European News in Brief (November 24, 2008)
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European News in Brief (November 24, 2008)

AMO adds Dutch firm Smink Van der Ploeg & Jongsma; plus new people in new positions at Dow Chemical Middle East, Four Communications in the U.K.; and JKL in Denmark.

Paul Holmes

AMSTERDAM—AMO, a network of independent financial communications consultancies including Abernathy MacGregor in the U.S. and Maitland in the U.K., is adding Smink Van der Ploeg & Jongsma, one of the preeminent corporate and financial communications consultancies in the Dutch market. SPJ has been advising leading Dutch and international listed companies and organizations for more than 20 years.


DUBAI—Dow Chemical India, Middle East & Africa has named Mira Meghdessian as its Middle East media and community relations manager. Meghdessian joins Dow from Development Counselors International in New York, where she worked with clients such as the Governor of Louisiana and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. Her previous experience includes positions with organizations such as Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and The World Bank in Washington, D.C. At Dow, she will develop and implement focused media and community relations programs for the region while providing public affairs counsel and support to regional leaders in external affairs.


LONDON—Four Communications Group has promoted Alun James to a new role as U.K. chief executive. He was formerly managing director of the specialist sports, arts and sponsorship practice. Nan Williams remains group chief executive and will focus on driving business between the U.K. headquarters and Four’s Middle East operation, working with Ray Eglington, managing director, international, and Einir Williams, partner, who run the company’s Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices. James will be responsible for delivering further growth in the 120-strong U.K. business.


DENMARK—Ditte Kirstein Brammer has been named chief executive for JKL in Copenhagen. Brammer has previously worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co and Copenhagen Consulting Company. She takes over the position of CEO from Mads Madsen, who has joined Novozymes as director of communications.



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