EMEA News In Brief (January 5, 2015)
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EMEA News In Brief (January 5, 2015)

New business at Bite, MHP Communications, W Communications; new people at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Axfood.

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LONDON—Casio, the global electronics manufacturer, has appointed Bite to help promote the use of technology in UK classrooms. The agency will help Casio champion maths education in the UK and promote the benefits that technology, including graphic calculators, bring to the teaching of the subject. Bite will also work with Casio to produce progressive research into the use of technology within the classroom.

STOCKHOLM—Annica Elmehagen Lundquist will serve as the new head of corporate communications at Axfood, where she will be a member of the executive committee with responsibility for communication, sustainability work and brand strategy. She joins Axfood from her current position as strategic communications advisor for Tetra Pak in Asia and has previously worked with companies such as Telenor, Eniro, and Microsoft, and consulting firms Kreab and JKL.

LONDON—Hill+Knowlton Strategies has bolstered its UK financial and professional services offer with the arrival of corporate communications, public affairs and crisis specialist Will Dunn. He joins as an associate director on long-term secondment from the firm’s Chicago office. Prior to H+K, Dunn was director of corporate and government affairs at Public Strategies in Washington, DC, and served in the congressional office of Rep. Harold Ford Jr.

LONDON—Wholesaler Palmer & Harvey, the UK's seventh largest private company, has appointed MHP Communications to advise on financial and corporate communications. Reporting to P&H managing director Martyn Ward, MHP Financial chief executive Andrew Jaques will lead a team including Katie Hunt (director) and Jamie Ricketts (associate director) on the business.

LONDON—Johnston Press, one of the UK's largest local multimedia companies, has appointed W Communications to support its position as a leading provider of local news and information services, and showcase the breadth and depth of its local expertise during an period of transition for the business. W will position CEO Ashley Highfield and the senior Johnston Press team as essential voices on the UK's local economies and will also work to further build the business' reputation as the top provider of digital marketing services to SMEs.

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