PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Feb. 6, 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!




Arketi Group, a high-tech business-to-business public relations and digital marketing agency, has been selected by Abel Solutions as its agency of record for integrated communications. Article




Hollywood Public Relations has added Beth Gibbons as an account manager on its nonprofit and consumer teams and also promoted Monica Higgins and Jacqueline Dunn. Article


Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications has changed its name to Rasky Partners following the departure of two partners, Joe Baerlein and Ann Carter. Article


Omnicom Group has brought Cone Communications under sister agency Porter Novelli. Cone will keep its brand, and CEO Bill Fleishman will stay in his role. Article




S&A Communications, a Cary, N.C.-based full-service communications firm, has hired Michael Colborn as controller. Article


Broomfield, Colo.-based DealersLink, an authority on automotive systems integration and networking technology, has selected S&A Communications as its public relations agency of record. Article




Tim Morrison has been named vice president, corporate communications for Toyota Motor North America. Article




The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation has named Gordon Lambourne vice president of communications. Article


Fallston Group, a Baltimore-based, global reputation agency, has added Andrea Lynn as marketing communications manager. Article


Interel has stepped up its US expansion by acquiring AMG, a DC-based public affairs firm that specializes in association management and government affairs for nonprofits. Article

Su-Lin Nichols stepped down from her post at JPMorgan Chase to launch a strategic communications firm, Lafayette Strategies, which specializes in corporate responsibility and social purpose communications. Article



WildRock Public Relations & Marketing, a full-service agency based in Fort Collins, Colo., continues to grow with the addition of a Business Support Specialist, Claire Schock. Article




Kellogg has promoted Josh Morton to director of corporate communications. Article


Los Angeles


SOCIAL Costa Mesa, a chef and ingredient-focused, new-American restaurant known for its creative play on the social dining experience, has hired Powerhouse Public Relations to provide a wide scope of public relations, marketing and social media support. Article




JeffreyGroup, the Latin American communications agency, has promoted Martín Bidegaray to director of its insights and analysis practice. Article


Suncadia Resort, a Destination Hotel, has tapped Diamond Public Relations to drive an energetic and proactive PR campaign that will position the property as the premier all-season mountain resort in the Pacific Northwest. Article


Rockaway PR, Marketing & Events – a culinary lifestyle agency with offices in Miami and Orlando – announced the appointment of Heather McPherson as Director of New Business and Development for Central Florida, in addition to Natalie Brier as Senior Account Executive and Lauren Painter as an Account Executive in their Orlando office. Article




Matt Kucharski has been promoted to president of PadillaCRT. Article




ReviveHealth, a Weber Shandwick company, has been named integrated marketing agency of record for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which includes a leading medical research center and the highest-ranked hospital in Tennessee. Article


Brazilian public relations firm SPMJ Comunicação has opened an international base in New Orleans. Article


New York


Cognito, a specialist communications agency for the financial services industry, has appointed Ryan Barr as a managing director in New York and a member of the global executive team. Article


Digital agency Millennium Communications has hired public relations industry veteran John Hollywood as senior vice president, client services. Article


Skift, a leading resource, authority and expert on the travel industry, has tapped Percepture as its public relations agency. Article


Child’s Play Communications, a public relations agency specializing in promoting kids’ products to parents, has added Pai Technology, which makes family-friendly educational products with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Article


E-ZOIL, manufacturer of performance-enhancing fuel additives and cleaning solutions, has named Marx Group as its agency of record for marketing and public relation. Article


Kellen, an association management and communications company, recently added clients to its communications roster, including Girl Scouts of the USA, National Association of Corrosion Engineers, and the Disaster Recovery Institute International. Article


Brandstyle Communications has been selected to represent Schaffer's Genuine Foods and North Sails. Article


Management consulting and M&A advisory firm Prosper Group has added strategic advisors Kathy Cripps, former president of the PR Council for more than 14 years; Rum Ekhtiar, who most recently launched RF Radius, an integrated marketing practice at Ruder Finn; Ken Jacobs, a veteran of leadership roles at Lippe Taylor, Marina Maher Communications, Ogilvy and more; and John Seng, founder and former CEO of Spectrum Science Communications. Article


Jessica Schaefer, former vice president of corporate communications at Point72—which manages manging the assets of billionaire and philanthropist Steve Cohen—has launched Bevel, a public relations consultancy that will connect clients with stakeholder communities. Article


Andrew Witlin joined Huntsman Architectural Group as Senior Project Architect. He was formerly Senior Associate at M Moser Associates. Article


Jeff Vockrodt joined YMCA of Greater New York as Senior Executive Director for Board Engagement and Strategic Partnerships. He was formerly Associate Assistant Secretary for Policy at U.S. Department of Labor. Article


Tom Dougherty joined COPE Health Solutions as Executive Vice President. He was formerly President at Healthcare Innovators. Article


Medjet, an industry leader in travel protection and medical transport, has reappointed WEILL to oversee its public relations. Article


CRC, a New York-based public relations and digital marketing agency, announced representation of “I and love and you”, a premium dog and cat food brand based in Boulder, Colorado. Article


Krupp Kommunications, a full-service public relations, marketing, and branding agency currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, has added five entertainment clients to its roster. Article


BrandLink Communications has announced four staff promotions and two new clients, eSalon and After Tan & Co. Article


PebblePost, a Programmatic Direct Mail firm, announced the appointment of Jim Price as VP of Sales over the company’s Travel Sector. Article


KARV Communications, a strategic communications firm focused on global, corporate, and financial communications, crisis management, and public affairs, announced that Richard Wolffe has joined the firm as a Senior Advisor. Article


San Francisco


Paul Cohen is leaving PayPal to take charge of global communications at Visa, returning to a company at which he previously spent more than a decade. Article


Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has promoted Katherine Ducker to director of global product communications. Article




Mobile device giant Brightstar has consolidated its marketing and communications duties with Text100, as the company steps up its global brand-building plans. Article


The PR Office has been appointed by security and logistics services company Frontier Services Group. Article


Tom Gilbert has joined Linklaters as the new global head of external communications. Article


Global homeware brand DKB Household has chosen PHA Media to launch its new range of kitchen knives, Zyliss Control. Article


Mining and resource media business Aspermont Limited has appointed Yellow Jersey PR to assist with its financial media relations. Article


The inaugural PRCA Digital Awards 2017, which closes for entries on Friday (17 February), has announced a judging panel which includes senior PR and communications professionals from The Coca-Cola Company, and agencies such as Golin, Weber Shandwick and Lansons. Article


Unity has been named as the retained PR agency for ADT, the UK’s leading provider of fire and security systems for home and business, as the brand looks to move away from TV and radio advertising and focus on digital and PR activity. Article


Communications recruitment consultancy JFL Search & Selection has promoted April Kearns to associate director. Article


Photo-Me International plc, the photobooth and instant-service equipment group, has appointed Hudson Sandler as its retained financial communications advisor, following a competitive pitch. Article


Cognito, the communications and marketing firm which specialises in financial services, has appointed Vivienne Hsu as the new managing director of its EMEA business, based in London. Article


DAME, a subscription service for period product boxes, has appointed Threepipe to provide PR support and develop new customer acquisition programmes. Article


Content marketing and PR agency Remarkable Content has been chosen to lead consumer and corporate communications activity for housebuilder Metis Homes. Article


Hanover Health has hired Alex Davies as an associate director from Tonic Life Communications and Emma Gorton as a senior account director from Ogilvy Healthworld. Article


Clodagh Higginson, political correspondent for ITV’s Good Morning Britain, has teamed up with her husband John Higginson, a former political editor at the Metro, to launch a new PR agency called Higginson PR. Article


Weber Shandwick has teamed up with UK communications charity Media Trust to create a paid internship programme which aims to bring in diverse talent to the PR industry. Article


Prophet, the global strategy consultancy, has announced a partnership with Innovate Finance, an independent members’ association representing the UK’s global fintech community. Article


Walbrook PR was awarded PR Firm of the Year at the 2017 Grant Thornton Quoted Company Awards held in the City of London last night. Article


GMC Software, a customer communications management tool, has appointed Spark Communications as its UK PR agency, with the objective of engaging audiences beyond the print industry. Article


Start-up specialist The Wern PR has appointed an apprentice, Katarzyna Zdunczuk, to its team following recent client wins. Article


Consumer tech PR firm Ranieri has been appointed by AfterShokz to handle the UK PR for its bone conduction headphone range, including the Trekz Titanium and Sportz Titanium. Article


Nourish PR has won a PR brief from chef, author and TV presenter Allegra McEvedy, who is re-opening the “birthplace of EastEnders,” Albertine wine bar. The agency has also been called in to promote broadcaster, cook and Great British Menu judge Andi Oliver. Article


Rydon Group has appointed Brands2Life to handle its corporate communications. Article


Tech-powered digital reputation and intelligence firm, Digitalis Reputation, has added to its senior management two ex-corporate communications advisors, Meglena Petkova from Lansons and Viv Jemmett from FTI Consulting. Article


Facilities management and consultancy business Mitie has appointed Tulchan as its retained financial and corporate communications adviser. Article


Good Fabs, a leading supplier of fabricated exhausts for Formula 1 and NASCAR, has appointed Alexander PR for the launch of its first consumer-facing products. Article


Seven Dials PR has won two new fashion briefs from womenswear designer Amanda Wakeley and cashmere label Johnstons of Elgin, as the agency looks to expand its luxury division. Article


Allison+Partners has been named the UK agency of record for The Ascott Limited, a global serviced residence owner operator, following a competitive review. Article


The Portuguese Cork Association has brought in Clarion Communications as its UK PR agency, following an international tender for the promotion of cork stoppers, which has seen contracts also awarded in 10 other countries, including the US, China and France. Article


Newgate Communications has appointed Louise Nicolson as a partner in its corporate team. Article


Dutch retailer HEMA has appointed LEWIS to be its corporate PR partner for Europe. Article




Dell Technologies has named Environics Communications its public relations agency of record in Canada, following a competitive pitch process. Article


Chimera Collective has been selected to represent Baycrest's The Brain ProjectArticle


Media-Corps, a Canadian media solution for American agencies and marketers, has named Hasan Rahim as President of its business. Article


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