LONDON—Cancer Research UK has appointed Open Road and Blue Rubicon to help shape the charity's messaging and engagement ahead of the 2015 General Election. Layla Theiner, the charity’s head of public affairs and campaigning, says the two firms’ integrated offer “combines the policy and campaigning knowledge with the digital expertise we need.”

DUBAI—David Kingsmill-Moore has joined Capital MSL Middle East as a director with a remit to help build the business both in the United Arab Emirates and the broader GCC region. He has spent the past seven years in the Gulf, initially in Bahrain with Hill & Knowlton and later as director of communications at Gulf Finance House. From 2012 to 2014 he worked as a senior adviser to the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) in Riyadh, and joins CMSL after two years as managing director of FleishmanHillard.

WIESBADEN—Fink & Fuchs has expanded its international team with the addition of Marianne Slamich, a French native who previously worked as a public relations officer for the Airbus Defense & Space division of the Airbus Group, where she gained experience in international communications, particularly in the areas of media relations, events, and employee communications. Slamich will be responsible for developing and implementing cross-border communication.

JOHANNESBURG—UK-based financial communications specialist Instinctif Partners has appointed Deanne Chatterton as managing partner and chief operating officer of its South Africa business. She will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the business and in conjunction with managing partner Nicholas Williams for marketing and new business development. For the past seven years she had her own consultancy operating out of London and Hong Kong; prior to this she was at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

MUNICH—Schwartz Public Relations has been selected to provide European product and corporate PR for the IT security expert Utimaco IS, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of solutions for hardware security module technology. SchwartzPR will emphasize the IT security expertise of Utimaco in the field of hardware based cryptography and aims to achieve higher awareness for the different implementation possibilities in vertical markets.

BERLIN—European technology public relations firm Ballou PR has won FiftyThree, which makes the iPad app “Paper” and the stylus pen “Pencil,” as a client. Ballou PR is responsible for launching FiftyThree’s newest product “Pencil” in Germany and France and will be helping the American company grow its user base in these markets.