EMEA News In Brief (February 24, 2014)
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EMEA News In Brief (February 24, 2014)

New people at Credit Suisse, Bupa, Hill+Knowlton, Renault, Hanover, Sermelo.

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ZURICH—Credit Suisse has named Clarissa Haller as head of corporate communications, reporting to chief executive Brady Dougan. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Haller was head of group corporate communications at ABB, the Swiss industrial conglomerate. She joined ABB from Hoffmann-La Roche and also held senior communications positions within the aircraft and food industry.

LONDON—Rupert Gowrley has been named UK government affairs and sustainability director for Bupa. He is currently co-head of MHP's health practice. The newly created role, within Bupa’s UK corporate affairs team, will lead government affairs and policy engagement across health insurance, care services, and home healthcare, and also includes responsibility for driving Bupa's sustainability agenda in the UK.

LONDON—Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Stuart Baker as head of its specialist medical education company, Medical Knowledge Group. He will provide overall business direction and leadership, manage key, global client relationships, provide strategic counsel and drive new business generation. He returns to H+K after seven years at Zest Healthcare Communications where he was general manager.

PARIS—Eric de Riedmatten has been named external communications director for the Renault group, reporting to Florence de Goldfiem, vice president, corporate communications. De Riedmatten was a reporter at the French radio station Europe 1, covering economic, automotive, energy and industry issues, before becoming communications director for Europcar International, Siemens France, and BMW France. Most recently, he was vice president of the corporate communication consultancy CLAI.

LONDON—Hanover has hired Alison Woodhouse as head of its energy and resources practice.
Woodhouse is currently an official at the Department of Energy & Climate Change, working within the strategy team of the markets and infrastructure directorate. Prior to joining DECC, she was parliamentary adviser to Natural England and worked in Graham Allen MP's office. She began her professional career at DEFRA.

LONDON—Corporate affairs advisory firm Sermelo has appointed Laura Petty as senior consultant. She joins Sermelo from Grayling, where she had a particular focus on economic development and geopolitical issues.

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