Holmes Report 22 Oct 2017 // 8:17PM GMT
LONDON—Public relations veteran and creativity guru Gabriela Lungu has launched Wings | Creative Leadership Lab, which will work with high-potential creative people and organisations from the worlds of PR, digital & social, marketing, media, advertising and beyond to deliver a mix of consultancy, workshops and hands-on training on creativity and leadership. Lungu has worked for more than 20 yearsfor firms in PR and advertising, including Ogilvy, Weber Shandwick, and TBWA.
BRUSSELS—Kevin Vindevogel, a technology policy expert, will be joining APCO Worldwide in January as a director in the firm's Brussels technology practice. Prior to joining APCO, Vindevogel spent six years with cabinet DN in Brussels. As a director, he advised global technology companies and organizations on legislative developments in the EU and selected EU Member States on the Digital Single Market, including cyber security, privacy, cloud computing, law enforcement access to data, copyright, internet governance and trade.
LONDON—Tristan Peniston-Bird has joined Velcro Companies as chief corporate affairs officer, based in London. Peniston-Bird will work closely with Velcro’s regional businesses and senior leadership team to realise the company’s purpose-driven ambitions, and to build and strengthen stakeholder relationships around the world. Most recently, he was a managing director and the head of communications and marketing at Euroclear, the global financial services company.
LONDON—Publicasity has been appointed by Upbeat, the dairy protein smoothie owned by family-run British business Volac, following a competitive pitch. Upbeat will work with the food and lifestyle teams at Publicasity to promote the brand’s healthy credentials and relevance to health conscious consumers through media engagement, press events and influencer seeding.
MILAN—Mark Glover, chief executive of Newington Communications, has been appointed to the board of SEC Spa, the Italian PR firm that bought a majority stake in Newington last year. SEC Group is AIM listed with billings of over €20 million and offices across Italy, Germany, Spain, Poland, Brussels and through Newington in the UK.
LONDON—Eddie Stobart Logistics, the supply chain, transport and logistics business, has appointed Nelson Bostock Unlimited as its corporate PR agency following a competitive pitch. Nelson Bostock Unlimited’s brief encompasses corporate communications, executive media engagement and thought leadership activity.
LONDON—Leigh Marshall, former head of communications at the National Centre for Social Research, has joined Good Relations as a senior account director in its corporate PR team. He will provide senior counsel and team leadership for clients such as RICS and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
LONDON—WE Communications has been appointed by Mettrr Technologies, a website creation platform aimed at SMEs, to elevate its brand via a mix of corporate and social PR.
STOCKHOLM—Blueair, a leader in air cleaning solutions, has appointed Sara Alsén as global director communications and sustainable business, a new position based at headquarters in Stockholm. Alsén joins Blueair from Burson-Marsteller where she has held several positions, most recently as MD for the Stockholm office and chief client officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to Burson-Marsteller, he was corporate communications director at Electrolux and kanslichef at NGO Berättarministeriet.
LONDON—Hudson Sandler has hired Dan de Belder as a partner in its corporate communications practice. De Belder worked at Bell Pottinger for 13 years, specialising mainly on strategic and financial communications for listed companies, particularly in the retail, consumer and media sectors. He began his career as a chartered accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
HAMBURG—Technical Associates Group, a global communications agency for the technical mind, has been appointed by Renold’s chain business to handle its integrated PR in Germany. The agency will execute a comprehensive integrated PR programme focusing on building brand awareness for Renold as well as establishing solid media relations with the German trade press.
LONDON—Delta-ee, the distributed energy and heat research consultancy, has selected Aspectus to drive its engagement with Europe's energy sector. Aspectus will develop, execute and manage a program across Europe from its offices in London and Aberdeen.
LONDON—Jargon PR has been appointed by global IoT connectivity platform Thingstream. The content-focused campaign will drive awareness of Thingstream's core services in the IoT and channel press across the UK and Europe, as well as increasing its presence in other verticals, such as facilities management, utilities and environmental press.
OXFORD—Construction insurance and warranty specialist CRL has appointed Bottle as its PR agency to raise awareness of its brand and increase its profile as one of the top structural defects experts in the country. Bottle's remit includes telling CRL's growth story and demonstrating its innovative and adaptable approach to construction insurance and warranties.
LONDON—Fanclub PR has been brought in by luxury chocolate business Love Cocoa to run its UK press office, following a competitive pitch. Handling consumer and trade PR, Fanclub will work on new product launches and growing Love Cocoa's profile.
LONDON—Stagecoach Performing Arts has appointed Brazil to handle its brand communications and media outreach. Following a competitive pitch, Brazil will work on a retained basis, increasing awareness of the Stagecoach brand on a national scale.