Holmes Report 01 Oct 2018 // 2:13AM GMT
LONDON — Weber Shandwick’s deputy public affairs chief Kate Shouesmith and corporate MD Sarah Richardson have both left the firm. Shouesmith, who joined last year, has moved to Brunswick as an associate. Richardson, who joined the company in April, has not yet announced her next move. The departures follow the exits of the agency’s head of public affairs Joey Jones, who joined Cicero Consulting, and corporate, financial and public affairs chairman Jon McLeod, who is also now at Brunswick. Weber Shandwick has appointed Anthony Marlowe as interim managing director of corporate and public affairs.
LONDON — Hearst UK, the publisher of ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping, has appointed Effie Kanyua as director of PR and communications. She was communications director at Bauer Media and spent several years at the BBC as a journalist. She has led teams at agencies including Splendid Communications, Clarity, Weber Shandwick, Talk.Global and Ketchum. Kanyua will report to CEO James Wildman and join Hearst UK’s strategy team.
LONDON — M&C Saatchi PR managing director Davnet Doran has taken voluntary redundancy, leaving the agency after 10 months in post. Doran joined in December 2017 from Unity, where she had been managing director for five years. Her role at M&C Saatchi PR will not be replaced.
LONDON — Brands2Life has unveiled its new branding, with a new logo (pictured), website and videos produced in-house. The agency said: “Because our clients consistently call out the excellence of our employees as a major differentiator, we decided to showcase the people behind the work. So, in a PR industry first, the new identity puts our staff at the centre. It has been designed to be a ‘living’ logo, one that acts as a window onto both our people and our work, and that will incorporate new still and moving images as our agency narrative evolves.”
BRUSSELS, LONDON, PARIS — APCO Worldwide has boosted its digital capabilities in Europe, hiring strategists in three European markets. Digital strategist Laura Reynders joins from Weber Shandwick, where she served as a digital influence and corporate communications manager in Brussels, while APCO veterans Daniella Lebor and Cody LeBlanc have brought their global digital expertise to London and Paris respectively.
LONDON — The British Business Bank has appointed Mary Whenman to the permanent role of director of communications; she had been interim director of communications and marketing at the bank since January, managing the marketing and digital hub. Whenman has also held senior interim roles at Inmarsat and Callcredit Information Group since leaving Weber Shandwick as MD corporate financial and public affairs in 2015. She also served for three years as president of the Women in PR networking group, now headed by Golin London MD Bibi Hilton.
LONDON — Entertainment marketing agency Think Jam has confirmed a multi-million pound investment from Dorfman Media Holdings. The partnership will enable Think Jam to expand its specialist integrated marketing services for film, TV and gaming clients including 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., HBO, Netflix and Disney. The agency is expected to double in size, with a focus on social media, digital advertising, real-time trending video content and brand strategy, as well as launching in new sectors such as sport.
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS — Porter Novelli has been named as activation supporter for a new project from One Young World – the global forum for young leaders. The Lead2030 initiative aims to work with businesses to make progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Young leaders who will receive this transformative support for their work will be selected following a global search that launches this October at the One Young World Summit 2018 in The Hague.
LONDON — Seven Hills has created two new practice areas: the new purpose practice will be led by director Krissy Koslicki, while director Jack Davies takes on the role of practice lead for innovation & investment, working with clients including tech businesses and investors. Meanwhile, associate directors Susannah Jackson and Matthew Rowlands have both been promoted to the Seven Hills board.
LONDON — The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury, has appointed Don’t Cry Wolf, the communications agency set up in January by former Hotwire head of engagement John Brown, to run a brand research project. The agency will help the organisation get a better understanding of how its brand is perceived and interacted with, to improve the way it communicates with key audiences.
LONDON — Affordable Art Fair has appointed specialist culture, leisure and retail agency Kallaway to handle PR for its UK fairs and ecommerce channel, after a competitive four-way pitch. Kallaway’s brief is to increase attendance to and sales at the spring and autumn fairs for the art fair, which is 20 years old in 2019, including supporting an increase in ecommerce sales throughout the year.