KUWAIT—Telecommunications provider Zain Group has promoted Mohammad Abdal (pictured) to chief communications officer, heading investor relations, corporate communications, and corporate governance and compliance. Abdal joined Zain in 2001 as a finance executive soon after graduation and has led the group’s investor relations department as its director since 2008, more recently adding responsibility for corporate communications.

LONDON—Lee Thompson has joined CNBC as communications manager for CNBC EMEA, based at the London office. Thompson joins CNBC from freuds where as an account director he was responsible for PR campaigns and corporate and consumer communications for brands including Vodafone, Pepsico and Lexus. Prior to joining freuds in 2012, Thompson worked at APCO Worldwide, the Association of Chief Police Officers, and Citizens Advice.

BRUSSELS—Interel has appointed Vinciane Patelou as a director in its EU team, focusing on food and consumer issues. Patelou has experience at cabinet DN and Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and has also held senior roles at UNIFE, the trade association of the European rail industry.

LONDON—Hotwire has been appointed by Young Enterprise, a leading enterprise and financial education charity, to handle its PR. Following a five-way competitive pitch, Hotwire has been tasked with supporting Young Enterprise's goal to increase its influence in the business education market, based on the agency's experience in leading public sector campaigns.

LONDON—Curzon PR has been signed to support Indian design house Good Earth with a strategic media relations campaign and event management around its sponsorship of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s The Fabric of India exhibition this October.