Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) appoints Global Presidents 

Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) has appointed Richard Millar to the role of Global President. With over 14 years of experience within the agency, Richard most recently held the role of CEO in the agency’s UK branch. H+K will also see the appointment of Lars Erik Grønntun to the role of Global President. Lars most recently held the role of Chairman and CEO. In their new roles, they will work together to accelerate and maximise the global resources and enhance the agency’s strengths while overseeing all operations.

“The new structure enables us to tap into the best talent regardless of geography or practice,” says Richard. “It means that our teams will have access to the latest thinking, strategy and insight to help them shape meaningful and impactful careers and to deliver outstanding creative work. I am excited to be part of this change in partnership with Lars Erik and Jack.”

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to assume this leadership position,” says Lars. “Having led our operation in Europe, Middle East and Africa, I believe that my understanding of local markets together with our international mind-set and reach is transferable to a global stage. I very much look forward to taking a model that has worked very well for us in EMEA and putting it to work at a global scale.”

Shortlist for Young PR Lions MENA 2018 announced

PRCA MENA has released the shortlist for this year’s Young PR Lions MENA competition to find the best young PR professional in the region. Eight teams have been shortlisted to win the accolade this year and one of them will be heading to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity to take part in the international competition from June 17 – 21, 2018. The shortlisted teams include BPG Cohn & Wolfe, Edelman, Golin MENA, Hill + Knowlton Strategies, Q Communications and Weber Shandwick.

On March 19, the shortlisted teams will be asked to deliver a five minute presentation explaining their PR campaign and the winning team will be announced on March 20.

House of Comms welcomes New Account Director

Integrated communications agency, House of Comms has appointed Alexia Lawrence-Jones to the role of Account Director. With over ten years of experience in the PR industry, Alexia previously worked in the UK with PR agencies such as Frank PR, Freuds and most recently with Hill + Knowlton Strategies where she worked across brands such as Mondelez and QVC. In her new role, she will join House of Comms’ senior management team and focus on delivering strategically led brands and digital communication solutions.

“After working in London for more than ten years, I was ready for a new challenge and when the opportunity at House of Comms came up, I knew this was the role for me,” says Alexia. “Having the opportunity to work in the UAE for one of the region’s most forward-thinking agencies was quite simply a no-brainer. The team is so passionate and creative and I can’t wait to get stuck in and help deliver some of the magic House of Comms is renowned for.”