August 27, 2005

Tom Murphy joins Microsoft

Tom Murphy is joining Microsoft in Ireland to look after its PR. Tom runs the PR Opinions blog which is well worth checking out if you don’t know it - http://www.natterjackpr.com/archives/2005/08/a_personal_news.html

August 21, 2005

Text wins global Philips brief

Text 100 has won a global brief from Philips to promote its semiconductor business.

Incumbent Hoffman declined to re-pitch.

Rainier hired to promote iPod rebrand

Custard PR, the consumer arm of Rainier, has been hired to help promote the rebranding of iPod:Essentials, a supplier of iPod accessories.

Custard will be helping promote the new brand - mp3Essentials - as well as raising awareness of the legal action taken by Apple which has led to this change.

Axicom wins Chinese business

Axicom has been hired by ZTE Corporation, China's largest telecoms equipment manufacturer, to provide strategic advice at a corporate level as well as to its network of businesses across the globe.

New appointments at Fuse

Fuse has hired two new associate directors, Sarah Sherman and Neil Foster.

Foster used work at Bite as an account director while Sherman has previously worked with Centrica, i2 and Weber.

Siemens extends work with Weber Shandwick

According to PR Week, Siemens has awarded its agency Weber Shandwick an additional contract to promote its new range of 3G phones.

Running into six figures, the new contract was won in a pitch against Oliver Schrott Kommunikation of Germany which works for other divisions of Siemens.

3Com chooses Porter Novelli

Porter Novelli has emerged as the winner of the 3Com re-pitch, reported here in July
(http://hi-techpr.blogspot.com/2005/07/3com-consolidates-pr-in-emea.html).

It will have responsibility for PR across Europe in a contract estimated to be worth more than £500,000.

Five companies were originally asked to pitch, including incumbent Spark.

August 13, 2005

Brunswick extends Hutchison account

Brunswick has been hired by Hutchison Whampoa to handle its corporate PR across Europe. This is in addition to the company's existing account with UK subsidiary, 3.

Lots of new appointments

MSN UK's new head of PR and corporate affairs is Chris McCafferty. He worked as a divisional director at Red, MSN's PR agency.

Orange has hired Scott Jacobson as UK PR director. He has previously worked for Ketchum and Coca-Cola.

T-Mobile's new head of corporate comms is Robin O'Kelly, a former head of comms at BG Group.

At Cable & Wireless, there are two new hires. Joanne Wilkinson, previously with Rainier, is becoming UK media relations manager. Meanwhile Paul James is to become head of public affairs. He joins from T-Mobile.

August 08, 2005

Packard Bell selects icas

icas has picked up a 12 month contract from Packard Bell, replacing Banc & Otis.

Former tech head gets MD at Porter Novelli

Porter Novelli has confirmed Jean Wylie as its new managing director. She was previously head of its technology practice and has been acting MD since April.

New board appointment for Band & Brown

Valerie Weisenreder, deputy technology head at Band & Brown, has been appointed to the board.

HP to reshuffle EMEA agencies?

Robert Sherbin, newly appointed VP of external communications at HP, could be planning to review the company's PR agency roster.

At the moment, HP has three global PR agencies - Burson-Marsteller, H&K and Porter Novelli.

Whether this remains the case in the future is in the balance. PR Week has Sherbin quoted as saying "we are in the midst of reviewing this very subject."

Next Fifteen acquires 25% of Lexis

Next Fifteen has announced the acquisition of a 25% stake in Lexis Public Relations for an initial consideration of £1.27 million.

It intends to acquire the whole company by 2010.

http://investor.nextfifteen.com/news/20050805-170402.cfm

Thanks to Morgan McLintic for spotting this.

http://www.morganmclintic.com/pr/2005/08/next_fifteen_ta.html