PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Feb. 20, 2017

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!




Calysto Communications, a firm focused on the mobile, wireless, telecom, IT and IoT industries, is supporting the marketing and public relations strategy of everynet, a leading IoT connectivity company. Article




March Communications, a leading technology PR agency, announced the launch of its Consumer Innovation Group, a new “shop in a shop” focused on connecting consumer innovation brands with their most valuable audiences. Article


451 Marketing has expanded its executive leadership team to include its first female partner, Karyn Martin. Article




The BRIGHT+CO Marketing team accepted a total of ten 2017 American Advertising Awards – the most given to any individual agency – at the annual American Advertising Awards Gala. Article




Exelon has appointed Bryan Dumont as director of reputation insights and strategy, a newly-created role to help the company develop business intelligence systems and measure and monitor opportunities and risks. Article


KemperLesnik has been tapped to handle public relations for the opening of LINEA, a new-age residential community in Chicago’s northwest Loop. Article


Laura Davidson Public Relations, a travel and lifestyle PR firm headquartered in New York City, has opened an office in Chicago to be led by Vice President Ashley MontBlanc Day. Article


Kimberly-Clark has expanded its relationship with Ketchum in North America, shifting a number of brands that were previously handled by Omnicom sibling firm Marina Maher Communications. Article


Farmer’s Fridge has appointed Zapwater Communications as its Public Relations Agency of Record. Article


Olson Engage announced the hiring of Jenny Bulla and Briana Haas-Zak as vice presidents in the fast-growing agency’s Chicago and New York offices. Article




CleanSlate, a technology solutions company based in Carmel, Ind., has named Well Done Marketing as its agency of record for 2017. Article


Dix & Eaton announced today that it is partnering with three consultants in public affairs, corporate communications and marketing to enhance its capabilities. Jeff Johnson has been named senior advisor, corporate communications, for the firm, and Sue Stabe and Dean Ilijasic each will serve as senior advisor, strategy and insights. Article




The Biotechnology Innovation Organization has hired longtime majority staff director of the House Energy & Commerce Committee Gary Andres as senior executive vice president of public affairs. Article


JPA Health Communications has hired Adam Pawluk as a senior vice president. Article


Former Grayling executives Tamara Bullock and Alex Armentano have formed Altitude Strategies, a strategic communications consultancy specialized in the aviation, aerospace and defense sectors. Article


Curley Company announced the addition of Caitlin Donahue as Senior Vice President, bringing a wealth of digital media, advocacy and public affairs expertise to the company’s growing team. Article


Los Angeles


MPRM Communications, an entertainment communications agency, has promoted Rene Ridinger to senior vice president and Leif Helland to vice president. Article


Ballantines Public Relations has been chosen to represent The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills as public relations agency of record. Article


Powerhouse Public Relations, a creative agency providing a wide range of media relations, communications strategy, and social media services, announced the appointment of Jessica Lee to the role of social media coordinator. Article




Swiss insurer Zurich has hired Race Comunicação to strengthen its relationship with the media in Brazil. Article


Industry veterans Valerie Zucker and Nicole Lewis have launched a full-service communications group, Zucker Lewis Media Group, providing a public relations and marketing services. Article


Lisa Ross, president of rbb Communications, was honored as one of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Optimization at the 60th Adrian Awards. Article




MP&F Public Relations has named Mary Elizabeth Davis, former managing editor of Southern Living magazine, as its first creative services director. Article


New York


MWWPR has promoted Carreen Winters to chairman of reputation and chief strategy officer. Article


MWWPR has hired Heather Wilson as EVP and MD to lead the firm’s crisis and issues management practice. Article


Enterprise Ireland, the Irish government organization responsible for the development of Irish enterprises in world markets, has named Brand Definition its North American agency of record. Article


HealthStar Communications has launched HealthStar Fusion Group, which seeks to “fuse” science, medicine, information and technology with strategy and tactics to elevate the impact of communications across audiences. Article


Vested, a communications agency for the financial industry, has launched Vested Ventures, a new division that will make strategic investments in and provide communications services to startup companies in the finance and technology space. Article


IBM VP and chief communications officer Andy Whitehouse has departed the company. Article


Publicis Health restructured its management team, promoting Alexandra von Plato, Janet Winkler, and Matt McNally to new leadership roles. Article

The same day President Donald Trump rolled back Title IX protections for transgender students, GLAAD announced the creation of two top communications jobs: chief communications officer and chief digital officer. Rich Ferraro will take on the chief communications officer role, while Jim Halloran will serve as chief digital officer. Article

James Pearson stepped down from Shazam last Friday to join Membit, an early stage app combining photo-sharing and augmented reality technology. Article


Litzky Public Relations, a full-service, boutique public relations firm based in Hoboken, New Jersey and specializing in play and children’s lifestyle brands, announced it has added ArtSkills, Inc., Buntoppers, and Play Fair to its roster. Article


New York-based independent advertising agency BARKER has been named Miele’s Agency of Record for U.S. Marketing, Advertising and Sales Support, the agency announced. Article


MediaCraft is now representing Fatboy Hair, a range of products developed by Tyson Kennedy, acclaimed hair dresser, co-founder of Cutler Brooklyn and lead singer of the Grammy award-winning rock band, Steriogram. Article


CRC, a New York-based public relations and digital marketing agency, has been named the agency of record for CINO, a contemporary apparel brand offering stylish handmade shirts for the modern woman at any age. Article


Resound Marketing announced it was selected as the public relations agency of record for C+A Global, manufacturer, distributor, and licensee of a wide array of popular consumer products, including the iconic Polaroid, SkyMall, Stanley, and Gold’s Gym brands. Article


JJB PR announced it has been retained by Goldenberg Dermatology, founded by husband and wife team Drs. Gary and Kristina Goldenberg. Article


She Runs It, a not-for-profit organization that exists to propel women into leadership roles in marketing and media, has selected 25 women to be honored as Working Mothers of the Year for 2017. Article


TURNER, a progressive communications agency dedicated to the intersection of earned, owned and paid media strategy, and the Bermuda Tourism Authority won big last night at the 60th Adrian Awards ceremony. Article


The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International recognized Eric Mower + Associates with multiple awards at the 60th Adrian Awards. Article


Lou Hammond Group scored 20 wins in the Public Relations category at the annual Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International’s Adrian Awards—the most of any organization. Article


Parasol has been honored with four distinguished Adrian Awards for its excellence and inspiring campaigns in travel marketing and public relations by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International. Article


PebblePost, the inventor of Programmatic Direct Mail, announced the appointment of Marita Scarfi as Chief Financial Officer. Article



Kimball Communications has signed four new clients: The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, an international nonprofit through which insurance industry professionals to give back to their communities; Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia; Pennsylvania & Indiana Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Companies; and Angel Flight East. Article


San Diego


San Diego-based J. Walcher Communications has been hired by Circulate San Diego to develop a 2017 media campaign project around the need for improvements to San Diego’s most dangerous intersections. Article


San Francisco


Salesforce has named Simon Mulcahy as new CMO following the departure of Lynn Vojvodich, who spent three and a half years with the software company. Article


Edelman has concluded its lengthy search for a global technology chair, hiring former Apple communications chief Natalie Kerris to take on a role that had lain vacant for almost a year. Article


Workplace chat app Slack has hired Terry Anderson as its first global communications head, amid rapid growth that has spurred the tech unicorn to a valuation of $3.8bn. Article




GMMB announced that Jessica Selander has joined its Seattle office as Senior Vice President and Creative Director. Article




Digital media owner8 Outdoor has chosen Finn to deliver a communications campaign that builds awareness among advertisers and agency partners. Article


Polar, a global wearable sports tech brand, has appointed Promote PR to handle its consumer and trade PR, as well as its sports marketing activity, in the UK. Article


McFrank, the Scottish arm of Frank, has been appointed by Tomatin Distillery to handle its consumer and trade PR within the UK for its core range. Article


Newgate Communications has integrated fellow Porta group company Thirteen Communications, creating a new practice focused on consumer and public engagement. Article


The Marketing Group plc, a global marketing and PR network, has appointed Don Elgie to the role of non-executive chairman of the board with immediate effect. Article


Vigo Communications has been retained by Big Sofa Technologies for ongoing capital markets communications following its IPO on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market in December. Article


One Traveller, a UK-based singles holiday specialist for the over 50s, has appointed Hills Balfour to handle its PR for 2017/18. Article


Online dating company EliteSingles has handed London-based Mash PR a retained brief for the UK and Ireland. Article


Karma Communications Group and Engine have been made it onto The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 2017 list. The Communications Store has made its debut in the Best Small Companies to Work For 2017 list. Article


Klarna, which was recently voted one of the top ten most disruptive companies in the world by CNBC, has appointed firstlight to build awareness of its payments solution among consumers and retailers in the UK. Article


B2B marketing agency Metia Group has appointed Stuart Handley as vice president Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA). Article


Fever has brought in Dentsu’s Thom James as its new head of social, as the agency looks to further enhance its digital offering. Article


Instinctif Partners has added Keller Williams, Savills, Union Developments and Nested to its property portfolio. Article


Corporate communications agency Newgate has appointed Angela Thomas as its first head of recruitment. She will work across Newgate and its parent company AIM-listed Porta Communications plc. Article


Mash PR has been appointed by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society to raise awareness of the autoimmune condition. Article


Robyn De Villiers, CEO and chairman of Burson-Marsteller, Africa, is to give this year’s Maggie Nally Memorial Lecture keynote address, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations has announced. Article


At the City and Financial Awards last night, Instinctif Partners and Schroders defended their titles as best agency and best in-house team respectively. Article


Beattie has opened an office in Helston, Cornwall to serve the south west of England. Article


Michael Prescott, the former director of corporate affairs at BT, has joined Hanover in the newly-created role of group managing director, corporate and political strategy. Article


Vigo has added RedstoneConnect, CloudCall and WANdisco to its technology, media and telecom client portfolio. Article

Seven people have been shortlisted for the 2017 Suzy Spirit Awards, following a record-number of nominations. For the first time, there are two categories – the Suzy Spirit Inspiration Award and the Suzy Spirit Rising Star Award. Article

The Cult PR has been chosen to handle the PR for the London Evening Standard Food Month, which takes place in June. Article


Enterprise security company Bromium has selected Spark Communications to handle its UK PR brief and global strategy. Article


The RomansOttilie Ratcliffe and Jack Davy have won the 2017 UK Young Lions PR competition for their ‘#TOMHARDYLIVE’ campaign for the British Heart Foundation. The duo will now go on to represent the UK at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in June. Article


Yellow Jersey PR has been appointed as the retained communications adviser to Indigo Holdings, having supported the company’s NEX Exchange IPO. Article


The European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition has appointed healthcare specialist Spink to manage communications for its 50th Annual Congress. Article


The PR Office has been appointed by Partnerships for Jewish Schools, the largest support network for Jewish schools in the UK. Article


Grayling has promoted Joseph Zeratzion as people and development director for the UK and Ireland. Article


Fourth Day has been appointed to help Canadian company raise its international profile. Article


Lexis has been named as the official marketing and communications partner for Maritime Connects, an initiative which aims to drive economic growth, job creation and prosperity throughout the Commonwealth. Article


Norman Howell has taken the role of director of global communications at Formula 1, a new post created in the shake-up of the organisation after its acquisition by Liberty Media. Article




Toronto-based agency energi PR announced that it is expanding its executive leadership team with the appointment of Mark Nusca as Managing Director of the agency. Article


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