EMEA News in Brief (July 26, 2010)
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EMEA News in Brief (July 26, 2010)

PRCA chief executive Francis Ingham has agreed to remain in his existing role until at least January 2013, plus new people in new positions at Grayling, Argyll and College Hill; new business at Citigate Dewe Rogerson; and the launch of Interel in London.

Paul Holmes

LONDON—PRCA chief executive Francis Ingham has agreed to remain in his existing role until at least January 2013. The new agreement binds Ingham to the organization, which represents U.K. public relations firms, throughout the 2010 to 2012 PRCA chairmanship of Sally Costerton, Hill & Knowlton EMEA chief executive and chairman. Ingham became director general of the PRCA in November 2007, and chief executive in June 2010. Prior to joining the PRCA, he was assistant director general and head of public affairs at the CIPR, having previously worked for the Conservative Party.


BRUSSELS—Interel, best known as a Brussels-based Belgian PR and EU public affairs consultancy, has been officially launched as a brand in London after Politics International, which was acquired by Interel in 2008, formally changed its name to Interel Consulting UK.


LONDON—Western Gulf Advisory, an investment company based in Bahrain, has appointed Citigate Dewe Rogerson as its corporate PR adviser for the U.K. The account will be led by Patrick Evans and Constanze Ullmann and focus mainly on media relations with the aim to increase WGA’s brand awareness and to source potential investment opportunities.


LONDON—The Argyll Consultancies has appointed Stephanie MacLeod to its board of directors. MacLeod joined Kaizo, the PR and digital trading arm of Argyll, in August 2009, after working at Bite Communications, where she was the director responsible for the consumer division.  She has 14 years of experience in corporate, consumer and business-to-business communications consultancy, working for agencies including Fleishman Hillard and Firefly Communications.


BELGRADE—Nada Filipovic has joined Grayling as deputy country manager for Serbia, where she will be responsible for business development and growing the company’s client portfolio. With 18 years of experience, she has particular expertise in the healthcare sector. Before joining Grayling, she was healthcare group account manager at McCann Erickson Public Relations Belgrade, and before that head conference manager at TGI Belgrade, part of Tsomokos Group International.


LONDON—Antonia Coad has joined College Hill as a member of its financial team. With a strong focus on emerging markets and domestic and international financial clients, she will support the growth of the team, headed-up by Tony Friend. A veteran of positions at HB Communications and Bell Pottinger Corporate & Financial, she has previously advised clients across a number of sectors, including: Exponent Private Equity, Bridges Ventures, London Technology Fund, Playtech, Topps Tiles, Richemont and Axon Group.


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