International News in Brief (Septmber 13, 2007)
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International News in Brief (Septmber 13, 2007)

Saab Aerosystems gets new communications director; H&K hires VP of business development in EMEA; Fulford picks up Formula One business; Lindbaek joins Aker Kvaerner; Johnson King adds two accounts.

Paul Holmes

LINKOPING—Jonas Lindell has been named communications director at Saab Aerosystems. Lindell has worked on Saab’s corporate communications staff since 2002, mainly in financial communications and as head of Internet services. Previously he had worked for ABB in both Swedish and international positions at the group level.

NEW YORK—Hill & Knowlton has named Carol Essex as vice president business development and marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Essex joins H&K from The Coca-Cola Company where she held a number of senior public affairs and communications roles in the Middle East, Africa and, most recently, Southeast and West Asia, where she spearheaded the region’s strategic focus on corporate responsibility and citizenship programs. In her new role, she reports to the chairman and chief executive of EMEA, Andrew Laurence and to chief marketing officer Tony Burgess Webb.

SINGAPORE—Fulford Public Relations has been hired as public relations agency for the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix on September 28, 2008. The assignment will include regional markets such as Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Dubai and Bahrain, and focuses on creating awareness and driving ticket sales and attendance. The agency will be responsible for media relations across all target markets, and will provide a full press office function to manage and handle all media enquiries.

LYSAKER—Jannik Lindbæk has been appointed senior vice president of corporate communications at Norwegian engineering and construction services giant Aker Kvaerner. Currently Lindbæk is partner at BWPR, an Oslo-based communications consultancy agency. Previously, he was director of corporate communications at Microsoft Norway and a senior consultant at GCI Monsen where he worked for Aker Kvaerner on a number of projects.

LONDON—Johnson King has been appointed by Recommind, a next generation enterprise search specialist, to carry out its U.K. media, analyst and speaker relations program, and by Digimind, an independent French gathers competitive intelligence from web sources including chatrooms and blogs, to handle its U.K. and French media relations.

 

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