PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Jan. 30, 2017

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Arketi Group, a high-tech business-to-business public relations and digital marketing agency, has been selected by Snapfulfil as agency of record for public relations and content development. Article




Pierpont Communications announced the promotion of Stacy Armijo to a newly created position of Executive Vice President and Mike Gehrig as General Manager of its Austin office. Article




Public affairs firm O'Neill & Associates has named Cosmo Macero Jr. a senior vice chairman overseeing the firm's communications and public relations division, and Hugh Drummond as senior vice president for marketing. Article


The Maine Public Relations Council, a member organization dedicated to advancing the public relations industry, announced leadership changes and new board members for 2017. Article


Duffy & Shanley is boosting its Public Relations and Media/Advertising groups with two new hires and a promotion. Article




Zapwater Communications continues to expand the fast-growing beauty portfolio of the agency with the announcement of new client acquisitions, including men’s grooming brand Oars + Alps and revolutionary skincare line Advanced Clinicals. Article




Ketchum has appointed KayAnn Schoeneman as senior vice president and director of the firm's public and corporate affairs practice in Washington, D.C. Article


Stephen Krupin has returned to SKDKnickerbocker as senior vice president and director of executive communications, after having served in the White House as a senior speechwriter to President Barack Obama. Article


Mark Irion, formerly CEO of the Washington DC firm Dutko Worldwide and most recently the president of Levick Strategic Communications, has joined law firm Hogan Lovells to create a new strategic communications service for its clients. Article


Signal Leadership Communication, the Canadian firm led by Bob Pickard, and crisis and public affairs specialist Levick Strategic Communications of Washington, DC, have affiliated to cooperate in the areas of digital public relations and leadership communication. Article


Banner Public Affairs announced two new hires, expanding leadership on the firm’s government relations and communications teams. Joining the firm are Alex Maggos, who will serve as Vice President of Government Relations, and Maggie McClain, who will serve as Vice President for Communications. Article


Subject Matter announced that former Executive Director and veteran Capitol Hill strategist Tom Lopach will join the firm. Article


Gloria Rodríguez, President/CEO of Comunicad, a national integrated public relations and marketing communications agency, has named Monica Cortes to oversee business development. Article




Catapult Creative Labs announced that Kelly Blake has joined as Vice President of Client Services and Strategy. In addition, Meredith Powlison has joined as Project Manager. Article




Pierpont Communications has promoted Stacy Armijo to a newly created position of executive vice president and Mike Gehrig to general manager of its Austin office. Article


Los Angeles


Englander Knabe & Allen has elected Matt Knabe to the role of managing partner. Article


C+R Communications, a boutique PR agency specializing in hospitality and resort real estate, has added several new clients: Four Season Napa Valley Resort & Private Residences; The Everly, a new hotel by Kimpton; La Peer, a new hotel by Kimpton; and The Scott Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. Article


Ballantines Public Relations, a lifestyle agency, has been chosen to represent Trisara Resort of Phuket Island as the official public relations agency of record. Article


Ad agency Grupo Gallegos has acquired New York-based digital agency Canvas and Los Angeles public relations firm RL Public Relations + Marketing. Article


The Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) voted to elect Yvonne Lorie—founder ReFresh PR and 2013 HPRA PRemio PR Achievement Award recipient — president of the 2017 National Board of Directors. Article


IMW Agency, an integrated marketing communications agency in Costa Mesa, California, is gearing up for continued growth in 2017 by bringing on staff in key areas including Digital Strategy and Business Development. Article




Llorente & Cuenca has appointed Luisa García chief operating officer for Latin America. Article


SalterMitchell, a public relations and behavior change agency headquartered in Tallahassee with offices in Orlando and Virginia, has become a partner in the global communication network IPREX. Article


The Institute for Public Relations measurement commission has elected Mark Weiner, CEO of Prime Research Americas, as its director for 2017-2018. Article


Since it started Crowdfunding PR in 2013, public relations firm PRmediaNow has become an industry leader—helping clients raise more than $35.6 million (and counting) for their products and services on the crowdfunding websites Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Article


Gary Grates, Principal at , has been appointed Director of the Institute for Public Relations Organizational Communication Research Center. Article


Mad Public Relations, a division of , announced that Aimee Adler has joined the firm as Managing Partner alongside Sara Shake and Marc Aptakin. Article




Clarity Coverdale Fury has hired Nissa Hanna to lead account planning services for the agency. Article


Harvest PR & Marketing—a food, farm and lifestyle communications firm based in Minneapolis and Portland, Ore.—announced four promotions in the agency’s Minneapolis office. Article




Mitchell, a Dentsu Aegis Network firm, has hired Garth Krizman as creative services lead.  Article


Integrated communications firm Elasticity unveiled Elasticity Multicultural, a new practice group led by award-winning Hispanic marketing veteran Alejandro “Alex” Duplan. Article


New York


Finsbury CEO Michael Gross has been named vice chairman of Finsbury. Paul Holmes, managing partner for the New York office, will be elevated to CEO for North America. Article


Edelman has added Neil Shapiro as executive vice president, financial communications & capital markets. Article


Intermarket Communications, corporate and financial public relation specialist, has named Mike Gelormino as senior vice president and Jade Faugno as vice president. Article


Steinreich Communications Group has added John Jones as senior account director, working in the firm’s fashion practice. Article


Diffusion has been appointed by USA Today Network, which is part of Gannett Co., as its public relations agency. Article


Turner’s long-running relationship with Barceló Hotel Group is expanding in 2017 after the global hospitality brand named Turner as the agency of record for North America. Article


Brandstyle Communications has been selected to represent real estate investment and development firm The Domain Companies. Article


Los Angeles-based boutique public relations agency Press Kitchen is expanding to the East Coast with the opening of a New York office under the leadership of vice president Jenna Wigman, who relocates to New York after six years with the firm. Article


Omnicom Group’s PR segment recorded 7.7% organic revenue growth in the fourth quarter, compared with the prior year, to $358.9 million. Article


Endurance race company Ironman has selected Kwittken as its North American AOR. Article


FleishmanHillard has hired Tim Race, a longtime veteran of The New York Times, as a senior-level strategist in its media relations practice. Article


WPP plans to house Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, ghg, and Sudler & Hennessey — three of the top 10 healthcare agencies by revenue — along with media-planning giant CMI, under a single brand, called WPP Health & Wellness, the holding company told MM&M. Article


Porter Novelli has promoted Soon Mee Kim to global diversity and inclusion leader and Melissa Kraus Taylor to global learning and development director. Article


Etsy has hired Starwood’s Jessica Doyle as VP of communications. Article


MPOWER Financing, an innovative fintech company and provider of educational loans to high-promise international students, has selected Feintuch Communications as its public relations firm. Article


The Hotel Adlon Kempinski, the iconic hotel opposite Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, has appointed WEILL to oversee its public relations, it was announced today in New York. Article


MBLM, the brand intimacy agency focused on strategy, design, creative and technology, announced that it has launched Bounce: an all-new social collaboration tool for small and growing teams. Article


Assembly, mdc’s full-service media agency, announced that it has been named the media agency of record for, the publishing platform and flagship brand within web development corporation automattic, Inc. Article


The Organization of American Women in Public Relations, the group that was developed to connect women leaders in public relations across North America, announced the addition of 9 new members to serve on the organization’s national advisory council in 2017. Article


Peppercomm, a leading integrated communications and marketing firm, is pleased to announce that director of research & insights Nicole Moreo has been named Vice Chair for the North American chapter of the Association for Measurement and Evaluation in Communications. Article


San Francisco


The founders of Atomic PR have launched a management consulting firm called Employera, which focuses on helping clients win the talent war. Article


The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is hiring for three newly created positions as it builds out its communications function, including chief spokesperson, director of communications for education, and director of communications for science. Article


Klick Communications Hawaii, globally anchored with offices in Sydney, Los Angeles and Honolulu, launched 2017 with the appointment of three celebrated industry executives to its Oahu office. The reorganization is under the leadership of Kim McKay, Founder and President of Klick Communications. Article




SABMiller's corporate affairs leaders, including director of group communications and reputation Christina Mills, have departed the company following the completion of its blockbuster merger with Anheuser-Busch Inbev. Article

4mediarelations has been named the official broadcast partner for World Travel Market London 2017 for the 5th year running. Article has chosen Rooster to enhance its position as the UK’s first and “most comprehensive” student halls search engine. Article


The Lucre Group has won two PR briefs from Scott Storey Outdoor Living which launches this year, and James Grace, a specialist in bespoke staircases. Article


Rostrumthe corporate PR agency, has announced that it has hired its first PR apprentice, Tania Correia Article


Tommee Tippee, the UK’s largest baby-feeding brand, has appointed Kindred to handle its PR, following a competitive pitch. Article


Ultimate Finance Group, an independent provider of finance to UK business, has appointed Speed Communications to raise awareness of the importance of good funding, as the company begins to roll-out a new business strategy and undergo a major brand overhaul. Article


ING and architecture PR specialist Stratton & Reekie are to merge. Article


Investment firm Oxx  appointed The PR Office to oversee its public launch and ongoing corporate communications. Article


After launching nutritional powdered food brand Huel into the UK market last year, EMERGE has had its brief extended to work on its brand strategy in Germany. Article


Yellow Jersey PR has been appointed by OneBlade, a luxury men’s wet shaving brand, as its strategic communications agency. Article


Stand Agency has been appointed by The British Tomato Growers’ Association to help encourage consumers to buy more British tomatoes. Article


Ex-Financial News journalist Andy Pearce has been appointed institutional PR manager at Schroders Article


Alison Clarke, the former UK CEO of Grayling, has joined Beattie Group as chairman of its specialist marketing brand, Only Marketing. Article


Prova PR has appointed Simon Ward as head of environment and cleantech. Article


Infinite Global has appointed Tali Robinson as director to lead and expand its London-based property practice. Article


Interel, the global public affairs consultancy, has appointed Carl Thomson as a director in its London office. Article


Redleaf Communications has been appointed by PureCircle, a producer of stevia ingredients, for the global food and beverage industry. Article


Pan African Resources has appointed Buchanan to advise on its financial communications. Article


Ready10 has been brought on board by TV presenter and psychologist Emma Kenny and product designer, performer and “ideas man” Shed Simove, who has just launched a new dating app “Shinder,” where he is the only man available to date. Article


Havas PR UK has been handed a PR brief by TransPennine Express the Manchester-based train operating company which runs intercity rail services throughout the North of England and into Scotland. Article


RBS Group has brought in BIG Partnership to deliver regional media relations for its NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lombard and Invoice Finance brands across the UK, following a “highly competitive” pitch. Article


Edelman has opened its UK grad scheme to non-graduates and encourages applicants to take a series of online challenges. Article


British Airways is in the process of merging its UK and international PR teams, with redundancies likely to be made. Article


The Brooklyn Brothers has unveiled a new global management team, following its acquisition by Golin last year. Article



Dubai-based agency Edelman Dabo has laid off about 20 members of its staff as agency moves to go “beyond PR counsel.” Article




energi PR is expanding its executive leadership team with the appointment of Mark Nusca as managing director. Article


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