EMEA News in Brief (April 27, 2009)
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EMEA News in Brief (April 27, 2009)

Penrose Financial has promoted Nick Bone and Clare Milton to associate director, plus new people in new roles at Porsche, Interel; new accounts at Fishburn Hedges and Grant Butler Coomber.

Paul Holmes

LONDON—Penrose Financial, a financial services and capital markets public relations consultancy, has promoted Nick Bone and Clare Milton to associate director. Both join Penrose's executive committee, and will take an active role in the management and growth of the business. Bone has been at Penrose for more than four years and is an adviser for a range of capital markets and financial services clients. Milton is in her third year at Penrose and is a specialist in asset management. The firm also promoted Sue Mathews to account director. She joined Penrose in August 2008 as a senior account manager in the capital markets division.


READING—Porsche has added Jo Davis joins its public relations team as corporate communications executive, having spent the last three years at automotive PR agency No Bull Communications. She will help with daily press enquiries, manage press car bookings and assist on events and many other Porsche PR-related activities.


BRUSSELS—Corporate affairs consultancy Interel has appointed Thomas Reiser as director for healthcare and life sciences within its association management practice. Before joining Interel, Reiser worked with MCI Brussels as client director, most recently as the executive director of the International Society of Nephrology and the International Liver Cancer Association. Prior to this, he served as client director at Smith Bucklin in Washington D.C., as executive director for the International Bone and Mineral Society and the International Society for Experimental Hematology.


LONDON—Liquidnet, an electronic marketplace that facilitates institutional equities trading for asset management firms, has retained Fishburn Hedges. This is the first time that Liquidnet has employed an agency in Europe and follows a competitive pitch involving eight short-listed agencies. Focusing initially on the U.K., Fishburn Hedges will also help to raise the company’s profile across a number of continental European markets, primarily targeting traders for institutional investors.


LONDON—Handmark, a leading provider of mobile media, has appointed Grant Butler Coomber to handle its EMEA region public relations campaign following a competitive pitch.  GBC will develop and execute a PR strategy and campaign building across EMEA designed to develop Handmark’s profile as a market leader in the mobile content space and drive downloads of their flagship application, Pocket Express. The campaign brief includes full media, analyst, customer and digital PR.

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