PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Apr. 4, 2016

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ROIKOI, an innovative referral sourcing company that helps its customers collect, manage and score employee referrals at scale,announced its results for Intouch Solutions. Article



Vantage changed its name to PAN Communications, effective April 1. Article



Positive Eye Consulting is joining Gagen MacDonald. Positive Eye founder and CEO Jean Meeks-Koch will join the Gagen MacDonald leadership team. Article


Sara Brazeal has been named Public Communications Inc.’s newest vice president and company officer. Article



R/P Marketing Public Relations has responded to continuing growth in its foodservice and healthcare accounts with the addition of Joel Hochanadel, Angie Coakley and Katie Johnson to its team. Article



Heather Armstrong, Carol Dodson and Cristi Sliter are strategically engaging consumer touch points with clever disruption in the out-of-home (OOH) and experiential spaces. This women-owned organization makes its debut this week as Sly Fox, a one-of-a-kind communications think tank. Initially formed as O&E, the change in name represents a new beginning courtesy of the spirit, curiosity and creativity that Armstrong, Dodson and Sliter cultivate. Article


Los Angeles

Hulu has hired Gaude Paez in the newly-created role of vice president, corporate communications. Article


Universal has hired Jenny Tartikoff as senior vice president, global communications and Angela Emery as VP of communications for its brand development group. Article


Ek, Sunkin & Klink announced the addition of a new partner, Michael Bai. The new firm, Ek, Sunkin, Klink & Bai, will offer clients a full suite of public affairs, strategic communication and government advocacy services. Article


grapevine pr + consulting has been selected as a Finalist for “PR Campaign of the Year” for its work with client Danny Pintauro in the 2016 PR & Marketing Excellence Awards. Article


Brenda Urban has been appointed Director of Communications of Klick Communications working out of the agency’s Los Angeles Office, and will start her new role on May 2nd. Article



LINKS Worldgroup has announced that it has been selected as the public relations agency of record for Grupo David. Article


Newlink Group announced the continued growth of its Tourism practice with the most recent addition of Amadeus IT Group to its roster of impressive clients within the category. Article


Fetching Communications has added nine new accounts, including The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists annual national service animal eye exam event, biOrb, Avenelle Turner, John Paul Pet, Kuranda Beds, Natural Paws, Torus and Article


República announced the appointment of Anthony Bianco as executive vice president and general manager. Article



Fahlgren Mortine announced that Doug Spong has joined the agency in an of-counsel role. Article


New York

Bache-Gabrielsen has named Evins Communications as its public relations and marketing agency of record ahead of its launch in the US market later this year. Article


Steinreich Communications Group has been named agency of record for Response Expo. Article


Text 100 has hired Kim Sample as GM of Text 100's New York office. Article


Ogilvy PR has restructured its Western region, making Dan La Russo managing director of its San Francisco and Denver offices.Article


MWWPR has announced the launch of “HerVoice,” a new proprietary practice focused on serving the unique needs of female leaders as they establish their internal and external profiles. Article


Falcon Safety Products Inc. has selected R&J Strategic Communications as its digital marketing agency of record. Article


Giant Spoon has created the first ever advertising agency app on the Amazon Echo platform, in order to educate and entertain clients, marketers, and industry influentials. Article


The O’Hara Project has been appointed Public Relations Agency of Record for Hoboken Farms. Article


Camino PR Managing Director Lauren Gray is included in PRWeek’s inaugural Women in PR list. Article


Mode Media announced the appointment of Jack Rotolo as Interim Chief Executive Officer. Article


DeVries Global announced the appointment of Colby Vogt as Global Executive Vice President, Business Intelligence. Article


Thomas Spearing III joined HNTB Corporation as Metropolitan New York Office Leader, Senior Vice President. Article


Ajay Singh joined News America Marketing as Chief Financial Officer. Article


Heidi Gray was promoted to Vice President of News America Marketing. Article


San Diego

Nuffer, Smith, Tucker (NST) has added three new hires to the agency team. Article


MeadsDurket has hired Krystal Profitt as digital marketing strategist and Hannah Meldon as advertising account executive. Article


J. Walcher Communications (JWC) has promoted Sandy Young from account supervisor to vice president. Article


San Francisco

R2C Group announced that Chris Peterson has re-joined the agency. Article


Silicon Valley

A10 Networks has appointed Neil Wu Becker as vice president of worldwide marketing and communications. Article


PayPal has tapped Edelman to lead global product PR, as well as US communications. Article


Facebook is consolidating communications under Caryn Marooney as Mike Buckley leaves the social network. Article


Austin & New York

Cohn & Wolfe has hired Scott Cocchiere as Managing Director of Creative and Content and appointed Callie Jernigan as U.S. Entertainment Marketing Leader. Article


Cleveland & Denver

TapInfluence and Nielsen Catalina Solutions (NCS) announced a collaboration that will allow CPG brands to measure the in-store sales impact of their influencer marketing campaigns. Article


Los Angeles & New York

Giant Spoon announced today that it has added five employees, all in new roles as a result of significant agency growth. Article


San Francisco & Hong Kong

Allison+Partners announced that it has further expanded its global content creation and marketing capabilities with the addition of several new video production specialists, animators, illustrators and producers in the U.S and Thailand. Article



Teren Management Europe has brought on Weber Shandwick to provide corporate communication and strategic development services.Article


Golin has formed a joint venture with GGH MullenLowe in Germany to expand into the German market. Article


Edelman has closed its operation in Poland, the latest in a series of moves that mean the world’s largest public relations firm no longer has a branded presence in Central and Eastern Europe. Article


Hong Kong

Jennifer Kuperman has been promoted to head of international corporate communications at Alibaba Group. Article



Tetra Pak has appointed Brands2Life to manage its B2B public relations and public affairs in the UK on a three-year contract. Article


3 Monkeys I Zeno has been awarded the Singapore Tourism Board account for the UK. Article


Cohn & Wolfe has hired Paul Baeyaert as managing director, Paris. Article


Bosch and NEFF, both part of BSH Home Appliances, have appointed Publicasity. Article


Hanover Communications has been appointed by Steris to assist the Company with healthcare communications and public affairs in the UK. Article


TransPennine Express has handed Mischief PR the consumer PR brief for the franchise, extending its relationship with the agency. Article


Hyde & Sleep has appointed Battenhall for its launch. Article


TelcoSwitch has tendered its launch brief to Spreckley.. Article


Blue Rubicon has promoted Peter Fitch to MD. Article


So What Global has unveiled a new healthcare offering by acquiring Iris Life Communications. Article


Hurtigruten is teaming up with Hill+Knowlton Strategies to broadcast, showcase and support Hurtigruten as it significantly expands operations. Article



STW Communications Group will officially merge with the Australian and New Zealand businesses of WPP. The transaction will see WPP become the majority shareholder of STW, and STW become the primary vehicle for WPP in Australia and New Zealand. The combined entity will be known as WPP AUNZ and will operate more than 90 businesses, more than 5,500 people and combined revenues of more than A$850 million. Article


WE Communications has acquired a majority stake in Buchan. Article


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