EMEA News In Brief (May 11, 2015)
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EMEA News In Brief (May 11, 2015)

New people at Ogilvy PR, Credit Suisse, Cosmetics Europe, Fiskers Group, Semcon; new business at Cicero, W, Honcho.

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MADRID—Eva Snijders has been named general manager for Ogilvy Public Relations Madrid and Núria Padrósinto has been named general manager in Barcelona, reporting directly to Ogilvy PR Spain CEO Borja Puig de la Bellacasa. Snijders previously provided storytelling counsel to clients of Atrevia (the former Inforpress) and was a senior consultant at Lukkap, a management consulting firm. Padrós joins Ogilvy from her own agency in Barcelona, focused on newsrooms and digital media outlet.

ZURICH—Credit Suisse Group has named Christoph Meier as global head of media relations, reporting to Clarissa Haller, head of corporate communications. Meier will join Credit Suisse from Lombard Odier in Geneva, where he is head of communications. Earlier, he worked at UBS for 17 years, where he held various senior communications positions and last served as head of corporate communications for UBS Wealth Management.

BRUSSELS—Diane Watson has joined Cosmetics Europe as public affairs and government relations director. Watson has more than 20 years of public affairs experience and has worked on policy issues in the healthcare, food and consumer goods sectors. Since 2011, she has been a senior policy advisor and senior vice president in the food and health practice of FleishmanHillard. Prior to this, she was director in government affairs and public policy at GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals.

LONDON—Novantas, a leader in analytical advisory services and technology solutions for banks, has appointed Cicero Group to support its launch in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Cicero will support Novantas in raising brand awareness with a core banking and business audience in the UK across both traditional and social media. The account will be led by Cicero executive director Mike Robb, reporting to Andrew Frisbie, managing director and Head of European development at Novantas.

LONDON—Honcho PR has been appointed by Touchjet to introduce a range of ‘touch technology’ consumer devices  - all with proprietary software – onto the UK market.  Touchjet’s  UK’s launch product is the Touchjet Pond, a projector that turns any surface - wall, ceiling or floor - into an interactive touchscreen. Honcho PR co-founders Charlotte Priest and Amanda Slayton-Joslin will manage a campaign that encompasses consumer, enterprise, education and channel communications. The team will report directly to Touchjet’s CEO Helen Thomas, based in San Francisco.  Honcho previously worked with Thomas when she was global head of sales at Livescribe.

LONDON—Mixmag, the dance music media brand, has appointed W as a strategic partner to build the profile of its online media network. W will deliver a campaign that will tell the story of Mixmag's offering as a multi-platform curator brand that attracts a monthly audience of more than 5 million dance fans across the globe.

HELSINKI—Consumer products company Fiskars Group has appointed Maija Taimi as head of corporate communications and corporate responsibility. She joins Fiskars from Nokia Corporation, where she was head of corporate communications. She has held various communication positions at Nokia and worked as director for internal communications at Cargotec. 

GÖTEBORG—Engineering services and product information company Semcon has named Per Nilsson as corporate communications and marketing director. He was previously global PR director at Volvo Trucks.



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