HELSINKI—IPREX, the worldwide corporation of independent public relations and communication firms, has expanded its coverage in the Nordic region by electing PR Agency Manifesto as a partner in Finland. Founded in 2000 by the three current owners, Harri Kammonen, Mikko Koistinen and Antti Etelämäki, Manifesto is known for its work in strategic consulting (in external and internal communication) including change communication, communication management and research; media relations especially in the technology and consumer sectors; and marketing PR. Clients include some of Finland’s largest companies, including Alma Media (publishing), Fazer (food), Kamppi Shopping Center (retail) and Area (travel). Its portfolio of international clients continues to expand and includes Capgemini, Henkel and Oracle.
DUBAI—Grayling Momentum has appointed Oliver Stelling to the newly-created position of regional director. Stelling will focus on the development of the consultancy’s business throughout the Middle East, especially corporate and financial sectors. After seven years in Asia working with Weber Shandwick and Ogilvy PR, Stelling spent five years with Bates Pan Gulf in the UAE. His early career in his native Germany included assignments with market leader KK/Kohtes Klewes, today Ketchum Pleon Germany.
LONDON—Pelham Bell Pottinger, part of the Bell Pottinger Group, has been appointed by Stellar Diamond, a diamond production and development company, after successfully advising the company on its recent admission to AIM and will now undertake a financial and corporate communications brief. Stellar Diamonds is a newly listed diamond company and the first mining company to list on AIM since June 2008.
MUNICH—Harvard Public Relations, a specialist in technology and digital lifestyle public relations, has won the Toshiba Lighting Systems account. Harvard will be in charge of product and brand PR for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, starting with launch activities and PR support around Toshiba’s presentation at the trade shows “Light + Building 2010, Frankfurt” and the “Milan Design Fair 2010.”