PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of July 24, 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!



PAN Communications has been named the agency of record for MobileIron. Article



S&A Communications has won an APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the category of most improved website. The winning entry was for the redesigned website. Article



Amendola Communications announced that Philip Anast has joined the agency as Senior Account Director. Article



MGM Resorts has appointed Debra DeShong as vice president of global industry affairs. Article


APCO Worldwide has taken over a controversial assignment from the government of Egypt, after Weber Shandwick resigned the account earlier this month. Article


Profiles, Inc. announced that Senior Vice President Jamie Watt Arnold has been selected as a 2017 recipient of The Daily Record’s “Very Important Professionals” award, making her the second Profiles associate to make the VIP list. Article


APCO Worldwide has expanded its North America paid parental leave policy to three months. Article


Subject Matter announced that Ed Kutler will become of counsel to the firm’s government relations team beginning August 1. Article


United Airlines has appointed Terri Fariello senior vice president, government affairs. Article


Los Angeles

Joe Quenqua has joined 42West as a Managing Director. Article



TransMedia Group promises some thrilling publicity designed to take the horror web series “The Hotel Barclay” to the next frightening level. Article


New York

Burson-Marsteller announced its Founding Chairman Harold Burson has been awarded the prestigious President’s Medal by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). Article


Republica announced the appointment of Bianca Ruiz as vice president, group account director and Tania Echevarria as senior manager, creative operations. Article


Edelman has appointed Laurie Hays to executive vice president of the firm's financial Communications and capital markets practice. Article


Viacom has named Justin Dini SVP of corporate communications. Article


Tartaglia Communications is now working with to promote the not-for-profit’s mission of alleviating health disparities among African American and Hispanic individuals in New York City through research, education, and outreach. Article


Frontier Communications Corporation has expanded its partnership with Vivial to resell its Marketing Platform in many of Frontier’s markets throughout the country. Article


Finn Partners announced the appointments of Anastasia Lopez as partner, head of integration, and Kevin Jenkins, partner, integrated marketing. Article

The 4A’s released updated hourly labor billing rate information, revealing that 2016 labor billing rates in the advertising industry are generally higher than those in 2014. The findings of this report include industry-wide guidance on market-based labor rates. Article


Susan Hinkson joined Capalino+Company as Executive Vice President. Article


San Francisco

Ogilvy and MeringCarson have teamed up on a $6 million public relations and advertising campaign, which publicly launched today, to rebrand Career Education in California on behalf of the California Community Colleges. Article


Los Angeles & New York

Penske Media Corporation (PMC) announced two significant executive promotions in the company’s legal, human resources, and communications departments: Judith R. Margolin is now vice president, deputy general counsel, and Lauren Gullion is now the company’s vice president of human resources and corporate communications. Article


New York & Seattle

LANE has hired four executives to strengthen the agency’s Portland and New York teams. LANE added Ashlee Simpson and Ben Touger in New York and Megan Moran and Stephanie Celenza in Portland. Article



Serviceplan Campaign Berlin has appointed Myles Lord as managing director, creation. Article


Hong Kong

Burson-Marsteller has been named public relations agency of record for General Tire in China. Article


Kaer Pte Ltd. has appointed Technical Associates Group (TAG) as its marketing communications agency for the APAC region. Article


Weber Shandwick has named Ali Grayeli as Asia-Pacific executive creative director. Article



Grayling has appointed Tom Nutt as head of corporate. Article


EM Communications has hired new team members in Moscow and London. The firm has hired former Bloomberg emerging markets reporter Maria Levitov and Dmitry Zhadan from Polyus Gold's IR team. Article


Arlo Brady has been named CEO of Freud Communications. Article


Jackie Cooper, global chair of creative strategy at Edelman for the past three years, is taking on a new role at the firm, while focusing more time and energy on her entrepreneurial interests. Mark Renshaw, currently global brand practice chair, will take over interim oversight of the firm’s creative strategy in addition to his current role, effective August 1. Article


Samsung NEXT has engaged Ballou PR to support the launch of its European operations in the UK, Germany and France. Article


Grace Foods has appointed Red Brick Road as its integrated PR agency to reboot its Aloe Vera Drink, under the new brand name, Say Aloe, following a competitive pitch. Article


LDR CREATIVE has been appointed to launch Vintry & Mercer. Article


Livingstone Partners has appointed Rostrum as its retained PR agency. Article


RADA in Business has appointed PR Agency One to raise awareness of its communication skills training for business leaders and teams. Article


Jolly Good Causes has been chosen to provide press and communications support to Sideways 6. Article


Cohesive has secured the influencer relations brief for Barracuda. Article


Tangerine has been appointed to handle communications for ecobuild’s 2018 construction industry show, following the agency’s successful 2017 campaign. Article


Richard Suchet has joined Portland’s corporate group as an account director specialising in reputation management. Article


HROC has appointed Marie Carter as its PR director. Article


The Juice Academy has been named a Chartered Institute of Marketing Accredited Training Centre. Article


Gough Bailey Wright has been shortlisted for the CIPR PRide Awards in the Best Media Relations and Property PR categories. Article


Tricker PR has been shortlisted in the Not For Profit, Low Budget and Scottish Outstanding Small Public Relations Consultancy of the Year categories at the CIPR Scotland PRide Awards. Article


Muckle Media has been shortlisted for six CIPR Scotland PRide awards, including: Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy, Best use of Media Relations, Arts, Culture or Sport Campaign, Consumer Relations Campaign and Corporate and Business Communications Campaign. Article



PPR has hired Fiona McRobert to lead the local office of the national PR firm. Article


Weber Shandwick has announced that following an open tender process which saw participation from leading agencies within the country, Population Services International (PSI) India has appointed the firm as its communications partner. Article


MSL India has hired Ashish Mehrotra as chief video officer; Ankita Chawla as chief of social voice; and Urvashi Pant as chief content officer. Article


Microsoft India has parted ways with Edelman following a competitive review of one of the country's key communications assignments. Microsoft has chosen to bring in Genesis Burson-Marsteller to replace Edelman, which had led the account since 2014. Article


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