PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Dec. 12, 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!




Atlanta-based Arketi Group, an integrated BtoB PR and digital marketing firm, has again earned a spot on Chief Marketer’s list of 2017 B2B Top Shops, a listing of the top B2B marketing agencies in the U.S. Article




Melodie Jackson, formerly head spokesperson at the Kennedy School of Government, has been named assistant vice president for communications at Harvard University. Article


Highwire PR, a modern communications agency designed for innovative companies, announced the opening of a new office in Boston to be led by Senior Vice President Ross Levanto. Article


Reputation Institute brought on Allen Bonde as CMO, responsible for elevating the organization’s global brand and overseeing its content marketing efforts. Article




The Brandon Agency — an accredited Brand Strategy Agency in South Carolina — has expanded resources in its Colorado location with the addition of Kelly Marrs and John-David Withrow. Article




Edelman has appointed Rupen Desai as the PR agency’s executive vice chairman for Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Article


Red Shoes PR, a northeastern Wisconsin strategic communication agency, recently received an award of merit at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Northeast Wisconsin Chapter’s annual PRemier Awards ceremony for its social media and media relations work on Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna’s successful re-election campaign. Article




Dix & Eaton has promoted Matt Barkett to chief client officer, He will also continue to direct the firm’s crisis communications services. In addition, David Loomis becomes chief marketing officer; Kevin Poor becomes a managing director and retains responsibility for creative services; and David Hertz, managing director, assumes leadership of media relations services. Article


R/P Marketing Public Relations is finishing 2016 in a strong position with the addition of several new clients. The full-service strategic, yet creative agency also has added team members to meet the growing demands. Article




The Dallas chapter of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) announced the winners of the 2016 Pegasus Awards. The chapter also recently awarded individual chapter awards and elected the new 2017 Dallas chapter officers. Article


Hill+Knowlton Strategies announced Luke Marchant, sought-after political campaign operative and award-winning public affairs expert, has joined the firm’s Dallas public affairs practice as a vice president. Article




Hill+Knowlton Strategies has hired Richard Keil, former lead White House correspondent, as an executive vice president in its global corporate practice focusing on media relations, crisis and public affairs. Article


Story Partners has hired Matt Herrick as senior vice president and head of the agency’s growing food, agriculture and trade practice. Article


FleishmanHillard public affairs subsidiary GMMB has hired Angy Peterson as senior vice president for digital strategy and content. Article


Three former General Motors executives have formed The Hawksbill Group, which will counsel clients on global business, communications and public affairs issues. The firm is led by CEO Bob Ferguson, former senior vice president of global public policy at GM, and co-founders Jaime Ardila, who served as the automaker’s president, South America, and Tim Lee, who was executive vice president, global manufacturing, and chairman, GM China. Article




The Quell Group announced the hiring of John Fitzgerald as senior director, digital services, and Michele Tinson, senior director, client services, according to Mike Niederquell, president and CEO. Article


Los Angeles


STX Entertainment, a next-generation media company, has appointed Patricia Röckenwagner to the newly created role of chief communications officer. Article


MMGY Global, an integrated travel and hospitality marketing firm, announced that it has acquired Myriad Marketing, a Los Angeles-based integrated marketing firm also specializing in the travel and tourism industry. Article


BLAZE Public Relations announced that STONEFIRE Grill has joined its roster of restaurant and hospitality brands. Article


Nanci Ryder, founding partner of B|W|R Public Relations, will receive the President’s Award at the International Cinematographers Guild’s 54th Annual Publicists Awards Luncheon to be held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on February 24, 2017. Article




Eurocom Worldwide, one of the largest independent PR networks, has added four new member agencies in Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Guatemala with strategic alliances in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. The new member firms are DC Estrategias de Comunicacion, Argentina; Innovarte Comunicaciones, Colombia; Falcom Imagen + Comunicaciones, Peru; and Communication Consulting Group, with operations in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica. Article


BoardroomPR, one of South Florida’s largest public relations and integrated marketing agencies, announced that Michelle Griffith has been promoted from Account Director to Vice President. Article




ReviveHealth hired Sarah Lodholz as creative director. The firm also appointed Chris Bearg as SVP and strategic planning lead; Paul Ratzky and Rich Sharp as SVP; Kristen Berry as VP; and Bianca Mgbemere and Abhishek  Jaddu as executive fellows. Article


Newport Beach


Global Results Communications (GRC) announced the relocation of its headquarters to an all new, modern office space in Santa Ana, California to support agency growth. Article


New York


Burson-Marsteller has named Kevin Bell worldwide president. Article


Legal giant Dentons has hired KPMG's Mark Walters as its new global communications director. Article


CIT Group, a leading provider of commercial lending and leasing services, has appointed Gina Proia as executive vice president and chief marketing and communications officer. Article


Kas Rigas, former group director of MSLGroup’s consumer practice, joined APCO Worldwide as a senior director in the firm’s food, consumer products & retail practice. Article


Worldcom Public Relations Group, the leading global partnership of public relations firms, has added new partners Radius Kommunikations (Denmark), Interamericana de Comunicación (Costa Rica), Sachs Media Group (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Maverick (Indonesia). Article


Bevi, a smart water cooler providing unlimited filtered still and sparkling water in flavored and unflavored varieties, has named Diffusion as its public relations agency of record following a competitive pitch. Article


Taft Communications’ 2016 opinion survey and campaign exploring New Jersey workers’ attitudes toward people from different backgrounds netted the firm a Diversity & Inclusion Award from PRNews. Article


Text100 announced two new executive hires: Steve Astle, Senior Vice President, Highly Regulated Markets; and Barrett Tripp, Executive Producer and Vice President, Content & Social Media. Article




Domus, Inc., a full-service marketing communications agency, announced the promotion of Christina Moore from Account Manager to Senior Account Manager. Article




BMC Software's former communications head Mark Stouse has launched an analytics platform called Proof that is intended to measure the business impact of marketing and communications efforts. Article


San Francisco


Exchange Bank, a California-based community bank providing a wide range of personal, commercial and trust and investment services, has hired Carolyn Cole-Schweizer as its new corporate communications and social media specialist. Article


Resound Marketing announced it has been selected as the U.S. public relations agency of record for SOURCENEXT, Japan’s publicly traded, market-leading software publisher and distributor. Article




Cambia Health Solutions has promoted Sean Robbins to senior vice president of public affairs and policy, Julie Barnes to vice president of policy and political strategy. In addition, Jennifer Danielson has been named vice president of public affairs and strategic advocacy. Article


Silicon Valley


McGrath/Power Public Relations and Communications, an independent integrated communications agency, has been selected by the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation as its agency partner to increase awareness of the prestigious Hertz Fellowship and exceptional innovations made by Hertz Fellows over the last sixty years. Article




ICCO has appointed five regional presidents to represent the organization’s recently formed regional boards. Juergen Gangoly, managing partner of The Skills Group in Austria will represent Europe; Aaron Kwittken, global chairman and CEO of Kwittken will represent the Americas; Loretta Ahmed, CEO for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey at Grayling will represent the Middle East; Bridget Von Holdt, executive director of Glasshouse Communication Management will represent Africa; and Nitin Mantri, CEO of Avian Media in India will represent Asia-Pacific. Article


Edelman has appointed Boris Johnson’s former chief advisor Will Walden as managing director, public affairs, and has promoted Gupreet Brar to general manager, Brussels. Article


UK charity Sustrans has appointed Anna Galandzij as senior press officer, and Amy Jones as press officer. Article


The Lithuania State Department of Tourism has appointed travel and tourism consultancy Hills Balfour to manage its trade relations, consumer marketing and PR campaigns in the UK and Ireland. Article


Cavendish Asset Management, a specialist long-only equity boutique, has selected Aspectus to run its external communications. Article


Hope&Glory PR has been retained by game developer Square Enix to handle the PR for FINAL FANTASY XIV across the UK and Nordic regions. Article


Victoria Geoghegan has been appointed managing director of Bell Pottinger’s financial and corporate practice. Article


A list of 27 PR, marketing, advertising and media agencies have made it onto a new £350m Government Communication Service (GCS) roster, which will help deliver campaigns over the next four years. PR agencies include Freud Communications, Four Communications Group, Grayling, Kindred and Munro & Forster, as well as PR agency owners Creston Unlimited,  Engine, Havas UK and Ogilvy & Mather Group. Article


Harlequins has appointed PHA Media to help to grow and develop the profile of the Rugby Union club’s brand together with its portfolio of players. Article


Independent communications and public affairs consultancy Hanover has launched a new market access practice within its UK and European health team. Article


PR firm Westminster Advisers has rebranded to WA to reflect a broader service offering incorporating strategic communications, and to represent the agency’s growing presence across the length and breadth of the UK. Article


Zest The Agency has appointed The Sun’s former deputy editor, Geoff Webster, as senior consultant. Article


Pan-African fintech company MFS Africa has appointed London-based tech PR agency CCgroup to lead its marketing communications strategy across EMEA. Article


Deloitte, the professional services firm, has acquired crisis, issues and reputation management consultancy Regester Larkin. Article


Kim Gagne, former senior director of industry affairs for Microsoft, joined APCO Worldwide as a senior advisor announced James Acheson-Gray, managing director of APCO’s London office, and Claire Boussagol, managing director of APCO’s Brussels office. Article




National Public Relations has appointed Nancy Arab and Michael Goehring as partners. Article


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