PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Jan. 9, 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!




Solomon McCown & Company has hired Travis Small as senior vice president to lead its healthcare, non-profit and education practice. Article




French/West/Vaughan (FWV), an independently-owned public relations, advertising and digital marketing agency, announced the acquisition of Fetching Communications, a leading pet and veterinary PR and marketing firm based in Tampa, Fla. Article




Jack Modzelewski has retired after a 26-year career with FleishmanHillard, during which he served in several leadership positions as one of the Omnicom firm's senior partners. Article


U.S.A. Gymnastics hired FleishmanHillard amid its sex-abuse scandal. Article




Public affairs and strategic communications firm Levick has acquired Chase Communications, a public relations and marketing communications firm co-headquartered in San Francisco and Washington, DC. Article




Active Interest Media announced that Michael Henry has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer. Article




Lambert, Edwards & Associates (LE&A), a top-15 investor relations firm nationally and a 2016 finalist for M&A Advisor Communications Firm of the Year, announced the firm has added Mike Houston as senior director and Morgan DeBoer as associate. Article


Los Angeles


Triple 7 Public Relations has been selected to represent real estate mogul Sean Conlon, star of the upcoming CNBC series “The Deed” in which he comes to the aid of struggling property investors with failing projects. Article


Zapwater Communications has entered into an agreement to acquire The Barry Group, a Los Angeles-based boutique agency. Article


Haley Miranda Group has launched HMG-Plus, a dedicated lifestyle communication division of the marketing and events agency, offering social media, public relations and digital services. Article


Global Results Communications (GRC), a global public relations and advanced digital media firm specializing in the mobile and tech industries, has announced HM Medical as its newest client, a leading Orange County practice devoted to the care of women and providing the highest quality of personalized health care. Article


Murphy O’Brien Public Relations announced five new clients have joined the firm’s travel collection: The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel - Los Angeles, CA; Hotel Casa del Mar - Santa Monica, CA; Plaza La Reina - Los Angeles, CA; Gansevoort Turks + Caicos - Turks & Caicos Islands; and Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui - Wailea, Hawaii. Article


After a competitive review, Pacific Life Insurance Company has named M&C Saatchi LA Creative Agency of Record. Article




Llorente & Cuenca has appointed María Esteve as firm partner, taking the number of partners across the network to 23. Article


London-based loyalty, rewards and benefits, and insurance solutions company Collinson Group has appointed Brazilian PR agency Sherlock Communications to oversee its corporate PR programme in Brazil. Article


Agora Public Affairs & Strategic Communications, a Latin American consultancy that provides strategic communications, public affairs and research services, has opened its first office in Brazil. Article


Iveliesse Malavé, former Vice President of Consumer and Entertainment Public Relations at Univision Communications, launched The CC Shop, a communications collaborative that brings together marketing communications counselors with vast experience in multicultural marketing, public relations, event management and social media. Article


Diamond Public Relations adds a fine touch of Southern luxury and hospitality with the addition of 3,300 acre resort-meets-village playground Barnsley Resort to its client roster. Article


New York


Cohn & Wolfe has promoted Jim Joseph to worldwide president, as part of a number of appointments at the firm's global leadership level. Article


Cohn & Wolfe has hired Laura Pesin Eder from Edelman to lead its North American operations, shortly after elevating Jim Joseph to worldwide president. Article


Mastercard has appointed Christine Elliott as executive vice president, global communications. Article


Burson-Marsteller has elevated Mike Fernandez to US CEO just four months after he joined the firm to lead its global corporate practice. Article


Burson-Marsteller has named Joel Benenson, CEO and founder of its Benenson Strategy Group subsidiary, as worldwide vice chair. Article


Julie Jack, former senior vice president of MSLGroup’s corporate practice, has rejoined APCO Worldwide. Article


Allison+Partners has promoted Tracey Cassidy to general manager of the New York office and Emily Wilson-Sawyer to executive vice president. Article


European Wax Center has selected DKC as its public relations agency of record, responsible for leading the brand's PR strategy and execution of consumer-facing activations and events. Article


Chic Influence, a public relations and talent management firm focused on the US Hispanic media and consumer markets, has been selected as agency of record by new makeup brand Reina Rebelde. Article


Luxury public relations agency Issa PR has been appointed as agency of record for fine wine retailer Millesima. Article


Fastlane Communications has formed a strategic alliance with The CEO’s Right Hand, a boutique consulting firm specializing in strategic, financial and business development expertise. Article


Roberts Communications has acquired Brandtatorship, a digital branding agency. Article


Text100 has reshuffled its global leadership in EMEA and Asia-Pacific, the latest step in a broader agency restructuring that has included mergers, acquisitions and a recent rebranding. Article


Deborah Farley has been promoted to President of Rafanelli Events. She previously held the position of Managing Director. Article


Jacqui Johnson joined Rafanelli Events as Event Director. She was formerly National Finance Events Director at Hillary for America. Article


Dixon Schwabl, a full-service advertising, public relations and digital media agency specializing in unified marketing campaigns and services, has been named public relations agency of record for Genesee Brewing Company - New York state’s oldest brewery. Article


The renowned Balinese luxury retreat, AYANA Resort and Spa BALI, together with its sister resort RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA, has appointed WEILL to oversee its public relations. Article


Finn Partners announced that senior partner, Helen Shelton, has been named VP, Marketing of PRSA-NY’s 2017 Board of Directors. Article


Porter Novelli (PN) recently announced the appointment of Albert Chan as managing director of Porter Novelli Greater China. Article




Tonic Life Communications has named Stephanie DeViteri as managing director, Philadelphia; Dana Lynch has been appointed to the role of executive vice president, global strategy and business development; Kelly Kutchinsky has been appointed executive vice president, global insights and innovation; and Theresa Dolge has been appointed chief media relations officer. Article


San Francisco


PAN Communications has hired Phil Carpenter as executive vice president and managing director for the firm’s West Coast and Southeast operations. Article


Demonstrate PR announced that it has been named agency of record for Aloe Gloe and Exit Reality, both leaders in their respective healthy beverage and virtual reality (VR) sectors. Article




Next 15-owned global marketing communications agency Text100 has announced a new leadership structure, including the appointment of Richard Parkinson, its London-based global head of client services, to global creative director. Article


Ex-editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post Nicola Furbisher is joining her husband John Furbisher at the PR agency he founded – Furbisher Media. Article


Fleet Street Communications has been appointed by the cocktail bar group Be At One as its retained PR agency, with a brief to handle its trade and corporate communications activity. Article


HSE Cake, Havas Media Group’s UK sport and entertainment agency, has promoted Lizzy Pollott to creative director. Article


Healthcare PR specialist AXON Communications has hired Sola Neunie, Simonetta Ballali and Andy Scott. Article


Mike Foster will join Montfort as a senior consultant on February 13, after 21 years at London paper and news site Financial News. Article


3 Monkeys Zeno has bolstered its healthcare and tech practices, appointing FleishmanHillard Fishburn’s David Berkovitch as head of healthcare and naming Zeno Group’s European MD, Steve Earl, as head of tech. Article


elliotts Agency, a PR and marketing agency specialising in the hospitality sector, has made a series of appointments to its senior team, including former president and CEO of Publicis Group’s specialised agencies and marketing services arm, John Farrell, who replaces Steve Wilkins as non-executive chairman. Article

Redleaf Communications has been appointed financial PR adviser for Anglo Pacific Group plc. Article

PHA Media has been appointed by new flatsharing website Ideal Flatmate to handle its communications activity. Article

PR Agency One has been appointed by CLC World Resorts & Hotels, Europe’s largest independent resort operator, to handle its UK PR and marketing activity. Article

Nev Ridley and Shaun Beaumont, owners of Leeds-based PR agency ilk, have invested £185,000 into the opening of a new London office and appointed client services director Beth Archer to lead the new operation. Article

Communications and Network Consulting (CNC) has promoted Oliver Mann and Harald Kinzler to its partner team. Article

Portland has hired Henry Cook, a former adviser to Michael Gove, as associate director in its Brexit unit. Article

RWC Partners, the independent investment manager, has appointed financial services PR consultancy MRM. Article

Henry Boot plc has hired Hudson Sandler as its retained financial and corporate communications adviser. Article

Benefit Cosmetics has appointed We Are Social as its digital and social agency for Benefit UK and Ireland. Article

Rocket Fuel, a global predictive marketing company, has appointed Bite to handle all UK communications activity, following a competitive pitch. Article

Clarity PR has been chosen to handle the consumer PR for live TV streaming service TVPlayer. Article

PR and brand communications agency Hillgate has brought in Worldstores Group’s Jonathan Bird as an associate director. Article

MHP Communications will provide British Business Bank, the UK’s national economic development bank, with PR and corporate communications support. Article

Publicis Health’s PR and medical education agency has been renamed Publicis Resolute. Article

Health supplement brand Protein World has appointed youth marketing agency Thinkhouse as its lead creative and strategic global agency for 2017, which includes a “major collaboration” with TV celebrity Khloé Kardashian. Article

Instinctif Partners has been appointed by financial services platform Crossflow Payments as its retained corporate PR and public policy adviser. Article

Powerscourt has been selected as the financial and corporate PR adviser for premium spirit brand Stock Spirits Group. Article

Lucinda Kemeny, former head of communications within British American Tobacco's next generation products division, has left the role after just seven months with the company. Article


Formerly Cameo’s Director of Publicity, 31-year-old Hayley Donaghy steps up to replace James Kleinmann, assuming full responsibility for its daily operations and client relations. Article


Hotwire, the global integrated PR and communications consultancy, announced that Laura Macdonald has been appointed Hotwire’s first Head of Consumer for North America. Article




Business France has hired the Hoffman Agency to help build its La French Tech brand, which aims to develop momentum around the country's burgeoning tech economy. Article




Veteran Canadian broadcaster, former host of The West Block, and chief political correspondent for Global Television, Tom Clark has joined privately-owned public affairs and communications firm Global Public Affairs as chair, public affairs and communications. Article


John Parisella is joining National Public Relations as senior advisor, business outreach. Article


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