PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Aug. 21, 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!



Unosquare has selected Media Frenzy Global as their agency of record. Article



(add)ventures announced that it has been selected as the agency of record for AOC Latin America. Article



Uproar PR has been chosen by Wela and Edu(k)ate to assist in the growth and goals of each company. Article



Kellie Murphy has joined Scott Circle as senior vice president and Dee Donavanik has been promoted to vice president. Article



10Fold Communications announced its expansion into Colorado, unveiling a new regional office in Denver on the heels of opening an Austin office earlier this year. Article


Los Angeles

KYNE announced the appointment of Darcy Sawatzki as senior vice president in Los Angeles. Article


Cerrell Associates and Gonzalez Strategic Affairs (GSA) have established a strategic partnership that aims to bring together two strong public affairs team while adding a new dynamic to Southern California political and comms consulting. Renamed Cerrell & Gonzalez, the new partnership offers clients advocacy in LA as each firm continues its independent paths as they work with their prior and future individually pursued clients. Article


NRPR Group announced it has signed AVETTA Global as a new digital marketing client. Article



Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications (CAMC) announced multiple new hires. Nina Zadeh brings immeasurable talent as a Social Media Manager; Bertha Diaz and Sara Leiter offer vast experience as Senior Account Executives; Karen Collazo has joined as Account Executive; Shannon Cooney is the new Social Media Coordinator; and Lauren Liebler has been promoted to Account Executive. Article


The Institute for Public Relations has awarded Ruoyu Sun, a recent graduate of the University of Georgia, the 2017 Makovsky Best Master’s Thesis of the Year Award based on her work studying source credibility on digital media toward Millennial purchase intention of genetically modified foods. Article


CONRIC PR & Marketing recently received statewide honors from the Florida Magazine Association and Florida Public Relations Association recognizing excellence in feature writing and public relations, respectively. Article


The Dalton Agency announced the company’s founder and CEO, Jim Dalton, has been accepted into the Forbes Agency Council. Article



FleishmanHillard has been selected by Build-A-Bear-Workshop to support the global brand as it celebrates its 20-year anniversary. Article


Newport Beach

Paula Steurer, Founder of Sterling Public Relations, has been chosen as a public relations panelist and featured presenter at the 2017 MINDBODY BOLD Conference. Article


New York

BARKER announced that it has been engaged by totes>>ISOTONER. Article


5W Public Relations has been named PR agency of record by Surkus. Article


DS Simon Media's new Brand Authenticity Survey found that making CEOs accessible to the media makes a brand appear more authentic, according to 74% of journalists surveyed. Additionally, the survey revealed that it pays for brands to have their CEOs active on social media and that third-party spokes people appeared to be the least authentic. The survey also revealed that 82% of reporters, producers and bloggers get story ideas from social media. Article


The Patient Experience Project (PEP) has launched PEPtrials, a patient-centric clinical trial recruitment and retention service. Article


North 6th Agency (N6A) announced that it has been named the PR agency of record for Front Range Biosciences. Article


J Public Relations announced it is now representing the new Marriott Irvine Spectrum set to open in Irvine this year. Article


The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) announced it is partnering with Digital Content Next to support TrustX, a programmatic advertising marketplace designed to help maximize marketers’ digital advertising expenditures. Article


Brandstyle Communications announces its representation of eight new clients. New clients include: Skin by Varley, Swipecast, NicholsMD, Fabricut, Galeries Lafayette, Spotfront, Patrick Ta, and bodylogix. Article



O’Connell Communications announced it has added several new clients. Article


San Francisco

Dynamo PR has been appointed by Mobvoi to lead their consumer and industry specific PR. Article



Contulting'nMore has become a partner in IPREX. Article


Hong Kong

Helix PR has appointed Valerie Lim Jun Mei as GM. Article


iSentia has restructured under a new single brand, and invests in machine learning technologies to offer clients more relevant and actionable insights from media sources. The investments include the launch of Stories, an additional capability within its MediaPortal platform. Stories summarizes news trends and provides timely analytics to clients while providing them with close to real-time intelligence that is valuable in strategy planning and risk management. Article


Tencent has brought in Cohn & Wolfe to support its international PR efforts. Article



Octopus Group has been tapped by EasyPark to support the European launch of Find & Pay, a new app that allows users to remotely find and pay for parking. Article


Jargon PR has been appointed by Convertize to deliver a campaign aiming to raise the profile of the London-based company. Article


Technical Associates Group (TAG) has been appointed by Mettler-Toledo Inspection as its integrated PR agency in Europe and Asia-Pacific. Article


2degrees has appointed Bottle to increase its profile within the trade and national media, for its platforms Manufacture 2030 and Innovations Gateway. Article


Bell Pottinger is facing expulsion from PRCA after last week's disciplinary hearing into its controversial work for South Africa's Gupta family. Article


PHA Media announced it has been appointed by Üllo to launch its unique product offering to the UK market. Article


Bath Spa University has appointed Grayling to deliver a wide-ranging public relations brief over the next year, following a competitive tender process. Article


Nobu Hospitality has appointed Fox PR to handle its global brand PR. Article


No Brainer has won Mersey Ferries’ national, regional and trade PR brief, following a three-way pitch. Article


WPR Agency has welcomed three new clients to its B2B portfolio – rail transport systems firm Nexus Alpha, factory automation system manufacturer FANUC UK and plumbing supplies company Plumbase. Article


Myanmar Strategic Holdings has retained Yellow Jersey PR to assist with its financial media relations. Article


11K Consulting has won a competitive pitch to promote Retail Congress Asia Pacific’s 2017 Hong Kong congress across Asia Pacific. Article


TOG24 has appointed Gung Ho Communications to handle its UK print and digital PR and influencer communications strategy. Article


Convertize has appointed Jargon PR to deliver a campaign that drives engagement with its brand and raises awareness of the role neuroscience can play in marketing. Article


The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair has appointed Cow as its retained UK PR agency following a competitive pitch. Article


Glorious Brands has appointed Kilpatrick PR to handle UK PR for The BrowGal ahead of its UK launch. Article


Koupe has appointed Hatch Communications to assist with its upcoming UK launch. Article


Citizens Advice has appointed Katie Martin as its head of news, public affairs and campaigns. She will join the bureau from Guardian News and Media, where she is head of philanthropic partnerships. Article


AIG Europe has appointed Hannah Scott as its external communications manager. Article


Propellernet has appointed Tallulah Cullen as its head of PR. Article



Arcelik has handed PR duties for Beko to MSL as its bid to shift perceptions beyond its current value positioning. Article


Vuma Reputation Management has signed memorandums of understanding with four leading African communications agencies including Kenya's BSD Group, Ethiopia's Zeleman, Ghana's Prosper Agbenyega, and Zambia's Design Innovation. Through the Vuma Training Academy, Vuma will transfer skills and knowledge to help develop a pool of African communications professionals and reputation managers to ensure that companies operating on the continent receive excellent services.  Article


Poxel has appointed Kumi Sato, president and CEO of Cosmo Public Relations Corporation, to its board of directors. Article


Pioneering South African BTL and word-of-mouth agency previously known as Have You Heard announced the expansion of their service offering under a new name, hyh. Under the hyh umbrella, the agency now offers fully integrated creative, design, digital, media, events and communications services for both existing as well as new clients. Article



The PRactice has appointed Jayanthi Sethuraman president of its national technology practice. Article


Ogilvy PR has released its Futures #3 report which identifies key emerging trends, including consumer relations to the overuse of technology and the impact of AI and use of data that will impact Australian business and brands. Article


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