PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of March 7, 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

Brandware has been selected by EVOX Images as its public relations agency of record. Article

 

Bobbie Battista will host co-op media tours produced by KEF Media in a new feature called Bobbie Battista’s Consumer Corner. Article

 

Boston

Josef Blumenfeld has founded EdTech180, a public relations firm dedicated solely to serving the education technology industry. Article

 

Charlotte

Joe Erwin launches new company and creative community in Greenville, SC. Erwin Creates will support the Erwin Center for Brand Communications at Clemson University and Erwin’s personal consulting requests, but its centerpiece will be a new creative community called Endeavor. Article

 

Chicago

Megabus.com has named Current as public relations agency of record. Article

 

Golin is the latest US PR agency to reconsider its leave and flextime policies by announcing unlimited vacation time and an extended parental leave policy today. Article

 

Cleveland

The JM Smucker Company has named Jill Penrose as senior vice president, human resources and corporate communications. Article

 

DC

Discovery Communications has promoted David Leavy to chief corporate operations and communications officer. Article

 

GMMB has promoted Daniel Jester, Anson Kaye and Jaime Zapata to partner and Micheline Kennedy and Delacey Skinner to managing director. Article

 

MDB Communications has been renewed as advertising agency of record for the DC Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board. Article

 

Mike Moschella has joined DKC as Vice President of Innovation. Article

 

Subject Matter announced that Jennie Westbrook Courts and Justine Morgan have joined the firm’s growing public affairs team. Article

 

Denver

104 West Partners has added Brian Mast as a partner. Article

 

Detroit

Eisbrenner Public Relations has hired Angela Jeruzal as account supervisor. Article

 

Los Angeles

Joy Fehily and Michael Donkis are joining PMK•BNC as executive vice presidents.   Article

 

Rogers & Cowan has promoted Jeff Raymond to senior vice-president, entertainment, working alongside Lindsay Galin in a newly appointed position of co-managing the talent department of the firm. Article

 

Madica Productions, Content 23 and People Productions have partnered to produce a ten-episode series, The Castle Next Door – The Novogratz Family Takes Hollywood, which follows design family the Novogratz, who have recently relocated from New York and are redesigning a 1920s era castle in the Hollywood Hills. Article

 

Murphy O’Brien Public Relations announced three new clients to join the firm’s growing lifestyle collection. Article

 

Miami

Socialbakers has appointed Sherlock Communications as its retained agency for the Brazilian market.  Article

 

Birds of Paradise Public Relations is open for business. The boutique communications and consulting agency caters to businesses, organizations and individuals throughout the Caribbean and the diaspora, and those looking to do business in the region. Article

 

Newlink named Cynthia McFarlane as Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Partner. Article

 

Nashville

Joe Browne has been named the newest member of FleishmanHillard’s international advisory board. Article

 

New York

Toys“R”Us, Inc. announced that Amy von Walter joined the company as Executive Vice President, Global Communications and Public Relations. Article

 

Popcorn, Indiana has retained Conundrum as its public relations and social media agency of record. Article

 

Steinreich Communications Group has been selected as its global public relations partner for the Kore Tulum Resort on the Yucatan Peninsula in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Article

 

Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations has signed Wild Walk. Article

 

Danielle Thur and her EFG PR (Entertainment Fusion Group) team have joined Rogers & Cowan. EFG PR’s East Coast team and client roster will be integrated into Rogers & Cowan’s lifestyle entertainment department. Article

 

Colangelo & Partners has opened an office in San Francisco. The 40-person firm is also rebranding, from Colangelo & Partners Public Relations to Colangelo & Partners, with a new logo and a relaunched website. Article

 

Pollock Communications is further broadening its authority in these categories with a growing roster of clients who are seeking the agency’s expertise in consumer and influencer engagement. Article

 

Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has selected Coyne PR to drive brand awareness, education and activation for EXPAREL. Article

 

Good Dye Young (GDY) has tapped RED PR to promote the brand as its May launch nears. Article

 

Sabrina LCP Communications has been named digital sports media and content group Perform’s PR agency of record for the fifth year. Article

 

JCPR is celebrating its 13th anniversary with a new name and visual identity. The firm revealed its rebrand to JConnelly, stressing that it is not just a change of name but an evolution that captures the agency’s extensive capabilities across multiple practice areas and disciplines, and its focus on driving business-critical results for its clients. Article

 

Panda Express announced it has retained Havas Formula as the company’s public relations and social media agency. Article

 

The PR Council announced that Sara Ghazaii has joined as Vice President, Director of Communications. Article

 

Philadelphia

Taft and Partners announced that Jesseka Kadylak has been named a new social media administrator for the firm. Article

 

Flackable announced the addition of Kelly Holcombe as account coordinator. Article

 

San Francisco

Lisa Sullivan has parted ways with WE to lead US tech for Ketchum. Article

 

UploadVR announced that Robert Scoble has joined the company. Article

 

Seattle

Watershed Communications announced that Hard Frescos has appointed the company as its public relations agency of record. Article

 

Gage announced it has hired Brian Crouch as a management supervisor for client Microsoft. Article

 

New York & London

Taylor Rafferty has joined forces with Cardew Group to offer clients seamless capital markets advice and service from London and New York. Article

 

San Francisco & London

Platform PR is partnering with Actual to provide technology and content clients with integrated communications services across Asia-Pacific, EMEA and the United States. Article

 

Hong Kong

MSLGroup has acquired Venus Communications. Article

 

London

Hotwire has been selected as the lead PR, creative and content agency for Travelex. Article

 

Domino's has appointed Shine @ The Academy as its new retained consumer PR agency. Article

 

Aspectus has opened an office in Aberdeen. Megain Buchan has been appointed as account manager to lead the company's Aberdeen operation. Article

 

Newgate Communications is advising client Samsonite International on its $1.8 billion acquisition of Tumi Holidings. Article

 

Golin has been appointed by Dorco to handle the brand’s UK launch. Article

 

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Richard Carnell-Jones as associate director of the energy and industrials team. Article

 

Next 15 has acquired the entire issued share capital of Publitek. Article

 

Alan VanderMolen has joined WE Communications in a newly-created role that sees him lead the PR agency's operations outside the US. Article

 

Paris

Edelman is scaling back in Turkey, three and a half years after launching an operation in the country. Article

 

Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) announced a landmark expansion of its global business initiatives, appointing MP & Silva as its exclusive worldwide marketing rights agent to secure sponsorship, naming rights and commercial development. Article

 

Tokyo

Allison+Partners has entered Japan via the acquisition of Focused Communications. Article

 

Paris & Toronto

The Ecosystem has added Navigator in Canada and Gillian Gamsy International Communications in South Africa. Article

 

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