Holmes Report 04 Jun 2018 // 2:15AM GMT
LONDON — Kevin Bell, Burson-Marsteller’s worldwide president, is retiring from the firm, three months after the announcement of the merger with Cohn & Wolfe. Bell had held the post since 2016, before which he was global chair of B-M’s public affairs practice. He had also worked at FleishmanHillard and Maitland Political and was one of the founders of Westminster Strategy.
LONDON — Hill+Knowlton Strategies EMEA has appointed David Vindel (pictured) as its technology practice lead. Vindel joins from Ketchum where he was MD of European technology. He also created the technology practices at Band & Brown, Red Consultancy and most recently Ketchum. Vindel said, “I'm very excited to be joining such a truly international, insightful and interconnected agency. H+K has seen significant client growth in the tech area over the past year, and I’m delighted to be joining at such an exciting time.” He will be based in Spain.
CANNES — Cannes Lions, the International Festival of Creativity, has announced 40 members of the PR Lions jury for this year, led by president Stuart Smith, Global CEO of Ogilvy PR. This is double the size of previous PR Lions juries but only ten jurors will be in Cannes for the final decisions, including Ishteyaque Amjad from Coca Cola’s communications team in India and South West Asia; Lesley Sillaman, SVP of Havas PR; Edelman Deportivo chair Matthias Ronge; Hill+Knowlton Strategies UK director of social media Candace Kuss; Weber Shandwick’s general manager in France, Arnaud Pochebonne; Ketchum partner Denise Kaufmann; Dentsu executive officer Tetsuji Hirose; and Patricia Bartuira, director of FleishmanHillard in Brazil.
BRUSSELS — Wasserman, the global sports, marketing and entertainment agency, hasn announced the acquisition of Boris Agency, the Belgian experiential marketing shop, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition bolsters Wasserman’s existing marketing business, and extends its European footprint in activation, partnerships and talent to service clients seamlessly in every market in which they operate.
LONDON — Porta Communications has confirmed that its Newgate and Redleaf businesses, which it merged in April, will operate under the Newgate name. Emma Kane, chief executive of Redleaf Communications, and Brian Tyson, managing partner at Newgate Australia, were made joint CEOs at the time of the merger.
LONDON — Don’t Cry Wolf, the agency set up by former Hotwire head of engagement John Brown in January, has been granted B Corp status. B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Four other UK PR agencies are BCorps: MullenLowe Salt, Gong Communications, Greenhouse PR & Forster Communications. Brown said: “As we move into a more socially conscious era, becoming a BCorp is the right thing to do both ethically and from a business opportunity perspective."