PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Aug. 15, 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!



BMC Stock Holdings has appointed Carey Phelps as director, investor relations. Article



The American Association of Insurance Services has hired Melanie Howard as director of corporate communications. Article


3rd Coast PR announced its newest client, Cat Footwear. Article


PFS has hired KemperLesnik as agency of record. Article


EatStreet has selected Lindsay, Stone & Briggs (LSB) as its agency of record to help accelerate growth and awareness nationally. Article



Raleigh Kung has joined Burns360 as Digital Marketing Manager. Article


Cooksey Communications has hired Randy E. Pruett as vice president and account manager. Article



GroundFloor Media has added Karla Herrera as director of strategic communications. Article


Wagstaff Worldwide announced Shazeen Shah as vice president of the company’s Aspen, CO office. Article



TEDxDetroit is returning to the Fox Theater on Oct. 6 for its eighth annual celebration of ideas and inspiration. Article


Los Angeles

Differential Brands Group has retained ICR as its investor relations and public relations. Article


Think Jam and RKP Media have formed a partnership to provide full service publicity services to entertainment clients in the US. Article


KONNECT AGENCY, formerly known as Konnect Public Relations, announced its official rebrand by revealing its roster of inclusive marketing capabilities via a new interactive company website. Article



Diamond Public Relations has added Marriott International’s Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) portfolio to its roster of travel and tourism clients. Article



Metro Transit is continuing its partnership with Clarity Coverdale Fury (CCF) for marketing services, as is MNsure. In addition, CCF has in the same year secured Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency (DMC EDA), Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (MN DEED), and the Ann Bancroft Foundation. Article



Nissan Group has named Brian Brockman as director, group communications, Nissan North America. Article


New York

Lou Hammond Group (LHG) announced that John O’Hearn has been named Vice President of Digital Marketing. Article


HealthStar Communications has hired Joe Tardibuono as executive vice president. Article


Berk Communications and Marketing Group announced that it has been retained by two luxury resorts in the Maldives: Baros Maldives and Milaidhoo Island Maldives, as each resort’s public relations agency of record. Article


Project is buying Praytell as its 13th firm and first PR consultancy. Article



Slice Communications has secured six new clients engagements.  Article


Ann Davidson joined L-3 Communications as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Article


Charlotte & Cleveland

Cohen & Grigsby Public Affairs Group has formed a strategic alliance with Three Point Strategies. The two firms will offer government affairs and communications services in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Article


Los Angeles & New York

Giant Spoon announced that it has added four new employees to its New York and Los Angeles offices. Article



Vincent Charles has been named head of corporate media relations at Continental Tyres. Article


Hong Kong

foodpanda has renewed its ongoing contract with Text100 to lead its communication strategy in Hong Kong. Article


Easy Line Up has retained FleishmanHillard Hong Kong to provide media relations and communications services for its launch in Q3 2016. Article



Text100 has been selected as communications partner for Surf Air as it expands its service across Europe. Article


Brand Communications Group has hired Zarina Banu to head up its corporate communications and PR division. Article


Hill+Knowlton Strategies London has appointed Jasper Rosenau as its head of content + publishing strategy for its financial and professional services team. Article


Multiple Sclerosis International Federation has hired Unity to help strengthen its “Kiss Goodbye to MS” campaign worldwide. Article


Vickie Rogerson has joined Lucre, as the agency looks to strengthen its food and drink offering. Article


The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has made 14 additions to its community of PRCA fellows. Article


markettiers is launching a campaign to provide a UK charity with a year of free consultancy, research and broadcast activation to help raise awareness of the organisation. Article


Facets PR is now representing Lily Gabriella. Article


NFL UK has appointed Clifford French to develop a consumer comms programme focused on talent and influencer partnerships in the UK. Article


Hangfast has appointed Rule 5 to handle its communications brief. Article


Yellow Jersey PR is advising Aura Energy Ltd on its dual listing on AIM planned for next month. Article


Aspectus has been appointed by Wirefund to launch its campaign over the summer. Article


The Jackson Canter Group has appointed Brazen PR to handle its corporate and consumer PR. Article


Manifest has been appointed as the retained agency by KITE after a competitive pitch. Article


Colliers International has hired Otis Sakyi as PR executive. Article


Facets PR has appointed Ariane Kahn as junior account manager. Article


Manc Frank has been appointed as retained consumer agency for Regatta. Article


Instinctif Partners has established a partnership with School-Home Support (SHS). Article


Cogress has appointed W to manage the company’s corporate communications following a competitive pitch. Article


Lottoland has appointed Frank as its PR agency for the UK. Article


Brand8 PR has added Garbutt + Elliott to its client roster. Article


JourneyHR has appointed Rostrum to raise its profile within the creative and marketing industries. Article


Threepipe has been appointed by Onfido to run its UK and US paid search accounts. Article


Together has appointed MHP Communications to provide strategic counsel, financial and corporate communications to raise its profile in the UK. Article


The PRCA (formerly the Public Relations Consultants Association) has changed its name to ‘Public Relations and Communications Association’ following a four-month consultation with its members. Article



Avian Media has won the communications mandate for McDonald’s in South and West India. Article



Bob Pickard and Janice Mandel have struck a partnership to launch a new consultancy in Canada, focused on helping CEOs navigate the impact of digital disruption. Article


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