EMEA News in Brief (February 8, 2010)
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Holmes Report

EMEA News in Brief (February 8, 2010)

Senior European Commission official Mogens Peter Carl has joined Kreab Gavin Anderson as a senior advisor, plus new people at Continental Corporation, new business at Johnson King, Lewis PR, Beattie and Firefly.

Paul Holmes

BRUSSELS—Senior European Commission official Mogens Peter Carl has joined Kreab Gavin Anderson as a senior advisor after retiring from public service. He spent 40 years working on European and international public policy, having held top positions in the European Commission, the French Government, the World Bank and the OECD among others. Most recently Mogens Peter Carl advised the French Government and Presidency to the EU on environmental and climate change policy. Prior to that he was director-general in DG Environment of the European Commission.


HANOVER—Felix Gress has been named senior vice president of the corporate communications department of automotive supplier Continental Corporation. Currently managing director at Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar in Mann­heim, Gress succeeds Heimo Prokop, who left the international automotive supplier on December 31. He reports directly to Continental’s executive board chairman Elmar Degenhart. Prior to his current position, Gress was for many years the senior vice president of com­munications at BASF SE.


LONDON—Johnson King has been selected by RGB Networks, a leader in network video processing, to handle media and analyst relations in Europe. The appointment comes after a two-way pitch, followed by a successful trial period, during which Johnson King managed RGB’s PR activity at the IBC trade show held in Amsterdam. In addition, Johnson King has been appointed by Fanfare, a specialist in system and device testing, to ramp up PR in Europe. The agency is handling media and analyst relations in the U.K., France and Germany, establishing Fanfare as an expert in the market and running an educative campaign to highlight the need for automated testing.


LONDON—Online accommodation site, budgetplaces.com, has appointed Lewis PR as its U.K. agency after a competitive pitch. Budgetplaces.com, part of the Engrande Group, provides travelers with value hotel options in 60 cities across the globe. Lewis will develop a consistent PR approach to highlight the advantages of the budgetplaces.com site and establish a regular presence in the national, consumer and travel press.


LONDON—Beattie's specialist food team has been retained to provide public relations support to one of Holland's largest dairy producers, FrieslandCampina. The team responsible for introducing Gouda, Holland's biggest export, to Britain's foodies in 2010.


LONDON—Firefly has been appointed by i-level Group, an award-winning communications agency, to handle its public relations needs. Firefly will help position i-level as an industry thought leader, providing news generation, issues hijacking and feature tracking services to build the group’s profile within the media and ensure it is the communications partner of choice among potential clients.



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