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Fortum, a leading Nordic energy company, has named Maria Romantschuk, currently head of press relations for the president of Finland, as senior vice president, corporate communications.

Paul Holmes

HELSINKI—Fortum, a leading Nordic energy company, has named Maria Romantschuk, currently head of press relations for the president of Finland, as senior vice president, corporate communications, replacing  Carola Teri-Lehtinen, who has been named corporate vice president, sustainable development. Romantschuk has been the head of press relations since Tarja Halonen’s first term in 2000, after working for Halonen already when she was the foreign minister from 1995 to 1997. Earlier, Romantschuk was press counselor at the Finnish Embassy in Stockholm.

LONDON—In a continued restructuring of Huntsworth owned public relations operations, Citigate Public Affairs has merged with Grayling Political Strategy, the public affairs arm of Grayling, to create one of the largest public affairs companies in Europe. Grayling’s public affairs operation will now have 40 staff in Europe across wholly-owned offices in London, Brussels, Edinburgh and Cardiff, with public affairs revenues of approximately £3 million.

AMSTERDAM—Quohnos Mitchell has been promoted to vice president of Eu¬ropean communications for Tommy Hilfiger, responsible for all communications including public relations, events, celebrity service and sponsoring. He reports directly to Avery Baker, executive vice president of global marketing und communications.

LONDON—Atkins, a leading U.K. engineering consultancy and one of the world’s third largest design firms, has appointed Cohn & Wolfe to boost the industry profile of its design and engineering solutions business. The firm’s brief includes thought leadership in the nuclear, defense, energy, mass transit, utilities, telecoms, design and engineering sectors and its efforts will be led by U.K. managing director Geoff Beattie.

MADRID—Grupo Albión, a corporate and financial communications specialist, has been appointed by General Electric, for corporate communications in Spain. The appointment was made following a rigorous selection process conducted by GE that involved eight competing Spanish agencies.

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