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Smee takes EMEA director role at Lewis but Purestone co-founder Butler departs

Smee takes EMEA director role at Lewis but Purestone co-founder Butler departs

James Smee has been given the role of director of EMEA digital marketing at Lewis three years on from his agency Purestone being acquired by the global firm - but co-founder Simon Butler is departing.

Watch: Cannes Young Lions PR Silver winners talk creativity while riding Snapchat Ferris Wheel

Watch: Cannes Young Lions PR Silver winners talk creativity while riding Snapchat Ferris Wheel

PRWeek joined Jack Davy and Ottilie Ratcliffe of UK agency The Romans, who bagged Young Lions PR Silver, aboard Snapchat's Ferris Wheel to discuss the awards process, their favourite Lions winners and other highlights.

HP diversity targets for PR and ad agencies appear to be working, says comms chief

HP diversity targets for PR and ad agencies appear to be working, says comms chief

HP's move to ask its agencies to employ more women in leadership positions appears to be working, according to its comms chief - who said sometimes both stick and a carrot is needed to encourage change.

In brief: Four promotes Reid, WE's audio pick up, BPS briefs WA, wins for Redwood, Clementine and Rooster

Four promotes Tim Reid to MD, Sennheiser appoints WE, British Psychological Society briefs WA, plus wins for Redwood, Clementine and Rooster.

Publicis stops entering awards to 'shift focus' to investment in AI platform Marcel

Publicis stops entering awards to 'shift focus' to investment in AI platform Marcel

PR agencies MSLGroup and CNC - alongside various other marcoms firms owned by Publicis Groupe - will not be entering industry awards over the next 12 months, its CEO has announced.

CIPR president and former Liquid MD Jason Mackenzie opens Bottle in Bournemouth

CIPR president and former Liquid MD Jason Mackenzie opens Bottle in Bournemouth

Jason MacKenzie is opening a new office for Oxford PR agency Bottle in Bournemouth - a location that the agency's boss admits "may not have been the obvious choice".

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment takes over South African agency Levergy

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment takes over South African agency Levergy

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment has acquired a 60 per cent stake in South African agency Levergy for an undisclosed fee.

Schools launch organic #GreenforGrenfell social media campaign

Schools launch organic #GreenforGrenfell social media campaign

Schools across West London have begun an organic social media campaign to raise money for people affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster, called #GreenforGrenfell.

Heathrow Airport books Havas Formula to tout amenities to US flyers

Heathrow Airport books Havas Formula to tout amenities to US flyers

The firm is working on a contract basis until November to promote the London airport's shopping and dining services to American customers.

Road safety, gun violence and FGM among worldwide campaigns recognised at Cannes

Road safety, gun violence and FGM among worldwide campaigns recognised at Cannes

Campaigns for public sector and non-profit organisations, at home and abroad, have won recognition at this year's Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.

New College of Policing guidance sets out rules of engagement with the media during major incidents

New College of Policing guidance sets out rules of engagement with the media during major incidents

The part played by comms in coping with future terror attacks is outlined in new media relations guidance being issued to police forces in England and Wales this month.

Local authority and hospital trust square up in media briefing battle

Local authority and hospital trust square up in media briefing battle

A local authority has upped the ante in its continuing war of words with bosses at an NHS trust, accusing them in a letter of exploiting language to obscure the truth.

Case study: British and Irish governments stage centenary of Battle of Messines Ridge

Case study: British and Irish governments stage centenary of Battle of Messines Ridge

The idea of a government department staging a major media event during Purdah and the day before a General Election might seem foolhardy but the Northern Ireland Office recently did just that.

Ketchum, Hill+Knowlton win Grand Prix statues in Creative Data, Cyber Lions

Ketchum, Hill+Knowlton win Grand Prix statues in Creative Data, Cyber Lions

Ketchum won for Whirlpool's Care Counts campaign, and H+K was awarded for its work for the Bank of Aland.

Mover to agitator and back: Why brands are shifting position in the global marketplace

Samsung, for example, has traditionally been known as a mover or agitator, but last year, it maneuvered into a defender role during the crisis involving its smartphones.

Huawei marketing chief Glory Zhang: my advice for agency success in China

Huawei marketing chief Glory Zhang: my advice for agency success in China

Have a shared vision, mutual respect and 'co-create' with clients - those are the keys to succeeding as an agency in China, Huawei Consumer Business Group CMO Glory Zhang told a seminar at the Cannes Lions today.

'Fear is a killer in the creative industries', says Unity boss ahead of Cannes workshop

'Fear is a killer in the creative industries', says Unity boss ahead of Cannes workshop

Fear of failure is the biggest "killer" of creativity in marketing, according to a study commissioned by the agency Unity ahead of a session at Cannes tomorrow.

Twitter CMO: Brand identity and simplicity key for advertisers

Twitter CMO: Brand identity and simplicity key for advertisers

Leslie Berland said the platform's new look and feel is designed with both users and brands in mind.

In brief: Horniman Museum hires Flint, EM opens in Beijing, Social hires Milnes in ops role

Horniman Museum hires Flint, EM opens in Beijing, Social hires Milnes in ops role and more from PRWeek UK.

In Pictures: the PRWeek party at Cannes Lions

In Pictures: the PRWeek party at Cannes Lions

Leading lights from the PR industry gathered at PRWeek's Cannes Lions party last night. Check out the photo gallery from the event...

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Pat Ford takes 'partial leave of absence' from Burson for University of Florida role

Pat Ford takes 'partial leave of absence' from Burson for University of Florida role

Ford is joining the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications as a professional-in-residence for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Team Hungary wins Young Lions PR competition

Team Hungary wins Young Lions PR competition

The Hungarian team of Luca Hadnagy and Paloma Madina from HPS Experience won the gold.

HP veteran Sabrina Guttman joins Siemens startup next47 as marcomms head

HP veteran Sabrina Guttman joins Siemens startup next47 as marcomms head

Today is her first day in the role.

Ketchum, Edelman and Weber among winners at Cannes Health & Wellness Lions

Ketchum, Edelman and Weber among winners at Cannes Health & Wellness Lions

Ketchum and Edelman have won Gold Lions in the Health & Wellness Lions at Cannes this evening, while Burson-Marsteller has been recognised in the separate Pharma Lions.

United puts Brett Hart on top of comms

United puts Brett Hart on top of comms

The airline promoted Hart to chief administrative officer and general counsel on Thursday.

Cicero launches consumer arm and targets acquisitions

Cicero launches consumer arm and targets acquisitions

Cicero, the public affairs and corporate PR specialist agency, has announced the launch of a new consumer division and revealed plans to make acquisitions.

Tumblr head of comms Katherine Barna exits

Tumblr head of comms Katherine Barna exits

She is departing Tumblr, which was acquired by Yahoo in 2013, as Verizon's deal to acquire Yahoo's main internet properties for $4.5 billion becomes final.

Facebook is hosting 'Cannected' events around the world for creatives who can't make it to Cannes Lions

Facebook is hosting 'Cannected' events around the world for creatives who can't make it to Cannes Lions

The spirit of the festival will come to New York, London, Sao Paulo, Sydney, and Johannesburg.

Ex-Frank director Richard Medley replaces Tessa Willmott as Wild Card MD

Ex-Frank director Richard Medley replaces Tessa Willmott as Wild Card MD

Richard Medley, former board director at Frank PR, has been appointed as the new managing director of London-based agency Wild Card.

Olga Fleming named first CEO at Y&R PR

Olga Fleming named first CEO at Y&R PR

She had been leading the firm as EVP, a role she held since the shop launched in 2013.

In brief: Four hires COO, training launches at CIPR and PRCA, Olympian joins Fusion, wins for Ketchum and Octopus

Knight to serve as Four COO, Eurosport owner hands Ketchum Olympic brief, Octopus Group answers telco call and more from PRWeek UK.

Tonic Life boss Tierney quits for role in Cohn & Wolfe UK health unit

Tonic Life boss Tierney quits for role in Cohn & Wolfe UK health unit

Tamsin Tierney has joined Cohn & Wolfe as deputy MD of its UK healthcare operation, after three-and-a-half years at independent agency Tonic Life.

May's ex-press aide joins Hanbury Strategy as agency bags Brexit briefs

May's ex-press aide joins Hanbury Strategy as agency bags Brexit briefs

Theresa May's former press secretary Lizzie Loudon has joined the start-up agency founded last year by an ex-aide to David Cameron and the man who led PR for Vote Leave.