EMEA News In Brief (February 20, 2012)
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EMEA News In Brief (February 20, 2012)

New people in new roles at Deutsche Bank, Burson-Marsteller, FTI Consulting, Grayling and Newgate. New business for Twelve Thirty Eight.

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FRANKFURT—Thorsten Strauss, previously head of corporate communications at Bertelsmann, has been appointed Deutsche Bank’s new global head of communications and corporate social responsibility. He succeeds Stefan Baron, who is retiring. Michael Golden, currently deputy head of group press, has been named deputy global head of communications and CSR.

ZURICH—Burson-Marsteller has added Matthias Lüfkens as head of the digital practice, and Dev Rakshit as a senior consultant in healthcare and science communications in its Swiss operation. Lüfkens joins Burson-Marsteller from the World Economic Forum where he was most recently associate director and head of digital media. Dev Rakshit was previously global brand communications manager for the neuroscience franchise at Novartis and head of strategic marketing and branding at Swarovski.

BRUSSELS—FTI Consulting has appointed Simon Dibb as a managing director in the firm’s strategic communications practice in Brussels. Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Dibb was a partner and director at Porter Novelli. He also held senior LONDON—Newgate Public Relations, the communications consultancy founded by former Citigate chief Jonathan Clare, has appointed Jason Nisse, director of media strategy at Fishburn Hedges, as a director. Nisse joined Fishburn Hedges in September 2007, following a career in journalism and as director of media relations for Barclays.

LONDON—The Gerber Juice Company has appointed Twelve Thirty Eight to handle its corporate and consumer PR following a competitive pitch. The brief includes brands such as Fruit Passion and Sun Pride. Twelve Thirty Eight will be tasked with raising the profile of Gerber and its consumer brands in national and trade titles, across social media and in lifestyle press, and with managing partnership programs. The focus of the work will be on Gerber’s performance, its environmental credentials and its pipeline of innovation.

ZURICH—Grayling has appointed Stephan Oehen as executive director of Grayling Switzerland, working alongside managing director Bettina Gebhardt. Oehen joins from Oehen PR where he was the founding director. Oehen PR’s core practice areas included corporate communications and public affairs and Oehen has experience working with Swiss SMEs, financial services and public affairs clients.
management positions at Brodeur Worldwide and the Weber Group.


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