PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Aug. 8, 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!


Virgin Atlantic has selected 360 Public Relations as its U.S. PR agency of record. Article


PAN Communications announced an expanded relationship with one of the firm’s newest clients, TriCore Solutions. Article


SHIFT Communications has been named agency of record for Rockport. Article


Reed Public Relations has announced the promotion of Tori Ross to director of account services. Article



MMI has hired Joseph Lowe as senior writer, responsible for long and short-form content, blog communications, news media content, multimedia scriptwriting, and website copywriting. Article



AAR has named Marcus Jadotte as its vice president of public affairs. Article


The National Tourism Organization of Serbia has retained Zapwater Communications to organize the first-ever group media trip from the United States. Article



TrizCom Public Relations has moved from No. 20 to No. 18 on the Dallas Business Journal’s 2016 list of leading public relations firms in North Texas.  Article



Revolution has hired Tracy Van Grack as its senior vice president of communications and public policy. Article


Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division has promoted Jennifer Dunn to vice president, communications. Article


Whiteboard Advisors announced the addition of Dr. Sarah Silverman as Vice President. Article


Strauss Media Strategies (SMS) announced that as the Studio 2016 radio and television booking vendor for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, it oversaw the booking of hundreds of interviews with convention surrogates with local stations in key battleground states and throughout the country. Article



Kim Essex has been promoted to Director of North American Food & Beverage Practice at Ketchum. Article



Bianchi Public Relations is celebrating its 24th anniversary. Article



Ward recently added The Village School to its roster of clients. Article


Los Angeles

INTUR has selected Myriad as its representative in the U.S.A. and Canada. Article


Murphy O’Brien Public Relations announced the newest clients to join the firm’s growing travel collection. Article


Giant Spoon announced that it has hired Pierre Parisot as Vice President, Strategic Account Management. Article



Newlink was honored with three Stevie Awards during the 13th Annual International Business Awards. Article



DKY has hired Holly Donato, APR to launch a new service offering in public relations. Article


Newport Beach

Pechanga Resort & Casino has named Jessica Newton as its media and public relations specialist. Article


New York

Andrew Silver is stepping down from his role as managing director of MSLGroup's New York office. Article


Child’s Play Communications announced the addition of Cheeky Little Media as a client. Article


The Insurance Digital Revolution (IDR) has selected the10company to provide a variety of marketing and communications services including message development, program promotion, website content, and public relations. Article


Madison Logic announced that account based marketing platform Activate ABM is more effective than ever in driving ROI for marketers with the launch of its new attribution and engagement analytics. Article


Jaguar Land Rover announced it has appointed Havas Formula as the company’s public relations agency of record for the United States. Article


Feintuch Communications has launched Prose Pros for CEOs, an independent copywriting company targeting C-suite executives seeking superior ghostwriting services for speeches, articles, presentations, press statements and other business communications. Article


Jena Gardner, President and CEO of JG Black Book of Travel, has purchased Heritage Tours Private Travel. Article


Hilary JM Topper, MPA, of Long Beach, NY, was recently recognized by SmartCEO as a top women business leader to receive the 2016 Brava Award. Topper was recognized for her vision, compassion, and dedication as President & CEO of HJMT Public Relations. Article


Assembly announced today that its New York office has added two new hires to SVP and VP roles, Patrick Bevilacqua and Tara Sadlak. Article


BARKER announced that it has hired David Song as Managing Director. Article



Brownstein Group has promoted Laura Emanuel to public relations group director for the agency's architecture/engineering/construction practice. Article



HMA Public Relations announced that Sara Goodwin has joined the agency as an account coordinator. Article


San Francisco

Wayne Hickey is returning to Weber Shandwick in a newly-created technology role that cuts across all sectors in North America. Article


Silicon Valley

Global Digital Marketing Group announced that it has appointed Mark Hassin as its first Chief Revenue Officer. Article


Hong Kong

Shiseido has hired Zaheer Nooruddin to oversee digital in Hong Kong. Article


Cohn & Wolfe has been appointed by Cyberport’s Incubatee Valoot Technologies Limited to handle the company’s solution launch this year. Article



MOOD Media has appointed Beattie Communications for its UK business. Article


Steve Bland is joining No Brainer as news and content manager. Article


Debenhams is taking its PR activity in-house, with director of PR Christine Morgan heading up an expanded PR team. Article


FastPay has chosen Propeller to head up its UK PR. Article


Macmillan Cancer Support has brought in Manifest to create and execute a PR stunt for its annual World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, which takes place on Friday 30 September this year.  Article


Ripple has appointed Bell Pottinger as its European agency. Article


House PR will lead on the launch of the Beano as a children’s entertainment network. Article


Babel has announced the opening of its second UK office in Cambridge. Article


Albert’s has appointed The Lifestyle Agency to handle the PR around its official opening next month. Article


wow has appointed Diffusion as its retained agency to handle its launch in the UK. Article


FTI Consulting will handle the UK IPO of LoopUp Group. Article


FleishmanHillard Fishburn has appointed a new creative director and partner, Kevin O’SullivanArticle



Pepsico is reviewing its lucrative Indian PR account, with Genesis Burson-Marsteller set to defend its hold on an assignment it has handled since 2005. Article


Bulldog Reporter has announced a partnership with Concept PR for the launching of its signature Bulldog Awards in India. Article

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