LONDON — Integrated marketing and communications firm Prosek Partners has hired Gina Bell as senior vice president in its London office. Bell previously held senior roles at communications agencies including Greenbrook Communications and MHP, as well as in-house at Diageo. More recently, she has operated as an independent advisor. The appointment follows the hire of Matthieu Roussellier earlier this year as managing director from European private equity firm PAI Partners.

LONDON — Omnicom agency Portland has promoted Luke Baker to head of media strategy. Baker, who joined as a partner in 2021, will advise clients across sectors including financial services, technology, infrastructure, consumer goods, health and sports on UK and global communications, reputation management and media handling. He previously spent more than 20 years as a foreign correspondent and bureau chief with Reuters in Paris, Jerusalem and Brussels.

LONDON — Powerscourt has hired Ben Foster as a senior director and head of capital markets communications. Foster was previously a senior managing director at Teneo; the agency he co-founded in 2012, Pendomer, was acquired by Teneo in 2015.

LONDON — MHP has made two appointments to its financial services team. Former FleishmanHillard UK head of fintech Gemma Lingham joins as a director, working alongside director Matt Village to lead the fintech and payments team. Charlotte Merlin-Jones joins MHP’s asset management and sustainable finance team as an associate director from Edelman Smithfield.

LONDON — MSL UK has appointed former Citigate Dewe Rogerson director Leah Selouk as a managing partner to lead its corporate communications offering, whose clients include Beko, TikTok and Subway. Before joining Citigate last year, Selouk spent nearly 11 years at Ketchum, where she led the Mastercard account for Europe and also worked with Adobe, Samsung and Kempinski Hotels. At MSL, she will report to UK MD Jo Grierson, and join the board alongside managing partners Jess Gross and Neil Kleiner, who were appointed last year, and Laura Watts who was recently promoted to managing partner.

LONDON — Hope&Glory has expanded its client service board with the appointment of six new board directors: former Good Relations associate director Aarti Bulsara, who joined the agency earlier this year and leads work for Sainsbury’s and the Edrington House of Suntory portfolio; Jen Murdoch, who joined Hope&Glory in 2014 and has run the agency’s American Express business for the past seven years; former intern Dominique Daly, who leads on clients including IKEA, Virgin Media O2, Sony and Abbott; Flora Laven-Morris, who becomes board strategy director having also started at Hope&Glory as an intern in 2013; and creative duo Jack Hutchinson – who joined from Mischief last year – and Amy Jones (who has been with the agency for seven years), who both become board creative directors.

LONDON — Tom Nutt has joined SEC Newgate UK in the newly created role of practice head for The Lab, which was set up at the start of this year to bring together the agency’s digital, research, insight and campaigning specialists. Nutt joins from Instinctif Partners, where he was head of corporate and campaigns and a managing partner, having previously been head of corporate UK & Europe at Grayling.

LONDON — Farzana Baduel (pictured), CEO and co-founder of Curzon PR, has become the first ethnic minority and British Asian woman to receive honorary fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), in recognition of outstanding services to the Institute and the development of the public relations profession. Baduel – one of PRovoke Media’s Innovator 25 for 2022 – is one of only 54 CIPR members to have received the honour.

LONDON — Markettiers4DC – in which private equity firm Waterland took a majority stake this year – has hired Nicholas Minter-Green as managing partner of its network agency team. He will work alongside other managing partner to bring together the group’s functions into one integrated offer. Minter-Green started his career as a BBC broadcast journalist before becoming MD of TVC Group and then president of Economist Films, leading the team responsible for content creation at the Economist, which bought TVC in 2012 and closed it in 2020. In 2017, Minter-Green co-founded brand comms and broadcast production agency Parable.

LONDON — Former Sainsbury’s food and drink communications manager Emily Hoyland, has joined Aduro Communications, which recently won the six-figure TATA Consumer Products account, as an account director. Before joining Sainsbury’s last year, Emily was consumer and corporate PR Manager at recipe box firm Gousto. At Aduro, she will work with clients including Whole Foods Market and Tetley tea.

LONDON — Entertainment, arts and culture agency Premier has promoted senior director of entertainment and consumer brands James Jenkins-Bruce to the executive board. A former Edelman associate director, Jenkins-Bruce has been with the agency since 2020 and lead a team of more than 20 working with music, gaming, publishing, sports, destinations, and hospitality clients.

LONDON — B2B technology marketing specialist Fox Agency has made six new appointments after a number of new integrated business wins. The hires boost the agency’s capabilities across copywriting, creative, PR and operatios. The new hires are Tom Sulley as senior art director, Richard Jefferson as senior conceptual Ccopywriter, Lucy Bristow as PR director, Steve Crookes as studio and traffic manager, Will Greaves as project manager and Leyton Williams as finance assistant. Bringing experience from agencies including cain&abelDBB and Havas CX Helia, the new joiners have worked with clients such as the Economist, WWF, Halifax, Audi and Visa. They bring Fox Agency headcount to 60.

LONDON — SEO company Reboot Online has expanded into traditional PR with the appointment of Hollie Tanker, formerly an account manager at Manchester agency Smoking Gun and with experience at PR Agency One and Weber Shandwick, as its first PR manager.  Tanker has worked with clients including Decathlon, Alton Towers and Iceland.