PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Feb. 27, 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!



Crosswind Communications has been awarded a contract for branding and marketing services for the Texas Facilities Commission’s Center for Alternative Finance & Procurement. Article



MSLGroup has hired Jon Hickey as a senior vice president in its corporate communications practice. Article


BackBay Communications announced that Jen Dowd has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Article



French/West/Vaughan (FWV) has been selected by HR Florida State Council to elevate its visibility and value in the human resources industry. Article


S&A Communications has announced the promotion of Teresa Kriegsman to creative director. Article



Champion Management Group adds Jami Zimmerman to PR team. Article



Vanguard Communications is introducing Comunicadores for the Future in partnership with the George Washington University’s Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute. Article


Ian Potts joins Crosby Marketing Communications as a Digital Designer. Article


Los Angeles

Kahn Media has been selected as the Agency of Record for Article



BlueFocus International has formed a strategic partnership with 24x7 Comunicação of Brazil. Article


O’Donnell Agency won 18 ADDY Awards from the American Advertising Federation of the Treasure Coast. Article


Jessica Walker, APR, CPRC, of the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA), recently earned professional certification in public relations and received the designation of Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC). Article



Gage announced it has hired John Fox as its first vice president, global customer success. Article


PadillaCRT was promoted Danielle Pesce from account supervisor to director in PadillaCRT’s food and beverage practice in New York; Tim Nelson to account supervisor in the Minneapolis technology practice; and Cassie Verdi to account supervisor for FoodMinds in Chicago. Article



FleishmanHillard has named Terri Owen as the new general manager of its headquarters office in St. Louis. Article


The Nashville Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has named its 2017 officers. Article


New York

MWWPR has promoted Dawn Lauer to senior vice president and managing director of the agency's business-to-business practice. Article


Weber Shandwick has been chosen by the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Bid Committee to provide communications support in international markets. Article


Bratskeir & Company has been named Agency of Record for public relations and social media for Timex. Article


Archroma has tapped Steinreich Communications Group as its North American agency to handle the launch of its Color Atlas. Article


Intercom Americas has announced the launch of Kaleio, an international branding and business consulting firm to be headed by Henry Hughes. Article


MWWPR has hired Parker Ray to take on the role of chief digital strategist and EVP. Article


Omnicom is merging its three global PR networks — FleishmanHillard, Ketchum and Porter Novelli — in four European countries. Article


Thomas Public Relations announced that it has won the Long Island Business News “Excellence in Communication Award 2017” for Best PR Campaign. Article


Nikant Ohri was promoted to Chief Financial Officer of ICL. Article


Kevin Sullivan joined CBIZ, Inc. as Director. Article



SPRYTE Communications has been selected as public relations agency-of-record by Griswold Home Care. Article


San Francisco

Antenna has acquired Eco Branding, an integrated public relations, marketing and creative agency that specializes in technology for clean energy, smart cities and advanced mobility. Article


Becker Media has appointed Cody Stephens to Director of Paid Digital. Article


LEWIS announced the appointment of Miles Daniels as vice president of media strategy. Article


Perry Communications Group (PCG) announced the hiring of Marna Davis as account manager. Article


Chicago & New York 

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



Hanover Group and Johanssen + Kretschmer have formed a strategic partnership to support clients across London, Berlin and Brussels. Article


Andreas Winiarski has taken on a senior role at VC firm Earlybird. Article



Golin has been appointed to handle the consumer PR business for Whitbread's Premier Inn. Article


Lactalis Nestlé Chilled Dairy has tasked Threepipe to launch Aero Heavenly, a new premium mousse in a large single tub which launches from March. Article


Hill+Knowlton Strategies has hired Allison Adams to lead its growing data and insights team in London. Article


Publicasity has won a competitive pitch to represent F&F Tesco in the UK and manage a network of agencies across Central Europe, including Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. Article


H+K Strategies and Burson-Marsteller are merging operations in Denmark to create a new agency. Article


Radioactive PR has been appointed Pulsin to handle all PR around its major rebrand.  Article


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


Capella has won the brief to support the launch of Holiday Crowd. Article


Uprise PR is launching a speech writing service to help clients capitalise on keynote public speaking and after-dinner drinks opportunities. Article


Alex Gerrard has joined Yellow Jersey PR as chief financial officer. Article


KPPR has been appointed by Andersen Press to handle the publicity for Fearne Cotton’s new children’s picture book Yoga Babies. Article


Playmobil has appointed Cogent as its consumer and trade PR agency in the UK. Article


Alice Caldwell has joined PrettyGreen as client service director. Article


Newington Communications has appointed Patrick Law as associate as it continues to bolster its corporate affairs team. Article


Headland has appointed Andy Rivett-Carnac as partner. Article



Cambre Associates has promoted directors Fernando Anton, Victoria Main and Feriel Saouli to new roles as vice-presidents and partners in the public policy and public relations consultancy. Article


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