EMEA News In Brief (June 2, 2014)
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EMEA News In Brief (June 2, 2014)

New people in new roles at Qubit, ABB, Focus PR, FleishmanHillard.

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LONDON—Omnicom's DAS Group of Companies (DAS) has named Emma Sergeant president of DAS Europe, reporting to Dale A. Adams, chairman and CEO of DAS. In her new role, Emma will help cultivate relationships with clients, identify client needs and opportunities, and connect them with appropriately skilled companies from the breadth of DAS' offering. Emma's role will also involve navigating the network for key talent, building multi-discipline teams and helping companies adapt, grow and deliver for the benefit of clients, maximizing the unique offering of each company. With over 30 years of client, agency and marketing experience, Emma was most recently a WPP global client lead working across the holding company and MD of global business for Ogilvy Healthworld.

LONDON—Former Marketing Week editor Mark Choueke, who most recently served as new business director and board member at the Good Relations Group, has joined Qubit as global communications director. Choueke will be responsible for all internal and external communications for the company, which helps e-commerce companies leverage data to convert more shoppers to buyers. Choueke has also held positions with Precision Marketing, The Grocer and The Sunday Telegraph.

ZURICH—ABB, the power and automation technology group, has appointed Christoph Sieder as head of group corporate communications. Sieder, an Austrian national, is currently senior vice president communications at specialty chemicals group, Lanxess in Cologne, Germany. In his new role, he will report directly to ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer and succeeds Clarissa Haller, who is leaving the company to become head of group communications for Credit Suisse. He previously held communications roles at Infineon Technologies, Fiat and Ford Motor Company.

LONDON—Hill+Knowlton Strategies  London, has been appointed as the communications agency in the UK for SunEdison, one of the world’s leading developers and investors in solar power. H+K’s Energy + Industrials team has been selected on a retained basis to work with developers and partners across a portfolio of large scale solar developments across the UK to ensure consistently high standards of community engagement and stakeholder management. The H+K team will be led by Chris Pratt, director and will report to Virginia Amador, director of marketing for EMEA and LatAm.

LONDON—Focus PR has appointed David Hanney as head of strategy and planning, tasked with integrating the firm’s strategic planning process across its client portfolio. He is also the account lead on Martin Miller’s Gin and works alongside Mischa Joslin on Courvoisier. He previously worked on consumer campaigns for brands such as Levi’s, Red Bull, Rizla and Samsung at agencies M&C Saatchi, exposure and Brands2Life. He has also held in-house communications roles at Fujitsu and T-Mobile.

LONDON—FleishmanHillard has expanded the leadership of its creative services with the hire of Simon Amster to the new role of executive creative director. Amster previously worked in-house at Flextech (Virgin Media), Disney and NBC/Universal.  Most recently he led brand content at integrated agency Bray Leino.

LONDON—BLUE Communications has won the PR account for the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI). The SSI is a global coalition of shipping-related companies committed to creating a more sustainable and profitable future for the shipping industry, which delivers over 90% of global trade and emits one billion tonnes of CO2 every year. It is seeking to address issues related to the social and environmental challenges facing the shipping industry and demonstrating the tangible commercial benefits of sustainability.

LONDON—PrettyGreen has appointed Chris Grabowski creative director for its communications division. Chris rejoins PrettyGreen from Citizen, where he held the role of senior account director. Chris has over 10 years' agency experience and has worked on high profile campaigns for numerous clients, including Sugar Puffs, Barclay's, Kit-Kat, Cadbury, Coca-Cola, Bacardi, BMW, and Nando's. In his new role, Chris will work across PrettyGreen's portfolio of existing clients and new business, with a particular focus on developing ideas which demonstrate creative excellence and truly deliver word of mouth. 

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