PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Aug. 14, 2017

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McDonnell Group announces new resources for content marketing. Nancy Broe has been promoted to vice president to lead the creation and implementation of the new program. Article



IBM has brought on Angela Calman as vice president of communications for Watson Health. Article


Tier One Partners announced the firm has strengthened its roots in the digital healthcare industry with the addition of two new clients: Hospital IQ and Newtopia. Article


Sobi has appointed Trista Morrison as VP of comms for North America. Article


Gaffney Bennett Public Relations (GBPR) announced that Patrick McGloin has rejoined the firm as a Partner. Article


Rasky Partners announced that Michael Morris has joined the firm as Vice President and General Counsel, and head of the firm’s new cyber security practice while also promoting Jessica DiMartino to Vice President of Marketing and Dianna Walsh to Associate Vice President for Communications. Article



FCB Chicago has welcomed Jenina Nunez as director of communications. Article


Rhea + Kaiser (R+K) announces the addition of Martha Porter Fiszer as Senior Vice President, Executive Creative Director (ECD). Article



TrizCom Public Relations is listed in the Dallas Business Journal’s 2017 Top-25 list of leading public relations firms in North Texas. Article



Washington Media Group (WMG) announced it has launched a social audio practice intended to help clients successfully enter this growing social media space. Article


Alfred Jackson has joined Portland as a partner based in Washington, D.C. Article


The Reis Group announced internal promotions and a new hire. Article



Chipotle Mexican Grill has appointed Laurie Schalow into the newly created role of chief communications officer. Article



Lambert, Edwards & Associates (LE&A) announced the expansion of its Detroit team with the addition of William Nowling as a partner and managing director. Article


Bianchi Public Relations is celebrating its silver anniversary. Article


Los Angeles

Participants Media has appointed Amy Glickman senior vice president, publicity and corporate communications. Article


Charlie Coney, Golin's head of creative in EMEA, is relocating to California to build out the agency's creative offerings across its Los Angeles and San Francisco offices. Article



Cohn & Wolfe has opened its fourth office in Brazil under the Maquina Cohn & Wolfe brand. Article


FWV Fetching has been engaged to represent several leading pet and veterinary brands including ThunderWorks, Bideawee, Scout & Zoe’s, John Paul Pet, and CityVet. Article



The Vandiver Group has appointed Heather Murdick as director, creative content. In addition, Nate Shyrock has joined the team as manager, digital strategy, and Andrew Woodcock has joined as account executive. Article


Osborn Barr was recently honored by the Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) in the annual 2017 Golden ARC Awards Contest. Article


Newport Beach

Jimboy’s Tacos has tapped Powerhouse Communications to support the brand refresh and increase both consumer and franchise awareness as the company plans for significant expansion. Article


New York

Krupp Kommunications (K2) announced that Gaia has joined its client roster. Article


The S3 Agency announced the Monmouth County Historical Association as the recipient of its pro bono program, S FREE. Article


AIG has appointed Anita Williamson as global head of employee communications. Article


PAN Communications has expanded its national footprint with the opening of its New York office, coinciding with the hiring of Ryan M. Wallace as vice president and general manager. Article


strat-igence has appointed Renee Kopkowski as president and partner. Article


Lenovo has begun a wide-ranging review of its global PR support, including North America. Article


Grayling US CEO Peter Harris is leaving the firm at the end of the month with plans to launch his own consultancy, meanwhile Huntsworth CEO Paul Taaffe steps into the role in the interim.  Article


Allison+Partners announced the launch of Workplace, a new offering focused on helping organizations become great places to work. Article


Sheila and Dennis Tartaglia, owners of Tartaglia Communications, have been named the sole winners of the 2017 HPRMS Award for Excellence in Public Relations. Article


Columbia-Greene Community College announced this week the appointment of Jaclyn Stevenson to the position of Director of Public Relations. Article


PebblePost announced the appointment of BuzzFeed President Greg Coleman to its Board of Directors. Article


Laura Davidson Public Relations (LDPR) has been appointed the public relations agency of record for Taj Hotels Resorts Palaces Safaris. Article


W2O Group announced that Mary Corcoran will join the firm as president of Twist. Article


Gavin announced the addition of Chris Savarese as Vice President of Client Services. Article


Amarula announced that they have named EVINS Communications Ltd. as their U.S. public relations agency of record for special programming in 2017. Article



Kimball Communications has promoted Eileen Coyne to senior public relations manager. Article


San Diego

Sony Electronics has appointed Cheryl K. Goodman as head of corporate communications. Article


San Francisco

W2O Sentient has appointed Dominic Viola as managing director of client services and Michael Spitz as practice leader, strategy. Article


Storefront Political Media has promoted Julie Edwards to managing director and senior vice president. Article


Dynamic Signal announced the launch of SmartContent, an intelligent content feed, powered by IBM Watson’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. Article


Hotwire PR announced the launch of Hotwire Social Impact, a new practice dedicated to working with non-profits and governmental agencies. The new practice, led by Aidan Lukomnik, will focus on four core areas: digital and social media strategy, media relations, influencer engagement, and creative campaigns. Article



Daimler Trucks North America has named David Giroux into the newly created position of director of channel marketing as Katja Bott succeeds him as director, public relations and corporate communications. Article


New York, San Francisco & Seattle

Allison+Partners announced that Jordan Fischler and Richard Kendall have been elevated to partner, and partner Zach Colvin has been promoted to Chair, California. Article


Hong Kong

Alimama is partnering with Prophet to develop a new brand-building model that aims to help companies elevate their efforts beyond low-margin consumers in China. Article


Rolls-Royce has selected Text100 to handle communications across Southeast Asia. Article


North Head has elevated founders Robert Magyar and Ma Hong as well as Junni Ogborne as they welcome Liu Haining and Chen Jing to the team. Article


Faith Brewitt has joined Ford in a senior regional communications role. Article



Morar HPI announced the launch of a new brand and creative services division. ARGO offers both evidence-based brand development work spring-boarding Morar HPI’s core research and insight offer, as well as stand-alone brand and creative services. Specifically, ARGO will work in three areas: brand strategy, brand creation and communication. Article


PHA Media has been appointed by Macate to oversee its UK PR and social media. Article


Teletext Holidays has appointed Lotus with a brief to grow the brand’s presence within the travel industry, while making it synonymous with great value holidays and inspiring content. Article


Street & Co will represent the Museum of London Shop in the lead-up to Christmas, providing the main point of contact for all product placement enquiries and image or sample requests. Article


London’s Devonshire Club has selected Kapranos PR to handle the press for its bedrooms, restaurant, bars and events calendar. Article


Signiant has appointed Bubble Communications to provide global PR support. Article


Greener Pastures has chosen Three Little Birds PR to help promote its range of exotic tours and adventure holidays. Article


Albert’s Club has handed its digital comms brief to Plus 1 Communications. Article


Circadia has appointed RKM Communications to handle its UK launch and the ongoing press and publicity. Article


BD Network has selected Limelight to implement a proactive media and thought leadership programme that will increase recognition in its target markets. Article


Alfred Jackson has joined Portland as a partner to lead its US offering. Article


University Partnerships Programme has hired Chris White as its head of communications. Article


Redleaf Communications has unveiled a new leadership team, comprised of representatives from its corporate, capital markets, professional and financial services and property teams. The new leadership team is Guy Smith, Robin Tozer, Elisabeth Cowell, Charlie Geller, Charlie Ansdell, Sally Walton, Karen Wagg, Vanessa Chance, Henry Columbine, Charlotte Gold and Laura Westmacott. Article


Jordanne Young has joined 5th House PR as its strategic director. Article


Promote PR has appointed Nasima Hussain as its managing director. Article


CH1ChesterBID has appointed Judy Tagell as its marketing and communications manager. Article


The Alexander Group PR has hired Amalia Sini as an account manager. Article


BritainThinks has hired Sanne van der Steeg as senior research executive. Article


Frankie Oliver has launched a new creative agency called Jolly Rebellion. Article


Elizabeth Cocozza-McMordie has launched ECM Communications. Article


Verditek has retained Yellow Jersey PR to assist with its financial media relations. Article



Mubadala has replaced Edelman with APCO for its aerospace division. Article

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