PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Apr. 3, 2017

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!



March Communications has launched a new consumer innovation group, focused on connecting consumer innovation brands with their most valuable audiences. March has appointed Jodi Petrie as executive vice president to lead the new offering. Article


Rasky Partners has launched a new codes and regulations consulting service within its public affairs team. Senior vice president Jeff Terrey of Rasky Partners’ Boston office will lead the new consultancy. Article


Pivot Design has opened an office in Boston’s Back Bay at 361 Newbury Street and has hired media industry veteran Craig Sender as Vice President Client Engagement to lead the operation. Article



BFG Communications has promoted Lisa Ringelstetter to vice president client services. Article


French/West/Vaughan (FWV) is celebrating its 20th anniversary, a milestone that comes as the company makes its debut among the country’s top 15 PR firms. Article



L.C. Williams & Associates (LCWA) has acquired the business of JSH&A. Article



TeleTech Holdings hired Kyle Priest as the company’s new Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer. Article



Amy Dacey has joined MWWPR as executive vice president and managing director of public affairs and issues management. Article


Edelman has hired Sarah Swinehart as a vice president on the media services and strategies team. Article


CLS Strategies has appointed Mark Feierstein as a senior advisor. Article


Crosby Marketing Communications has acquired Butler Films. Article


Subject Matter announced that Jamie Wall will join the firm’s government relations team beginning April 17th. Article



HALCYON announced the addition of Candace Duran as director of sales & marketing to the executive team. Article



Lambert Edwards & Associates has promoted Chea Jackson to director, and Megan McCarl and Tyler Deur to senior associate. Article


Los Angeles

Englander Knabe & Allen has elevated Adam Englander to partner. Article


Terry Hines & Associates has rebranded its multicultural division as The MRKT. Marcos Barron will serve as the president of The MRKT, with Bree Bosselmann serving as senior vice president. Article


BLAZE Public Relations announced that Urban Mattress has joined its roster of lifestyle brands. Article


NRPR Group announced the newest additions to its client roster in Q1 2017. Article


Beach House continues its strategic growth as a leading modern beauty communications agency for the digital age with the announcement of its status as Agency of Record for Beach House Group Brands. Article


Dolphin Digital Media announced that it has acquired 42West. Article



Burson-Marsteller has hired Tom Eslinger as global chief creative officer. Article


New York

Burson-Marsteller has added Dan Doherty and Susan Lagana to its US public affairs and crisis practice as managing directors. Article


Centron has hired Stacey Gandler as executive vice president, managing director, public relations. Article

Forefront Communications Group has added Michael Kingsley as a senior vice president. Article


Rabin Martin has launched an international advisory council led by the firm’s former chairman Steve Rabin and including Richard Henriques, senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy and former chief financial officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Charles “Robin” Hogen, chief navigator of True North Strategies and former vice president of communications at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Margaret Kruk, associate professor of global health at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Article


BerlinRosen has appointed Sara Joseph as senior vice president of hospitality and lifestyle. Article


Teneo Holdings has acquired Fitzroy Communications. The Fitzroy team, including partner and co-founder Liz Bruce, will be joining Teneo's strategy division effective immediately. Article


CA Technologies has hired WE Communications to handle corporate and product PR duties following a competitive, global review. Article


G&S Business Communications has expanded its international client roster of manufacturing, supply chain and business technology innovators with its appointment as agency of record for Neovia Logistics. Article


North 6th Agency (N6A) announced it has been ranked as the 4th fastest-growing agency in the United States among all agencies between $4 and $10 million annual revenues by O’Dwyer’s. Article


5W Public Relations has been named PR Agency of Record by Sharestates. Article


CrisisResponsePro announced that its hosting provider, Summitas, has been named “Best Cyber Security Solution” by Private Asset Management magazine (PAM) at the 2017 PAM Awards. Article


Consumer Reports (CR) announced Matt Anchin as its new Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. Article


CRC has expanded its team with two new hires – Amira Clement to Account Executive and Charisse Smalls to Public Relations Assistant. Article


R&J Strategic Communications announced the appointment of Alex Bagasevich as Senior Account Executive. Article


InkHouse launched an office in New York City, building off the firm’s rapid growth and success in its other three offices, in Boston, Providence and San Francisco. Nicole Bestard will head the office as executive vice president and general manager. Article



SPRYTE Communications has named Gary Frisch an account supervisor. Article



Amplify Relations has been selected as the 2017 Nevada Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the US Small Business Administration. Article


W2O Group announced the appointment of Eric M. Bacolas as Chief People Officer. Article


120 West Strategic Communications announced that Jeff Pritchard will be joining the agency to support and cultivate 120 West mining IR clients. Article



Perry Communications Group (PCG) has hired Senior Account Executives Katelyn Downey and Kaitlin Perry. Article


San Francisco

Randle Communications announced that Julie Hooper has been promoted to Vice President of Public Affairs. Article


Austin & New York 

Caliber Corporate Advisers announced the acquisition of Leverage PR. Article


Hong Kong

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific has named AKA Asia agency of record. Article


Finn Partners has acquired Ying Communications. Article


Ernst & Young (EY) announced that Ronald W. Wong, President and CEO of public affairs, ethnic marketing and campaign firm Imprenta Communications Group, has been selected as a semifinalist for the EY Entrepreneur of The Year 2017 Greater Los Angeles Region Award. Article



The Adecco Group has appointed Octopus Group as its retained UK and Ireland PR agency following a competitive five-way pitch. Article


Burson-Marsteller has named Ramiro Prudencio as chief executive officer of the firm’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region, replacing Jeremy Galbraith, who stepped down in March after 20 years with the firm. Francisco Carvalho, who had been CEO of Burson-Marsteller Brazil, succeeds Prudencio in Latin America. Article


Katie Baldwin is leaving her position as a health reporter at the Yorkshire Evening Post/Yorkshire Post for a senior communications officer role at NHS Digital. Article


Highland Marketing has appointed Lyn Whitfield to the new role of strategy and content director. Article



Nissan has hired Jesse Verstraete as its new general manager of corporate communications and CSR for Europe. Article


Lottoland has appointed Laura Pearson as head of corporate affairs. Article


Cosentino Group has chosen Aristo PR for PR work in Turkey. Article


Aaron Sherinian will take up a new post leading communications at the Aga Khan Development Network. Article



Value 360 Communications has formed a new strategic partnership with Lewis. Known as Lewis Value 360, the partnership will help Indian companies with international ambitions access communications expertise across 28 markets Asia Pacific, Europe and the US. Additionally, Lewis clients will be able to tap into Value 360's local expertise.  Article


Edelman has appointed Himanshu Saxena as the brand lead for India.  Article


Meditrina Hospitals has signed ResPublica Consulting to design and implement communication strategy to support its expansion plans. Article



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