PR Happenings

The latest job changes and other happenings in PR from around the world

PR Happenings for the Week of July 25, 2016

Each week, Business Wire brings you the latest changes and updates in the PR industry.  To learn more about each news item, simply click the hyperlink.  Have your own update to include?  Let us know!

Atlanta

Two national companies have named Kleber & Associates (K&A) as their marketing agency of record across multiple marketing services. Article

 

Boston

Matthew Sheaff has been hired as the director of communications and stakeholder outreach for Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. Article

 

Helene Solomon, CEO and Co-Founder of Solomon McCown was honored by Banker & Tradesman with its Women of FIRE Award. Article

 

Coolcore announced the hiring of David Ludd as Vice President of Global Marketing. Article

 

Charlotte

The Washington Tourism Development Authority (WTDA) has announced the hiring of French/West/Vaughan (FWV), following a competitive review. Article

 

Chicago

Golin CEO Fred Cook is stepping into a chairman role as the agency transitions to a CEO+ structure that divides executive responsibilities across three of the firm’s regional leaders. Article

 

Dallas

Trace One has retained Mulberry as its public relations and content marketing agency of record for Europe and North America. Article

 

DC

Kelly Stepno joins APCO Worldwide as a senior director for crisis management and litigation communication. Article

 

Crosby Marketing Communications has added Bridget Stockdale as a director, senior strategist. Article

 

Detroit

Eisbrenner Public Relations has hired Marissa Nelson and Denise Sobh as assistant account executives. Article

 

Los Angeles

Scott Public Relations (SPR) has earned the PR World Award for Best PR Agency of the Year – Single Boutique. Article

 

Miami

Diamond Public Relations has added French Leave Resort, managed by Shaner Hotels, to its roster of travel clients. Article


Alyson Marks, a two-year veteran of Diamond Public Relations, has been named Director of Destinations, Group & Leisure. Article

 

Minneapolis

Clarity Coverdale Fury (CCF) has secured Jim Landry as its new Executive Creative Director. Article

 

Nashville

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has appointed Roy Vaughn as senior vice president and chief communications officer. Article

 

Newport Beach

Powerhouse Public Relations announced the promotion of Brenna O’Leary to the role of Account Manager. Article

 

New York

BerlinRosen has expanded its senior management team with the appointment of new executive vice presidents Stephanie Mueller, leader of the firm’s DC office and head of its national issue advocacy practice; Jeremy Soffin, leader of the real estate, transportation and infrastructure practice; Ben Wyskida, leader of the philanthropy, media and culture practice; and Lynsey Kryzwick, leader of the labor practice. New senior VPs are Josh Cook, Keri Fulton, Moira Herbst, Jaclyn Kessel, Dan Levitan and Danny Massey. Article

 

Weber Shandwick will serve as the foodservice advertising and public relations agency of record for Avocados From Mexico. Article

 

Shift Communications has added Simply Measured to its growing ad tech roster. Article

 

Zenergy Communications has been named agency of record for Valkee’s North American media relations campaign for its HumanCharger. Article

 

Lou Hammond & Associates is officially changing its name to Lou Hammond Group. Article

 

BritishAmerican Business has formed a partnership with Instinctif Partners to share insights and drive dialogue between companies and policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic. Article

 

Meural has named Diffusion as its agency of record. Article

 

HDMI Licensing has named Feintuch Communications as its public relations agency of record in North America. Article

 

Resound Marketing announced it has been selected as the 2016 agency of record for Springboard. Article

 

Digimind announces the integration of image recognition into its social media monitoring software, Digimind Social. Article

 

ESPN announced that Marie Donoghue will serve as Executive Vice President, Global Business and Content Strategy. Article

 

The Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission (LICVB&SC) announced that Jamie Claudio has been appointed Director of Brand Development. Article

 

Bradley Lukanic was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of CannonDesign. Article

 

Philadelphia

Christine Woods has been named vice president of public relations and government affairs at TruMark Financial Credit Union. Article

 

Discover Lehigh Valley announced its new partnership with Vault Communications and i76 Solutions. Article

 

San Diego

J. Walcher Communications has won the 2016 EAR (Effective Advertising on Radio) Award from the San Diego Radio Broadcasters Association (SDRBA) for its spot “Date Night”—written and produced for client Hazard Center. Article

 

KCD PR announced it has added Brain Corporation and 1st Global to its client roster. Article

 

Silicon Valley

Fortinet has appointed Michelle Spolver as its chief communications officer. Article

 

Dallas & Miami

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits has appointed Lee Brian Schrager to senior vice president, communications and corporate social responsibility. Article

 

Phoenix & Seattle

Impress Labs and Duo Public Relations Inc. announced the two agencies have merged. For the immediate future, the two brands will continue to operate under their existing agency names, though now they are part of the newly formed parent company KiteRocket LLC. Article

 

Frankfurt

Alibaba Group has selected Schwartz Public Relations to support its activities in Germany. Article

 

Bosch has extended its corporate communications operations to Berlin, with representatives in press and public relations, marketing communications, and digital communications. Bosch marketing expert Marc Zolnai has been based at the company’s liaison office in Berlin since the beginning of May, developing marketing communications strategy for the mobility solutions business sector. Trix Böhne will be relocating to Berlin from Stuttgart in mid-August, responsible for press and media work on political and international business topics. Article

 

Hong Kong

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Fiona Parker as technology regional director for Asia-Pacific. Article

 

PRecious Communications has added new clients including Asia Pacific Breweries, which markets Tiger beer; IZMUS, a start-up bringing Israeli technology to Asia via Singapore; Software AG, a global digital transformation company; and YCH, a leading supply chain management solutions provider. The firm has also established dedicated B2C and B2B practices, led by Robin Chang and Jacinta Paul respectively, and has expanded into Australia, Indonesia and Thailand to supplement its regional headquarters in Singapore. Article

 

Text100 has been retained by Qoo10 to run the company’s external communications’ program in Singapore. Article

 

London

Four Communications Group has acquired Rain Communications. Article

 

Cohn & Wolfe Netherlands has been named PR agency for Stichting Kringloop Blik. Article

 

Richard Zackheim has been appointed as Porter Novelli London’s media director. Article

 

Lansons has promoted Katherine Hobby and Suzanne Ellis to the board. At the same time Emma Beresford, Maddy Morgan Williams, Alice Stevens and Jess Warner are promoted to associate director. Article

 

Visibrain has appointed Wildfire to build awareness of its online platform for brand crisis management. Article

 

Eurowings, Europa-Park, Stuttgart Airport, and the State Tourist Board Baden-Württemberg are partnering to promote their destinations and brands in the UK and have appointed Communication Creatives to deliver their Summer campaign. Article

 

Manifest London Limited and Manifest New York are now both wholly-owned by Alex Myers. They will be part of Manifest Group. Sister agency Manifest Communications will be renamed ilk and undertake a comprehensive rebrand. Article

 

PRCA elects Steffan Williams as new chairman. Article

 

The Brandman Agency has named Sian Parry as MD for its London office. Article

 

Misfit has brought in Ranieri to handle its UK PR. Article

 

Aberdeen Young Professionals (AYP) has partnered with Aspectus, as it looks to engage the next generation of energy and business professionals. Article

 

MRM will manage corporate communications for Target Group. Article

 

Influential has won and delivered a trio of integrated creative campaign briefs for Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Chargepoint Technology, and The City of Liverpool College. Article

 

Paris

Hopscotch Group has opened negotiations to acquire a minority position in Comexposium Group. Article

 

Sydney

Kite Communications has launched a new integrated offering called Kite Create, which aims to create meaningful relationships with consumers on behalf of brands by taking a holistic approach to communications. Article

 

Tokyo

Taptica announces that it has entered into a partnership with Adways Korea. Article

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