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sophie-raine-2Sophie Raine has been promoted to deputy managing director, a new role at W Communications.

Raine, who joined W in early 2014, previously served as a director at the agency, and has over ten years of consumer and brand experience. As deputy MD, Raine will work alongside CEO Warren Johnson and managing director Richard Tompkins to meet W’s growth targets moving forward.

kevin-bellKevin Bell, who joined Burson-Marsteller’s London office in 2014 as global public affairs practice chair, has been appointed as the agency’s worldwide president.

Bell’s role is effective immediately and he will report directly to Don Baer, Burson-Marsteller’s Worldwide chair and CEO.

james-bw-2Gong Communications has hired two corporate communications specialists, Libby Wyman and James Deacon, as senior account managers.

Wyman joins form Forster Communications, she will deliver global corporate and sustainability communications for international clients, and will develop Gong’s social purpose work.

will-walden-2Edelman has appointed Boris Johnson’s former chief advisor Will Walden as managing director, public affairs, and has promoted Gupreet Brar to general manager, Brussels.

Most recently, Walden was the chief advisor and communications director to Foreign Secretary and former Mayor of London Boris Johnson. He ran Johnson’s transition team at the Foreign Office and was his principal political and media advisor during the referendum campaign.