PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Feb. 15, 2016

by Denise Grayes, Business Wire, Nashville


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!



CYBEX and GB have chosen Adam Ritchie Brand Direction as their public relations agency of record for the U.S. Article

Matter Communications officially opened a larger office in Boston’s historic North End that will enable both client and employee expansion in the region. Article

Hollywood Public Relations recently announced the promotion of Courtney Curzi to senior vice president and Jeff Dillow to vice president. Article

Brooks Wallace of Hollywood Public Relations was honored with two public relations industry awards: Ragan Communications and PR Daily‘s 2015 Ace Award for Media Relations Professional and PRNews‘ 30 & Under as a Rising Star. Article



Melissa Prince has been promoted to vice president of corporate communications for INSP. Article

Bolt Public Relations reaches an important milestone this week for its Raleigh office and Vice President and North Carolina General Manager Jo-Anne Chase: the five-year anniversary. Article



Icelandair has retained Zapwater Communications for public relations support related to the airline’s launch of service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Reykjavík-Keflavík International Airport (KEF). Article

The Loop Marketing has expanded into a new office space in the historic Merchandise Mart building. Article

Rhea + Kaiser (R+K) announces the promotion of two current staff along with the return of a former employee. Article



PNC Financial Services has appointed David Chamberlin as executive vice president and chief communications officer. Article


Brown Books Publishing Group has changed the publishing industry paradigm yet again, and this month marks the first anniversary of The Agency at Brown Books (ABB). Article


Audi has retained longstanding incumbent PMK-BNC to lead its US business after the account was put up for review last year. Article

Dr. Joshua Walker, vice president of global programs at APCO Worldwide, was named to the 2016 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a joint program between four presidential centers. Article


The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) has recognized MMGY and its clients with 12 gold, nine silver, and four bronze Adrian Awards for Public Relations, Digital Marketing and Advertising in the 59th annual Adrian Awards. Article


Bassett & Bassett Communication Managers and Counselors has expanded globally with an Asia Pacific Operations office in Pune, India and Middle East representation in Beirut, Lebanon. Article

Los Angeles

Marketing Maven was selected by the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show to coordinate publicity for this year’s event. Article


JoTo PR has added Quadrant Information Services as a client. Article


Gage announced the promotion of Tony Rivera and the hiring of Kara Nyberg, Brandon Simondet and Philip Moorjani. Article

New York

BIC Consumer Products USA has selected Hunter Public Relations as marketing PR agency of record. Article

DeVries Global has been selected by Milk to oversee US communications for the brand’s first foray into the beauty category with the upcoming launch of Milk Makeup. Article

Backstop Solutions Group tapped Vested to lead its global public relations efforts. Article

Child’s Play Communications announced the addition of Schleich as a client. Article

Resound Marketing announced that Caliper has renewed with the firm as PR agency of record for 2016. Article

Foundations Marketing Group (FMG) added Robert (Bob) Cappuccino to its leadership ranks as VP of National Sales. Article

Shutterstock announced the addition of Siobhan Aalders as Vice President of Communications. Article

Cardinal Path has brought aboard Andrew Edwards to lead its business intelligence unit, and work with enterprise clients to help them compete and win on digital. Article

Pinta recently named Yvette Regalado as Account Director of its New York City office. Article

KARV Communications announced that Calvin Mitchell has joined the firm as Senior Advisor. Article

The One Club today announced the judges for the newly introduced PR category. Ten C-level executives, founders, managing directors and worldwide communications heads make up the high-level jury. Article

R&J Strategic Communications announced the hiring of Jenn Rothschild as Graphic Designer. Article


Slice Communications announced it has hired Michael D’Antonio as a social media account supervisor to keep up with the agency’s rapid growth.Article

San Diego

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego announced John Yeadon as director of sales and marketing. Article

San Francisco

Double Forte announced the latest clients to join its roster. Article


Alder BioPharmaceuticals has appointed David Walsey as vice president of corporate communications. Article

Hong Kong

MSLGroup China has added nine new clients including brands such as Levi’s, ASOS and Linklaters. Article


DeVries Global announced the promotions of two key leaders in its U.K. operation, DeVries SLAM. Article

Lexis has been appointed by The Open University to support the university's “Life-changing Learning” campaign. Article

Lansons has recruited James Dowling in the newly created role of head of public policy. Article

RichRelevance has appointed Threepipe to manage its UK press office activity. Article

Iain Ferguson has joined the board of Creston as a non-executive director representing the company's largest shareholder, DBAY Advisors LimitedArticle

Pagefield has appointed Kieran O'Connell as an associate partner. Article

Tint has hired Ketchum UK to handle PR duties, following a competitive review. Article

Golin has acquired The Brooklyn Brothers in a deal that once again signals the increasing convergence of earned and paid media. Article


The Public Relations Consultants Association is launching PRCA MENA (PRCA Middle East and North Africa), which will represent PR consultancies, in-house communications teams, and individuals in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Egypt. PRCA MENA will be co-chaired by Loretta Ahmed, CEO Middle East at Grayling, and Mohamed Al Ayed, CEO of TRACCS. Article

Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) has begun an agency review that aims to strengthen its global brand PR activity. Article

Grayling has cut back its operation in Doha after the Qatar Foundation chose to consolidate its multimillion dollar global PR brief following last year's review. Article

Llorente & Cuenca has announced that fee income grew by 25% in 2015 to more than €30m, driven by a geographic footprint that now includes 11 offices in Latin America, along with operations in the US and Iberia. Article


Horizon Communication Group has been awarded a key project supporting Star Ratings Australia, a licensed trademark that can be used by properties licensed by Australian Motoring Services. Article

Fiona Forbes has joined Ogilvy Impact as director. Article

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