People Moving 19/01/11 – Press Relations

All the movements in the press relations industry in the past week.

James Sorene has been appointed the head of deputy prime minister Nick Clegg’s comms team. The current Department of Health’s head of news will take on the new role, which will see him working alongside Clegg’s political spokesman James McGrory. (Source: PR Week)

Bottle PR has appointed Johanna Cassells to a role as a board director at the company. The current director of corporate communications for Sony Pictures Television Europe will support Bottle PR’s new business development programme. (Source: PR Week)

Sony Ericsson has made Holly Rosetti its new head of external PR and analyst relations. Rosetti, who joined the company in January, will report to Aldo Liguori, head of global comms at the organisation. (Source: PR Week)

Andrew Bleaker has been recruited as Hill & Knowlton’s global digital practice director, and will lead the agency’s digital strategies – providing insight, strategy and execution. (Source: PR Week)

ITV has hired Mary Fagan to replace Ruth Settle in the role of group comms and corporate affairs director. Settle left the broadcaster after eight years, and Fagan will start her new role at the end of January. (Source: PR Week)

Hill & Knowlton has appointed Ken Luce as global COO. He will direct the firm’s growth strategies and best practices for client services, marketing and PR. The company was left shocked when its global CEO, Paul Taaffe, resigned unexpectedly after 18 years at the company. The consultancy is now in the process of rethinking its leadership structure. (Source: PR Week)

George Thwaites, the Mail on Sunday’s review editor, has become the latest senior journalist to set up shop in the PR industry, launching his own agency – Clearwood Communications. (Source: Brand Republic)




“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”

Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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