PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Feb. 22, 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!


Partners+simons has created a new executive team structure and launched a new strategic business unit. Article


French/West/Vaughan (FWV) took home18 American Advertising (Addy) Awards at the 2016 Triangle Advertising Federation Gala. Article

S&A Communications has hired Leah Brown as account coordinator. Article

The Wilbert Group opened an office in Charlotte, N.C., led by Will Boye; deepened its hospitality strength with the addition of Gayle MacIntyre as vice president of the real estate and hospitality practice; and added a total of six PR professionals. Article


Zapwater Communications has added Maya McDonald to its team as senior social media manager. Article

Abundant Venture Partners has launched Transparent Media Partners, a marketing technology consultancy designed to help brands unlock the full potential of marketing technology in a simple and transparent way. The consultancy was founded by Andrew SwinandArticle

Marketing Werks has announced the addition of two new clients in the telecommunications and healthcare industries. Article

The Escape Pod announced Mark Andeer is joining the agency as Chief Marketing Officer. Article


The continued growth of Approach PR & Marketing’s unique virtual agency concept has earned the company recognition as a finalist in The Business Excellence Awards, a national competition honoring the “Best of the Best” in the small-and-medium sized business sector. Article


SKDKnickerbocker has added Alex Braun as managing director and head of its corporate and public policy research practice. Article

Zoe Thorogoodhas joined APCO Worldwide’s Washington, DC, office as a director in the firm’s public affairs practice. Article

Clyde Groupannounced two new hires: Aubrey Quinn as vice president and John Moffett as senior associate. Article

Rubin Meyer Communicationshas relaunched as Westfourth CommunicationsArticle

Van Eperen announced its 2016 partnerships with several key industry organizations. Article

Frank Majoor has joined APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council (IAC). Article


MMGY Global announced that Peninsula Capital Partners and Fine Equity Partners have made a significant equity investment to support MMGY’s aggressive acquisition strategy, as well as new areas of international expansion. Article

PDS Med has named Greteman Group agency of record. Article

Los Angeles

Porter Novelli announced that Jessica Schmidt has joined its Los Angeles office as a senior vice president in the consumer brand marketing practice.  Article

The Pollack PR Marketing Group has promoted Will Ostedt to senior vice president and Mark Havenner to vice president. Article

Movement Public Relations announced the signing of its newest client, WillowArticle

Finn Partners announced the passing of Managing Partner, Ron Rogers.  Article


Newlink Group announced the promotion of Teresa Villarreal to Senior Vice President. Article

eMerge Americas has selected República as its digital marketing and social media agency of record. Article

Fish Consulting announced it has added Massage Heights and SONIC to its client roster. Article


Martin Williams hired Greg Brinker as senior vice president, director of account management and Lori Yeager Davis as senior vice president, director of engagementArticle

New York

Group SJR has appointed Christa Carone as chief operating officer. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has tapped proven agency leader and healthcare communications strategist Penny Mitchell to lead the firm’s U.S. health practice. Article

Porter Novellihas unveiled further leadership appointments, one day after naming Brad MacAfee CEO of the Omnicom PR firm. Article

IBM has hired Jeffrey DeMarrais as its chief external relations officer. Article

Ogilvy PR global CEO Stuart Smith is to play a more active role running the firm's North American operations. Article

DavEllePR has been named PR Agency of Record for Hispanicize for the fourth year. Article

Rubenstein Public Relations (RPR) announced that the firm will be moving to a new corporate headquarters located at 1301 Avenue of the Americas. Article

Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations has signed Organic Spa Magazine to execute media and digital strategies for the fourth annual Experience Wellness & Travel Media Event in New York City this April. Article

Kinetic Worldwideannounced the launch of Social Amplification Score (SAS) powered by FUEL Intelligence, the world’s first measurement tool that allows brands to attribute consumer’s social media interactions directly to an out of home (OOH) media spend. Article

Bullfrog + Baumhas been named the agency of record for Barteca Restaurant Group and its two restaurant concepts, Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant and bartacoArticle

Steinreich Communications Group has been appointed public relations consultant to the Jerusalem PostArticle

Brandstyle Communications announced its representation of Salvo GroupArticle

Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR continues to expand their playing field within the technology PR markets with the announcement of their most recent client win, Phantom GlassArticle

Mfa Ltd.announces a partnership with digitally focused agency, Drummond St. StrategyArticle

Eric Harveyjoined MetTel as Senior Director, Strategic Channels. Article

Jody Fisherjoined Skanska USA as Vice President, Media & Content. Article

Marc Cellerjoined ansarada as Director. Article

Kirk Appelmanjoined Glasswall Solutions as VP North American Sales. Article

Jessica Champness joined Taproot Foundation as Director of Strategic Partnerships. Article

David Saabyewas promoted to Chief Digital Officer at ALMArticle

Antonio Nieves joined Bonobos as Chief Financial Officer. Article


BTB Security has chosen Swordfish Communications as its public relations agency of record. Article

San Diego

J Public Relations is now representing the Horton Plaza ParkArticle

San Francisco

Twitter announced that Natalie Kerris is the company's new VP of global communications. Article

Silicon Valley

PayPal is looking for a PR agency to lead global product, as well as US communications as it looks to position itself as the leader in "transformation of the financial system." Article

Brocade has consolidated its seven-figure global PR business with three agencies following a global review last year. Article

Chicago & San Francisco

Current Marketing announced that Clint Bagley has joined the agency as a senior vice president in the San Francisco office, and Seth Goldberg has joined the agency as senior vice president, head of strategy in the Chicago office. Article

New York & San Francisco

Eastwick has launched a new health tech practice and forged a partnership with Launchpad Digital Health to bring integrated communications support to its portfolio companies. Article

Cleveland & Los Angeles

Group Delphi announced a significant addition to its workforce in order to support its continued momentum, achieving record growth in the company’s nearly 26-year history. Article


WE Communications has promoted Bianca Eichner to GM of its German operation. Article

Hong Kong

Burson-Marsteller has been selected as the brand communications partner in China for CunardArticle

Burson-Marstellerhas named Barry Wong managing director, creative and innovation, and Judith Ostronic managing director, regional communications and operations. Article

DeVries Global has appointed Andres Vejarano as regional managing director, Asia. Article

Ogilvy PRIndonesia has won a bid to provide communications services for the Bank of IndonesiaArticle

WE Communications has been appointed as the new regional public relations agency for AmadeusArticle

MSLGroup has appointed Lina Marican as associate director of the consumer practice in Singapore. Article

The Partners has appointed Anupam Yog as strategy director in its Singapore office. Article

Amadeus has selected WE Communications to handle Asia-Pacific PR duties. Article

Asia Pulp & Paperhas hired Jose Raymond as media spokesman for the company in Singapore. Article


Good Relations has launched Good Broadcast, a boutique consultancy that will deliver integrated broadcast media solutions for new and existing clients. Article

Tim Reid has joined Four Communications Group in the new role of group client services director. Article

ATP Media has announced Threepipe as its PR agency for 2016. Article

firstlight has been appointed to manage external communications for FirstsourceArticle

Clear Channel International has retained FleishmanHillard Fishburn as its communications agency. Article

Cohn & Wolfe has promoted Rebecca Grant to managing director of its UK operation. Article

William Grant & Sons has brought in Splendid Communications to handle global consumer PR duties for the Hendrick's Gin and Balvenie brands.Article


The European Public Real Estate Association has appointed Tobias Steinmann as director of public affairs. Article


Weber Shandwick has expanded its specialist strategic communications and public affairs firm, Powell Tate, to Australia with a new presence in Sydney. Jacquelynne Willcox will now lead Powell Tate Australia as executive vice president. Weber Shandwick Australia chairman Ian Rumsby will serve as chairman of Powell Tate Australia. Article

Pulse Communications has appointed Christopher Kinsey as director. Article


Dentsu PR has named Kazunori Azeyanagi as its new president, replacing Takehiko Chikami who moves to a part-time role in March. Article


The members of the Public Relations Society of America Counselors Academy have elected Martin Waxman, APR, president of the consultancyMartin Waxman Communications of Toronto, as its 2016 chair. Article

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