Fallon, former head of corporate & international affairs at Hill & Knowlton, joins College Group’s Executive Board, with immediate effect, as managing partner of...
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Tesco hires Rebecca Shelley for group director of corporate affairs role

Rebecca Shelley starts at Tesco tomorrow as part of the succession planning for Lucy Neville-Rolfe’s retirement next January. For the first 3 months of her...
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Three senior appointments at Brunswick

Brunswick has made three new hires on the financial services side of the business with Robin Wrench, Pradeep Rajasekharan and Brian Buckley taking up the...
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HS2 appoints comms head

Jill Pearcy has joined HS2 as head of commsHS2 Ltd has brought in the National Air Traffic Service’s (NATS) Jill Pearcy as head of comms....
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FTI’s Charles Watson steps down as Oliver Pawle becomes non-executive global chairman

FTI Consulting has appointed Oliver Pawle as non-executive global chairman of the Strategic Communications practice, succeeding Charles Watson who maintains an advisory role with the...
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Mark Wallace starts as head of media relations at the Institute of Directors

The Institute of Directors has appointed the former campaign director of The TaxPayers’ Alliance, Mark Wallace, to the role of head of media relations. Previously...
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Tesco promotes Ian Hutchins

Ian Hutchins has been promoted to international corporate affairs director and will oversee Tesco’s corporate affairs activities across its international businesses.

Paul Abrahams joins Reed Elsevier

FTSE 100 business information publisher Reed Elsevier has appointed Paul Abrahams as head of corporate communications. Paul succeeds Patrick Kerr who has been appointed to...
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Andy Berry to join HSBC as head of media

HSBC Holdings plc has recruited Fishburn Hedges’ Andy Berry as head of media for the UK and Europe. He succeeds Rob Bailhache who moved to...
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Stephen Doherty to join Barclays for newly created position

Barclays has appointed Stephen Doherty to the new position of managing director, head of corporate communications, leading corporate communications across the organisation. Stephen joins from...
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WPP expands comms team

Chris Wade is joining WPP as head of commsWPP has brought in Guardian Media Group’s Chris Wade to the new post of head of comms...
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Pelham Bell Pottinger has launched a strategic advisory committee

Pelham, which was bought in January 2010 by Bell Pottinger owner Chime Communications, has created the four-person group to help it develop new growth opportunities....
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Maitland brings in Kevin Bell

Former head of Fleishman Hillard, Kevin Bell, has joined Maitland Political as executive chairman. The move comes a year after the launch of Maitland Political,...
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EVCA appoints Emma Thorpe as head of communications

The European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) today announces the appointment of Emma Thorpe as head of communications. Emma is responsible for the...
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New global head of communications and CSR at Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank has appointed Thorsten Strauss, Bertelsmann AG’s former head of corporate communications, as global head of communications and CSR. He succeeds Stefan Baron who...
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BlackRock appoints Adrian Russell

Adrian Russell has joined the BlackRock EMEA corporate communications team on an interim contract. He joins the in-house media relations team in the Drapers Gardens,...
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Balfour Beatty appoints global comms head

Balfour Beatty has brought in Rebecca Salt as global head of commsBalfour Beatty has appointed Rebecca Salt to a newly created role of head of...
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Senior hire for FTI Consulting in Brussels

FTI Consulting has announced the appointment of Simon Dibb as a managing director in the firm’s Strategic Communications practice in Brussels. A corporate and business-to-business...
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Freshfields hires BAE Systems’ strategic and digital head

Barney O’Kelly has joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a senior manager, digital communications. The international law firm has recruited Barney to oversee its digital communications...
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Caroline Grant appointed head of comms at BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner has promoted Caroline Grant to the role of head of corporate communications following the departure of Keith Hardie. Previously a PR and...
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Matthew Anderson to step down at News International

News Corporation has announced that Matthew Anderson, News Corporation’s group director for strategy and corporate affairs, Europe and Asia, will step down from his position...
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Nicola Green appointed as director of communications and reputation for Telefónica UK

After nine years as head of PR for O2, Nicola Green has been appointed to lead the Telefónica UK communications and reputation team, responsible for...
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Home office director of comms to join InterContinental Hotels Group

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) has appointed Yasmin Diamond to the role of senior vice-president global corporate affairs, reporting to CEO Richard Solomons. Yasmin joins...
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New crisis head for Bell Pottinger

Peter Roberts has been appointed by Bell Pottinger as the new head of issues and crisis management. Bell Pottinger has brought in Hill+Knowlton’s Peter Roberts...
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Ian Bradley joins American Airlines

He is responsible for American Airline’s proactive and reactive corporate communications throughout the Europe and Pacific region, and specifically UK & Ireland, mainland Europe, India,...
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New director of communications and external affairs at Dana Petroleum

New director of communications and external affairs at Dana Petroleum Andrew McCallum, the former director of corporate communications and external affairs at Gatwick Airport, has...
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Cinven appoints new communications director

Vanessa Maydon has joined leading European private equity house Cinven. Vanessa joined Cinven in September and in her new role has responsibility for the firm’s...
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Two new MDs at Bell Pottinger Group

David Wilson has been promoted to MD at Bell Pottinger GroupThe Bell Pottinger Group has appointed David Beck and David Wilson as managing directors in...
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G4S boosts comms team

G4S’ Tijs Broeke and Nicola SavageGlobal security group G4S, the second largest private sector employer in the world, has strengthened its press and public affairs...
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New EMEA director of external affairs for Carlyle Group

Global alternative asset manager, The Carlyle Group, has announced that Rory Macmillan will join the firm as principal and director of external affairs for Europe,...
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Stockwell hires Anthony Silverman

The Stockwell Group has appointed Anthony Silverman as a partner. Anthony will join from Maitland, where he is a partner. In recent years, he has...
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StockWell Group appoints advisory panel

Senior industry leaders have been assembled to advise the firm on its strategy and development. “The Panel’s members will be key advisers as we expand...
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Deloitte hires partner to head up communications

Deloitte, the business advisory firm, has appointed Thomas Coops to the newly created role of partner in charge of communications. Thomas joins the firm on...
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Compass Group hires Clare Hunt as head of group media relations

Finsbury associate partner Clare Hunt is leaving the agency to become head of group media realtions at the global catering firm Compass. With responsibilities for...
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Former Lloyds Banking Group comms director moves to ICAP

Interdealer broker ICAP has appointed Brigitte Trafford as director of corporate affairs. Brigette will be responsible globally for all aspects of communications including investor relations,...
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New partner hire at Brunswick

Andrew Mitchell is to join Brunswick as a partner this autumn. He joins from Finsbury, where he has been a Partner for four years, with...
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James Garthwaite joins Terra Firma

The private equity firm Terra Firma has appointed James Garthwaite as its first director of communications. James will be working with Terra Firma’s management team...
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John Murray hired as Prudential plc’s director of communications

The Prudential has appointed John Murray director of communications for the group. Reporting to group chief executive Tidjane Thiam, John will additionally serve as a...
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Zurich promotes Serna as global head of corporate communications

Angel Serna has been appointed as global head of corporate communications for Zurich with effect from July 1. Angel succeeds Pierre Goad who has left...
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Head of BBC’s Business and Economics Department to join Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Jeremy Hillman, the head of the BBC’s Business and Economics Department, will join the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as director of external relations. He...
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NYSE Euronext appoints Caroline Nico as head of european communications

Caroline Nico has been appointed as head of european NYSE Euronext and will be based in Paris. Caroline, who joins from Brunswick, will be responsible...
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Credit Suisse appoints co-heads of global communications

Credit Suisse has announced that following Charles Naylor’s departure to HSBC, Andrés Luther and Gavin Sullivan have been appointed co-heads of global communications, on an...
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HSBC announces co-heads of group communications

Pierre Goad and Charles Naylor will join HSBC as co-heads of group communications, reporting to group chief executive Stuart Gulliver. Both will be jointly accountable...
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Former Sunday Times City Editor joins Finsbury

Jenny Davey has started at Finsbury as an associate partner. Jenny has just finished a period of maternity leave and left her role as City...
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Shire creates new senior comms role

Brooke Clark has joined global biopharmaceutical company Shire as senior director of global corporate communications. Brooke joins the global corporate communications team, will be based...
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Starbucks appoints Jim Godfrey public affairs vp for EMEA region

Jim Godfrey – a former director of corporate affairs at ITV – has been appointed to the role of vice president of public affairs for...
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Santander appoints Jennifer Scardino director of communications

Jennifer Scardino is joining Santander’s executive committee as director of communications. She most recently served as the managing director of corporate affairs for Citigroup’s EMEA...
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John Dawson to become chairman of The Investor Relations Society

The Investor Relations Society has confirmed John Dawson will takoever from Richard Davies when he retires as chairman at the AGM on 21 June 2011....
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FD appoints Neil Doyle

FD has hired Neil Doyle as a London-based managing director in its Financial Services practice. Neil joins from Capital MSL in London, having also previously...
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Waples named head of FD UK

In a raft of senior changes at FD, John Waples has been named head of the agency in the UK. John will assume responsibility for...
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Coca-Cola appoints Jane Lawrie as comms director for Europe

Jane Lawrie has succeeded Charlotte Oades as director of public affairs and communications for the Coca-Cola Europe group, reporting to Dominique Reiniche, president of the...
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Olympic Legacy Company appoints media chief

Victoria O’Byrne has joined the Olympic Park Legacy CompanyVictoria O’Byrne has joined the Olympic Park Legacy Company as chief of media and external affairs. Reporting...
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Matthew Young joins Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group has appointed Matthew Young as corporate affairs director reporting to António Horta-Osório, the new CEO who takes up his post today. Matthew...
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Bank of England appoints Nils Blythe

BBC business journalist Nils Blythe is set to join the Bank of England as interim executive director for communications with effect from late March. He...
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Thomson Reuters appoints David Crundwell head of corporate affairs for EMEA

David Crundwell has joined Thomson Reuters as the new head of corporate affairs for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia. Based in London,...
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Kari Kerr joins IHG as global communications director

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has appointed a new global communications director, Kari Kerr. Kari joins from Coca-Cola where she held a number of senior communications...
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Robert Phillips appointed CEO of Edelman EMEA

Robert Phillips has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of Edelman’s EMEA operations Edelman has promoted UK CEO Robert Phillips to president and...
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BP appoints new comms head

Peter Henshaw is to join BP next month as group head of communications. He joins from BG Group which he joined recently as head of...
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FD to rebrand as FTI Consulting

The Financial Dynamics companies around the world are to take the name of their parent company FTI Consulting in a rebranding exercise that will be...
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Lloyds Banking Group appoints head of corporate communications

Ed Petter has been hired by Lloyds Banking Group as head of corporate communications, reporting to group communications director Brigitte Trafford. Ed will join on...
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Maitland parent acquires leading Hong Kong financial agency

Porda International Finance PR, a Chinese and Hong Kong based agency is joining Maitland’s international network, after Havas acquired a controlling stake in the agency....
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Nick Boakes, Tim Burt and Philip Gawith launch Stockwell Group

Stockwell Group, a new London-based strategic communications firm, has been launched today with funding from Iceni Capital. The firm will be led by Nick Boakes,...
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Nick Boakes, Tim Burt and Philip Gawith launch Stockwell Group

Stockwell Group, a new London-based strategic communications firm, has been launched today with funding from Iceni Capital. The firm will be led by Nick Boakes,...
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Betfair hires new head of corporate communications

Jonathan Oates has been appointed as head of corporate communications at Betfair. Based in London, Jonathan will oversee a press office of two and support...
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WPP to invest in Lord Mandelson’s consulting firm

Lord Mandelson is to launch an international communications consulting firm with investment from WPP Group, according to Sky News. Global Counsel LLP is expected to...
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Andrew Gowers to leave BP

The head of group media at BP and former Financial Times editor, Andrew Gowers, is set to leave the company at the end of the...
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Prudential’s Whitehead steps down

Stephen Whitehead, group communications director at Prudential, has decided to leave the company at the end of the year. Stephen joined Prudential in November 2007...
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William Baldwin-Charles starts at Old Mutual

Old Mutual’s new head of media relations, William Baldwin-Charles, has started in the role. Reporting to Old Mutual’s director of external communications, Patrick Bowes, William...
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FT’s David Ibison joins Kreab Gavin Anderson as partner

Kreab Gavin Anderson has appointed David Ibison as a partner of the firm. David has over ten years experience with the Financial Times, starting his...
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Shane O’Riordain joins Royal Mail today

Royal Mail has appointed Shane O’Riordain to succeed Mary Fagan as director of communications. Mary, a former City Editor of the Sunday Telegraph, announced her...
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Charles O’Brien joins Buchanan

Buchanan Communications has appointed Charles O’Brien as a director of the firm’s Natural Resources Practice (BNRP). He will report to Bobby Morse, senior partner and...
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Norton Rose unveils Comms team following Twomey move

International law firm Norton Rose has appointed Kerrin Roberts(pictured) to the role of head of global PR. The appointment follows the previous head of comms’,...
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Unilever hires new comms chief

Sue Garrard has been appointed Senior Vice-President of Global Communications at FTSE 100 FMCG company Unilever. Sue joins from the Department of Work and Pensions...
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Management changes at Maitland

Neil Bennett has been appointed Chief Executive of Maitland following an internal reorganisation of the management structure. Neil has been tasked by the agency’s owner...
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AEGON Asset Management appoints Karen Bennett as Global Comms Head

Karen Bennett has joined AEGON Asset Management to head up its global corporate communications activities and will be responsible for raising the investment manager’s profile...
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MS&L hires George Godsal as Corporate MD

Publicis’ PR flagship MS&L Group has appointed George Godsal as Managing Director of the company’s Corporate Division in London. With a remit to drive growth...
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Simon Lewis to head the European trade body for financial markets players

The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) has appointed Simon Lewis as Chief Executive. Simon was Director of Communications at 10 Downing Street and...
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Rob Bailhache Joins HSBC as Head of Group Press Office

HSBC Holdings plc has recruited FD’s Rob Bailhache as Head of Group Press Office, based in London. He succeeds Patrick McGuinness who has moved to...
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Alex Cole joins Freud

Former Cadbury communications chief Alex Cole has started at Freud Communications as Managing Director of the agency’s corporate team. Alex spent nearly ten years in...
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Sunday Times Political Editor joins TLG

Jonathan Oliver is joining TLG as its new Director of Media Relations. Jonathan Oliver joins the consultancy after three years at the Sunday Times, having...
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Patrick Tooher to join The Co-operative Group

Former Financial Mail on Sunday Business Editor Patrick Tooher has been recruited by The Co-operative Financial Services as Head of Public Relations. Patrick joins from...
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UBS hires Paul Kafka

Paul Kafka will be joining UBS as the Global Head of Marketing Communications this autumn. Paul will be responsible for Marketing Communications and will work...
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Brigitte Trafford to head up comms at Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group has hired Brigitte Trafford as Group Communications Director. Brigitte will take responsibility for all of the Group’s external media relations, as well...
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Mark Lidiard to head up comms at Essar Energy

Mark will also be a member of the Essar Energy Management Committee. The new role will signify Mark’s fourth position as head of Investor Relations...
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Senior hire for FD’s corporate practice

Pamela Fieldhouse is to join FD as a Managing Director, international corporate communications. In her new role, Pamela will be responsible for further developing FD’s...
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Simon Lewis moves from No10 to UKTI

Simon Lewis, Director of Communications at No10 and the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman, has been appointed this morning as Strategic Communications Advisor to UK Trade...
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Yahoo! hires new head of EMEA comms

Ben Starkie has joined Yahoo! as the internet search engine’s new head of European communications. Ben will be based at the company’s European headquarters in...
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Former Shell head of comms joins Burson-Marsteller

Björn Edlund, former Executive Vice President and Head of Group Communications at Royal Dutch Shell, has become a Senior Adviser to Burson-Marsteller Björn retired from...
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Cazenove analyst joins Cardew

Cardew Group has appointed Sandy Soames as a Director in its expanding client-facing team. Sandy is an experienced sell-side equity analyst whose 24 year career...
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Aviva strengthens communications team with two senior appointments

Hayley Stimpson, currently Group External Affairs Director, will take up the new role of Corporate Affairs Director for Aviva’s UK business, whilst Nigel Prideaux will...
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Rebecca O’Neill joins ISDA

Rebecca O’Neill has joined the International Swaps & Derivatives Association (ISDA) this week in the new role of Communications Director, EMEA. Reporting to Louise Marshall,...
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General Electric creates UK Communications Director position

Mark Maguire has been appointed in the newly created role of Communications Director for GE UK, with Simon Langford managing GE’s communications for its sponsorship...
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Senior comms appointment at Shell

Herbert Heirmann is to join Royal Dutch Shell this summer as Executive Vice President External Communications. Herbert joins from SAP AG where for the past...
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