PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of July 25, 2016

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Two national companies have named Kleber & Associates (K&A) as their marketing agency of record across multiple marketing services. Article



Matthew Sheaff has been hired as the director of communications and stakeholder outreach for Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. Article


Helene Solomon, CEO and Co-Founder of Solomon McCown was honored by Banker & Tradesman with its Women of FIRE Award. Article


Coolcore announced the hiring of David Ludd as Vice President of Global Marketing. Article



The Washington Tourism Development Authority (WTDA) has announced the hiring of French/West/Vaughan (FWV), following a competitive review. Article



Golin CEO Fred Cook is stepping into a chairman role as the agency transitions to a CEO+ structure that divides executive responsibilities across three of the firm’s regional leaders. Article



Trace One has retained Mulberry as its public relations and content marketing agency of record for Europe and North America. Article



Kelly Stepno joins APCO Worldwide as a senior director for crisis management and litigation communication. Article


Crosby Marketing Communications has added Bridget Stockdale as a director, senior strategist. Article



Eisbrenner Public Relations has hired Marissa Nelson and Denise Sobh as assistant account executives. Article


Los Angeles

Scott Public Relations (SPR) has earned the PR World Award for Best PR Agency of the Year – Single Boutique. Article



Diamond Public Relations has added French Leave Resort, managed by Shaner Hotels, to its roster of travel clients. Article

Alyson Marks, a two-year veteran of Diamond Public Relations, has been named Director of Destinations, Group & Leisure. Article



Clarity Coverdale Fury (CCF) has secured Jim Landry as its new Executive Creative Director. Article



BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has appointed Roy Vaughn as senior vice president and chief communications officer. Article


Newport Beach

Powerhouse Public Relations announced the promotion of Brenna O’Leary to the role of Account Manager. Article


New York

BerlinRosen has expanded its senior management team with the appointment of new executive vice presidents Stephanie Mueller, leader of the firm’s DC office and head of its national issue advocacy practice; Jeremy Soffin, leader of the real estate, transportation and infrastructure practice; Ben Wyskida, leader of the philanthropy, media and culture practice; and Lynsey Kryzwick, leader of the labor practice. New senior VPs are Josh Cook, Keri Fulton, Moira Herbst, Jaclyn Kessel, Dan Levitan and Danny Massey. Article


Weber Shandwick will serve as the foodservice advertising and public relations agency of record for Avocados From Mexico. Article


Shift Communications has added Simply Measured to its growing ad tech roster. Article


Zenergy Communications has been named agency of record for Valkee’s North American media relations campaign for its HumanCharger. Article


Lou Hammond & Associates is officially changing its name to Lou Hammond Group. Article


BritishAmerican Business has formed a partnership with Instinctif Partners to share insights and drive dialogue between companies and policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic. Article


Meural has named Diffusion as its agency of record. Article


HDMI Licensing has named Feintuch Communications as its public relations agency of record in North America. Article


Resound Marketing announced it has been selected as the 2016 agency of record for Springboard. Article


Digimind announces the integration of image recognition into its social media monitoring software, Digimind Social. Article


ESPN announced that Marie Donoghue will serve as Executive Vice President, Global Business and Content Strategy. Article


The Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission (LICVB&SC) announced that Jamie Claudio has been appointed Director of Brand Development. Article


Bradley Lukanic was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of CannonDesign. Article



Christine Woods has been named vice president of public relations and government affairs at TruMark Financial Credit Union. Article


Discover Lehigh Valley announced its new partnership with Vault Communications and i76 Solutions. Article


San Diego

J. Walcher Communications has won the 2016 EAR (Effective Advertising on Radio) Award from the San Diego Radio Broadcasters Association (SDRBA) for its spot “Date Night”—written and produced for client Hazard Center. Article


KCD PR announced it has added Brain Corporation and 1st Global to its client roster. Article


Silicon Valley

Fortinet has appointed Michelle Spolver as its chief communications officer. Article


Dallas & Miami

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits has appointed Lee Brian Schrager to senior vice president, communications and corporate social responsibility. Article


Phoenix & Seattle

Impress Labs and Duo Public Relations Inc. announced the two agencies have merged. For the immediate future, the two brands will continue to operate under their existing agency names, though now they are part of the newly formed parent company KiteRocket LLC. Article



Alibaba Group has selected Schwartz Public Relations to support its activities in Germany. Article


Bosch has extended its corporate communications operations to Berlin, with representatives in press and public relations, marketing communications, and digital communications. Bosch marketing expert Marc Zolnai has been based at the company’s liaison office in Berlin since the beginning of May, developing marketing communications strategy for the mobility solutions business sector. Trix Böhne will be relocating to Berlin from Stuttgart in mid-August, responsible for press and media work on political and international business topics. Article


Hong Kong

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Fiona Parker as technology regional director for Asia-Pacific. Article


PRecious Communications has added new clients including Asia Pacific Breweries, which markets Tiger beer; IZMUS, a start-up bringing Israeli technology to Asia via Singapore; Software AG, a global digital transformation company; and YCH, a leading supply chain management solutions provider. The firm has also established dedicated B2C and B2B practices, led by Robin Chang and Jacinta Paul respectively, and has expanded into Australia, Indonesia and Thailand to supplement its regional headquarters in Singapore. Article


Text100 has been retained by Qoo10 to run the company’s external communications’ program in Singapore. Article



Four Communications Group has acquired Rain Communications. Article


Cohn & Wolfe Netherlands has been named PR agency for Stichting Kringloop Blik. Article


Richard Zackheim has been appointed as Porter Novelli London’s media director. Article


Lansons has promoted Katherine Hobby and Suzanne Ellis to the board. At the same time Emma Beresford, Maddy Morgan Williams, Alice Stevens and Jess Warner are promoted to associate director. Article


Visibrain has appointed Wildfire to build awareness of its online platform for brand crisis management. Article


Eurowings, Europa-Park, Stuttgart Airport, and the State Tourist Board Baden-Württemberg are partnering to promote their destinations and brands in the UK and have appointed Communication Creatives to deliver their Summer campaign. Article


Manifest London Limited and Manifest New York are now both wholly-owned by Alex Myers. They will be part of Manifest Group. Sister agency Manifest Communications will be renamed ilk and undertake a comprehensive rebrand. Article


PRCA elects Steffan Williams as new chairman. Article


The Brandman Agency has named Sian Parry as MD for its London office. Article


Misfit has brought in Ranieri to handle its UK PR. Article


Aberdeen Young Professionals (AYP) has partnered with Aspectus, as it looks to engage the next generation of energy and business professionals. Article


MRM will manage corporate communications for Target Group. Article


Influential has won and delivered a trio of integrated creative campaign briefs for Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Chargepoint Technology, and The City of Liverpool College. Article



Hopscotch Group has opened negotiations to acquire a minority position in Comexposium Group. Article



Kite Communications has launched a new integrated offering called Kite Create, which aims to create meaningful relationships with consumers on behalf of brands by taking a holistic approach to communications. Article



Taptica announces that it has entered into a partnership with Adways Korea. Article

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