EMEA News in Brief (January 7, 2008)
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EMEA News in Brief (January 7, 2008)

New corporate communications chiefs at Metro Group and Holmen; new business for Ogilvy in Saudi Arabia and Bell Pottinger in the U.K.

Paul Holmes

DÜSSELDORF—Jürgen Homeyer is taking over as head of the corporate communications department at the Metro Group. In his new role, he will be responsible for group-wide external and internal communication and reports directly to the CEO and chairman of the management board, Dr. Eckhard Cordes. Jürgen Homeyer joined the corporate communications department of the Metro Group in 2002, after a career as a journalist, and most recently served as head of the press office.

STOCKHOLM—Ingela Carlsson has been named senior vice president and head of group public relations at forest products company Holmen. She will take up her position in the spring of 2008. Carlsson is currently vice president communication at EuroMaint and has occupied similar positions with the Federation of Swedish Farmers and Riksbyggen. She succeeds Christer Lewell, who is retiring after 21 years as head of group public relations.

RIYADH—American Express (Saudi Arabia) has selected Memac Ogilvy to manage its corporate communications in the kingdom. Says Sami El Natour, head of marketing and PR at Amex (Saudi Arabia): "The Saudi market is of particular importance for the innovative products that American Express offers seeing that the Kingdom enjoys the highest gross national income in the region. The electronic payment services sector in Saudi Arabia is a very promising one and involves enormous potential of growth."

LONDON—Cashcade, owner of Foxybingo.com and Getminted.com, has appointed Bell Pottinger Corporate & Financial for corporate communications.

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