EMEA News In Brief (October 31, 2011)
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EMEA News In Brief (October 31, 2011)

New people in new roles at JKL, africapractice, Grupo BPMO; new business for Six Degrees; a new practice at Good Relations.

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OSLO—Julie Margaret Brodtkorb has been appointed managing director for JKL in Oslo. Brodtkorb has a political background within the Norwegian Conservative Party and has held roles including communications manager and later as chief of staff. He also worked at leading Norwegian public relations firm Geelmuyden Kiese. Ragnar Sagdahl, who has been acting managing director since April 1, will become director of JKL Group with a focus on business development and will continue to work as an advisor for JKL’s clients in Norway.

LONDON—africapractice, a strategic communications consultancy dedicated to supporting private sector investment and development in Africa, has hired Kadaria Ahmed has joined as an associate director in the firm’s Nigerian office, leading corporate communications and public affairs assignments for private sector clients in Nigeria. Prior to joining africapractice, Kadaria was the founding managing editor of 234Next, an investigative newspaper. In addition, Anna Riley, a senior consultant with africapractice since January 2011, has relocated to Dar-es-Salaam to assume the role of general manager; Sanyu Mugambwa has joined as a senior consultant after six years in the Australian foreign service; Jonas Paurell joins as a senior consultant to drive the growth and opportunity practice;
Maryanne Maina has been named a senior consultant in the Nairobi office; and Lucas Chandellier is a consultant based in Conakry, Guinea.

BARCELONA—Joan Corbera, most recently director of Europa Press in Catalonia, has joined Grupo BPMO as its new managing director. Corbera, who left the management of the news agency after five years in the position, will be in charge of spearheading the national and international expansion of the communications group, including its six companies and more than 80 employees. He will also develop editorial and content strategy, lead the print-to-digital transition and promote the company and its branches. He reports to Pau Herrera, CEO, who will focus on the group’s development, leading innovation in new projects and departments.

LONDON—To mark its 50th anniversary, Good Relations has launched Good Relations Life, the agency’s new lifestyle division, created to expand the agency’s youth lifestyle offering and build on the work it is doing with existing clients including IMG Fashion Fringe. The firm will focus on connecting brands to next generation people, causes and places. Nicola Hamilton, account director, will head up the team.

LONDON—Six Degrees and its US partner, Ripple Effect Communications, have been selected to raise visibility of industry analyst Cambashi, one of the leading market consultancies specializing in IT for the manufacturing, distribution, energy, utilities and construction sectors. The campaign is led by Valerie Harding at Ripple Effect, with Andrea Willige, senior consultant at Six Degrees, fronting the UK arm of the program.

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