PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Aug. 28, 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!



LaVoieHealthScience (LHS) has welcomed Chiara Russo to the team as director, investor relations. Article


LaVoiehealthScience has announced new clients Xontogeny LLC and Lota BioSciences. Article


United Technolgies (UT) has appointed Kelli Parsons to take on the titles of SVP and CMO. She will fill the position on September 11. Article


FleishmanHillard has hired John Isaf to lead its Boston office. Article


Hollywood Agency has won a dozen industry awards on the international, national and regional levels in the first half of 2017 alone. Article



French/West/Vaughan (FWV) has been selected by Atlantic Natural Foods (ANF) to lead its national consumer and industry media efforts. Article



Motion PR has announced the expansion of its agency to include a digital practice. The agency has hired Pete Herrnreiter as Digital Director to execute the agency vision to provide both digital and traditional media services at the tipping point of the agency’s growth. Article



Crosby Communications has tapped Therese Borchard as a senior writer. Article



GroundFloor Media and its sister agency CenterTable have hired Elise Bishop as director of communications; Adrienne Schafer as director of social media and digital strategy; and Shelbi Warner as director of finance. Article



Lambert, Edwards & Associates (LEA) has appointed Brent Snavely as a director. Article


Marx Layne & Company has opened a branch office in Grand Rapids. Article


Los Angeles

FRUKT has promoted Meilani Weiss to senior vice president and Lisa Vu to account director. In addition, the firm has hired Meg Grogan as group director; Gilberto Guadalupe as an account manager; and Jason Polansky as a senior account executive.  Article


Rogers & Cowan announced that Senior Vice President Craig Greiwe will head its R&C Digital Group. Article


Vineyard Brands announced the hire of Lara Sailer Long as Vice President, Director of Brand Strategy. Article


Murphy O’Brien Public Relations announced three new clients have joined the firm’s travel collection. Article



Tara, Ink. has been named agent of record for five accounts including the Diplomat Beach Resort, Nautilus South Beach, Forte Dei Marmi, Stitched and Ikaria. Article


Neil Brown was named as president of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Article



FleishmanHillard (FH) concluded its 70th anniversary FH4Inclusion initiative having impacted 60 unique organizations and provided nearly $2.2 million in pro bono services. The social inclusion focused program was so successful that it will continue in the company’s 71st year and beyond. Article


Osborn Barr just added two new team members. Article


Newport Beach

Hyundai Motor America has added Brandon Ramirez as senior group manager of product communications. Article


New York

Showtime Networks has hired Erin Calhoun as senior vice president of corporate communications. Article


Monica Tavares has joined the Hispanic Federation as vice president of external affairs. Article


The Forbes Agency Council has added Ronn Torossian, Founder & CEO of 5WPR, into its ranks. Article


Berk Communications announced that it has been retained by BOU as the new food company’s agency of record. Article


Laura Davidson Public Relations (LDPR) has been appointed the public relations agency of record for Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort and Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach in Florida. Article


Dale Hopkins joined iN DEMAND as President & CEO. Article


San Francisco

Hotwire PR is the latest agency to establish pop-up offices with one opening in Minneapolis and plans to expand into Boston and Mexico City later this year. Article



Ochin has named Jennifer Stoll vice president of government and public affairs. Article



SAP has promoted Nicola Leske to chief communications officer following the departure of Victoria Clarke. Article


Hong Kong

SAP has named Michael McComb as VP of brand communication for Greater China. Article


Ogilvy China has launched a new office in Shenzhen and has named Angela Chou as the office's managing director. Article


The agency formerly known as Sinclair Communications has announced an updated brand identity as Sinclair that supports its position as an established public relations, social media and experiential consultancy. Article



The Bell Pottinger saga has taken another twist with the resignation of CEO James Henderson, two weeks after speculation over his role began in earnest. Article


Bell Pottinger has appealed the decision made by the PRCA's Board of Management following the disciplinary hearing into the UK PR firm's controversial work for South Africa's Gupta family. Article


Richmond & Towers (RT) has been appointed by the House of Tequila to handle its UK and European trade and consumer press offices, including a strategic thought leadership brief. Article


FTI Consulting has bolstered the growth of its UK public affairs team with seven new hires, which brings the team to over 20 people. Article


Citizen Relations has appointed Helena Fisher as UK managing director. Article


British Airways is seeking PR counsel as the airline attempts to revive a reputation that has been battered in recent months. Article


YO! has selected W as its retained consumer PR agency. Article


Hong Kong Jockey Club has appointed Square in the Air to act as its UK PR and marketing representative. Article


Barry Callebaut has chosen The Hub to handle the trade communications and customer marketing for its Belgian Chocolate brand, Callebaut, within the UK Foodservice channel.


The Good Exchange has selected Finn Partners to build awareness of the brand and publicize its charitable giving in the UK. Article


Eyewear Publishing has appointed Bookollective as its retained agency to publicize one of its key titles this autumn, following a competitive pitch. Article


Vivid Matcha has appointed The Wern to manage its PR activity, engaged Testify as its new social media agency and selected Rhubarb’s Lucy Crook to create and implement its new marketing strategy. Article


Ocado has appointed David Shriver to the newly created role of communications director. Article


Newgate Communications has appointed Craig Harrow as partner and head of its office in Edinburgh. Article


Will Tanner has joined Portland as its chief policy adviser. Article


Laura Trott is joining Portland as a partner in its corporate group, and Nick Hargrave is returning to the agency as a corporate director. Article


Big Cat has welcomed Helen Gaskell as its new senior account executive. Article


Lisa Pantelli has launched Become Communications – an employee engagement and internal communications consultancy. Article


Eichard Shell and Chrissie Plunkett have partnered to launch The Twist Group, a PR and comms agency. Article


Ranieri and BlueJam Media have announced a strategic partnership. The affiliation will see the two companies to organically exchange skills and pitch together for future clients. Article


RMS PR has rebranded to RMS as part of its transformation to a fully-integrated marketing agency after 25 years in business. Article


City of London Group (City of London) has engaged The PR Office to provide comms support for its “reverse takeover” of Milton Homes and an £11 million equity fundraising. Article


Patron Capital has completed its £1.8 billion acquisition of Punch Taverns with comms support from its retained PR agency, Redleaf Communications. Article



Deloitte has named Avian Media as its new PR agency in India following a competitive review. Article



McCann Worldgroup has appointed Hiroaki Mori as president and CEO of McCann Japan. Article



Kwittken has been named public relations and communications agency for the National Flag Tour of Invictus Games Toronto 2017. Article


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