LONDON—Weber Shandwick has appointed Patrick Harrison, former press secretary at Clarence House and St James Palace, as director of reputation management and strategic media relations. Harrison has more than 20 years of high-profile media relations and communications experience working directly for the Royal Family and in various government departments in Whitehall. He played a critical role in enhancing The Prince of Wales' and The Duchess of Cornwall's reputations as well as public understanding of their work.
LONDON—Vodafone Group has named Grégoire Verdeaux as international policy director responsible for engagement strategy with European Union stakeholders, key emerging markets institutions and international organisations such as the OECD, the International Telecommunications Union and the World Bank. Verdeaux is currently European policy director with Electricité de France and was previously the deputy head of Cabinet in the French Presidency under Nicolas Sarkozy.
FRANKFURT—Harald Kinzler will join CNC Communications & Network Consulting after 18 years as an investment banker and a consultant in strategic communications in London, New York and Frankfurt. Kinzler began his career as an economist with Lehman Brothers in London and New York and later moved into equity sales and research in London and Frankfurt, and has been working as a strategic communications consultant since 2005, primarily for listed companies in Germany and German-speaking Europe.
LONDON—Donna Castle has joined APCO Worldwide’s UK team as an associate director. Prior to joining APCO, Castle was head of public affairs and policy at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, where she was responsible for policy development, stakeholder engagement and public affairs campaigns across the UK, including engagement with Westminster, the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, and regional and local decision-making bodies. Castle previously worked in public affairs roles at leading UK health care charities Diabetes UK and the British Lung Foundation.
LONDON—Kwittken has appointed Sam Bowen as managing director of Kwittken London, its European headquarters. Bowen joins Kwittken with more than 20 years of experience, and most recently led his own communications consultancy. Earlier, with Alan Edwards at The Outside Organisation, Bowen worked for Richard Desmond prior to and after his acquisition of Channel 5 and its eventual sale to Viacom in 2014, during the Leveson Inquiry, as well as advising on the launch and growth of The Health Lottery.
WARSAW—Colgate Palmolive has appointed a network of PR agencies to ensure communications and public affairs support to its operations in Central and Eastern Europe. Solski Burson-Marsteller, based in Warsaw, Poland, will be the regional agency hub to provide support in strategy development and coordination of all activities. The assignment covers Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
LONDON—High street wine merchant Oddbins has chosen Marlin PR as its agency to execute tactical and bold consumer focused PR campaigns in the UK. The account was won after a two month competitive pitch process.
MUNICH—Prezi, headquartered in Budapest, has retained Schwartz Public Relations. The firm will be in charge for the communication within the German market to establish the cloud-based, zooming presentation software as an alternative tool for presentations, especially for business audiences, start-ups and universities.
LONDON—Instinctif Partners has won a corporate brief to work with the International Valuation Standards Council, a global standard setter for valuation practice and the valuation profession. In a multi-round competitive pitch, Instinctif Partners' international reach and knowledge of the financial and regulatory environment in which the IVSC operates were factors in the decision, according to April Mackenzie, IVSC chief executive.
LONDON—Escapade has been appointed by Maison Routin, to launch a new brand identity for its professional syrups brand 1883. The brand transformation will include a new logo, design, bottles, a website, new syrup flavours and a professionals club.