PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Aug. 1, 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!


Cempra has appointed John Bluth to the newly created position of executive vice president, investor relations and corporate communications. Article


Travis Bullard joins APCO Worldwide’s Raleigh office as a director. Article



Current Marketing has launched Akela, an influencer marketing practice that uses real people and leading-edge technology to provide impactful results for clients. Article


Exelon has appointed Maggie FitzPatrick as senior vice president of corporate affairs, philanthropy and customer engagement. Article


FoodMinds announced it has been selected as agency of record for the Alliance for Potato Research and Education (APRE). Article


C. Blohm & Associates (CB&A) announced the addition of Digital Marketing Manager David Dickinson. Article



Elevate has hired Al Comeaux as chief communications officer. Article



Brunswick Group has hired Peter Shafer as a partner in its Washington, DC, office and part of Brunswick Insight. Article


Jeff Richardson joins APCO Worldwide’s Health Advisory Board (HAB). Article


Direct Impact has hired Brian Noyes as executive vice president. Article


Abel Communications has promoted Gina Gerber from vice president to senior vice president. In addition, Amanda Ratner has been promoted to account manager. The firm has also hired Madeline Caldwell and Amrit Nijjer as account managers. Article


Turkey has hired APCO to provide a range of PR services following the dramatic failed coup attempt in the country last month. Article


MGH announced that it has been named agency of record for CoreLife. Article


Planit announced that it has teamed up with Hofmann Brands as its PR agency of record. Article



Mark Arts recently named Greteman Group its agency of record. Article


Woodruff Sweitzer (WS) recently announced two staff hires and three promotions in its Kansas City, Missouri, and Columbia, Missouri, offices. Ron Simmons and Mary Wheeler have joined the traffic and content departments. Additionally, Justina Frost, Vincent Townsend and Shelby Mertz have been promoted to new positions in the account services department. Article


Los Angeles

Hyphen Sleep has retained Zapwater Communications for public relations support. Article


Directive Consulting announced its expansion into Los Angeles with the opening of its second office space in Downtown Los Angeles by Bunker Hill. Article


Fifteen Minutes announced Civilized as the newest addition to their client roster. Article


Wagstaff Worldwide has been appointed by Visit Carlsbad as its public relations agency of record in the United States, effective immediately. Article


Miami has appointed Sherlock Communications as its retained content marketing and PR consultancy for Brazil. Article



Deveney has added art director Maxwell Rasche, social media account executive Katelyn Henderson, senior account executive Denise Davila and account executive Lindsey Andry. Article


Choice Media & Communications announced the hiring of Dayna Calkins as Senior Publicist, effective immediately. Article


New York

M&C Saatchi PR announced the promotion of Jen Dobrzelecki to the position of Executive Vice President, effective immediately. Article


MediaLink has hired Lena Petersen in the newly created role of chief brand officer. Article


Lou Hammond Group has added five new clients for public relations, digital marketing and positioning: The Kimberly Hotel, New York; Visit Sacramento; Quore Systems; Geneva Tourism; and the Kentucky Department of Travel & Tourism. Article


Turner has added Duluth Trading Company to its modern outdoor portfolio. Article


Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations (NJFPR) announced new clients: TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint and Visit Savannah. Article


Teneo has hired Bill Bratton to lead a new division focused on risk management. Article


Butler Associates’ successful campaign for the restoration of full disability pensions for New York City’s Firefighters has been named Best Business Campaign Outcome as well as Best Public Affairs Campaign for 2016 by Public Relations Society of America-New York (PRSA-NY). Article


R&J Strategic Communications announced the promotion of Tracey Benjamini to Account Supervisor. Article


Makovsky named Douglas Hesney as Executive Vice President and leader of its financial and professional services practice. Article


Assembly announced that it has hired Khartoon Weiss as Chief Client and Marketing Officer. Article


Porter Novelli (PN) announced multiple senior hires across its global Health and Wellness Practice. Article


San Diego

CIM Inc. PR announced the addition of Fallbrook Healthcare District to its growing public relations and marketing roster. Article


J. Walcher Communications has been hired by Anza Borrego Foundation (ABF) to build public awareness of the Foundation and the wide variety of offerings of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for ABF’s 50th anniversary during the 2016-17 season. Article


MeadsDurket announced that the San Diego Symphony has retained the firm as public relations agency of record. Article


San Francisco

Lewis has appointed Mark Olson as vice president of PR in its San Francisco office. Article


Lynn Fox has filed a lawsuit against W2O Group alleging gender discrimination. Article


Natalie Kerris is out as VP of communications at Twitter. Article


Boviet Solar USA has signed with Palmer Ad Agency to facilitate the introduction of new high-capacity solar technology and expand market awareness in the North American distributed generation (DG) solar sector. Article


Silicon Valley

Predicta, Inc. announced that it has hired Brian Feucht as its Chief Revenue Officer. Article


Detroit & Los Angeles

Silvercrest Advertising and Valassis announced that they are working together to help small business owners activate their target consumers. Article



HFN has relaunched as Sugarandspice, with a new RebelMouse sales partnership that underscores its commitment to 'social discovery'. Article


Hong Kong

GO Communications, Malaysia has entered into a strategic partnership with Regional Public Relations. Article


Cohn & Wolfe has hired Matt Stafford to lead Asia-Pacific. Article



Text100 has been appointed PR agency in the UK by Avios, after a competitive pitch. Article


Grayling has appointed Kathryn Ager as head of its public and third sector, health and skills team. Article


Rede Partners has appointed Instinctif Partners as its retained corporate PR advisers following a competitive pitch process. Article


Catawiki has appointed Marlin PR to drive brand awareness in the UK. Article


Threepipe has been chosen by Cambridge University Press to help address gender divides in the language of sport, as athletes around the world descend on Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games this week. Article


AMCONYC has joined forces with Felicities to provide more opportunities for designers from a global perspective. Article


PHA Media announced it has been appointed by SharkNinja to manage the launch of the Ninja Coffee Bar in the UK. Article


Omnicom Public Relations Group announced the appointment of David Gallagher to president, growth and development, international. Article


Ketchum announced that Mark Hume has been appointed chief operating officer in Europe, effective immediately. Article


Paul Charles has launched a new travel PR agency, The PC Agency, and bought travel consultancy Angel Publicity, with its founder, Emma Cripwell, taking the helm as MD. Article has appointed Rachael Lloyd as senior PR and comms manager. Article


Grayling UK has promoted director Kathryn Ager to head up its public and third sector, health and skills team. Article


Paddy Power Betfair has chosen Powerscourt as its UK financial and corporate PR agency. Article


AA has appointed Splendid Communications to provide content and consumer PR support for its current summer campaign, following a competitive pitch. Article


Ubisoft has chosen Stripe Communications to handle its UK consumer and corporate PR. Article



Sechaba Motsieloa is departing his role as McDonald's South Africa's corporate affairs director to become CEO of Magna Carta. Article


Grayling is extending its network to Iran via an affiliate deal with local agency PGt Advertising. Article



Ogilvy Public Relations Australia has appointed Adrian Christie as a director, overseeing the consultancy's social, content and digital practice, Social@Ogilvy, and leading the Microsoft account as key client relationship manager. Article


WE Buchan has strengthened its digital and consumer practices with the appointments of Josie Schwarzer and Jen McDermott as digital lead and account director respectively. Article

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