EMEA News In Brief (October 21, 2013)
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EMEA News In Brief (October 21, 2013)

New alliance for APCO; new business for Citigate, Aspectus, College Hill, Hudson Sandler ; new people at Fleishman, Seven Hills.

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KUWAIT CITY—Raad Afyouni, a public relations and advertising agency with offices in Kuwait and Lebanon, has formed a strategic partnership with APCO Worldwide. BlackBerry is the first among APCO’s key regional clients to take advantage of the partnership. Established in 2009, Raad Afyouni manages communication and branding mandates for businesses including Kuwait Finance House, Nissan, Hyundai, Infiniti, Kuwait Airways, Wataniya, Sanyo, Etihad Airways and Automak.

LONDON—Citigate Dewe Rogerson has been selected by Novoda, a leading independent Android consultancy with offices in London and Berlin, to boost its media profile across Europe. The firm has also been retained by Poundland, a single price discount retailer, as its corporate and financial PR adviser.

LONDON—College Hill has been appointed to act for Acal plc, a leading European specialist electronics supplier, to provide communications consultancy to the group’s key investor and media audiences. Acal provides specialist electronic and photonic products, manufacturing, marketing, engineering and design services to the industrial sector. The group has operating companies across Europe, as well as in Asia and Africa. College Hill won a competitive pitch to act for Acal.

LONDON—FleishmanHillard has appointed Sophie Scott to lead its technology team in London. She also joins the agency's London management team. In 10 years as part of the technology team at FH, she has led work for Avaya Intel, AT&T, TCS and Autodesk. She will continue to drive growth of capabilities and services in the practice. Scott joined FleishmanHillard in 2003 from Lewis PR.

LONDON—Seven Hills has boosted its senior consultancy team with three director-level hires. Laura Tallett joins with international experience having recently worked as group account director for n2n communications in Australia, and before that with Edelman's operations across the Middle East. Jonny Rosemont, formerly communications manager at John Lewis, has been named head of digital. And Eleanor Gough joins as associate director, with experience at Bite and Weber Shandwick.

LONDON—Aspectus PR has been appointed to promote the Prestige Lecture Series for the Institute of Engineering and Technology. The PR campaign will be focused on increasing attendance at the lectures as well as raising the profile of the IET. 

LONDON—College Hill has advised the IPO of Arrow Global, one of the UK's largest and fastest growing consumer debt purchasers and providers of receivables management solutions.

LONDON—Hudson Sandler advised TMK, a leading producer of steel pipes for the oil and gas industry, on its first ever capital markets days in New York and London. The agency advised TMK on its strategic approach to the events, including overall positioning and messaging, buy and sell-side targeting and all full logistics support in both cities.

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