Arun Sudhaman

Working the angles around media, comms and marketing.

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Bahrain hires new US PR support

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Posted to the Holmes Report here

The Kingdom of Bahrain has called in fledging public affairs firm Potomac Square Group to handle US public relations as unrest continues to rock the Middle Eastern nation.

Potomac Square Group – a new firm headed by ex-Wall Street Journal journalist Chris Cooper – was appointed in February to provide strategic PR counsel to the Embassy of Bahrain in the US.

Earlier this week, the Holmes Report revealed that Edelman’s US assignment on behalf of Bahrain’s Economic Development Board (EDB) had been suspended. Read the rest of this entry »


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March 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Edelman Bahrain PR assignment suspended

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Posted to the Holmes Report here

Edelman’s PR assignment on behalf of the Kingdom of Bahrain has been suspended, following the violent security crackdown in the Middle Eastern nation.

The Holmes Report understands that the account – which covers US work for Bahrain’s Economic Development Board – was effectively stopped on Friday, after a week in which Bahrain’s turmoil escalated significantly. Read the rest of this entry »

International earnings spur Chime growth, but PR is flat

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Despite a flat year for its Bell Pottinger Group PR unit, Chime Communications has reported a 21 percent increase in its earnings for 2010, spurred by growth in international revenue.

International earnings grew to over 50 percent of the group’s income, compared to 30 percent in 2009. Chime added four new international offices during the year, most notably expanding financial firm Pelham Bell Pottinger and sports marketing agency Fast Track into Asia-Pacific. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 9, 2011 at 11:59 am

Middle East crisis puts PR firms in the spotlight

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Posted to the Holmes Report here

Escalating unrest in several Middle Eastern countries is sparking growing interest in the role PR agencies are playing on behalf of the region’s beleaguered governments.

Facing particular scrutiny is the Government of Bahrain, which has retained Bell Pottinger for the past two years. The agency appears to have expanded its role since first being appointed to promote investment in the country; over the past week, it emerged that Bell Pottinger has helped set up a media centre to help journalists cover protests within the country. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 25, 2011 at 10:38 am

UPDATED: Lalit Modi and Lord Bell in talks over PR assignment

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This story is posted to the Holmes Report website here

Chime Communications chairman Lord Bell has emerged as a potential PR counsellor for Lalit Modi, the Indian businessman who founded the multi-billion dollar Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament before dramatically falling from grace earlier this year.

Bell, who has developed a reputation for handling sensitive PR assignments, confirmed with the Holmes Report that talks are ongoing with Modi. The 46-year-old Modi has been based in London since he was ousted as IPL commissioner and chairman, amid charges of financial irregularities and tax evasion. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 3, 2010 at 10:26 am

Harvard’s Lee Brooke quits for global role at Nokia

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This story is posted to the Holmes Report here

Lee Brooke has quit his role as MD of Bell Pottinger technology arm Harvard PR for a global role with mobile giant Nokia in Finland.

Brooke will depart Harvard and the UK to become global comms director for Nokia’s new mobile solutions group in November, two years after he joined the agency. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm