EMEA News In Brief (February 27, 2012)
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EMEA News In Brief (February 27, 2012)

A new European member for IPREX; new people at Talk, Keyhaven, Cirkle, Ketchum RAAD and Scott; and a new account at Grayling.

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PRAGUE—IPREX, the international network of independent public relations firms, has recruited Prague-based Donath Business & Media to its EMEA region, which now has 37 offices in 21 countries. DBM has been working in public relations and public affairs in the Czech Republic and Slovakia since 1991, offering a broad range of services in strategic communications consulting, crisis and reputation management, creative services and public affairs. Clients include UPS, REWE/BILLA retail chain, Samson brewery, International PhotoVoltaic Investors Club, Czech CFA Society and the country's largest producer of bottled mineral water, Karlovarske mineralni vody.

LONDON—The World Water Council has appointed Grayling to develop its media and digital strategy in the run up to the 6th World Water Forum, a key event in helping to raise the profile of worldwide water issues. Grayling’s corporate and public affairs teams in both France and the UK will work with the World Water Council, co-organiser of the World Water Forums, to raise awareness, attract participants and promote the Council during the Forum.

LONDON—Talk PR has appointed Claudia Crow (pictured) as a creative consultant to help drive growth in its fashion and luxury division. Crow will work across Talk PR’s global clients including American Express and adidas by Stella McCartney. Previously at Talk PR, Crow led the agency’s work on events such as Fashion Rocks and the V&A Golden Age of Couture as well as campaigns for Asprey, Bottega Veneta, Jill Sander, Tesco, Pinko and Perrier Jouet.

LONDON—Keyhaven, the global reputational and crisis management subsidiary of King Worldwide, has named Sir Paul Stephenson, the former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, as a senior advisor. Stephenson joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1975 and was appointed to the rank of superintendent in February 1988. He was later assistant chief constable Merseyside Police in October 1994, deputy chief constable Lancashire Constabulary, chief constable of Lancashire Constabulary, and deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service.

BEACONSFIELD, BUCKS—Cirkle has added three members to its business-to-business team, including account director Laura Thompson, formerly of Finn PR, who joins on the GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare team, working on brands including Lucozade, Ribena, Horlicks, Aquafresh, and more. Alex Kent joins as account manager, working on PepsiCo, Premier Foods and Mission Foods. Arti Tailor joins as senior account executive.

DUBAI—Ketchum Raad, the Middle East and North Africa operation of Ketchum, has named Nicola Gregson as managing director. Gregson spent three years at Ketchum in the United Kingdom and led public relations for Fifth Ring in Dubai for five years.

CHESHIRE—The Scott Partnership has appointed Sion Ashley-Jones as director and general manager. Ashley-Jones was previously managing director of full service marketing communications agency Golley Slater and has experience in PR, marketing, branding, digital media and creative advertising in both the B2B and consumer sectors. He has directed communications for clients including The Army, Lloyds TSB Insurance, BMW, Mitsubishi Motors, Welsh Rugby Union, NatWest, VW and Konica Minolta.
 

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