EMEA News In Brief (July 11, 2011)
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EMEA News In Brief (July 11, 2011)

New people at Grant Thornton, Rolls Royce; new accounts for Citigate Dewe Rogerson, Firefly and Four Communications.

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LONDON—John Vita has been named global head of communications, public policy and external affairs at Grant Thornton International, a London based accounting organization with member firms in 100 countries, 30,000 employees, and nearly $4 billion in revenues. Vita had been director of US communications for Grant Thornton LLP, the US member firm of Grant Thornton International.

LONDON—Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, a manufacturer of business, special-mission and trainer aircraft, has appointed Citigate Dewe Rogerson to handle its corporate communications in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa. The account is led by executive director Phil Anderson, supported by directors Alistair Kellie, Brandon Stockwell and head of research Stephen Fishleigh, reporting to Sean McGeough, president of Hawker Beechcraft in EMEA and Nicole Alexander, head of communications and public affairs.

BERLIN—Rolls Royce has appointed Ruth Hucklenbroich as corporate communications manager for Germany, reporting to Richard Carter, director of global communications. Hucklenbroich joins Rolls Royce from Maserati, where for five years her job was spokesperson and corporate communications manager. Before that, Ruth was PR manager for DaimlerChrysler.

EDINBURGH—After a competitive tendering process, Firefly Scotland has been appointed to launch a new online legal service, Login2Law which is backed by Thorntons, one of Scotland’s longest established legal firms. Firefly’s first task will be to launch Login2Law for prenuptial agreements heading into wedding season, and the firm will then deliver an ongoing campaign to drive potential clients to the website and encourage them to utilize the online services for wills, employment contracts, leases and tenancy agreements.

LONDON—The Scout Association has appointed Four Communications to evaluate and develop its sponsorship offering. Nikki Mason, head of corporate partnerships at The Scout Association, says: “Through the support of our sponsors we are able to offer activities and adventure to thousands of young people across the country. Working closely with Four Communications, we want to ascertain our current position within the marketplace and look at how we can add value to existing and future partnerships.


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