EMEA News in Brief (March 9, 2009)
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EMEA News in Brief (March 9, 2009)

Mmd has appointed Elizabeth Ross as its PR director in Ukraine, plus new senior communications executives at Russia's Rambler Media and Spain's Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria.

Paul Holmes

KIEV—Mmd Corporate, Public Affairs & Public Relations Consultants, the Eastern European firm that is part of the Huntsworth empire, has appointed Elizabeth Ross as its PR director in Ukraine. Before joining Mmd, Ross held leadership positions in various marketing and PR agencies, such as Starget , AL Communication and PRP Ukraine, a Weber Shandwick affiliate  company. She has provided services for many multinational companies, including ExxonMobil, SEB Bank, Tetra Pak, Toshiba and Nissan and is an expert in strategic communication; brand management; corporate communications; reputation and crisis communication; special events and publishing.


MOSCOW—Rambler Media, which operates one of Russia’s most popular internet brands, has appointed Konstantin Vorontsov as head of corporate communications. Based in Moscow, Konstantin will work with Shared Value, Rambler’s financial communications adviser, based in London. His responsibilities include the development of strategic investor and public initiatives, the production of financial reports, and maintaining the day-to-day relations with investors, research analysts and the business press in Moscow. Before joining Rambler Media, Konstantin Vorontsov spent three years at Prof-Media Holding, Rambler’s parent company, heading public and investor relations.


BILBAO—Financial services group Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria has named Gregorio Panadero as its new director of communications and image. Panadero will succeed Javier Ayuso, who announced his departure from the group recently after 12 years, and will return to journalism. Panadero will assume responsibility for external and internal corporate communications, institutional communications, corporate publicity, identity and image and corporate responsibility. He will also be a member of BBVA's management committee. He had been director of communications and corporate responsibility at Grupo Ferrovial since 2006, prior to which he was global director of communications and corporate reputation at Deloitte.



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