PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Dec. 5, 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!




Arketi Group, a high-tech public relations and digital marketing agency, was selected by Equifax to develop and execute a new public relations and thought-leadership program to further position the company as a trusted steward of consumer financial data. Article




Ed Harrison has joined InkHouse to lead the firm’s enterprise technology practice on the East Coast. Article


Tiffany Darmetko has joined InkHouse as a vice president to help continue the rapid growth of the firm’s San Francisco office and enterprise technology PR practice. Article


The Maine Public Relations Council recently presented its annual awards, recognizing exceptional public relations professionals and organizations in Maine at its 2016 annual conference. Article




Global Value Commerce, owner and operator of a leading e-commerce platform for pre-owned golf equipment and new golf gear, has selected Buffalo.Agency to manage an integrated marketing program. Article


The Brandon Agency has been named agency of record for South Carolina-based Hook + Gaff Watch Company. Article




Unison, which designs and sells modern home fashions, has retained Zapwater Communications as its public relations agency of record to heighten brand awareness within the home and textile industry. Article


Golin announced Carrie Galli as the new executive director of human resources to lead global HR, and help drive forward the company’s ambition to be the defining agency of the decade. Article


Global foods firm Kellogg's has expanded its relationship with Havas PR, giving the agency a year-long brand PR brief with its cereal business. Article

Edelman has promoted Carol Potter to president and CEO of Europe, where she joins a team of women leading the region for the independent global communications company. Article




Longtime APCO executive Neal Cohen is joining the Nuclear Energy Institute on January 1, as senior vice president for external affairs. Article




Fyn Public Relations, an award-winning Colorado-based public relations firm, has hired Kayla Roofe as an assistant account executive. Article


Woodruff Sweitzer (WS) recently added two agri-marketing professionals to its crop and animal health-related teams and one new team member to the agency’s pet care team: Gardner Hatch, Amy Bugg and Madison Williams. Article




Lambert Edwards & Associates has been named the digital and social media agency of record for the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Article


Los Angeles


Mazda North America has appointed Carley Hummel to its public relations team as specialist, corporate communications, responsible for managing Mazda’s external communications, including corporate news, marketing initiatives and sponsorships. Article


The LaunchPad Agency has introduced a proprietary, turnkey pre-marketing program called Blast-OffArticle


High-speed transit system Hyperloop One is seeking global agency support as it gears up for a potential breakthrough year in 2017. Article




Miami-based PR agency Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications has been appointed by the Grenada Tourism Authority to manage its communications and social media strategy in North America and the Caribbean. Article


Ashley Cisneros Mejia, an award-winning social media enthusiast and journalist, has announced the opening of her boutique digital marketing consultancy, Fenix Creative Group. Article




Cambridge Investment Group, a privately-controlled financial services firm, has hired Tim Johnson as vice president of public relations and creative marketing, focused on communication initiatives that drive engagement and reflect Cambridge’s brand, culture, and values. Article


Zizzo Group, a results-driven, integrated marketing firm, announced the hire of Kristin Bayer as a senior account executive. Article


Newport Beach


Veritone Media, a full-service advertising agency that creates native and traditional advertising for some of the world’s most recognizable brands, announced its name change to Veritone One. Article


New York


Senior executives from some of North America’s leading independent agencies have joined the jury for the 2017 SABRE Awards competition. Article


Bret Werner has been appointed to president at MWWPR. Werner will work alongside founder and CEO Michael Kempner, recently promoted chief people officer Gina Cherwin and CFO William Starace to form MWWPR’s executive management team. Article


Financial communications specialist Abernathy MacGregor has hired Kensey Biggs in New York, Sheila Ennis in San Francisco and Ina McGuinness in Los Angeles, all of whom join the firm as senior vice presidents. Article


FleishmanHillard is rolling out a new media relations practice that will promote storytelling across all regions and communications channels, led by Laura Russo, newly appointed global managing director, media relations. Article


Ogilvy Public Relations has appointed Dan Goodman as senior vice president of business development for North America. Article


Giovanna Rana, a refrigerated pasta brand in Italy and across Europe, has selected Zeno Group as its first communications agency of record in the United States following a competitive pitch. Article


Luxury public relations agency Issa PR has been appointed as the new agency of record for tech company Novalia, which develops proprietary technology called PrintedTouch. Article


W2O Group has acquired Sentient Interactive, which specializes in digital paid and owned media analytics and strategy and marketing campaign execution. Article


Ketchum has merged its leadership and change management unit, Ketchum Change, with Omnicom sister agency Daggerwing Group, a management consultancy with strengths in change management and employee engagement. Daggerwing Group CEO Ewan Main will lead the integrated firm. Article


Chandler Chicco cofounder Bob Chandler has returned from his two-year retirement to launch a network of healthcare communications firms called Watershed Bridges, and MaxAscent, one of the agencies within the network. Article


Storey, the PR division of production agency North Six, has landed two campaigns with Gap and its workout clothing brand, GapFit. Article


Samsung North America's corporate communications and reputation leader, Andrew Bowins, is no longer with the company. Article


MetTel, a fast-growing communications solution provider for businesses, has appointed Michael J. Azzi to lead Corporate Communications. Article

CooperKatz & Company, an award winning and results-driven public relations firm currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, announced three senior-level promotions: Rachael Adler to Executive Vice President, Business Development & Client Services; Meredith Topalanchik to Executive Vice President, Operations & Client Services; and Lisa Chiovaro to Senior Vice President, Finance & Operations. Article

R&J Strategic Communications, a full service integrated marketing and public relations agency has promoted Erin Ally to Digital Account Strategist. Article



Malvern Bancorp has recruited Patricia McLennan as senior vice president and director of community development, handling and coordinating internal and external communications, initiatives aimed at advancing the bank’s brand in that segment of the market. Article




The Public Relations Society of America and the Ethisphere Institute have partnered to elevate business ethics with the release of their first joint project — the eBook, “A Guide to Increasing Collaboration Between the Communications and Ethics Offices.” Article


FreshLime announced it has acquired Dasheroo (San Francisco, CA), a cloud-based platform that builds KPI dashboards for SMBs. Article


Hudson West, a bicoastal boutique branding and marketing firm, announced the celebration of 4 years in business. Article


San Francisco


Oliver Roll has joined Cisco as SVP and chief communications officer, after leaving his previous role as CCO at VMware. Article




Cascadian Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, has appointed Monique Greer as senior vice president, investor relations and corporate communications. Article




Leading German independent fischerAppelt has opened a new office in New York. The new branch expands the agency’s services for clients that operate internationally and enables it to serve clients on both sides of the Atlantic. Article


Hong Kong


Ruder Finn has acquired Daylight Partnership, the digital marketing and analytics consultancy founded by David Ko in 2012. Daylight Partnership will merge with Ruder Finn’s digital arm, Ruder Finn Innovation Studios, and will be known as RFI Daylight. Ko becomes SVP of RFI Studios Asia, leading a team of 50 executives spanning China, Hong Kong, Singapore and India. Article




Analytics company Smart Cube has hired PR agency support in the US and UK and named Ruth Crawford as its CMO amid considerable business growth. Article


Social influencer marketing platform Social Circle has brought in Rebecca Flint, AKA fashion and beauty influencer Beckii Cruel, as its new creator liaison. Article


KISS Communications has appointed Ware Anthony Rust’s Kate Matthews to the newly-created position of head of PR. Article


John Graham, chairman at FleishmanHillard, is the most recent Fellow to be appointed by the Public Relations and Communications Association. Article


Multi-disciplinary professional services firm, MJ Hudson, has appointed Cubitt Consulting to advise on its communications advisory services across Europe. Article


Simon Waller, former digital content editor at Sheffield newspaper The Star, has joined HR Media to enhance the South Yorkshire PR agency’s digital offer. Article


Mercieca has won two new PR briefs from food-to-go business Adelie Foods and the Licensed Trade Charity (LTC), which provides debt advice, free support and care for the licensed trade industry. Article


James Crawford, the managing director of Manchester-based PR Agency One, pledges to offer employees up to £1,000 per annum if they wish to opt into the ‘associate EU citizenship’ currently being considered by the European Parliament. Article


Gong Communications has hired two corporate communications specialists, Libby Wyman and James Deacon, as senior account managers. Article


Sophie Raine has been promoted to deputy managing director, a new role at W Communications. Article


M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment has promoted Jodie Fullagar to head of entertainment, 10 years after she first joined the agency’s entertainment division as its first full-time member. Article


PR and communications agency Rule 5 has brought in former BBC Sport journalist Jimmy Smallwood as senior account manager. Article


Exterion Media, Europe’s largest independent out-of-home advertising business that won the £1.1bn ad contract with TfL for the London Underground and Rail network this year, has appointed Eulogy as its retained UK communications agency. Article


Piracy Corporation has won the consumer PR, trade PR and social media account for Lurvill’s Delight, a craft-style botanical soda that was originally popular in Wales between 1896 and 1910. Article


Hatch Communications has been chosen by UK-based energy drink brand Boost to handle a social media and experiential campaign. Article


Data analytics specialist Aquila Insight has recruited Red Lorry Yellow Lorry to raise brand awareness, aid recruitment and strengthen its UK presence. Article


Twitch, the social-video platform for video-game culture and the creative arts, has appointed Kazoo Communications as its first UK PR agency. Article


Adrian Bevington Sport & PR, the agency headed by former FA communications director Bevington, has been hired to manage PR and communications for the inaugural Star Sixes football legends tournament at London’s O2 next July. Article




Digital market intelligence company SimilarWeb announced the launch of its solution for digital agencies, Market Intelligence for Agencies. Article


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