EMEA News in Brief (January 12, 2009)
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EMEA News in Brief (January 12, 2009)

Waggener Edstrom Worldwide has named Shaun Wootton as general manager for France, plus new people at Volvo, Citadel Capital, and the Rugby Football Union, and new business at Bell Pottinger.

Paul Holmes

PARIS—Waggener Edstrom Worldwide has named Shaun Wootton as general manager for France. Wootton brings extensive experience from WE’s Asia Pacific business, where he was vice president for South Asia and general manager of its Singapore office. Wootton’s new objectives will be to consolidate existing accounts and pursue new-business development opportunities in the French market with a greater focus on communications services for innovative enterprises and enhanced digital offerings.


MARLOW—Volvo Car U.K. has appointed Duncan Forrester head of public relations. He will report directly to Peter Rask, Volvo Car U.K.'s new managing director. He will be heading up the Volvo press office as well as overseeing all event and sponsorship activities. Fletcher began his career with BMW in 1995, and moved into the press office in 2003 as BMW media relations manager. More recently, he was new media public relations manager, looking after BMW and MINI products.


LONDON—Bell Pottinger has won a three year contract from the European Commission to help promote “short sea shipping” around Europe. The firm will help an international consortium of shipping experts encourage more freight to be moved along Europe’s network of rivers and sea routes instead of on congested roads and rail network. The project, known as PROPS, will run for 36 months with Bell Pottinger also involved in running a series of marketing workshops across Europe. Bell Pottinger’s role is first to analyse the existing ways in which short sea shipping is promoted to the maritime and freight industry.


CAIRO—Citadel Capital has appointed of Ghada Hammouda as head of corporate communications. Hammouda will be responsible for the overall communications strategy for Citadel, one of the leading private equity firms in the Middle East and North Africa with investments worth more than $8.3 billion in industries including mining, oil and gas, cement, transportation and food. Prior to joining Citadel Capital, Hammouda served as a senior executive and consultant to top New York and Cairo firms including Reciprocal, Nabli Business Consulting Group, Ogilvy & Mather, N.W. Ayer & Partners, Backer Spielvogal Bates and AT&T International.


TWICKENHAM—The Rugby Football Union has named Peter Thomas as RFU corporate communications and public affairs director. In a new position, reporting directly to Francis Baron, RFU chief executive, Thomas will head up a new integrated corporate communications and public affairs department within the RFU responsible for media management for both England teams and community rugby; political lobbying and public affairs; corporate communications and publications; local community relations; and internal RFU communications. Thomas was most recently director of marketing and communications with Accenture covering the U.K., Ireland and the Nordic countries.


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