EMEA People News in brief (November 8, 2021)
LONDON – Netflix has hired Ruth Settle, a former partner of Freud and director of communications for the ITV group, in the new role of vice president of public relations for the UK. She will lead the UK Film and Series Advertising teams as well as the UK Communications and Corporate Affairs team and will report to PR Vice President EMEA Oliver Rawlins. The move follows the departure of UK PR Director Jon Bennett and UK Advertising Director Tamsyn Zietsman.
LONDON – Engine MHP + Mischief has appointed Craig Ling of Grayling and ITN broadcaster Charlotte Grant to its strategic media team within the agency’s brand and reputation division. Ling, who joins as Senior Director, has headed Grayling’s offices in Birmingham, Bristol and Southampton for the past five years, and has led campaigns for Sainsbury’s, M&S, Commonwealth Games, BT, HSBC and Deloitte. He was also parliamentary political advisor for trade, energy and industrial strategy, with a focus on carbon reduction and renewable energies. Grant becomes Senior Advisor on Dissemination and will support media training and positioning work for agency executives.
LONDON – Milk & Honey PR has created two new roles to support its rapid growth, following a string of global client wins. Francesca O’Connor (photo, left), already a partner and responsible for consumers in London, will expand her remit to a global brand role, while Samir Nanji (right), former senior customer manager, takes the lead corporate affairs.
LONDON – Portland has hired Adam Short as an associate, focusing on health. Short is from Weber Shandwick, where he was senior vice president of his social impact branch. His former roles include as an advocacy officer with children’s rights organization Plan International, and he has also worked for charities The Russell Commission and Oxfam.
LONDON – The Romans has appointed Kate Brazier, formerly Director of Global Growth at Grayling, as director and member of the agency’s management team. Brazier had worked in Grayling’s Consumer Brands team since 2015, with clients such as British Airways and PokerStars, and most recently helped secure global briefs with Badoo and EasyJet Vacations. She previously worked in-house at the Tui travel company.
LONDON – The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has appointed Oliver Druttman, director of 3 Monkeys Zeno, as chairman of its crisis communications group. Former press producer Druttman has 13 years of experience building crisis and reputation communications programs for organizations such as Malaysia Airlines, eBay and Carling.
LONDON – Splendid Communications has appointed its Senior Account Manager Sophie Barnes as the Agency’s Diversity and Inclusion Champion, working with the leadership team to ensure inclusive thinking is mainstreamed across all areas of the company, from recruitment and introductions to training, creative development and the cultural calendar.
GLASGOW – Perceptive Communicators has taken three new appointments. Former Herald reporter Agnes Stevenson and Sean Lafferty, who worked in the Scottish Parliament and in the Glasgow Science Center media team, joined the agency as communications consultants, working with Perceptive clients on matters of built environment, health and economic development. In addition, Hannah Connaghan joins the team of the Brussels office of the City of London Corporation.