PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of July 10, 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!



A.T. Kearney announced that Abby Klanecky has been appointed global Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Article



MillerCoors chief public affairs and communications officer Pete Marino has added operational leadership for the company craft and import division, Tenth and Blake. Article


Dose announced the hire of Chris Colarossi as senior vice president, brand partnerships, to lead revenue growth in the East and Midwest. Article


3rd Coast PR announced the newest addition to its client roster, Freevo. Article



WD Partners announced that Dan Stanek has joined the firm’s Columbus office as Executive Vice President. Article


Gatesman is increasing in size and revenue by nearly 50 percent with the acquisition of Noble Communications. Article



APCO Worldwide has reaffirmed its commitment to independence and innovation through the acquisition of new capital. Article


Chris Frates has joined Glen Echo Group as senior counselor. Article


Clapp Communications announced its newest client, The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG). Article



Catapult PR-IR announced its book, “A Practical Guide to Strategic Narrative Marketing,” is now available for purchase in digital format on the Kindle and Nook. Article



GS Marketing announced it will be formally unveiling GSM Social Advertising in July. Article


Los Angeles

Caruso has appointed Nancy Murray as executive vice president, communications. Article



Culligan has named Fallon its agency of record. Article


New York

Maria Acosta joined JCCA as Chief Financial Officer. Article


Dan Flanigan was elected Board Member of the World Childhood Foundation USA. Article


M&C Saatchi PR announced it has been appointed U.S. communications agency of record for Thomson & Scott Skinny. Article


The DAS Group of Companies announced that Alyson Tardif has been named president of Colangelo. Article


Diffusion has been selected by Informa as its retained PR agency in the U.S. for its Ovum and Pharma Intelligence brands. Article


Marie Cacciato has been named VP and Managing Director of Agency 451‘s New York City office. Article


North 6th Agency (N6A) has announced the launch of the N6A Pro Group. Article


M&C Saatchi PR announced the official launch of the ‘Influencer Squad’, a global team whose aim is to continue developing best-in-class influencer strategy and program for clients such as Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Dixons Carphone and Foot Locker. Article


San Diego

i.d.e.a. announced the addition of three national accounts to its growing roster: Pinal County, Ariz.-based Caesars Entertainment-operated property Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino & Resort, 3-D printing custom made footwear brand Feetz Shoes, and The WD-40 Company’s 3-in-One Oil, Spot Shot! and Lava Soap. Article


San Francisco

Wells Fargo has put investor relations chief Jim Rowe in charge of a new stakeholder relations group that aims to help rebuild trust in the bank following the ongoing fake accounts crisis. Article


Public relations and publicity campaigns are now affordable and simple to manage for startups and small and medium-sized enterprises after Faselis launched Faselis Lite—its cloud-based media release distribution platform—for American users. Article


ARPR announced that it has opened its first San Francisco office to better serve its West Coast clients. Article


VMware, Inc. announced the appointment of Claire Dixon to the post of senior vice president and chief communications officer. Article


New York & Silicon Valley

YuMe and Mediaocean announced a partnership designed to extend the reach of TV media buying by providing brands the ability to access premium digital video inventory through Mediaocean’s existing TV buying workflow. Article


Chicago & New York

Current Marketing announced new hires in Chicago and New York, adding talent to its Client Experience, Content, Insights and Integrated Media communities. The Chicago office added Leah Hattendorf, senior vice president—planning, and Matt Sulzer, creative director. In New York, Sarah Anderson joined as executive vice president—integrated media, and Blair Grant as an account supervisor. Article



Burson-Marsteller has named Stephen Day as CEO of its UK operations, replacing Amanda Pierce who is leaving the firm. Article


MullenLowe Group has acquired Salt. Article


Next 15 has acquired two UK-based B2B agencies. Article


Boots has begun the shift of its UK consumer PR business to Burson-Marsteller after six years with the Red Consultancy. Article


Circle Research has been acquired by the Next15 Communications Group. Article


Caro Communications has introduced three new clients to its architecture, property and culture portfolio – UK-based property developer Londonewcastle, global architecture firm White Arkitekter and London design commission, The Illuminated River. Article


Triangle PR has been appointed by Minster Care Group to deliver a proactive PR campaign that promotes the care provided at its residential and nursing homes. Article


King’s Cross Central Development Partnership has appointed Purple to handle the PR for Coal Drops Yard. Article


Brands2Life has been awarded the UK PR retainer for Darktrace, following a competitive pitch. Article


Abchurch has been appointed as retained financial and corporate communications adviser by Zenith Energy, following a competitive pitch. Article


Eureka Solutions has appointed Jargon PR to raise its profile within the technology market. Article


Polycom has selected Mash PR on a brief to enhance its reputation, following a two-stage competitive pitch. Article


Hummingbird Bike Company has appointed Brazil to assist in the launch of its new product – the “world’s lightest folding bike”. Article


Universal Music Group has appointed Jamie Diamond as director of communications. Article


Stir PR has appointed Chris Grabowski as client services director. Article


The PC Agency has appointed Tilly Gray as creative director. Article


Tamara Klien has joined Hunter as head of PR. Article


Mothers’ Union has appointed Sophia Jones as its new senior communications manager. Article


Millennial Brands Europe is appointed Michael Routledge as general manager of Millennial Brands UK and Europe, following the resignation of Derek Bowen. Article


The PRCA has appointed Amanda Coleman, Greater Manchester Police’s head of corporate communications, as its latest Fellow. Article


Tangerine has announced it will place 64% of its shares into an Employee Ownership Trust, The Tangerine Partnership, which will be shared among its 60 plus team members. Article


Platform Communications has appointed David Lawrence as director to launch its consumer offering – targeting TV, music, games and consumer electronics clients. Article


The PRCA has launched the second annual Reginald Watts Prize for Insight, which will see young participants challenged to write thought-provoking essays on the PR and communications industry. Article


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