PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of July 17, 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!



Rasky Partners has announced that Robert Sherman and Ron Walker will join the firm as senior advisors. Article



French/West/Vaughan (FWV) has been selected as the strategic marketing partner for Rise Against Hunger. Article



Coco Prive Private Island has named Zapwater Communications its PR agency of record in the US. Article


The University of Illinois has announced the launch of its new online Master of Science in Strategic Brand Communication, which is a joint program between the Urbana campus College of Business and College of Media. Article



Dix & Eaton has named Brady Cohen as chief digital officer. Article



Freestyle Creative announced that Matt Farley has been promoted to Vice President, Director of Marketing. Article



APCO Worldwide is adding four new members to its Global Leadership Team (GLT) who will help direct future growth for the firm. Article


Forbes Tate Partners (FTP) announced the addition of Steven Palmer as a Partner in its state and local government and public affairs practice. Article


The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has named Laura Wooster its new associate executive director for public affairs, heading ACEP's DC office. Article


DPR Group, Inc. has been selected by CX North America Information Services to support its market entry into North America and manage its PR and marketing. Article


APCO Worldwide has named Marcia Page, executive chair of Varde Partners and Peter Milton Sommerhauser, founding partner at Wing Capital Group, to its board of directors. Article


Crosby Marketing Communications has announced the hiring of Seth Emhoff, Mikel Drnec and Emily Stuart. Article


Profiles, Inc. has appointed Bridget Forney as vice president. Article


Booz Allen Hamilton announced the appointment of Mara Motherway as Head of Government Relations for the firm. Article


Team Velocity Marketing has been appointed the new Tier 3 advertising agency of record for Bentley Motors Inc. in North and South America. Article


PR Talent has hired Jaya Koilpillai Bohlmann to build its DC presence. Article


Los Angeles

RedZone has partnered with The Pollack PR Marketing Group (PPMG) in order to broaden business and consumer awareness in the U.S.  Article



Airbus has consolidated its strategic communications work across Latin America with Jeffery Group. Article


TransMedia Group has been retained for publicity to introduce Venodol. Article


Ketchum announced that Gabriel Araujo, EVP and creative director of Little George will take on expanded responsibilities as executive creative director, international, for Ketchum. Article


V & V Jewels has appointed The Gab Group as their PR agency of record. Article



Beehive Strategic Communication has added Amy Devore as Account Director. Article



Reed Public Relations has expanded its account services team with the addition of two new hires and one promotion. Article


Newport Beach

Powerhouse Communications has been selected to implement an ongoing awareness program for The Literacy Project. Article


IMW Agency has expanded its B2B client roster with the addition of Champion Equipment Company and Champion Equipment Sales. Article


New York

Webster Bank has named Alice Ferreira as senior vice president of corporate communications and public affairs. Article


Skanksa USA has announced two promotions and two hires within its communications department. Beth Miller and Jay Weisberger have both been promoted to vice president, communications while Mike Lacovella joins the company as senior director, communications, and Nick Derasmo joins as director, media and content. Article


Crenshaw Communications has been appointed by Remedy Health Media. Article


Citizen Relations has named Blair Arthur executive director of strategic planning. Article


David Levine has been named the first chief operating officer of strategy communications and marketing firm BerlinRosen. Article


MCS Healthcare Public Relations has hired Chad Hyett as executive vice president and Emily Dell as senior account supervisor. Article


Porter Novelli has added two SVPs across its public affairs and consumer practices. SVP Tara Greco joined the Omnicom firm in Washington DC to provide strategic counsel and education across the agency's portfolio of public affairs and corporate communications assignments. Meanwhile, Eric Villines is leading the agency's T-Mobile team in Seattle. He also provides senior counsel and expertise to the regional tech practice. Article


Design Collective NY is expanding its services to include communications and marketing for creative brands in the fashion, beauty and consumer products. Article


Wunderman announced the launch of a new division, Wunderman AI Services, to provide enterprise level artificial intelligence solutions for marketers. Article


Pearl Media has named Anthony Petrillo as its Chief Revenue Officer and Jen Lee Almeida as the Chief Operating Officer. Article


David Herrick and Robert Dowling announced the formation of a new agency, EthicOne, to help companies turn ethics into a strategic business advantage. Article



Miracle Flights has named Denyce Tuller as its new director of marketing and PR. Article


Allison+Partners announced the promotion of Lisa Schmidtke from senior vice president to general manager of the agency’s Phoenix office. Article



The California State Teachers' Retirement System has appointed Diane Stanton as external affairs director. Article


San Francisco

Ditto announced it has opened a West Coast office and Blain Rethmeier to run its operations.  Ditto’s West Coast office will be headquartered in San Francisco.  Article


PAN Communications has been named agency of record for Mobiletron. Article


Rachel Whetstone has landed at Facebook in a newly-created VP role overseeing communications for WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger products. Article


Perry Communications Group (PCG) has hired Account Coordinator Savannah Hadley and Executive Assistant Fern Baum. Article


Silicon Valley

The Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council has launched a new online Brand Inspiration Center and strategic interest group in partnership with NPES—the Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies. Article


Chicago & New York 

Current Marketing has hired Leah Hattendorf as SVP of strategy and planning; and Matt Sulzer as creative director in its Chicago office. Sarah Anderson has also joined the IPG firm in New York as EVP of integrated media. Article



V+O Group enters into the tourism marketing sector with the launch of its new travel and destination marketing agency Mindhaus. Iossif Parsalis will head the new agency as its general manager. Article


Hong Kong

MSLGroup has hired Suya Kim as its managing director in order to strengthen its integration into the multi-disciplinary Publicis Communications team in Singapore. Article


The Hoffman Agency has named Caroline Hsu as managing director for Asia-Pacific. Article


Crocs has appointed Hill+Knowlton Strategies as its PR and communications agency for China and Korea following competitive pitches in both markets. Article


Scoot has appointed DeVries Global as the company's public relations agency to spearhead its communications and advocacy program in China. Article


Strategic Public Relations Group (SPRG) has hired three new team members. Jian Yang and Jin Ooi join as business directors and Ivan Lim as editor of the group's newsroom. Article


Remy Cointreau has appointed DeVries Global to spearhead its communications program for its full brand portfolio in Singapore, including LOUIS XIII, Remy Martin, Cointreau, Bruichladdich, The Botanist and Mount Gay. Article


ManWah Holdings has appointed Kevin Castellani into the newly created role of director of corporate communications. Article



Text100 has appointed Gary Berman as its head of PR in London. Article


Angling Direct has retained Yellow Jersey PR after the agency advised on its successful IPO and admission to AIM. Article


Hotwire has promoted Emma Hazan into the newly created role of global head of consumer. Article


Clockwork Media has been named global digital agency for Microsoft's Windows and Devices team following an international pitch in London. Article


Hill + Knowlton Strategies has appointed Victoria Entwistle as the director of its People+Purpose practice. Article


Grayling has hired Andrew Ferguson as creative director. Article


We Are Social has hired Alison Bracegirdle as creative director in its London headquarters. Article


Beattie has formed a new company with Tartan Group called Beattie Tartan. The new entity will have offices in Toronto, Calgary, Victoria and Vancouver, as well as Canadian billings of $2.5m and a team of 12 PR, digital, social and creative specialists.  Article


Pagefield has appointed Giles Winn as associate partner. Article


Jargon PR has been appointed by Eureka Solutions to lead a content focused campaign to boost awareness of the company's core services throughout the UK. Article


Little Red Rooster has been appointed to handle the press and publicity for Mr Quintessential. Article


Fenix Group has appointed RKM Communications to handle the UK launch and ongoing media campaign for its EndoSPHÈRES therapy system. Article


Rockpool Acquisitions has selected Abchurch to provide ongoing Financial PR and corporate communications advice, following its recent IPO. Article


ilk will support the launch of Qure by providing local experiential activities in Clapham, as well as developing a London-wide and national engagement plan. Article


Campaign Collective has been appointed to support the Power to Change Community Business Weekend following a competitive pitch. Article


Fanclub PR has been appointed by The Paleo Foods Co. to support its UK growth, following a competitive pitch. Article


Andy Silvester will join The Sun as its head of PR. Article


Ranieri founder Pietro Ranieri has become the consumer tech and lifestyle agency’s group MD, making way for Sarah Tokeley to take the helm as managing director. Jaime Carron has also been promoted to associate director. Article


Quill PR has appointed Ellis Ford as an account director to work across a range of clients within the asset and wealth management sectors. Article


Opinium Research has hired Wez Eathorne as its new research director. Article


Bottle PR has appointed Anna Hardman and Gillian Foley as head of editorial and editor respectively. Article



FTI Consulting has appointed Juan Rivera as a senior managing director in the strategic communications segment based in Madrid. Article



Pratt & Whitney has awarded its public relations mandate to Avian Media following a competitive, multi-agency pitch. Article


Aman Abbas has announced his plans to launch a specialist communications firm called Commwiser to focus on the consumer and enterprise sectors. Article


Citadel MAGNUS has appointed Tamatha Smith as director in the firm's Perth office to strengthen its corporate reputation team. Article


SAIC Motor Corporation has appointed DEC PR to lead strategic communications for MG Motor in Australia. Article


Sling & Stone has announced its first international expansion in Wellington, New Zealand. Article



Primo Co., Ltd. revealed a significant expansion of its existing mobile commerce and payments service with the launch of PRIMO Freedom. 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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