PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Aug. 7, 2017

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Porter Novelli (PN) was selected by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company (PCEC) as its PR agency of record. Article



INC Research Holdings Inc. and inVentiv Health have successfully completed their merger. Article



Exelon has announced new appointments to its communications leadership team. ComEd director of communications Annette Martinez has been promoted to vice president, ComEd communications, succeeding Erica Borggren, who has been named vice president of ComEd customer channels. In addition, Lisa Howard has been named director, external communications and Donna Sitkiewicz has been named director, internal communications. Article


Rhea + Kaiser (R+K) announced the promotion of an Account Management + Planning (AMP) staff member along with the addition of two new staff. Article


Centrifuge Brand Marketing recently announced Angela Shell and Kenny Lapins have joined the firm. Article



United Airlines has appointed Terri Fariello senior vice president, government affairs.  Article


Robert Ardelt was appointed as the co-leader of APCO Worldwide’s global crisis management and litigation communications practice. Article



Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. has designated DEG as its agency of record. Article


Los Angeles

C&R Communications announced four new clients. Article



Diamond Public Relations has added Art Ovation Hotel to its global client roster. Article


New York

PSEG has announced the appointment of Karen Cleeve to vice president, corporate communications. Article


Weber Shandwick has been chosen by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism to provide communications support in the US and Canada, as well as project work in the UK and Latin America. Article


Astrsk PR has announced the decision to allocate resources for pro bono work to support diversity and equal opportunity for female, LGBTQ and minority founded startups seeking high-impact visibility and representation. The criteria to apply include being a startup with at least one female, LGBTQ or minority founder; the company must be in the early stages, with no more than $1.5m in funding; and it must be a consumer facing startup, no B2B startups allowed. Article


Ruder Finn announced the launch of a new Alexa Skill called Kathy’s Thoughts, which features regular thoughts and inspirational quotes from Dr. Kathy Bloomgarden, Ruder Finn CEO. Article


Revlon is reviewing global PR duties, amid a broad restructuring aimed at putting individual brands at the center of its strategy. Article


Jon Iwata has taken on the newly-created role as chief brand officer at IBM. Article


North 6th Agency (N6A) announced that Senior Vice President of Operations John Hannaway has been named a silver winner of the 2017 Best in Biz International Awards in the HR Executive of the Year category. Article


Toby Southgate has been named Chief Growth Officer of McCann Worldgroup. Article


Brad Olson joined Mezocliq as President. Article


San Francisco

Decker Communications now offers Spanish language trainings worldwide. Article


Marketo, Inc. announced that Tawheed (TK) Kader has been appointed as group vice president of Strategy and general manager of Engagement Applications. Article


ECHOS Brand Communications announced the launch of REVERB, a new physical experience that brings together journalists and brands in the active lifestyle, snow, cycling, consumer technology and outdoor spaces. Article



Watershed Communications has been chosen by Redd as its PR agency of record for its line of vegan superfood bars. Article


Hong Kong

ECCO has appointed DeVries Global as its communications agency to spearhead its public relations program in Taiwan. Article



Grayling has been appointed by London South Bank University (LSBU) following a competitive three-way tender process. Article


Instinctif Partners has been appointed by CME Group as its retained corporate communications advisor providing strategic communications, brand positioning and media relations support across Europe. Article


Threepipe has been appointed by Warehouse to manage its UK customer acquisition programs across PPC, SEO, display and social media channels. Article


Context has announced the hires of Tacita Wilcox and Rudi Duffy to its team. Article


Code Red Security announced two new partners to the team as part of the expansion of its network. Primary Communication, an Australian agency serving global security tech companies, has joined as the ANZ cyber security partner for Code Red. Meanwhile, Madrid-based PR and communications agency Everythink PR has joined as the Spanish cyber security partner. The partnership aims to increase influence in Australia, New Zealand and Spain and increase Code Red's existing international footprint of co-branded partners across the globe. Article


Radioactive PR has won three new client accounts in August, 2017 and also made two new hires. Article


WE has promoted Laura Gillen to head of technology and corporate and Gareth Davies to head of consumer in the UK. Article


Aston Martin marketing and communications chief Simon Sproule has added regional chairman duties for the automaker's Americas business to his remit, and will relocate to Irvine, California, later this month. Article


Teneo has acquired Credo. Article


SEC has acquired a 19.3% stake in Porta Communications for £3m, as part of a deal that will also involve commercial collaboration with the owner of Newgate Communications, Redleaf Communications and Publicasity. Article


2degrees has appointed Bottle to handle its external comms and drive consideration and brand awareness. Article


Hills Balfour has been appointed agency of record for Travelbag and Article


Acrylicize has appointed After Nyne Creative Services to provide PR and comms support ahead of its expansion into Seattle, USA. Article


Jaunt has chosen Bite as its European commns agency. Article


La Palma Tourist Board (Cabildo de La Palma) has Lotus to handle its PR and trade activity in the UK and Ireland. Article


Stadler has selected Freshwater UK to provide its first ever comms support in the UK. Article


Currencies Direct has appointed Redleaf Communications to handle its UK PR. Article


Mercieca has won a new brief to manage the PR for Reach Fitness and its personal training team, including strength and conditioning coach Richard Tidmarsh. Article


Viking Cruises has appointed Cultural Communications to handle its UK PR. Article


SEEN Group has appointed Nicola Moulton as its new creative director. She will also spearhead the group’s new creative development division Studio SEEN. Article


The Quiller Consultancy has announced that Jonathan Chandler will succeed Howell James as its CEO in October. Article


Blue Digital has appointed Araminta Hannah as its PR manager. Article


HROC has recruited Penny Thorp as its new PR account manager. Article


GetBusy has appointed Walbrook PR to manage the financial comms and investor relations for its admission to the AIM stock exchange. Article



APCO Worldwide has helped launch the first-ever Women Advancing Africa Forum. The inaugural forum is the culmination of a multi-year partnership with the Graca Machel Trust, an organization led by former first lady and wife of the late President Nelson Mandela. The initiative is focused on empowering women to better participate and benefit from Africa's growing economy. Article



Madison Media has taken a controlling stake in  HiveMinds Innovative Market Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Article


Sefiani Communications Group has reported record growth in the 2017 fiscal year, with revenue up 19% in its 18th year. New clients added to the firm's portfolio included Ernst &Young, NSW Treasury Corporation, Rothschild, Australian Catholic University, Northern Trust and Seafarms. Meanwhile, the firm has appointed Lori Susko director of integration and Kite GM. Article


Suzuki Motorcycle India has announced new partners for the various communication purposes of the company. Happy Mcgarrybowen is welcomed as the company's new creative agency while Dentsu X is the media partner. Meanwhile, MSL India comes on board with the company as its public relations partner. Article



GroupM has appointed Chung Youngoo as CEO in Korea. Article



Agnostic recently worked with the Canadian Red Cross to launch an online campaign to thank young Canadians for their support in 2016's devastating fires in the regional municipality of Wood Buffalo. Article


Medius International and Energi PR have announced what they're calling a fresh approach to helping healthcare organizations lead the way. Article


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