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Portland hires former Michael Gove adviser
Portland has hired Henry Cook, a former adviser to Michael Gove, as associate director in its Brexit unit.
Before joining Portland, Cook was special adviser to Gove for four years. He played a role in the Department for Education, the Government Chief Whip’s Office and, most recently, the Ministry of Justice.
Montfort hires Financial News journalist
Mike Foster will join Montfort as a senior consultant on February 13, after 21 years at London paper and news site Financial News.
Foster was a founder shareholder, asset management editor and associate editor at Financial News. Prior to setting up the title, he worked for six years in the Evening Standard’s City team.
CNC appoints two new partners
Communications and Network Consulting (CNC) has promoted Oliver Mann and Harald Kinzler to its partner team.
Mann and Kinzler, currently managing directors based in London and Frankfurt, will join CNC’s global partnership team with immediate effect.
Nina Sawetz departs BOTTLE to launch future consultancy
Nina Sawetz has launched her own consultancy called Future, after more than six years at Oxford PR agency BOTTLE, where, most recently, she was head of consumer editorial.
Sawetz joined Bottle in 2010 from Blue Zebra PR. She began her career with internships for Frank and the BBC’s press office for EastEnders.
AXON makes trio of hires
Healthcare PR specialist AXON Communications has hired Sola Neunie, Simonetta Ballali and Andy Scott (pictured).
Neunie takes on an associate editorial director role, Ballali joins as a programme director in the medical communications stream and Scott, who was a part of AXON’s graduate programme in 2007, rejoins as an associate director.
3 Monkeys Zeno appoints tech and healthcare leads
3 Monkeys Zeno has bolstered its healthcare and tech practices, appointing FleishmanHillard Fishburn’s David Berkovitch as head of healthcare and naming Zeno Group’s European MD, Steve Earl, as head of tech.