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Three senior appointments at leading PR agency

26 October 2007

Three senior appointments at leading PR agency

Porter Novelli New Zealand is pleased to announce the appointment of three senior staff members Alex Mercer (Executive Director), Brent Melville (Senior Account Director) and Mark Revington (Senior Account Manager).

"We've made these three appointments as we have a growing client base especially in investor relations and corporate communications," says Managing Director, Jane Sweeney.

Alex Mercer brings to Porter Novelli more than 10 years experience in ICT and corporate communications worldwide. She has a deep knowledge of executive communications strategy and implementation across the industry.

Prior to consulting, she was charged with leading Microsoft Corporation's Worldwide PR team and Public Sector/Citizenship PR team, based in Washington.

Brent Melville joined Porter Novelli team in August, relocating from South Africa. Brent brings with him an impressive background specialising in corporate communications, investor relations and issues management in the banking, finance and professional services sectors.

Most recently Brent was a founding member of Orca Communications in Cape Town and clients included WWF South Africa, Old Mutual and SAB/Miller (Castle Lager).

Mark Revington brings with him over 21 years experience as a senior journalist with some of New Zealand's most influential publications. His in-depth knowledge of journalism and the New Zealand business landscape will be of significant value to his clients.

Prior to joining Porter Novelli, Mark was deputy editor at Unlimited Magazine, and web editor and writer at the Listener.

Mark was twice named as a finalist for the Magazine Publishing Awards' business writer of the year 2006 and 2007. In 2006 he won the feature-writing category of the Westpac Business and Financial Journalism Awards. He has previously been awarded for environmental reporting.

"Alex, Brent and Mark will add range and depth of experience to our already talented team. I have no doubt they'll help us to continue to deliver exceptional results that delight our clients."


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