EMEA News in Brief (February 23, 2009)
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EMEA News in Brief (February 23, 2009)

Duke Street, one of Europe’s leading private equity firms, has appointed Bell Pottinger Corporate & Financial, plus new business at Mmd and Text 100, and new people at hanover and Investor AB.

Paul Holmes

LONDON—Duke Street, one of Europe’s leading private equity firms, has appointed Bell Pottinger Corporate & Financial as its retained PR consultancy in the U.K. with responsibility for coordination of its international media activities. BPC&F will concentrate on strengthening Duke Street’s corporate profile with company management teams through a focused, differentiated approach aimed at widening its media reach as well as positioning the firm effectively for fundraisings. The Bell Pottinger team will be led by Piers Pottinger and Stephen Benzikie, assisted by Daniel de Belder and Rosanne Perry.


WARSAW—The Polish branch of Mmd Corporate Public Affairs & Public Relations Consultants has started work with Skype. Work will focus on a print and online media relations campaign to highlight the benefits of Skype for

both businesses and consumers alike.


LONDON—Text 100 has been appointed by data storage giant SanDisk to handle its public relations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The brief covers all of the company’s consumer and OEM products. Text 100 already works with SanDisk in the Asia-Pacific region.


LONDON—Penny Mordaunt, former strategy and campaigning director of Diabetes UK, has joined public affairs firm hanover as an associate to work on a range of healthcare clients delivering public affairs and corporate communications programs. Key clients include sanofi-aventis, Schering Plough and Heart UK. Morduant was with Diabetes UK for three years, as director of strategy, policy and partnerships and formerly director of nations, regions and campaigning.


STOCKHOLM—Oscar Stege Unger has been appointed new head of corporate communications at Investor AB, one of the Nordic region’s largest industrial holding companies. Unger, currently vice president and head of investor relations, has been employed with Investor since 2000. He succeeds Fredrik Lindgren who will join the management group of Kunskapsskolan Education, where he will focus primarily on the company’s international expansion. Investor is a co-owner of Kunskapsskolan.

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