LONDON — M&C Saatchi PR has hired Davnet Doran as UK MD, succeeding Chris Hides who is promoted to the global MD role.

Working with global CEO and co-founder Molly Aldridge, Hides will focus on building M&C Saatchi PR's operations across the EMEA and the US, while Doran takes charge of the UK business, which includes such clients as Dixons Carphone, Alibaba, Lipton, BT/EE and Nude by Nature.

Doran makes the move to M&C Saatchi PR after five years with Unity, where also served as MD. 

"I’m extremely excited to promote Chris to a global role helping me to oversee all 12 markets within our network — and I’m sure more as we move in to 2018 — continuing the partnership that’s delivered such UK success to date," said Aldridge in a statement. "Equally excited to welcome Davnet into the M&C Saatchi PR family — she’s got fantastic pedigree and I’m sure will add a new perspective and way of thinking to the UK team."

M&C Saatchi PR reported global fee income of $11.4m in 2016, according to the Global 250, an increase of 29% in constant currency terms. In addition to London, the firm has operations in New York, LA, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Milan, Dubai and Sydney.