PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Apr. 25, 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!



Rountree Group Integrated Communications has added Kasasa to its client roster. Article


Cohn & Wolfe has appointed Candace McCaffery as Managing Director of its Atlanta office. Article



Steinreich Communications Group has acquired McNeill Communications. Karen McNeill will join Steinreich as a senior vice president and general manager of its High Point, NC, office along with all the current members of her staff. Article



CMK Companies, Ltd. has retained Zapwater Communications for public relations support for its newest project, Riverline. Article


Reputation Partners has acquired Vollrath Associates. Article


PACO Collective announced it was honored by the Chicago White Sox as the recipient of the Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner Award. Article



Environics Communications has promoted Mimi Carter to senior vice president and general manager. Article


SKDKnickerbocker has become the latest firm to launch a women's leadership and advocacy practice, which will offer clients strategic communications, research insights, partnerships, and other community-building support. The practice, led by Nell Callahan, is fully integrated into the firm's public affairs, digital, executive communications and political practice areas. Article


Ogilvy Public Relations has announced a strategic alliance with RockDove Solutions. The alliance was formed after the two companies collaborated successfully on projects to create crisis communications planning content and build the app for current Ogilvy clients. Article



The Quell Group announced the addition of two seasoned marketing and communications professionals to its account team. Article


Los Angeles

Monica Bouldin has joined R&R Partners as vice president. Article


JMPR Public Relations announced that it has been named Public Relations agency of record for 3M Auto. Article


Fiona Hutton & Associates (FHA) announced strong rankings on annual lists of the largest public relations firms in the Los Angeles area. Article


Reynolds & Associates announced the “official” launch of its new website. Article


Fifteen Minutes adds W Hollywood to its client roster. Article


All Def Digital announced the launch of ADHD, a creative unit housed inside of ADD to help brands and agencies connect with the hugely influential yet hard to reach urban millennial audience. Josh Mandel will lead the group.  Article


JMPR Public Relations announced Megan Rupp has joined its team as an Account Executive. Article



rbb Communications has acquired SpiderBoost. The firm, now known as SpiderBoost Communications, joins a family of brands that includes Gibbs-rbb and Digital Park. Article


HomeASAP has appointed Tim Hamby as director of corporate communications. Article


The O’Donnell Agency won 18 ADDY Awards – including five golds — from the American Advertising Federation of the Treasure Coast. Article



Tunheim has added Jen Gates and Erin Jones to its team of consulting professionals. Article


New York

Heineken USA has promoted Tara Pallisco to associate manager of corporate events and consumer affairs. Article


Kipp Jarecke-Cheng has been named chief communications officer for Publicis Healthcare Communications Group. Article


Grayling has named Adam Emery executive vice president and head of the agency's national technology practice.  Article


Coyne Public Relations announced their selection as agency of record for Babiators. Article


Intermarket marked its 30th anniversary this month with five new clients. Article


Brandstyle Communications has added The Skinny Confidential. Article


CrisisResponsePro announced the availability of multi-brand functionality that brings a new level of personalization to the landmark web and mobile platform. Article


Nathan Friedman has landed at Citizen Relations as its general manager for the US to oversee its 80-person operation across three offices in the region. Article


Sloane & Company managing directors Darren Brandt and Whit Clay have been named co-chief executive officers of the corporate and financial communications specialist. Article


The DAS Group of Companies announced the launch of ONE HUNDRED, a multi-disciplinary offering to connect the nonprofit sector with leading experts in brand reputation, marketing and fundraising from across the DAS portfolio of brands. Article


Signpost announced the launch of Mia—artificial intelligence that provides a new way to connect with customers. Article


RED PR announced it was retained by MB45 and hired Delilah Owens as Senior Account Executive.  Article


The New York Times Company announced that David Rubin has been named senior vice president and head of brand. Article


New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) presented the 2016 Matrix Awards, honoring eight extraordinary innovators in the communications field—women who connect the world. The ceremony was hosted by Interpublic Group and emceed by Andy Cohen, host and executive producer of “Watch What Happens Live.” Article


JCDecaux SA announced the appointment of Mark Costa as Chief Digital Officer for JCDecaux North America. Article


Amber Roberts, senior vice president of LANE has received M&A Advisor’s Emerging Leaders Award. Article


R&J Strategic Communications is proud to announce that Account Director Tiffany Miller has been recognized by the NJ Ad Club and Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association as one of Jersey’s Best Marketing and Communications Professionals Under 40 for 2016. Article



Swordfish Communications announces it has signed a pair of new clients in the B-to-B and B-to-C sectors. Article



The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has appointed Richard Turley Jr. as the new managing director of the Church’s public affairs department. Article


Amplify Relations announced the hire of Robby Schlesinger and Trinda Freese to its public relations, advertising and public affairs team. Article


San Diego

Purple Penguin PR (PPP) recently announced the signing of its new client, FlyDive. Article


San Francisco

Teuwen Communications announces its first branch extension from its headquarters in New York City. Louise Jordan DWS is relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area to open the agency’s West Coast bureau in May 2016. Article


WE Communications announced the appointment of Steve Kerns as general manager and senior vice president for its San Francisco office. Article



Susannah Malarkey has joined APCO Worldwide as a senior advisor based in its Seattle office. Article


Los Angeles & New York

The PRSA Health Academy has announced the two winners of its 2016 Excellence in Public Relations Award: Gil Bashe, APR, and Mary-Fran Faraji. Article



Hill+Knowlton Strategies has added André Wigger and Jo Klein its Frankfurt office as managing director and director of corporate communications respectively and Anders Mertzlufft in Berlin as director of corporate and public affairs. Article


Hong Kong

Kaiser Kuo is stepping down from his role as international communications director at Baidu and will return to the US after two decades in China. Article



Threepipe has appointed Tracey Carey as managing director, a new position. Article


Local Pensions Partnership has appointed MHP Communications as its communications adviser. Article


Callcredit Information Group has appointed Octopus Group as its retained PR and social media agency. Article


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