PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Apr. 18, 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!



Hollywood Public Relations has won three international Hermes Creative Awards. Article



MMI has been selected by the Research Triangle Regional Partnership for multimedia, creative design, public relations and event planning services in support of the 2016 State of the Research Triangle Region event. Article



3rd Coast PR has been chosen as the AOR for Lakeshore following an agency review. Article


Walker Sands has put together a cool new video about PR agency culture. The piece encapsulates the creativity and culture behind the company’s rapid growth and success in recent years. Article


Bader Rutter and its clients received six first-place Best of NAMA awards at this week’s Agri-Marketing Conference in Kansas City. Article


C. Blohm & Associates (CB&A) has earned a Hermes Creative Gold Award for its innovative BuzzHub events at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. Article



ATCC has added Melissa Parker as director, corporate communications and public affairs. Article


Direct Impact has named Connie Partoyan as chief executive officer. Article


Smith & Harroff has added new clients, helping to launch a new service area for Experior Group called The Red Ball Drills, for active shooter training; and Celero Strategies, a company founded by Stan Soloway, the longtime CEO of the Professional Services Council. Article



Webb Strategic Communications has begun planning and implementation of communications plans for three major governmental entities—the Denver Mayor’s Office, the Regional Air Quality Council, and the Colorado Municipal League. Article


Woodruff Sweitzer (WS) took home two first-place awards at the National Best of NAMA Awards on April 13 in Kansas City. Article


Los Angeles

Gail Becker is leaving Edelman after 16 years. Article



Clarity Coverdale Fury (CCF) has released a video series for Wings Financial Credit Union highlighting the credit union’s mobile app capabilities. Article



Tyson Foods has named Felicia Collins as vice president of corporate communications. Article


New York

CA Technologies has named Darlàn Monterisi as senior vice president of corporate communications. Article


Bayer Corporation has appointed Paul Capelli as vice president of communications for Bayer Consumer Health. Article


Assurant has appointed Linda Recupero as senior vice president, global communication. Article


The Estee Lauder Companies has hired Damon Burrell as senior vice president, consumer engagement, and appointed Anna Klein as vice president, corporate affairs. Article


Barbara Pinto will join FleishmanHillard's New York office to help lead the firm's new suite of media training services. Article


LittleThings has appointed MSLGroup as its public relations agency of record in the US. Article


Magrino announced a new client, Wevorce. Article


Parasol announced two new client additions to the portfolio of luxury hotels and restaurants, signing on as Agency of Record for the Relais & Châteaux Camden Harbour Inn and famed restaurant, Natalie’s and The Danforth Inn and new restaurant Tempo Dulu in Maine. Article


Alice Marshall Public Relations announced its representation of Belmond’s full collection of travel experiences. Article


Hemp Public Relations commemorated it’s two-year anniversary. Article


HJMT Public Relations recently received an Excellence in Communications Award in the Marketing Team – Professional Services category by Long Island Business News. Article


Precision Strategies announced it has been awarded several honors for its work in helping to clinch an historic election victory for the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Article


Tartaglia Communications has been hired by the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) to promote its science initiatives and raise awareness of the vital role the ADDF plays in funding the discovery and development of drug therapies for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Article


Darlàn Monterisi joined CA Technologies as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications. Article


Peter Tomai joined Madison Marquette as Managing Director. Article


David Lapter joined Dashlane as CFO. Article


Michael Henderson joined Talent Inc. as Chief Technology Officer. Article



Kimball Communications has added Eileen Coyne as public relations manager. Article


Slice Communications has announced Comcast as the official sponsor and the Franklin Institute as the host partner for Mashable’s Social Media Day in Philadelphia 2016. The event will take place on Thursday, June 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Franklin Institute. Article


Kimball Communications announced it has signed two new clients: Alain Pinel Realtors and Landmark Hospitality. Article


San Francisco

Edelman’s global tech chair Maria Amundson is leaving the firm next month. Article


Manifold recently celebrated its sixth birthday and announced some big agency client wins, including The Gap, General Electric, LinkedIn, Microsoft, GitHub and Target. Article


Boston & San Francisco

Racepoint Global has named Tom Parnell as vice president in its Boston office and Jesica Church as vice president in San Francisco. Article


Charlotte & New York 

Steinreich Communications Group has acquired McNeill Communications. Article



Christian Schmid has been named to lead corporate communications of the specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries. Matthias Ruch will take over leadership of external communications and will be press officer. Norbert Neß, who has been responsible for political communication, will now also be responsible for international politics. Article


Hong Kong

SPAG Asia has opened a Singapore office and appointed Julia Lai as country head. Article


Meltwater has hired Text100 to lead its communication strategy in Hong Kong and strengthen its reputation in the region. Article


Racepoint Global has named Mark Lee as vice president in its Hong Kong office. Article


Beijing has reportedly held talks with five global PR firms as it attempts to revive an international reputation that continues to falter in the eyes of the Western media. Article



Weber Shandwick has formed an exclusive strategic partnership with Professor Noreena Hertz, the economist, author, strategist, honorary professor at University College London and fellow of Cambridge University's Judge Business School. Article


Imperial College London has appointed Luke Blair as its first vice president, communications and public affairs. Article


Good Relations has appointed David Wiles as a consumer director. Article


Ketchum has hired Saska Graville as the agency looks to expand its consumer lifestyle offering. Article


American Express Global Business Travel has appointed Martin Ferguson as director of communications and public affairs, EMEA. Article


The Museum of London has appointed Threepipe to develop a social strategy to promote Fire! Fire!, its next major exhibition which will mark the 350 th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. Article


Harvard has won the UK consumer PR brief for Linn. Article


Racepoint Global has named Jenna Keighley as vice president in its London office. Article


Amanda Groty has left her role as PayPal's senior director and EMEA communications head after just 10 months. Article


Finsbury has struck a strategic alliance with Hering Schuppener Consulting. Article


Plan International Finland has released a series of emotive YouTube tutorial videos that highlight the shocking reality faced by girls globally, many of whom live in fear of sexual abuse, child marriage and harassment. Article



Edelman Europe and CIS head of digital Grégoire Assémat-Tessandier is leaving the firm. Article



Ogilvy PR Australia has signed affiliate agreements with two specialist public relations firms in New Zealand to create its first Trans-Tasman network. Blackland PR and Cadence Communications will partner with Ogilvy PR Australia to broaden the reach for clients from their bases in the capital Wellington and Auckland respectively. Article


McLaren Automotive has appointed DEC PR as its strategic communications partner in Australia and New Zealand, following a competitive pitch process. Article


Frank PR has been appointed on a retained basis by H&R BlockArticle


Madhuri Sen has departed her position as WE Communications India MD to launch a brand strategy consultancy. Article



Hudson's Bay Company has established a new corporate communications and public relations division. Andrew Blecher has been promoted to senior vice president, corporate communications and public relations, and will lead the function. Article


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