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!

 

Atlanta

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

 

Austin

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

 

Boston

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

 

Charlotte

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

 

Chicago

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

 

Cleveland

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

 

Dallas

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

 

DC

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

 

Denver

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

 

Detroit

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

 

Houston

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

 

Miami

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

 

Minneapolis

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

 

Nashville

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

 

Philadelphia

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

 

Flackable has promoted Alexa Miller to senior account executive. Article

 

Phoenix

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

 

Seattle

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

 

Frankfurt

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

 

London

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 BookVIP.com and Interactive Marketing Solutions LLC. Article

 

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

 

Paris

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

 

Sydney

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

 

Toronto

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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