PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Weeks of May 5 & May 12, 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!



Brandware has been selected by SK Lubricants Americas to help support the launch of its ZIC motor oil and automatic transmission fluid brand and product line in the U.S. market. Article


KEF Media celebrates three decades of delivering outstanding broadcast and digital solutions to the public relations industry. Article


PRecise Communications launches its inaugural Summer Fellows Program this year to help future communication professionals of color advance to the next level in their careers. Article


Duffey Communications announced the promotion of Allen Haynes to Director of Public Relations. Article



Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) announced that it has hired Travis Considine as a vice president in its public affairs operation. Article



Cercone Brown Company has hired Josh Caplan. Article


PAN Communications continues their strong growth and acquisition momentum, adding several new clients focused on some of the hottest sectors, spanning mobile, cloud, security and healthcare. Article


Affecthas announced the opening of a new outpost in Boston. Article



French/West/Vaughan (FWV) was named North American Consumer Agency of the Year at the recent SABRE Awards. Article


The Pyramid Resource Group has selected S&A Communications as its agency of record for the company and the re-launch of its proprietary team-coaching program known as Team Advantage. Article


Steinreich Communications Group announced that Sheila Long O’Mara joined the firm as content manager. Article



Chuck E. Cheese’s has named Current its public relations agency of record. Article


Bader Rutter received three awards during last week’s Global ACE Awards ceremony in New York City. Article


C. Blohm & Associates (CB&A) announced the promotion of Lauren West to Account Executive. Article



Abeona Therapeutics has appointed Christine Silverstein as vice president, investor relations. Article


Todd Morgano has joined Falls Communications as a senior vice president. Article


BLASTmedia is now the agency of record for Appirio. Article



Billingsley Company’s multifamily division has selected TrizCom Public Relations as its agency of record. Article



Margie Omero has joined Penn Schoen Berland as executive vice president, to lead the firm’s US public affairs practice. Article


Bentley Motors has appointed M&C Saatchi PR as communication agency of record on a three-year contract. Article


The Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America has hired Lauren Levinson as vice president of communications. Article


The Urban Land Institute has appointed Adam Smolyar as its chief marketing and membership officer. Article


Ogilvy Washington has promoted Nick Ludlum to executive vice president and group director, corporate and public affairs. Article


Hamilton Place Strategies has hired Jim David as managing director. Article


Crosby Marketing Communications has added Andrea Terry as an integration director in the firm’s healthcare practice. Article


The Public Relations Global Network has added three new members: The Equity Group of New York, a specialist in investor communications and outreach; Evans Larson Communications of Minnesota, specializing in omnichannel communications strategies for a broad range of national and international clients; and LBS Communications Consulting of Hong Kong, an expert in financial communications and investor relations. Article


The Smoot Tewes Group (STG) announced an expansion of their communications department and the formation of a media engagement practice in their Washington, DC office.  Article



The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Colorado Chapter recognized WildRock Public Relations & Marketing with a Silver Pick Award in 2014, two Gold Pick Awards in 2015, and six Silver and Gold Pick Awards for this year. Article


WordenGroup Public Relations is turning 20—and celebrating its birthday with a new video about the firm produced by New Thought Media. Article


Competitor Group (CGI) has installed John Bradley as Senior Vice President of Media, effective immediately. Article



Lambert Edwards & Associates has added Mindy Dyk as a digital specialist and Jessica Beswick as an associate. Article


Lambert, Edwards & Associates (LE&A) announced that it won three PRoof Awards from the West Michigan Public Relations Society of America (WMPRSA). Article



CIM Incorporated has opened a Houston office. Erica Holloway has partnered with the firm to lead the office. Article


Los Angeles

JINS Eyewear has retained Zapwater Communications for media relations and influencer outreach as the brand expands its retail footprint in Southern California. Article


Amblin Partners has hired Sue Nahley Fleishman as head of communications.  Article


Phelps tapped Madhav (Maddy) Sundarraghavan as lead marketing data analyst. Article


JMPR Public Relations has been named agency of record for Answer Financial, following a multi-agency RFP. Article


B/HI is the new brand of Bender/Helper Impact reflecting an evolution in senior management. B/HI co-founder Dean Bender is now President. Co-founder Lee Helper departed the agency to pursue new opportunities. Article


NRPR Group announce its educational video series, PRactical Guide to Publicity, received a Gold Award in the 2016 Hermes Creative Awards competition. Article


Wagstaff Worldwide formally announced the establishment of Wagstaff Digital, the agency’s digital marketing department, and Flapjack, a food entertainment production company working in partnership with Wagstaff Digital. Article


Ek, Sunkin, Klink & Bai announced that Jorge Morales has joined the firm.  Article



Fish Consulting has added Fastsigns International, Fazoli’s, My Gym, Stevi B’s Pizza Buffet and Sea Tow Foundation to its client roster during the first quarter of 2016. Article


Universal Robots has appointed Speyside Corporate Relations as its public relations agency for the key markets of Brazil and Mexico. Article


LINKS Worldgroup announced it has been appointed as the public relations agency of record for Marriott International Caribbean & Latin America in Brazil. Article


Newlink Group announced its appointment as Agency of Record for Quito Tourism. Article


Havas Worldwide announced the appointment of Erh Ray and Gal Barradas, currently Co-CEOs of BETC São Paulo, as Co-CEOs of Havas Creative Group Brazil, effective immediately. Article



Stacy Moskowitz was promoted to senior director in PadillaCRT’s food and beverage practice. In addition, Kirsten Lesak-Greenberg was promoted to account supervisor in PadillaCRT’s healthcare practice. Article


After navigating a path of innovation for 24 years, Gage is leveraging its marketing smarts and technological know-how to launch the Gage Channel Performance Suite. Comprising three platforms, the suite uses elearning, marketing automation and loyalty rewards, helping brands that sell through distribution be more effective with their channel partners. Article


With its 20th anniversary on the horizon, the Ann Bancroft Foundation has tapped Clarity Coverdale Fury for its brand evolution. Article


PadillaCRT has announced employee promotions across four of its offices. Article



GameTime earned PRSA’s 2016 Bronze Anvil Award in the Direct Mail/Direct Response category for its “Accept the Challenge!” Multimedia Invitation for a Product Launch Event. Article


The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations celebrates the power of leadership through mentoring at its seventh annual “Milestones in Mentoring” Gala. Six influential leaders who understand the importance of communications and mentorship will receive Milestones in Mentoring awards during an induction ceremony at the Union League Club of Chicago on Thursday, Nov. 10. Article


New York

Weber Shandwick has hired Drew O'Brien as executive vice president of global partnerships in its global corporate practice. Article


Steinreich Communications Group has hired Sheila Long O’Mara as content manager. Article


Lee Jeans has selected Hill+Knowlton Strategies as its new agency of record in the US. Article


Brandsway Creative has been appointed agency of record for Socialyte. Article


CentSai has hired CitySavvy to advise it across the US and Europe. The account is headed by CitySavvy founding director Jana Sanchez from New York. Article


Sard Verbinnen & Co. has hired Peter Rose, amid rumors of the impending sale of a minority stake in the firm and senior level departures. Article


21st Century Fox has named Chip Smith as executive vice president, public affairs. Article


RF|Binder has appointed Aman Singh as senior managing editor, content strategy, in the firm’s corporate and brand purpose practice. Article


Issa PR will handle pro bono work for the Discover Many Hopes gala on May 23 in New York City. Article


GCI Health has launched GCI Health Science and Innovation to help healthcare companies differentiate, position and explain their science and its implications to a variety of professional and consumer audiences. It is led by Jill Dosik, GCI Health global president, scientific communications and message impact. Article


The Museum of Public Relations has launched a new educational resource: a historical timeline documenting the history of public relations. Article


Cohn & Wolfe was honored as the 2016 Large PR Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report at the North America SABRE Awards in New York. Article


Parasol announces a new client addition to its luxury hospitality portfolio, Round Pond Estate. Article


Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR, also known as BPM-PR, has been tapped as the official PR firm for award winning keynote speaker, Cheryl Wood. Article


D&D PR is thrilled to announce the addition of Forbes Travel Guide to its client roster. Article


Simmer Media Group (SMG) announced it has been retained by fresh&co. Article


Gould+Partners announced that that net proceeds from “Doing It The Right Way: 13 Crucial Steps For A Successful PR Agency Merger or Acquisition,” written by managing partner Rick Gould, CPA, J.D., will be donated to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Article


Giant Spoon announced that its New York office has added two new employees. Article


Grayling announced that Debbie Morgan has been appointed to lead an employee engagement and change management offering for the firm’s U.S. offices. Article


Shutterstock announced the hiring of Jeff Weiser as Chief Marketing Officer and Matthew Jagoda as Chief People Officer. Article


R&J Strategic Communications announces the promotion of Evan Moore to Account Coordinator. Article


Assembly announced that it has hired Jeff Liang as Chief Digital Officer. Article


Kinetic Worldwide announced that it has promoted two members of its team. Article



Swordfish Communications founder Gary Frisch publishes novel about the business of baseball. Article


Flackable has promoted Alexa Miller to senior account executive. Article



HGS Colibrium has expanded its content and social media programs with Amendola Communications. Article


Amplify Relations announced they have signed a $3 million, 3-year contract with Tricent Capital. Article


Alderus Mortgage announced that Marc Dooley has joined the Executive Team as Chief Marketing Officer. Article


San Francisco

Lewis has named Andy Murphy head of US PR. Article


Pacific Gas & Electric Company has appointed Travis Kiyota as vice president, community relations and public affairs. Article


Blattel Communications has elevated Melinda Hepp to vice president. Article



Nick Hawley joined Visit Seattle as director of marketing. Article


Cavalry Public Relations has added Robert Frank as Director of Northwest Operations. Article


HackerAgency continues expanding its North American talent pool, announcing that it has signed Kate Kemp as Group Creative Director and promoted Carrin Johnson to Vice President of Operations. Article


Boston, New York & Toronto

NATIONAL Public Relations has announced that SHIFT Communications is joining its ranks. Rick Gould, Managing Partner of Gould+Partners, represented SHIFT and facilitated the transaction. Article


Detroit, Hong Kong, Minneapolis, & New York 

Bianchi Public Relations has expanded its global reach and capabilities with the addition of three new members to the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) at the group’s recent spring conference in Washington, D.C. Article



Siemens has concluded its search for a new communications chief, hiring Clarissa Haller to take on one of Germany's highest-profile public relations roles. Article


Hill+Knowlton Strategies has hired Michael Baxter as managing director in Germany. Article


Hong Kong

FleishmanHillard is expanding its content marketing offer across several key Asian markets to satisfy what it says is “an ever-increasing appetite for a wide range of global content delivery, corporate social storytelling and issues management on an always-on basis.” Article


Priority Communications has become part of PROI Worldwide. Article


Grapeshot has awarded regional communications responsibilities to Golin. Article


Lee Nugent has been named Asia-Pacific MD of strategy and consulting at Text 100Article


Ogilvy & Mather has launched a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) that targets Hong Kongers’ vast consumption of shark fin soup, in the face of the species’ threatened extinction. Article



PMK•BNC has added Ross Brown as group editor in chief and vice president in its UK office; as well as Tom Usher as creative director and Clare Cooke as director of influencer relations and special projects. Article


Cicero Group has appointed David Butcher as strategic counsel. Article


Red Consultancy has been appointed as Spotify's retained agency across consumer, corporate and business-to-business communications. Article


RICS has appointed Blue Rubicon to deliver a series of campaigns highlighting the value and role of surveyors. Article


Henley Royal Regatta has appointed Hanover Sport to run the press office at the event’s 2016 edition and undertake proactive steps to grow and enhance the regatta’s pre-eminence and reputation in future years. In addition, Flood Re has appointed Hanover Communications to deliver an integrated public affairs and public relations communications strategy. Article


Rovio Entertainment has brought in Mischief as its consumer PR agency in the UK following a competitive pitch. Article


Neyber has appointed Brands2Life to help it become the go-to brand for fairer, salary-based finance. Article


MassChallenge has appointed Red Lorry Yellow Lorry as its retained public relations partner in the UK and the US. Article


Publicasity has been appointed by Gizelle Renee to handle its UK public relations. Article


Brazil has been appointed by Stratajet to handle its UK and US launches and ongoing public relations and social media. Article


The International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication has developed a new “Valid Metrics Framework” to bridge the industry knowledge gap about measurement. Article


House of Berlin (HOB) has been named the agency of record for and Interactive Marketing Solutions LLC. Article


Lotame announced that Miles Pritchard has been promoted to Head of Marketer & Agency Solutions. Article



Text100 Italy has been appointed by members-only travel company Secret Escapes to build brand awareness of the online travel platform in the Italian market. Article



Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Michelle Pereira and director of the marketing communication and consumer practice, India, and managing director of the Mumbai office. Vidisha Chatterjee has been named general manager, client engagement and operations. Article


Madison Public Relations has added new clients including ITC Foods, Arvind Fashion, Arvind Sports, Madhya Pradesh Government, Asian Paints, Crompton, Welspun (SPACES), Gemfields PLC, Zivame, Monarch Cruise, Indigo Deli, Bosch Power Tools, Sun Pharma, Indian Machine Tool Manufacturer's Association, Kellogg's, Bisleri and Cargill Foods. Article


Mondelez India has shifted its Indian communications remit to MSLGroup following a competitive review. Article


Newell Brands has appointed Blackie McDonald as its public relations agency of record in Australia. Article


GolinOpinion has won two brands in the automobile sports and luxury sector: Porsche and Lamborghini. Article


Palmolive has appointed DEC PR as its strategic communications partner for a new premium line of products, set to land on shelves later this year. Article


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has named Sushant Balsekar as head of PR and corporate communications as the company prepares for the launch of Jeep in India. Article


IKEA has selected Pulse Communications as its agency of record following a competitive tender and review process. Article


CitiXsys has selected Hotwire PR to manage its public relations and social media in Australia and New Zealand. Article



The Canadian Public Relations Society and the Global Alliance for Public Relations & Communication Management are hosting the ninth World Public Relations Forum in Toronto later this month, from May 29-31, to discuss the value and importance of effective Communication Across Cultures. Article


TribalScale announced it has hired Carlaw Communications as its public relations agency of record (AOR). Article


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