Holmes Report 29 Jan 2017 // 4:40PM GMT
LONDON—The John Lewis Partnership has appointed Clayton Hirst as group head of corporate affairs. He joins from Virgin Media, where he has served as director of external communications since 2015. Prior to joining Virgin Media, he spent 10 years at the regulator Ofcom in a number of roles before becoming its director of communications in 2010.
BRUSSELS—Andreas Constantinides, former single market and industrial policy attaché at the Permanent Representation of Cyprus to the European Union, and a technology expert with more than a decade of industry experience, has joined APCO Worldwide. Constantinides will serve as APCO’s European technology practice chairman. At the same time, Theo Moore is promoted to deputy managing director, after eight years with APCO in Brussels, and Christoph Mielke has relocated to lead the healthcare practice in Brussels, having previously worked in APCO’s Berlin and Abu Dhabi offices.
LONDON—Bell Pottinger has launched a new practice bringing together its corporate, brand, consumer, digital and design teams, to create Engage by Bell Pottinger, an integrated practice focused on providing consultancy, campaigns and content to its clients. The new practice is a response to the “new rules of engagement” and will help brands tackle challenges such as “hyper-fragmentation” and an “on-demand” consumer culture. It is led by managing directors Hugh Taggart and James Thomlinson, andworks with clients including South African Tourism, HSBC, Amazon, Panasonic, Hitachi, HAYS, Ripple, Huawei and PayPoint.
STOCKHOLM—Magnus Wistam has been recruited as CEO of MSLGroup in Sweden, responsible for strengthening the firm’s offering in close cooperation with the other companies in Publicis Communications and with sister company JKL. Wistam most recently served as CEO of the production company MAG5, part of the Endemol Shine Group. He previously was CEO of Efva Attling and Grey Advertising.
LONDON—Azimo, the digital money transfer service, has appointed Bite as its agency supporting them with all UK communications activity. Bite's activity will focus on raising the company's profile and driving brand awareness through corporate and consumer media relations as well as supporting exciting new product launches.
LONDON—Hill+Knowlton Strategies has added David Chaplin to its energy and industrials team as a senior associate director. Chaplin joins H+K from the official “remain” campaign in last year’s EU referendum, Britain Stronger In Europe, where he was director of strategic communications. Earlier, he was spokesperson and communications adviser to the Labour cabinet minister Douglas Alexander in his capacity as shadow foreign secretary and chair of the Labour Party’s 2015 general election strategy.
MUNICH—Munich Re head of communications Christian Lawrence will join the Brunswick Group as a partner on June1. He will be based in Munich. He has been Munich Re’s Head of Group Communications for 10 years, in charge of the firm’s external and internal communications as well as its marketing activities. Before joining Munich Re, he was responsible for internal and external communications at Allianz Global Investors, one of the world’s leading asset managers.
LONDON—Ogilvy Public Relations London has appointed Anna Burns as head of new business and marketing. Burns will lead the agency's EMEA business development and marketing activities reporting directly to Marshall Manson, CEO UK. She joins from Weber Shandwick, where she was head of new business UK.