Business Diary: EasyJet lands its latest arrival

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EasyJet wasted no time in replacing its head of public relations, Oliver Aust, when he announced his departure last month, and swooped to hire FirstGroup's Paul Moore, PR Week reveals. The airline's chief executive, Carolyn McCall, told the magazine: "His experience will be extremely valuable to easyJet". It certainly will – all that time he spent apologising for the shocking performance on FirstGroup's Thameslink rail routes will have prepared Moore for easyJet, which has its own scheduling difficulties from time to time.



Billionaires fight over democracy

Battle of the billionaires: Charlie Munger Jnr, the son of the man who works as Warren Buffett's sidekick, has found himself embroiled in a high-profile row with George Soros in California. The two men support different sides in an argument about how the state's electoral districts should be organised and have been using their wealth to pay for increasingly combative mailings to voters. Rich men don't like losing.



Compare the book meerkat

The race to secure the Christmas No 1 book is hotting up in the publishing industry, with rival celebrity biographies vying for the spot. They might as well give up now, for news reaches us of a new release no one is going to be able to compete with. Aleksandr Orlov, the world's most famous meerkat (or star of the world's most annoying adverts – you decide) has released his life story. Comparethemarket.com will presumably tell you where to find the cheapest remaindered copies.



The rewards of promotion

The Diary recently reported UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the state-backed body that supports trade, was shortlisted for an award in an international competition – a battle of the trade bodies, if you will. Now we can reveal it snatched the title of best trade-promotion body in the developed world. With 150 staff from 50 countries at the awards in Mexico, you can see how international trade is promoted.

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