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EMEA News In Brief (December 9, 2013)
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EMEA News In Brief (December 9, 2013)

New people at Fishburn, Haldex, MHP; new business at Kaizo, Pagefield.

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LONDON—Ali Gee (pictured) has been appointed CEO of the new Fishburn agency, which launches in January following the integration of London and New York-based Fishburn Hedges, consumer PR agency Seventy Seven and branding and design consultancy Further. Gee joined the Fishburn Hedges Group in early 2013 as group strategy and planning director, working across all three businesses. She joined from Edelman, where she was director of planning as well as global client relationship manager for Unilever. She also spent five years at 3 Monkeys, where she was head of consultancy. The move sees Simon Matthews, currently Fishburn Hedges Group CEO, step up to the role of chairman of the new agency.

STOCKHOLM—Automotive supplier Haldex has appointed Catharina Paulcén as its new senior vice president of corporate. Based at the company's headquarters in Landskrona, Sweden, Paulcén will be responsible for all aspects of corporate communications, internally and externally, including investor relations. Prior to joining Haldex, she served as senior vice president, marketing and communications at Enea, where she was responsible for a full range of communications areas, including internal and external communications, investor relations, media relations, market communications and branding. Before joining Enea, she was marketing director at IBM and executive vice president of marketing and communications at Telelogic.

LONDON—Kaizo has been appointed by Ubooly, a multilingual interactive toy, to launch its brand across Europe. Initial activity will be taking place in the UK, France and Spain. Kaizo will work alongside its Worldcom partners, HBI in Germany and Yucatan in France, to deliver the programme in time for the Christmas season.

BRUSSELS—MHP Communications has appointed Kajsa Stenström as senior adviser to its Brussels office, and formed a strategic partnership with Diplomat Communications, a leading Swedish communication firm. Stenström is managing partner of Diplomat’s Brussels operation and was previously founder and managing director of Kajsa Stenström and head of EU public affairs for DLA Piper.

LONDON—Pagefield has added two clients to its public affairs practice:  Resilient Networks, provider of smart voice services for some of the UK's largest organisations, has appointed Pagefield to provide strategic counsel and research support for its “smartnumbers for smart government” project. The firm also has a new retained contract with Comux UK, the community-owned business selected by Ofcom to build and operate the local television broadcasting platform. Pagefield will provide senior strategic counsel and help Comux to raise both the political profile of local TV.

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