PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Aug. 29, 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!


Cheryl D. Kahn joins KGBTexas Communications as an account supervisor. Article



PAN Communications has added new clients including Boxever, a leader in omni-channel personalization for airlines and travel retailers; Cogito, an application that delivers in-call speaking guidance and a real-time measure of customer experience; Forbes Under 30 Summit; Pendo, which offer analytics and in-application user feedback to help companies measure and elevate the customer experience; roomy, a virtual staging platform; Valassis, a leader in intelligent media delivery; and ZeroFOX, an innovator in social media security. Article



Simon Cole has joined the business development team at Centerline Digital as an executive director. Article



RESTORE has hired KemperLesnik to lead its social media efforts. Article


PHG Consulting announced five new partnerships including Durban Tourism, El Salvador Ministry of Tourism, Guadalajara Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nanjing Tourism Bureau, and Uganda Tourism. Article


BVK announced being selected as the new Agency of Record (AOR) for Reno Tahoe USA. Article


Zizzo Group announced it has named David Koziol as Vice President, Development. Article



Erik Wheater has joined the Burns360 team as an account executive. Article



SKDKnickerbocker has hired Michael Czin as a vice president. Article


Kathryn DeVito has joined Levick as senior vice president and head of the firm’s digital offerings. Article


Maria Cardona, principal at Dewey Square Group and founder of Latinovations has been selected by the national board of directors of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) to receive the organization’s coveted Pioneer of the Year Award. Article



GroundFloor Media has achieved B Corporation Certification, conferred by the global nonprofit B Lab and recognizing companies that are using their business as a force for good. Article



WellCare Health Plans has appointed Rhonda Mims to the newly created position of senior vice president and chief public affairs officer. Article


C•Suite Communications recently welcomed two new team members. Juliette Reynolds has joined the agency as a Vice President and Director of Integrated Marketing and Kaylin Dalton has joined the account service department as a digital account manager. Article



Sara Stensrud has joined Valvoline as chief people and communications officer. Article


Moroch Holdings has taken a minority interest in Bond Public Relations & Brand Strategy. Effective immediately, the New Orleans-based agency will merge with Moroch's Southeastern division and will rebrand as Bond Moroch. Bond will also welcome Brad Hunter from Moroch as a partner. Article


New York

American International Group has appointed Cindy Leggett-Flynn as senior vice president, chief communications officer. Article


Ruder Finn announced that Mary Coyle has joined the firm as a Senior Vice President and Media Relations Strategist. Article


Grayling has been named public relations agency of record by Techonomy. Article


Ink & Roses has been named public relations agency of record for mi*Brite. Article    


Berk Communications & Marketing Group has been retained by two hotel: The Confidante in Miami and Las Terrazas Resort & Residences in Belize's Ambergris Caye. Article


The S3 Agency has announced the launch of S FREE, a philanthropic program that extends the agency’s advertising, public relations, and social media services to NJ-based organizations who are too small, too new, or too non-profit to afford them. Article


Allison+Partners has created a proprietary scoring system, developed in conjunction with data scientists and mathematicians, to measure the potential impact influencers can have on consumer decision-making. Article


The Public Relations Society of America has announced the election of Kay Barkin, APR, Margaret C. Ritsch, APR, and Robert T. Hastings Jr., APR+M, into the organization’s prestigious College of Fellows. Article



Slice Communications announced that it has hired two new team members, public relations account supervisor Jeff Rechler and social media account manager Alyssa Hamel. Article



Perry Communications Group celebrates 20-year anniversary. Article



Fahlgren Mortine has hired David Jenson as managing director and senior vice president of its Boise office. Article


DPK Public Relations has established a Pacific Northwest headquarters in Portland, Ore. DPK founder and president Daniel Keeney has relocated and will guide the new office. Article


Serum has named Robert Grammatica to lead the agency as executive vice president, managing director. Article



Metro Group is combining its corporate communications and public policy functions in a single group under the current group director corporate public policy Michael Wedell. Rüdiger Stahlschmidt will be heading corporate communications within the new group, taking on responsibility for internal and external communications. Article



CubanEight has been appointed by Selligent as it ramps up its focus on the UK market. Article


Aspectus has promoted Laura Iley to the role of head of energy. Article


So What Global has formed a strategic partnership with Kathy Redmond to help healthcare companies make the most out of patient centric opportunities. Article


Lewis global client engagement lead Andy Oliver is departing after 20 years. Article


MHP Communications has hired Alex Bigg as CEO. Article


Ikea has hired Kaper as its corporate PR agency in the UK.  Article


The International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) has christened September as Measurement Month, and is launching a global program of activities to spotlight the importance of PR measurement. Article


MPP Global announced that Jon Strudwick has joined the executive team as chief financial officer. Article


Pinsent Masons has appointed Andrew Henderson as director of public policy to launch a UK public policy unit, following client demand for advice on government relations in the wake of Brexit. Article


Hays has appointed Pitch to raise the profile of its partnership with Manchester City Football Club. Article


Jinn has appointed W to lead its PR, as the brand embarks on a UK-wide roll-out programme. Article


The Smalls has brought in See.Saw to handle the PR for the 11th annual Short Film Festival. Article


Clarity PR is setting up a ‘Launchpad’ division to provide early-stage, non-venture capital funded, European start-ups with access to ‘affordable’ communications services. Article


Lisa Hunt has launched a new PR and social media agency called TWENTYTHREE PR, with founding clients including ArtRookie, Homage Online, designer Lizzie Lees and estate agent Madison Fox. Article


The BIG Partnership has opened its fifth Scottish office in Dundee – and seventh in the UK – after securing contract wins worth £250,000 in its Manchester base, which it launched two months ago. Article



EPCR has appointed Martyn Hindley as head of communications and public relations. Article


Tribeca Public Relations has added FranklinCovey South Africa and will also be hosting international trust expert Stephen Covey at a conference in October. Article


APO is launching MENA Wire, a new press release distribution and monitoring service dedicated to the Middle East and North Africa. Article



Adfactors PR has hired Roger Darashah to the newly-created chief operating officer position. Article


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