LONDON—Weber Shandwick has appointed Louise Watson as executive vice president and chair of the firm’s consumer marketing practice in EMEA. Watson was previously the London-based global leader of the fast-moving consumer goods sector at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, managing work for P&G, General Mills and Shell. She replaces Rachel Friend, who was promoted to head Weber Shandwick’s London operations in December 2014
ACCRA—PROI Worldwide has added PROI-Mahogany Consult in Ghana to its partnership, just a week after opening a PROI Worldwide office in Kenya. PROI-Mahogany Consult is a public relations, events and human development consultancy led by Esi Essuman-Johnson, principal consultant. The firm has expertise working financial, not-for-profit, fast moving consumer goods companies and the healthcare sector.
LONDON—Waggener Edstrom UK has made three new hires to support its planning and creative teams.Paul Taylor and James Crabbe have been appointed to senior designer and junior designer roles respectively and David Lang has joined as planner/digital strategist. Taylor joins from freuds and will be responsible for Waggener Edstrom’s design function, both digital and off-line. Crabbe joins from Beattie McGuinness Bungay design agency and Lang joins from media agency John Brown Media.
LONDON—HoMedics has appointed Kaizo to promote its lifestyle brands in the UK. Originally hired to help launch the House of Marley brand back in 2011, Kaizo will extend its work with HoMedics to include both the Salter and JAM brands and also the HoMedics professional beauty, massage and home spa strands to the business.
LONDON—Focus PR has been appointed by leading licensed children's fashion e-tailer LamaLoLi.com. Focus PR has been appointed to launch the brand in the UK by implementing a multi-faceted communications plan including media relations, blogger outreach and events as well as creating visual content.