EMEA News In Brief (July 28, 2014)
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EMEA News In Brief (July 28, 2014)

New business for Open Road and Blue Rubicon, Fink & Fuchs, EML Wildfire, Liberty; new people for Nissan, Weber Shandwick, AMEC.

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LONDON—Open Road and Blue Rubicon have been appointed by National Grid Property, the commercial property arm of National Grid, to advise the business on its public affairs and media engagement following a competitive process. Public affairs specialist Open Road, which was bought by Blue Rubicon in February, is already the retained public affairs agency to National Grid at a group level. The integrated team will be advising National Grid Property across stakeholder engagement, public affairs, reputation management and media relations as it prepares to raise the profile of the potential of its sites, mainly former gasworks, to contribute to UK housing targets.

DUBAI—Nissan has appointed Roland Buerk as senior director in charge of communications for the Africa, Middle East and India region. Buerk, currently general manager, global corporate communications, Nissan Motor Co., will report to Takashi Hata senior vice president and chairman for the Africa, Middle East and India region, and Jeff Kuhlman, vice president global communications. Buerk joined Nissan in 2012 after a career as a BBC foreign correspondent which included five years in South Asia.

LONDON—Weber Shandwick has appointed Murray Cox as head of Mediaco, UK & EMEA, the firm’s content creative, production and distribution offering. Cox will be responsible for driving business development, strategy and client innovation through the integration of digital and content publishing. Cox joins Weber Shandwick from DigitasLBi where he served as digital strategy partner and strategic guild leader. He has also worked in digital journalism at BBC News and the Australian Associated Press, and headed his own consultancy.

MUNICH—Fink & Fuchs Public Relations will be assisting the IT security company Blue Coat on further expanding its corporate, product and brand PR in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Fink & Fuchs will position Blue Coat as a partner for security technologies in the IT trade and business press, but also among managing directors and IT decision makers in the German-speaking region.

LONDON—AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, has appointed Julian Walker as director of communications, responsible for the company's external and internal communications, including media, employee, investor, marketing and brand, along with government relations. Walker joined AMEC in May 2014 as interim director of communications from Travelport, where he was global vice president, head of corporate communications and investor relations.

LONDON—The Danwood Group, a leading print and document-centric solutions company, has appointed technology PR agency EML Wildfire following a competitive pitch.  EML Wildfire will provide a PR program focused on reputation management and market visibility, as well as internal communications support, to help Danwood consolidate its position as a nationwide, independent specialist in print-related document technology and services.

LONDON—Liberty Communications has been awarded a nine-month PR contract by Filtered, an e-learning platform launched by edtech firm Excel with Business. Liberty was appointed to support the business in raising awareness of the platform’s ability to teach users the critical or most desired components of the course, filtering out the rest to deliver a highly refined and customised syllabus.

 

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