EMEA News in Brief (April 11, 2009)
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EMEA News in Brief (April 11, 2009)

Burson-Marsteller has appointed Sigurd Grytten as chief executive of the firm’s Norway operations, plus new people at BASF, BondPR and Trimedia.

Paul Holmes

OSLO—Burson-Marsteller has appointed Sigurd Grytten as chief executive of the firm’s Norway operations. Grytten joined Burson-Marsteller in 2003 and is managing director and head of public affairs for Burson-Marsteller Oslo and deputy leader of the EMEA public affairs practice. He is a former Member of Parliament in Norway for the Labour Party, President of the Norwegian European Movement and leader of the Labour Party in Bergen. Grytten takes over from Rune Mørck Wergeland, who has led the Norwegian office since the beginning of 2006, and will be leaving Burson-Marsteller.

LUDWIGSHAFEN—Jörg Kordes has been named to take over as head of corporate communications at BASF IT Services. In his new role he will be responsible for press and public relations, internal communications and marketing communications for the IT service provider. He will report directly to managing director Ralf Sonnberger.
Kordes was previously with BASF SE, where he performed a variety of corporate communications functions, most recently as head of the corporate publications and online unit.

LONDON—BondPR a specialist in multi-country PR campaigns, has appointed Helen Bannigan as chief executive officer.  Previously Bannigan was chief operating officer, responsible for campaigns currently taking place in over 30 countries worldwide. Bannigan is co-founder of GRACE, a non-profit to raise awareness of corporate social responsibility in Europe and also arranged worldwide pro-bono PR representation for the United Nations World Food Programme to raise awareness of world hunger.


LONDON—Trimedia U.K. has appointed digital media expert Ruby Quince to the newly created role of head of digital. Quince joins from Bite Communications. Originally trained as a broadcast journalist, Quince founded the ‘Itchy City’ guide brand in 1998, growing the business up to a list of 18 print titles, early stage mobile internet services and a ground-breaking network of user-generated city guide websites which has helped to shape how travel publishers take their content online.


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