PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Apr. 11, 2016

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Newell Rubbermaid has hired Cohn & Wolfe to support the "transformation" of its public relations approach, as the consumer goods giant steps up global brand-building activity for such products as Sharpie, Calphalon, Paper Mate and Graco. Article



TrendKite has hired John De Oliveira, Russ Somers and Jennifer Cantu on the heels of raising $10.7 million of funding in October 2015. Article



JPA Health Communications has added Sally Bain as a senior vice president in its Boston office. Article


TriCore Solutionsrecently announced its appointment of Gina Murphy as the Company’s Chief Operations Officer (COO). Article


Jane Mazurrecently joined Hologic as Senior Director of Divisional Communications. Article



S&A Communications has launched The North Carolina 100, a free bimonthly statewide e-newsletter featuring 100-word stories and 100-second videos on intriguing topics such as business, travel, history and the digital age. Article



Marketing Werks announced that it has expanded its leadership team with the addition of two new executives. Torre Gentile joins Marketing Werks as its new VP, Digital Strategy & Innovation. Tom Schager joins Marketing Werks as its new VP, Business Development. Article



Doug Spong has joined Fahlgren Mortine in an of-counsel role. Article


R/P Marketing Public Relations has brought in Stephanie Johnston as part of the agency’s leadership team. Article



The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) named Jay Brown as the organization’s new Communications Director. Article


Lanny Davis is launching a new law firm, Davis Goldberg & Galper, and a new PR firm, Trident DMG, which will focus on crisis and strategic communications, litigation communications, advocacy, and reputation management. It will be led by Eleanor McManus. Article


Warschawski announced it has promoted Sam Ruchlewicz to Senior Associate. Article



Barry Owens has joined Greteman Group as a writer and video producer. Article


Joshua Wood has joined Greteman Group as senior writer/editor. Article



Airfoil announced the opening of its new headquarters in Royal Oak, Mich., as well as the addition of several new clients. Article


Lambert, Edwards & Associates (LE&A) announced it has been named one of “West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.” Article


Lambert, Edwards & Associates founder Jeff Lambert named M&A All Star Consultant of the Year by ACG Detroit. Article


Los Angeles

Wagstaff Worldwide has appointed Melendy Britt as executive director for its Los Angeles office. Article


PMK•BNC has launched a new multicultural practice, Voces, and appointed Willy Villarreal as vice president to lead the new unit. Article



Gage announced the hiring Dustin Page as a senior front end developer where he will be working on the Gage MARKET Platform. Article


New York

Maria Cristina González Noguera has been appointed senior vice president, global public affairs, at the Estée Lauder Companies. Article


Girl Scouts of the USA has appointed Christine Cea as its chief communications executive. Article


Finn Partners announced that Lisa Martins has joined as vice president in the agency’s growing Health Practice. Article


JConnelly—formerly JCPR—has tapped Ray Hennessey to serve in the newly created role of chief innovation officer. Article


The Pollack PR Marketing Group (PPMG) announced that SodaStream USA has retained the agency as its Health and Wellness agency of record. Article


Ink & Roses has been named public relations agency of record for Ricola US and will lead publicity for Ricola’s US portfolio of products. Article


Brandstyle Communications has been selected to represent Elle Cole Interiors and Riviera Caterers. Article


Gould+Partners announced the release of “Doing It The Right Way: 13 Crucial Steps For A Successful PR Agency Merger or Acquisition,” by Rick Gould, CPA, J.D., managing partner of the firm that bears his name. Article


Edelman has promoted Lex Suvanto to global managing director of its financial communications and capital markets offering. Article


Weber Shandwick is expanding its Mediaco content offering, adding a new innovation council that includes Tony Haile, founding CEO of Chartbeat; Gaby Darbyshire, principal of Framestore Ventures; Mariana Santos, director of interactive and animation at Fusion and Knight Chair of Innovation at FIU; and Rahul Chopra, CEO of Storyful. Article


Beau Dietl & Associates (BDA) has partnered with JConnelly to launch PI|PR—a unique crisis management program designed to protect companies and individuals facing threats to their businesses, reputations, and bottom lines. Article


Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR announced a new client win as the official agency of record for the newly launched luxury skin care online brand Alpessence. Article


Behrman Communications announced its 30th year in business. Article


Grayling announced that Adam Emery has been named Executive Vice President and head of the agency’s national technology practice. Article


Carbone Smolan Agency (CSA) announced new additions to its leadership team. Justin Peters, Dave Mowers, Jill Wittnebel, and Dave Weinberger will bring their deep and diverse experience to CSA’s Design, Strategy, Client Relations, and Engagement practices, respectively. Article


The Women Presidents’ Organization announced the ninth annual ranking of the 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned/Led Companies. Susan Frech, co-founder and CEO of Social Media Link in NY is a first time honoree, making it on the list at #42. Article


ClearView Social has appointed Jeff Litvack as its Chief Executive Officer. Article


Peloton announced that Lori Marcus has joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer. Article


Heidi Evans joined LiveOnNY Foundation as Executive Director. Article


San Francisco

Andrea Carrothers has been named senior vice president in the San Francisco office of FoodMinds. In addition, Laura Hershey has joined as vice president. The firm has also promoted Bree Flammini to senior vice president in Chicago. Article


Samba TV announced Serena Satyasai as its first VP of Marketing, along with the hire of Andy Kemp as Regional VP of Sales. Article


Ryan Donovan has accepted a full-time offer from Sitecore. Article


Group Delphi announced a significant addition to its workforce in order to support its continued momentum, achieving record growth in the company’s nearly 26-year history. Article



R2C Group announced that it has hired David Maher as Chief Financial Officer. Article


Los Angeles & New York 

VentureFuel has added two new Directors as a result of its growth. Article


Los Angeles & Phoenix

S+L Communications has been acquired by Santy. Article



Ruder Finn has appointed Robin Grainger to the newly-created role of director of connected communications. Article


Golin has been appointed by the Financial Times to work with its commercial team, with a focus on digital advertising. Article has appointed Brands2Life to lead its energy PR brief. Article


Chandos Communications has promoted co-founder Teresa Wincrantz to partner. Article


Weebly has appointed W to its UK communications account. Article


Loxone has appointed Wildfire to build awareness in the UK for its unique, centrally managed, home automation solution. Article


Mike Daniels has launched The Measurement Practice, which aims to help businesses, organisations and agencies bridge the gap between the promise and delivery of communications measurement. Article


Sean O’Neill is stepping down as chief corporate relations officer at Heineken after 12 years in the role. Article


The Royal Bank of Scotland has called in Blue Rubicon to help rebuild a reputation that has been battered by a string of scandals following its taxpayer-funded bailout during the global financial crisis. Article


Weber Shandwick EMEA technology head Peter Ross has departed after 20 years with the agency. Article



Sopexa has opened its first African office in Casablanca, Morocco. Article


GKPR announced that David Shamah has joined the firm as its first “journalist-in-residence.” Article


Kevin Welman is stepping down from his post as MD of FleishmanHillard's South African operation. Article


Hotwire has struck an exclusive co-brand partnership with Active in a bid to strengthen its offering in the Middle East. Article


Cohn & Wolfe has hired Paul Baeyaert as Managing Director. Article


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