This week’s top people news
Your bitesize update on the latest People News and Moves featured on Gorkana this week:
Porta Communications, the international communications group, has announced a series of changes to its board and management team, including the appointment of Steffan Williams as CEO.
Williams, PRCA chairman and former group managing director, is now CEO at Porta; David Wright, previously chief executive, is now executive chairman; Bob Morton has stepped down from the board and John Foley, formerly a non-executive director, is now senior independent director.
Houston PR has hired Kate Hoare as an account director in its London office as it develops its capital markets communications offer.
Hoare joins the agency from a client director role at Hudson Sandler, where she advised listed businesses, with a particular focus on leisure, retail, consumer and the industrial goods sector.
Marketing comms agency Cogent Elliott has hired Bruce Hutton as group chief executive and Francis Maude as non-executive chairman.
Hutton replaces Mike Phillipson, who recently left the agency after more than four years as chief executive.
Maude is a Conservative politician who served 25 years on the front bench in the House of Commons, including posts as minister for the cabinet officer and paymaster-general.
Healthcare communications firm AXON is set to establish an office in Switzerland to support global and European head offices of Swiss-based clients.
The agency has appointed Claire Olivia Williams as vice president to lead the Swiss business.