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Ogilvy EMEA MD and former Gordon Brown aides moves to WPP government practice

Ogilvy EMEA MD and former Gordon Brown aides moves to WPP government practice

Iain Bundred, a top Ogilvy PR executive and former political spokesman to ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown, has been appointed executive director of WPP's Government and Public Sector Practice.

Tavistock hires James Henderson's former business partner Charles Vivian as director

Tavistock hires James Henderson's former business partner Charles Vivian as director

Charles Vivian, who set up Pelham alongside James Henderson and later merged it into Bell Pottinger, has joined independent financial PR specialist Tavistock as a director.

FTSE250 healthcare property developer Assura swaps Finsbury for Edelman

FTSE250 healthcare property developer Assura swaps Finsbury for Edelman

Assura, the FTSE250-listed owner, operator and developer of 475 medical centres throughout the UK, has appointed Edelman as its retained financial comms and public affairs advisor, following a competitive pitch.

Brands must be subtle and targeted to reach Generation Alpha, says Hotwire

Brands must be subtle and targeted to reach Generation Alpha, says Hotwire

Emotional connections and subtle communications will be vital if brands and their PR agencies are to connect with the next generation of consumers.

Sainsbury's restructures comms teams and seeks consumer agency to replace Golin

Sainsbury's restructures comms teams and seeks consumer agency to replace Golin

Sainsbury's has restructured its entire in-house comms function and severed ties with Golin, following its acquisition of Argos and Habitat and the departure of comms chief Louise Evans.

Owen Blicksilver PR works comms for Weinstein private equity infusion

Owen Blicksilver PR works comms for Weinstein private equity infusion

The financial specialist firm's long-standing client, Colony Capital, is negotiating a sale with The Weinstein Company.

British Airways in review of 'seven-figure' global PR duties

British Airways in review of 'seven-figure' global PR duties

British Airways is contacting a number of large agencies, including incumbents Grayling, Action and Meropa, about its global PR support and crisis management, PRWeek has learned.

Bell and Lehrle's Sans Frontières hires suspended Oakbay account team member Philip Peck

Bell and Lehrle's Sans Frontières hires suspended Oakbay account team member Philip Peck

Philip Peck, one of the Bell Pottinger staffers who worked on its infamous Oakbay account, has been hired by Sans Frontières Associates, PRWeek has learned.

Nick Williams promoted to chief client officer at Burson-Marsteller UK

Nick Williams promoted to chief client officer at Burson-Marsteller UK

Nick Williams, former head of public affairs at FleishmanHillard, has been promoted to chief client officer at Burson-Marsteller UK.

Powerscourt and Hanover pick up former Bell Pottinger work with CYBG

Powerscourt and Hanover pick up former Bell Pottinger work with CYBG

CYBG, the owner of Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank, has hired Powerscourt and Hanover for comms and public affairs briefs following the collapse of incumbent Bell Pottinger.

Pepsi, McDonald's, Dove (twice): can the PR industry stop adland's disastrous campaigns?

Pepsi, McDonald's, Dove (twice): can the PR industry stop adland's disastrous campaigns?

The way things are going, 2017 could be remembered in the marcoms world as the year of the catastrophic, facepalm-inducing campaign. What role can PR play in stopping such disasters slipping through the net?

Eddie Stobart hires Nelson Bostock to steer iconic lorry firm's 'transforming beyond trucking' story

Eddie Stobart hires Nelson Bostock to steer iconic lorry firm's 'transforming beyond trucking' story

Haulage business Eddie Stobart has appointed Nelson Bostock as its corporate PR agency in the UK, following a competitive pitch.

Lipin pulls talent from competitors as he launches own shop

Lipin pulls talent from competitors as he launches own shop

Former Brunswick Group U.S. senior partner Steve Lipin has launched Gladstone Place Partners with staffers from his former shop, as well as veterans of Kekst and Company, FTI Consulting, and Prosek Partners.

LinkedIn promotes several on global comms team

LinkedIn promotes several on global comms team

Blair Decembrele and Suzi Owens have been upped to director; and Blythe Yee was named VP.

'Strong, but slightly nervous' - PRCA barometer shows boom in budgets but concerns over economy remain

'Strong, but slightly nervous' - PRCA barometer shows boom in budgets but concerns over economy remain

The PRCA's latest economic barometer has shown that client spend again improved dramatically in Q3, but concerns for the UK economy remain high among PR agencies.

MHP hires Bell Pottinger duo Bloxham and Lyons to top public affairs and corporate jobs

MHP hires Bell Pottinger duo Bloxham and Lyons to top public affairs and corporate jobs

MHP has announced the hire of former Bell Pottinger partners Andy Bloxham and Jamie Lyons, with the latter taking the role of joint head of public affairs alongside James Gurling.

Opinion and features

The problem with the Today programme: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

The problem with the Today programme: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

I love the Today programme. I adore the Today programme. I listen to the Today programme every morning. It's my anchor in the stormy sea of current affairs; the light that leads the way in the gloom of the early morning.

Let's talk about disability in PR: Disabled employees are a nearly untouched pool of talent

Let's talk about disability in PR: Disabled employees are a nearly untouched pool of talent

Since being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of eight, I have always been hyper-aware of how it differentiated me from my peers.

International Day of the Girl: Two years on, 'Like a Girl' still has something to teach communicators

International Day of the Girl: Two years on, 'Like a Girl' still has something to teach communicators

Two years after it launched, P&G's Like A Girl is still being cited as a great campaign; I was wondering what makes that work so evocative, that it hangs around in our consciousness when other campaigns, award-winning or not, just fade away.

Waking the sleeping giant: Alex Bigg's big plans to turbo-charge MHP

Waking the sleeping giant: Alex Bigg's big plans to turbo-charge MHP

MHP chief executive Alex Bigg hopes to awaken the 'sleeping giant' agency by making stellar hires and 'unleashing the talent' of its team. Just don't mention Missing Type.

Comms will play a critical role in gender pay gap reporting

Comms will play a critical role in gender pay gap reporting

Around 9,000 employers will have to report their gender pay gap by April next year, but while the Government guidelines thoroughly explain the reporting procedure, there is very little information about how to communicate your data.

Report: Harvey Weinstein turns to Sitrick for crisis management

Report: Harvey Weinstein turns to Sitrick for crisis management

The mogul's behavior has been the subject of investigations by The New York Times and The New Yorker.

World Mental Health Day: Why PR pros could benefit from counselling

World Mental Health Day: Why PR pros could benefit from counselling

In years gone by, outsiders could be forgiven for thinking that the PR industry was all about long lunches and glamorous parties.

Faking wokeness: Don't do a Dove

Faking wokeness: Don't do a Dove

A few months back I was asked to contribute to a global innovation and advisory report entitled 'Surviving Marketing Fails'.

Is the top of the PR industry a man's game?

Is the top of the PR industry a man's game?

As an industry, PR is highly inclusive of women. Or so it seems. Women comprise 64 per cent of the total workforce, yet only 13 per cent inhabit board-level and partner positions.

The pervasive, pernicious and damaging impact of presenteeism in PR

The pervasive, pernicious and damaging impact of presenteeism in PR

It was 200 years ago, during the Industrial Revolution, that factory owner Robert Owen first began campaigning for improved working conditions, the lynchpin of which was the concept of the eight-hour working day.

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Recent City & corporate people moves

In brief: Alsén leaves Burson, investment at Ramarketing, Another Word signs for UK Mail, Heavyweight hires

In brief: Alsén leaves Burson, investment at Ramarketing, Another Word signs for UK Mail, Heavyweight hires

Alsén leaves Burson, investment and expansion plans at Ramarketing, Another Word signs for UK Mail and more from PRWeek UK.

French agency ComCorp hires Walgreens Boots' Yves Romestan and eyes massive expansion including acquisitions

French agency ComCorp hires Walgreens Boots' Yves Romestan and eyes massive expansion including acquisitions

Paris-based agency ComCorp has hired Former Walgreens Boots Alliance global comms chief Yves Romestan as part of an ambitious plan to grow as much as 15-fold by 2021 - with UK agency acquisitions among the targets.

Taylor Bennett Foundation hires ex-CIPR chief Pinch and Four's John Lehal to board

Taylor Bennett Foundation hires ex-CIPR chief Pinch and Four's John Lehal to board

Former CIPR president Sarah Pinch and public affairs leader John Lehal (both pictured below) have been appointed chair and vice chair, respectively, of PR industry diversity charity the Taylor Bennett Foundation.

In brief: Porter Novelli scoops AR app, Halpern to root US restaurant in UK, Mettrr hires WE

Porter Novelli scoops AR app, Halpern to root US restaurant in UK, Mettrr hires WE and more from PRWeek UK.

Natalie Kerris exits Edelman after six months to join Oracle

Natalie Kerris exits Edelman after six months to join Oracle

The veteran of Apple and Twitter had a short stint as chair of Edelman's technology sector. Sanjay Nair has replaced her in the agency role.

In brief: Portland gets Equifax brief, Bell Pott leaver to Hudson Sandler, Wang switches to TV

Portland gets Equifax crisis brief, Bell Pott leaver to Hudson Sandler, Wang switches to TV firm

Maitland appoints Bell Pottinger trio led by former Mirror business editor Clinton Manning

Maitland appoints Bell Pottinger trio led by former Mirror business editor Clinton Manning

Havas-owned Maitland has become the latest agency to recruit practitioners left without jobs after the collapse of Bell Pottinger, hiring former partner Clinton Manning and two of his team.