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EMEA News In Brief (June 24, 2013)
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EMEA News In Brief (June 24, 2013)

New partners for Newgate, Cambre; new people at Golin, W2O, ABPI, BondPR, Berkeley, Hanover; new business for Four gbg, College Hill, Noire.

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LONDON—GolinHarris has appointed Elizabeth Littlewood as its first ever head of technology. Littlewood will provide technology clients with world class strategic insight and drive the creativity and innovation and lead the agency’s technology practice, sitting on the UK board and reporting into president, international, Matt Neale. Littlewood joins the team from Lewis PR, where she was head of UK. Prior to Lewis, she spent seven years at Grayling.

BRUSSELS—Cambre Associates, the Brussels public affairs and public relations consultancy, has reached an investment agreement with Italian firm SEC Relazioni Pubbliche e Istituzionali. The agreement will allow SEC and Cambre to expand their offering across Europe amid growing demand from international firms and associations. As part of the agreement, SEC has taken a 60 percent stake in Cambre and SEC founder and chairman Fiorenzo Tagliabue will take on the role of Cambre president.

LONDON—Senior communications strategist Annalise Coady, formerly of Fleishman-Hillard and its High Road technology subsidiary, has joined the global technology practice based at W2O, based in London. Coady, who was most recently interim President of Fleishman-Hillard’s High Road Communications, an integrated digital firm in Canada, has led teams in the Middle East, North Africa and throughout the EMEA region and has expertise ranging in all aspects of B2B and B2C technologies.

LISBON—Newgate Communications, the international integrated communications consultancy, has signed its first European affiliation agreement with Portuguese firm BA&N Communications Consultancy. The deal will allow Newgate to cover the two main cities in Portugal, Lisbon and Oporto, and provide access to Africa, where BA&N has representation in Luanda, Angola. BA&N has expertise corporate and financial communications, marketing communications, strategic consulting and public affairs.

LONDON—The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry has appointed Catherine Meaden as the organisation’s new director of communications, responsible for the ABPI’s engagement with government, NHS, media, patient groups and wider the healthcare community. She will report directly to ABPI chief executive Stephen Whitehead. Meaden joined the ABPI in April 2012 as head of policy and public affairs, having previously headed up marketing and communications at NHS Direct. Audrey Yvernault has been appointed to replace Meaden as head of policy and public affairs.

LONDON—BondPR Worldwide, the global business-to-business technology PR firm, has appointed Sean Fleming to lead its UK operations. Fleming will be responsible for developing the UK business, managing the London based team, and enhancing the firm’s digital capabilities. Previously this role was held by founder Tom Burgess who will now focus on international business development. Earlier, Fleming held roles with Nexus and Octopus working with clients such as Microsoft, HP, and Trend Micro.

JEDDAH—Alkhabeer Capital, a leading asset management and investment banking firm, has appointed Tariq Hayat as chief corporate communication officer. He joins Alkhabeer from Arcapita Bank, where he had worked since 2003 in senior communications and management roles.

LONDON—YummyPets, a social network for pets, has appointed Firefly to handle its UK launch.
Firefly developed a two-phased launch plan aimed to introduce the site in the UK, build awareness and drive sign-ups to the social network. Firefly is carrying out all media outreach and communications during the launch period, which included a radio day promoting the YummyPets brand with celebrity backing from high profile reality TV stars.

READING—Berkeley PR International has promoted director and head of operations Paul Stallard to managing director.  Stallard joined Berkeley PR as a senior account manager in 2007, following roles at Eclat Marketing and Whiteoaks Consultancy.  In his time with Berkeley, he has helped brands such as Iron Mountain, Kaspersky Lab, NETGEAR, Skillsoft and GoApe. He will be supported in his new role by Kate Jones who has been promoted from associate director to partner.

LONDON—Hanover, the independent corporate reputation and public affairs firm, has hired Bloomberg journalist Gonzalo Vina, as it continues to expand its reputation services. He joins as an associate director in Hanover's reputation practice, reporting to practice lead Gavin Megaw. Hanover has also hired Paula Nugent as a consultant. She previously worked at law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse.

LONDON—PZ Cussons, a leading consumer products group and FTSE 250 company and parents of global brands such as Original Source, Carex, Imperial Leather, Sanctuary, Charles Worthington and St Tropez, has appointed College Hill to handle its international corporate and financial communications. The core account team will be led by Tim Linacre.

LONDON—Florida’s Space Coast of Tourism has appointed Four bgb as its first PR agency in the UK. The agency is working on a project basis from June 2013 to raise awareness of Florida’s Space Coast among UK and Ireland media to help increase UK visitors and overnight stays.

LONDON—Noire, the London-based PR and integrated communications agency, will support communications activity across both Europe and the UK for Kazam, a new smartphone manufacturer launched by mobile industry veterans Michael Coombes and James Atkins.

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