EMEA News in Brief (September 6, 2010)
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EMEA News in Brief (September 6, 2010)

Claire Jakobsson is to join Bell Pottinger Public Affairs in its energy and climate change unit, plus new business successes for Johnson King, M:Communications and Beattie Communications; new people in new roles at Huntsworth Health.

Paul Holmes

LONDON—Claire Jakobsson is to join Bell Pottinger Public Affairs in its energy and climate change unit.  Since 2005, Claire has worked at the House of Commons Parliamentary Resources Unit as senior adviser on energy and climate change as well as manager of the international affairs team.

LONDON—Johnson King has been appointed by U.S.-based ethernet networking company, Force10 Networks, to manage its corporate profile and raise awareness of the company’s networking solutions in the U.K. and Germany. 
Having previously worked with Force10 for three years until 2007, Johnson King is now running an integrated PR program encompassing media and analyst relations, with a focus on thought leadership and issues-based campaigns to highlight Force10’s expertise in ethernet networking by looking at recent trends such as bandwidth supply and demand, cloud computing, network automation, and virtualization. 


LONDON—Financial and corporate communications firm M:Communications has added three new healthcare clients: the firm is advising Axis-Shield, a leading international in vitro diagnostic company, on best practice corporate communications and financial public relations; Swedish biopharmaceutical company Medivir on the internationalisation of its financial PR efforts; and Virgin Healthcare on corporate communications.


LONDON—Beattie Communications has been appointed by The Dormen Food Company to work on a £500,000 integrated campaign to re-launch Dormen's nuts and snacks. The firm’s specialist food and drink team was selected following a competitive pitch and David Collard, divisional managing director for Glisten, says: 'Beattie was the natural choice to handle our re-launch. Its food credentials and experience speak for themselves and their creativity gave them a real edge in the process. This is a very exciting period for The Dormen Food Group so it's crucial that we have on board the best creative partners with the ability to help us deliver our brand goals.”


LONDON—Huntsworth Health has appointed Annabelle Sandeman as European director strategic development, reporting to Huntsworth Health CEO Neil Matheson. Sandeman will coordinate global and pan-European business development activities. She began her career at Abbott Laboratories in the UK as a sales representative and later moved to agency side with VB Communications and Jago Pearce, which are now part of the Huntsworth Health operation.


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