PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Jan. 2, 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!




National Amusements, a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, has named Mark Malinowski as vice president of global marketing. Article


Warner Communications added three organizations to its client roster: Green Mountain College, located in Poultney, Vermont; U.K.-based nonprofit iguacu, which works to alleviate human suffering around the world; and WorkUp, a technology platform that benefits oncology practices. Article




Energy giant Exelon has named Jean Medina as vice president of corporate communications, responsible for external communications, internal and workplace enablement and executive communications. Article


Zizzo Group announced the hire of Scott Carlson as art director. In his new role, Carlson will be working collaboratively with the creative and integrated marketing teams to create innovative, targeted solutions for a wide range of clients. Article




Luke Marchant, a political campaign operative and public affairs expert, has joined the Dallas public affairs practice of Hill+Knowlton Strategies as a vice president. Article




Northrop Grumman Corporation has appointed Tim Paynter as vice president of strategic communications, with responsibility for ensuring appropriate media coverage of the corporation and serving as the company’s principal spokesperson. Article


Former Treasury Department spokesman and Democratic National Committee communications director Adam Hodge has joined SKDKnickerbocker’s public affairs team as a vice president to support the firm's advocacy, corporate and crisis communications clients. Article


Crosby Marketing Communications has added Daniel Campbell as associate digital program manager. Article


Crosby Marketing Communications has hired Christopher Gearon as director of editorial services. He will oversee staffers creating web and social media content, op-eds, feature stories, reports, and white papers. Article


The US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has selected ICF’s health communications practice for nine contracts with a combined value of up to $34.4 million. Article


Tegna appointed Sunny Uberoi as VP and chief communications officer, reporting to president and CEO Garcia Martone. Article


Brunswick Group added Tim Griffin as senior counselor, focused on public affairs, corporate reputation, crisis, and digital. He is serving as lieutenant governor of Arkansas; previously he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state’s second congressional district. Article


Claire Boussagol, managing director of APCO Worldwide’s office in Brussels, was appointed chairman for the European region, in addition to her current role; and Nicolas Castex joins APCO as managing director of the firm’s offices in France, CEO Brad Staples announced. Article




Western Union has consolidated global public relations duties with FleishmanHillard, following a competitive review that took place last year. Article


Active Interest Media announced the promotion of Andy Hawk to Managing Director of AIM’s Mountain Group. Article




Marx Layne & Company announced it has been named the public relations firm of record for the 2017 Meridian Winter Blast presented by Quicken Loans. Article


Los Angeles


Rally, a communications firm specializing in issue advocacy, has hired Shayna Englin as a principal. Article


The Lagrant Foundation named W2O Group founder and CEO Jim Weiss to its board of directors. Article


Ek, Sunkin, Klink & Bai, one of California’s leading independently owned public affairs, strategic communications and government advocacy firms, announced that political reporter Alice Walton has joined the firm. Article




The NHL’s Florida Panthers have named Thomas Drance vice president of communications and public relations. Article


Advertising and branding agency On Ideas acquired C*Suite Communications, which became a division of On Ideas, maintaining its office in Sarasota, Florida. Article


BoardroomPR, one of South Florida’s largest public relations firms, announced that Senior Vice President Caren Berg has broadened responsibilities at the agency. Berg’s augmented title now includes Director of Talent Acquisition. Article




ReviveHealth, a Weber Shandwick company, has hired Sarah Lodholz as creative director, based in the firm’s Nashville headquarters. Article


New York


KPMG, the US audit, tax and advisory firm, has appointed Andrew Bowins as executive director of corporate reputation and digital engagement. Article


Engel & Völkers North America, the North American operations for the European-based premium real estate firm, has appointed Katelyn Castellano vice president of communications. Article


The American National Standards Institute, the coordinator of the US voluntary standardization system, has hired Mary Saunders as vice president, government relations and public policy. Article


Forefront Communications Group, a firm focused on the capital markets and financial tech, has added Eric Soderberg as a managing partner. Article


The Halo Group has been selected by Devotion Spirits to launch a new campaign for a new sugar-free, gluten-free and American-made vodka. Article


Steinreich Communications Group has been appointed public relations consultant to ButcherBox, a subscription-based meat delivery service dedicated to 100% grass-fed beef, organic/pastured chicken and heritage breed pork products. Article


TimefireVR, a software company with a virtual reality platform for social experiential learning, has retained KCSA Strategic Communications to lead strategic communications and investor relations programs. Article


CRC, a New York-based public relations and digital marketing agency, has been selected to represent I & Love & You Natural pet food products. Article


Citizen Relations has hired Cohn & Wolfe’s executive creative director Scott Cocchiere. Article


IBM chief external relations officer Jeffrey DeMarrais has departed the company after less than a year in the role. Article


Trish Marsik joined Services for the UnderServed Inc. as Chief Operating Officer. She was formerly Executive Director at Mayor's Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System. Article


Stacey Weston joined Services for the UnderServed Inc. as Chief Development Officer. She was formerly Head of Fundraising at Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Article


Carlo Scissura joined The New York Building Congress as President and CEO. He was formerly President and CEO at The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Article


The Metropolitan Museum of Art appointed Kenneth Weine as chief communications officer. He was previously VP of communications and marketing for the New York Public Library and led communications and marketing at Newsweek. Article


Chart Room Media brought on Bill McCue as SVP, responsible for new business development, servicing its client roster, and overseeing operations. Article


Tender Corporation, the parent company of After Bite, Ben’s Tick & Insect Repellent, and Easy Care First Aid, named Maletzky Media as its AOR. The firm will handle media relations for its range of brands and social media for After Bite. Article


Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, announced that Rosemary Mercedes has been promoted to executive vice president and chief communications officer. Article


M Booth hired FleishmanHillard vet Nancy Seliger as EVP. Article


Mfa Marketing & PR has recently been named Agency of Record for five new accounts: ROAM Fitness, Dart Real Estate, AWE, Kenton’s Food & Bourbon and Maysville. Article


lotus823, an integrated marketing communications agency based in Eatontown, N.J., announced the acquisition of Rachel Litner Associates (RLA), a culinary, housewares and lifestyle public relations firm headquartered in Livingston, N.J. Article


Mason, Inc., an integrated marketing firm based in Bethany, Conn., embraced the true meaning of the season by supporting a local charity with its annual holiday card, providing more than 3,000 meals to people in need. Article


Mason, Inc. announced that Joshua Giardino has joined the integrated marketing communications firm as the Director of Digital Strategies & Analytics. Article


Resound Marketing announced it has been selected as the first-ever public relations agency of record for Location3, a digital marketing agency combining enterprise-level strategy with local market activation. Article




AmerisourceBergen Corporation has hired Keri Mattox as vice president, corporate and investor relations, responsible for the company’s relationships with the analyst and investor community. Article


Flackable, a national financial public relations and digital marketing agency headquartered in Wyomissing, PA, has hired Elle Parkin as account coordinator. Article


Tonic Life Communications, a global healthcare public relations and communications agency, announced four executive leadership team appointments. Article


San Francisco


CamberView Partners, a source of independent, investor-led advice for public companies on shareholder activism and engagement, has hired Eric Sumberg as a principal, corporate communications to lead external communications for the company. Article


AMF Media Group has hired Geoff McGann as executive creative director. The firm also promoted Joe Lopez to creative director. Article


Demonstrate PR hired Emily Thomson as VP, responsible for account strategy, team development, and operational oversight. Article




Instinctif Partners is expanding its public affairs practice in Germany with the addition of new partner Bernd Buschhausen. Article




Forster Communications has appointed John Grounds as its new chair, replacing founder Jilly Forster, who launched the agency 20 years ago. Article


Creative agency M&C Saatchi has hired PLMR director Ros Trinick. She is reportedly leading on its Home Office counter-extremism brief. Article


Havas PR has enhanced its senior team with the promotions of Paul Hadfield to creative director and Claire Quansah to operations director. Article


Chris Parr, former private secretary to Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, has joined strategic communications consultancy Madano to lead its built environment and professional services offering as a director. Article


GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform, has hired’s John Coventry to lead its UK communications activity as the company sets its sights on European expansion. Article


Cognito associate director Charlie Morrow has relocated to the financial PR and marketing firm’s APAC headquarters in Singapore, where he will be a member of the region’s leadership team. Article


Hotwire has been selected as the UK and US communications agency for flatshare website SpareRoom. Article


Interflora, together with social media agency Prohibition PR, are working on a new campaign to mark Valentine’s Day 2017, which will see them create the “ultimate surprise marriage proposal for a loved-up couple.” Article


Public affairs consultancy Hanover Group has opened a new office in Dublin. It will be led by former MD of Keating & Associates Lorna Jennings. Article


Flight Centre Travel Group has hired Rooster PR to focus on positioning them as the UK’s top travel retailer to Australia. Article


Global literary event brand Hay Festival has appointed FMcM Associates’ Christopher Bone to the new role of publicity director, who will oversee UK and international PR for the organisation in its 30th anniversary year. Article


Broadcast consultancy Markettiers has appointed Josh Wheeler as general manager of its Manchester division. Article


Independent investment consultant Redington has appointed financial services PR consultancy MRM to support its growth plans. Article


Corporate and financial consultancy Yellow Jersey PR has hired Georgina Whittle as an account director in its corporate team. Article


Professional services firm KPMG has appointed Ketchum’s Paul Middleton as corporate communications senior manager, with special responsibility for the firm’s Brexit communications. Article


Hume Brophy has appointed former director of communications at Metro Bank Pete Murray to lead on corporate affairs. Article


Communications and public affairs consultancy Remarkable Group has hired Kevin Whitmore as north region director. He will oversee the group’s work across the north of England and sits on the operational board of directors. Article


Blacks Solicitors LLP has chosen Headingley-based marketing agency Brass to manage its PR in 2017. Article


SkinnyBrands has appointed Refresh PR and social media agency Shoot the Moon to launch its new range of low calorie alcohol drinks, including Skinny Lager. Article


Luxury eyewear group Brando has brought in Agent Provocateur’s Erica Sutton-Teague as PR and marketing manager. Article


Inmarsat has hired Ogilvy PR to handle global PR duties for its aviation offering following a competitive review. Article


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