STAVENGER—Jannik Lindbæk has been appointed vice president media relations in Statoil. Lindbæk will be head of the corporate press office and corporate spokesperson, taking over from Ola Morten Aanestad, who is appointed vice president media relations for Statoil in North America and will transfer to Houston during summer. Lindbæk comes to Statoil from his present position as senior vice president corporate communication in Aker Solutions. He has previously served as partner and consultant in leading Norwegian consultancy agencies and as communications director for Microsoft Norway.
LONDON—Ownergy, a company that specializes in the simple end-to-end provision of renewable energy systems, has selected Hotwire to launch the business and manage its U.K. PR programme. Hotwire will focus on delivering a high-level media engagement strategy and thought leadership programme, highlighting how the company enables customers to reap financial rewards from their renewable energy consumption. According to Scott McLean, marketing director at Ownergy, “We selected Hotwire on the basis of the outstanding results it delivered around the Renewable Energy Association’s Feed-In Tariffs campaign. It has a proven track record in the management and execution of high-level, impactful campaigns which have sparked, and added value to, the ongoing debate around key issues affecting the modern-day energy industry.”
LONDON—Bell Pottinger has been brought in to handle global media interest in the forthcoming Soccerex European Forum, a leading event for the business of football that will be held in Manchester and attended by 1,000 delegates, including owners, chief executives and other senior management from football clubs across Europe. Bell Pottinger North director John Butters will lead the campaign.
LONDON—Lewis PR has hired Ian Williams, former deputy editor at The Inquirer, as head of technology media, responsible for developing creative campaigns, drafting compelling content for traditional and social media purposes, and coordinating media pitches. Before joining The Inquirer in October 2009, Williams worked as first looks editor at sister site V3.co.uk. Prior to that he was Reviews Editor for The Inquirer.
LONDON—Good Relations, part of the Bell Pottinger Group, has been appointed by the Almac Group, a leading provider of integrated drug development solutions to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, to provide PR communications support. The initial brief includes crystallizing core messages and targeted profile raising for Almac’s integrated services which extend from discovery to commercialization. The agency will generate tailored news and features coverage in print, on-line and broadcast media across U.K., pan European, US and international markets.
JOHANNESBURG—Text 100 Johannesburg has hired Craig Atherford as a senior consultant and a new member of the local management team. Atherfold joins the Text 100 global team with more than 11 years of PR experience, both in local and international PR agencies, across a range of business and finance as well as consumer, corporate and technology clients.