PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Feb. 29, 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!


Generations Federal Credit Union has promoted Ashley Harris to vice president, marketing and corporate communications. Article



PARTNERS+simons taps Jim Porter to head up healthcare practice. Article



College Foundation, Inc. (CFI) has selected 919 Marketing to develop and implement comprehensive marketing initiatives for College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC®) and the NC 529® Plan. Article


French/West/Vaughan has been selected by High Gravity Adventures as its marketing agency. Article



Advanced Clinicals has retained Zapwater Communications social media, including community management, content creation, and social listening. Article


Rhea + Kaiser Vice President, Director of Public Relations Rob Merritt, APR, has been named to the 2016 Executive Committee for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Counselors Academy. Article



Hospitality Management Corporation has promoted Sandi Byars to corporate director of communications and marketing. Article



Crosby Marketing Communications has promoted three staff members. Article


President Barack Obama has announced his intention to appoint J Todd Breasseale as assistant secretary for public affairs, Department of Homeland Security. Article


Maroon PR has been selected by Roy Rogers Restaurants as agency of record. Article


Oglebay Resort & Conference Center has selected Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group to provide golf-focused public relations. Article


Smith & Harroff has merged its staff and clients with C. May & Associates. Article



Chipotle Mexican Grill has brought on Burson-Marsteller as its US PR agency of record after parting ways with longtime agency Edelman. Article


The Wichita City Council unanimously voted (7-0) to approve Greteman Group as marketing agency of record for the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. Article


WordenGroup Public Relations recently added Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa to its client roster. Article



DTE Energy has named Renze Hoeksema as vice president of government affair. Article


Los Angeles

NRPR Group LLC has announced the creation and launch of its new video series, PRactical Guide to Publicity. Article


Marketing Maven announced Agencia Content as their Latin American PR, social media and content marketing partner. Article


The Pollack PR Marketing Group (PPMG) has promoted two longterm senior members of the agency, namely Will Ostedt to the position of Senior Vice President and Mark Havenner to Vice President.  Article


grapevine pr + consulting has been tapped by Amuse to lead national public relations efforts and global brand expansion. Article



República announced that the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce has bestowed the company with the 2016 Top Entrepreneurial Award in the “South Florida & Beyond” category. Article


The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications awarded its $10,000 grand prize in public interest communication to Dr. Troy Campbell, assistant professor of marketing, Lindquist College of Business, University of Oregon and Aaron Kay, professor at The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.  Article


Fish Consulting announced today that it has added four new employees and promoted two current team members. Article


Seabourn has appointed Brian Badura as director of public relations and strategic initiatives. Article


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



Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency (DMC EDA) and Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) recently chose separately to work with Clarity Coverdale Fury. Article



Black Twig Communications announces a newly formed group of members have acquired the assets of Black Twig Communications, LLC. Article


ReviveHealth has been selected as digital agency for Accumen. Article


Newport Beach

Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. announced Paul Schmidt as the company’s first Chief Marketing Officer.  Article


New York

Marshall Consultants is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Article


Spencer Baretz and Cari Brunelle have announced the launch of their new firm: Baretz+Brunelle. Article


Carolyn Izzo Integrated Communications (CIIC) has been named PR Agency of Record for The Time Nyack. Article


Resound Marketing announced it has been selected as the agency of record for MediaBrix. Article


VentureFuel announced a partnership with Linkstorm to enable national advertisers to improve the performance of their ad units. Article


Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR (BPMPR) has announced the addition of Sabon to its client roster. Article


Madison Logic announced partnership with HG Data. Article


Carolyn Izzo Integrated Communications (CIIC) has been selected as the PR Agency of Record for The Roundhouse. Article


Gould+Partners announced that Matthew Schwartz has been appointed to the newly created position of Editorial Director. Article


Vested announced it has hired Courtney Chennells as senior account manager. Article


Porter Novelli announced two additions to its executive leadership team. Article


Havas PR North America has been named public relations agency of record for ORIG3N. Article


Cutler PR has been named PR agency of record for the following technology clients: social media app Bivid, real estate brokerage app Real, and auditory media company AudioBurst. Article


The Philharmonia Orchestra of New York has retained Momentum Communications Group to introduce the new ensemble and promote its debut concerts at Lincoln Center. Article


ReputationInc has opened an office in New York. The US operation will be led by managing partner Leonard Ponzi. Article


San Francisco

Michael Young has launched a new tech firm Actual focused on enterprise and consumer tech and lifestyle. Article


Fineman PR has added three new clients: Habitat Horticulture, Materra | Cunat Family Vineyards and Antioch University Santa Barbara. Article


Blanc & Otus announced that Neil McAllister has joined the agency as media and content director. Article


Rocket Fuel announced that Rex Jackson will join the company as chief financial officer. Article


Silicon Valley

William Moss has joined Intel, where he takes on a senior role overseeing the company's engagement around issues, crisis and policy. Article


Vanessa Yanez has joined HP as head of communications. Article



Magdalena Moll will join the OMV Group as senior vice president and take over the management of investor relations. Article


Hong Kong

Huntsworth Asia-Pacific CEO Chris Tang has stepped down after two years overseeing the holding company's regional operations. Article


Allison+Partners has hired Paul Mottram to oversee the launch of its All Told content division. Article


Netflix has hired Belle Baldoza to run its consumer public relations function in Asia Pacific. Article


Adam Welsh returned to APCO Worldwide as managing director of the firm’s Singapore office. Article


Cutler PR is expanding into the Asian market, with capabilities in China, Hong Kong and Singapore. StartApp has hired Cutler PR to execute a media relations campaign in China, alongside its ongoing US campaign. Article


Luminous Experiential MSLGroup has appointed Xavier Daurian as general manager in Hong Kong. Article



Gavin Devine has resigned from his role as CEO of MHP Communications and will join PR holding group Porta Communications later in the year. Article


John Farrell has taken on a non-executive chairman role at Octopus Group. Article


AVG's Innovation Labs has brought in Augur to help drive awareness of its work around the world. Article


Pearson has created a global marketing unit, as the company attempts to build a more trusted brand amid some significant reputation challenges. Article


Brands2Life has appointed Rupert Walker to the newly-created role of head of social. Article


Anthropologie has appointed Threepipe to manage its UK and European paid search accounts. Article


Ogilvy Public Relations has appointed Chris Wall, head of content for Ogilvy PR London. Article


Lansons has promoted Scott McKenzie, director and head of change and employee engagement to joint managing director. Article


Sage has appointed Van Diamandakis as EVP, brand. Article


Hired has chosen Harvard, part of Chime, to handle its UK PR after a competitive pitch. Article


The DMA Group has appointed Tim Bond as its group head of PR. Article


The Champagne Tour Co. has called in Turtle to focus on the UK's national and consumer press. Article



MasterCard has shifted PR duties for the Middle East and North Africa to TRACCS, after working with H+K Strategies for the past 18 months. Article


Burson-Marsteller has acquired a majority stake in TSE Consulting. Article


IPREX has elected Iris Public Relations of Dubai as its first Middle East partner. Article


Denise van Huyssteen, general manager of communications and public relations for General Motors Africa, had been given expanded responsibilities with her appointment as general manager of communications for GM Africa and Middle East. Article



SenateSHJ has appointed Sue Cook as partner and head of healthcare for its Australian team. Article


Anne Fulwood has been appointed by Ogilvy Public Relations as media director. Article



Carlaw Communications, founded by Carolyn Kilbourne and Lauren Wasley, operates on a hybrid business model blending freelance flexibility and agility with the structure and discipline of an agency. The firm has also signed its first client, Southpaw Beverage Company. Article

Ireland + Hall Communications has been named agency of record for Helix Healthcare Group. Article

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