PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Jan. 23, 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!




communications 21, a full-service marketing, public relations and interactive firm, is celebrating 25 years of business and is starting strong in 2017 by adding The Atlanta Jazz Festival, Envistacom and the Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons to its diverse client base. Article




Drizly, a leader in e-commerce solutions for beer, wine and spirits, has named 360PR+ as public relations agency of record. Article


Winstanley Partners and Bartley & Dick of Manhattan, New York announced the formation of a strategic partnership between their two long-held marketing agencies, aimed at better serving a larger selection of clients and offering a truly integrated brand communications platform. Article




Michael Schoenfeld, who has served as vice president for public affairs and government relations at Duke University since 2008, has been reappointed for a third five-year term. Article


S&A Communications, a full-service integrated communications firm, has promoted Leah Brown to account executive. Article


Chuck Norman, APR, owner/principal of S&A Communications was recently elected secretary of the Executive Committee of the Public Relations Society of America Counselors Academy. Article


The Brandon Agency — the only accredited Brand Strategy Agency in South Carolina — has expanded resources in its Myrtle Beach and Charleston locations with the addition of four new employees. Article




Burson-Marsteller EVP Erica Swerdlow has been hired as the first CEO of Wye Communications, a new PR firm jointly owned by Stagwell Group and Finn Partners. Article


Marriott Marquis Chicago has retained Zapwater Communications to handle public relations and social media activities for the hotel’s opening, which is slated for Fall 2017. Article




Jon Glesing has joined Teachers Credit Union, Indiana’s largest credit union, as director of public relations, working across all external channels, including social media. Article


WordWrite Communications, a strategic communications consulting firm based in downtown Pittsburgh, has hired Robin Rectenwald as a new senior account executive. Article




Jaffe, the legal industry’s full-service marketing, branding and PR agency, announced that legal marketing veteran Paul Webb has joined the agency as Senior Vice President, Marketing & Business Development. Article




The Council for Responsible Nutrition, the trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, has promoted Mike Greene to senior vice president, government relations, from vice president; Nancy Weindruch to vice president, communications, from senior director, and Ingrid Lebert to senior director, government relations, from director. Article


Helicopter Association International has appointed Dan Sweet as director of public relations and communications, responsible for managing and directing the association’s external communications, creating communication strategies and occasionally speaking on behalf of the association and its members. Article


Levick has hired Sam Huxley to chair the company’s risk and business strategy practice and serve as a strategist and advisor on company accounts. Article


APCO Worldwide will work to change the perception of Switzerland in the U.S. starting this month when it kicks off the Swiss Touch campaign. Article


Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners company, has hired Heather Foster as a vice president in Widmeyer Education, the agency’s PK- 12 Education Practice based in Washington, D.C. Article


Rory Brosius, longtime Deputy Director of the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative and policy advisor to First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, will join ScoutComms, the nation’s leading communications, advocacy, philanthropic strategy and market research firm focused on efforts to support veterans and military families. Article


J. Kenneth Nasshan, former vice president, public relations for Kaman Corp., joined APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council, announced Margery Kraus, founder and executive chairman. Article




Healthcare system CoxHealth has added Jann Holland as associate vice president of marketing/communications. Article




Ford Motor Company has hired Musa Tariq as vice president and chief brand officer as part of its expansion to an auto and a mobility company and its drive to go further in connecting and engaging with consumers. Article


Lambert Edwards & Associates has added Salim Bourget as director of digital strategy and Darby Wagner as associate. Article


Los Angeles


Technology PR agency PMBC Group announced its acquisition of ESSE PR, an award-winning independent agency servicing Los Angeles and San Francisco-based startups. Article


John Gallegos, Founder and CEO of independent creative agency Grupo Gallegos, announced the launch of a new communications group named UNITED COLLECTIVE. Article


Imprenta Communications Group announced that Ken Tiratira joins the Imprenta team as Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Strategy Officer. Article




Sharp Communications, a full-service marketing communications agency based in New York City, is opening its first regional division in West Palm Beach, Florida. Article


Fish Consulting, a full-service national communications firm specializing in franchise public relations and marketing, announced it has added five new employees, as well as promoted three current members of its leadership team. Article




W2O Group has hired Amy Lamparske as MD of digital media. Article


Clarity Coverdale Fury in partnership with client ClearWay Minnesota is launching a multi-media campaign, “Stop the Start,” to remind Minnesotans that more should be done to prevent kids from starting to smoke. Article




Underwear maker Fruit of the Loom has issued an RFP for its global PR account with a seven-figure budget, according to sources familiar with the business. Article


Nashville-based boutique public relations company Choice Media & Communications ushered in 2017 with an exciting range of new and returning lifestyle and entertainment clients. Article


New York


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


ArborCrowd, an online commercial real estate company, has named Kara Yi as vice president, marketing communications, leading marketing and communications strategy. Article


Raul Damas and Hannah Stott-Bumsted are joining the Brunswick Group as partners. Article


Taylor has appointed Jon Resnik as chief creative officer, leading a team of more than 30 digital professionals, including planners, art directors, insights specialists, copywriters, content creators, editors, strategists, community managers and designers. Article


Lippe Taylor, which specializes in marketing to women, has added Paul Dyer as president. Article


Resound Marketing has been named agency of record for Sakar International, a leading provider of consumer electronics and accessories and licensor of over 40 major entertainment and corporate brands. Article


Integrated marketing communications agency lotus823 has acquired Rachel Litner Associates, a Livingston, NJ, PR firms specializing in culinary, housewares and lifestyle public relations. Article


North 6th Agency has launched the N6A Cannabis Services Group, a newly dedicated division solely focused on the cannabis industry. Article


Ogilvy has begun restructuring operations around a single brand, unveiling a slew of new US roles that aim to bring various entities — including Ogilvy PR — into one consolidated business. Article


Chris Graves has taken on leadership of a new behavioral science unit at Ogilvy, which aims to improve marketing effectiveness by developing a better understanding of why people make decisions. Article


Cohn & Wolfe CMO Jill Tannenbaum has stepped down, after a 12-year relationship with the WPP firm. Article


Cohn & Wolfe announced the appointment of Susan Pagano as Executive Vice President, Global Marketing and Communications. Article


Jim Marron joined MNI as Advertising Director, New York Region. He was formerly Advertising Sales at The New York Times. Article


Lisa Kalscheur joined NewsCred as Senior Vice President, Marketing. She was formerly Vice President at AppNexus. Article


Security-system provider ADT has selected Allison+Partners as its PR AOR in the U.S. following a competitive review. Article


Makovsky has brought on Susan Goldstein as partner, chief strategy officer, and MD of its healthcare practice. Article


Ralph Lauren has hired Katie Foley Ioanilli as corporate SVP for global corporate communications. Article


Burson-Marsteller U.S. COO Nicole Cornish has departed the firm. Article


The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has named Omnicom Public Relations Group CEO Karen van Bergen as jury president for the 2017 Cannes PR Lions. Article


Following the lead of its bicoastal entertainment, advertising and tech clients, award-winning boutique public relations agency Press Kitchen announced its expansion to the East Coast with the opening of a New York office in Manhattan’s Flatiron district. Article


Laura Davidson Public Relations, a New York-based travel and lifestyle PR firm, has been appointed the public relations agency of record for Marigot Bay Resort and Marina by Capella. Article


Baretz+Brunelle, a strategic communications agency, announced that Erin Harrison, the former editor-in-chief of two of the legal industry’s most prominent media brands, has joined the firm as a Managing Director. Article




SPRYTE Communications is the new name of an agency known for more than 25 years as Simon PR. Article




UFC has promoted Isabelle McLemore to VP of corporate communications. Article




Perry Communications, a California-based strategic communications firm specializing in integrated public affairs campaigns and media relations, today announced the completion of its 20th year in business with an expansion of its proprietary innovative digital media and advocacy practice. Article


San Francisco


Internet-of-things component manufacturer TDK has named Karbo Communications as the marketing and PR agency of record for its US operations. Article


Tesla has hired Virgin America’s Dave Arnold as global communications director. Article




Walgreens Boots Alliance has partnered with WPP and selected a team of WPP agencies to operate and develop multiple communications and marketing channels for its retail and wholesale businesses. Article


M&C Saatchi PRhas enhanced its senior management team with the appointments of Emma Padden and Emeka McQuade as directors at its London HQ. Article


M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment has appointed Disney’s Maker Studios’ Ellie Reed to its board as head of digital. Article


Creative communications agency Alpha Kilo has appointed APR Communications’ Laura Colonnese to the newly-created role of head of London. Article


PR, content and social agency Intelligent Conversation has brought in SKV Communications’ Natalie Lanyon and Candor Creative’s Lizzie Horridge as senior consultants following a series of new business wins. Article


Open Communications has been appointed by lighting and vehicle accessories specialist Ring following a competitive pitch. Article


Six Degrees, the STEM specialist PR and reputation management agency, has appointed Richard Simpson as its managing director. Article


Allianz Worldwide Care has announced the appointment of FleishmanHillard as its global public relations agency, following a competitive pitch. Article


Fever has been chosen by Black Tower as its PR and social agency, with a brief to drive sales amongst new audiences in the German wine brand’s 50th year. Article


Quill PR has been appointed by Waverton Investment Management as its retained UK media relations consultancy following a four-way competitive pitch. Article


London’s Evening Standard and The Independent have launched the Evening Standard Media Diversity Bursary Scheme with the appointment of four editorial apprentices from a diversity of backgrounds. Article


Consumer agency See.Saw has won three new client briefs for new dance fitness brand At Your Beat, design company Riut, and lolly brand The Ice Kitchen. Article


Pukka Pies has appointed Kazoo as part of its new agency network. The agency will provide consumer and trade support around a £8 million brand relaunch and help drive reappraisal among busy mums within the grocery channel. Article


Bubble & Squeak has won the contract to provide EMEA PR, event and marketing services for camera and image processing equipment business  Ikegami. Article


US data and analytics company Teradata has appointed CommsCoto support its PR and social presence in the UK. Article


London Coffee Festival, the largest event celebrating coffee and coffee culture in the UK, has appointed Hope&Glory as its consumer and trade agency, following a communications review. Article


Stature PR’s corporate & financial division has won briefs with BTL Group, a blockchain technology company, and Bank In The Box (BiBox), a sharing economy platform. Article


The PR Office has named Marc Cohen, Kreab’s former head of financial communications, as its new MD. Article


The John Lewis Partnership has appointed Clayton Hirst as its group head of corporate affairs. Article


Portland senior partner Toby Orr is leaving the consultancy for a government role as Department for International Trade director of communications. Article


Dutch paints, chemicals and coatings manufacturing giant AkzoNobel is reviewing its global roster of agencies in an attempt to reduce the number of agency relationships it maintains. Article


PHA Media announced it has been appointed by We Buy Any Home, the UK’s number one home-buying company, to look after its UK communications and content marketing strategy. Article




Publicis Groupe has finally named its successor to long-term CEO Maurice Levy, with Arthur Sadoun set to take on leadership of the holding group as chairman and CEO on 1 June. Article


Faith Brewitt, former CEO of Greater China for Publicis Groupe’s MSLGroup, has filed a lawsut with the Shanghai Arbitration Bureau claiming she was exposed to constant and pervasive discrimination during her brief time with the company, and was ultimately fired due to gender bias. Article


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