EMEA News In Brief (June 10, 2013)
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EMEA News In Brief (June 10, 2013)

New people in new roles a Nelson Bostock, Llorente & Cuenca, fischerAppelt, Infineon; new business at Cirkle, Curzon, Rooster, Whiteoaks, Ranieri.

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LONDON—Nelson Bostock Group has promoted Bruce McLachlan has been promoted to Joint managing director of consumer agency Fever from his previous role as deputy MD. He joins Frankie Oliver at the head of the firm, which has grown to more than 30 people since its launch three years ago, replacing Lucy Mayo who will take on a part-time board director role. Nick Clark has been promoted to managing director of the group's technology and B2B agency, Nelson Bostock Communications, from his previous role as deputy.

MADRID—Javier Pons has joined Llorente & Cuenca as senior advisor for Spain and Portugal, bringing with him expertise in audiovisual communication and and expertience in the media sector. Pons is a former director of TVE, and previously worked held several positions positions in various stations of the Prisa group, including head of programs for Radio Barcelona.

LONDON—Leading sparkling Spanish wine brand Freixenet has appointed Cirkle to handle its business-to-business communications following a competitive pitch. Cirkle will help Freixenet persuade retailers and shoppers to re-appraise the sparkling wine category and establish the organisation as a credible authority on the topic.

STUTTGART—Steffen Schulik-Feddersen has been named managing director of fischerAppelt in Stuttgart. Schulik-Feddersen was the longtime CEO of BBDO Stuttgart and also advised on the international truck communications of Mercedes-Benz.

LONDON—Paul Kafka, most recently global head of marketing at UBS Investment Bank and a former head of corporate communications at Goldman Sachs’ EMEA operations, has launched Woodgate Consultants, which will advise on communications audit and strategy, sustainable brand development, contingency planning for crisis, and marketing strategy.

NEUBIBERG—Ralph Driever, corporate vice president communications at Infineon Technologies, is leaving the company and will be replaced by Klaus Walther, who joins from Deutsche Lufthansa where he was head of Lufthansa group communications for more than 13 years. Prior to that, Walther was head of corporate communications of the international natural gas trading company Ruhrgas and a correspondent for the German public broadcasting station, ZDF.

LONDON—Curzon PR has been retained by Invest in Guinea to organise and support a briefing in London on 12 June 2013 that will promote the country’s amended mining code amendments. Curzon PR will handle event management and media relations for the briefing.

LONDON—Festicket, the festival travel specialist, has appointed travel and lifestyle agency Rooster PR to boost its profile in the UK. The online booking agent has brought in Rooster to drive a consumer-focused PR campaign for the company, targeting media across the lifestyle, travel and music sectors. Rooster will position Festicket as the easy solution to hassle-free festival bookings and will profile the team as the festival experts, highlighting the site's rich content and in-depth coverage.

FARNHAM—Whiteoaks, the Surrey-based technology PR, social media and influencer relations consultancy, has been selected by Imago Techmedia to provide PR support for Connected Business 2014, formerly Unified Communications Expo.

LONDON—Ranieri Communications, a specialist in consumer technology PR and social media, has been appointed by Netatmo to manage the launch and ongoing campaign of its weather and environment monitoring solution. Ranieri will be responsible for the UK PR campaign for the Netatmo Weather Station, a device designed for smartphone, tablet and PC that allows users to monitor indoor and outdoor environmental elements.

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