Your bite-sized round-up and update on the latest people news featured on Gorkana News:
Nick Jablonka, the 18-year-old A-Level student whose online Christmas video made thousands of internet users believe it was this year’s official John Lewis Christmas advert, has been offered a newly-created role by W Communications on its digital and social team.
Jablonka created the video, entitled ‘The Snowglobe’, as part of his media coursework back in June (when he was aged 17 at the time), and it has since clocked up nearly 800,000 views.
FleishmanHillard Fishburn (FHF) is strengthening its corporate communications practice with the appointment of Depali O’Connell (Dee) as associate director.
O’Connell joins from Blue Rubicon, where she spent almost ten years.
Richard Beck has been appointed director of strategic planning and external relations at Nationwide. The building society is combining its strategy and stakeholder relations functions under new CEO Joe Garner.
Beck joins the Nationwide Building Society’s Executive Committee and will play a leading role in the development of the new communications strategy, which is intended to project the ‘member and societal value of mutuality’.
Spoon PR founder Sarah Canet has joined lifestyle comms agency Sauce Communications to build its international division and brought four new clients onto its books.
Canet, who has more than 20 years’ experience, brings three of her long-standing clients to Sauce: Italian restaurateur and chef Massimo Bottura from Osteria Francescana, Swedish chef Niklas Ekstedt from Ekstedt in Stockholm and Seattle chef and polymath Nathan Myhrvold and his modernist cuisine series of books.
Commercial real estate company Colliers International has hired Hannah Zitren as UK PR manager.
Zitren, who previously worked at Ash Communications, will focus on media relations, and will work across a range of Colliers’ UK & Pan-EMEA business lines, advising on communications strategy.