PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of July 3, 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!



Witz Communications announced the launch of a new podcast series called @WitzEnd, a mixed bag of B2B tech, vertical and business media. Article


Clean announced it was selected after competitive review by Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) for a multiyear strategy and branding engagement to evolve RDU’s positioning with the community and the airport’s employees, passengers, and business partners. Article

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Coco Privé Private Island has named Zapwater Communications as its United States’ public relations agency of record. Article


Laughlin Constable announced that Kristine Naidl, APR, has been appointed Managing Director of Public Relations. Article



Direct Impact (DI) has announced the appointment of Michael Fleischer as President and General Manager. Article


Los Angeles

Innovation Agency announced that it has added Havoc Fashion to its client list.  Article


Beach House PR announced the addition of two brands to their agency roster: Gene Juarez Salons & Spas and Marula. Article



The Florida Public Relations Association Southwest Florida Chapter announced that member Trish Robertson, APR, recently earned professional public relations accreditation, and received the designation of Accredited in Public Relations (APR). Article



Acorn: The Influence Company announced Myra Braselton as the new President for the organization. Article


New York

Three senior leaders from FTI Consulting's strategic communications firm are stepping down in the coming months — Gulf head John Hobday, Asia-Pacific lead Paul Marriott (for a major role at Macquarie Bank) and veteran exec Jon Aarons. Article


Hola Media Group announces today the appointment of Ambassador James Costos as Senior U.S. Advisor, while the company continues its expansion into the U.S. market. Article


Abernathy MacGregor has named Carl Folta as senior counselor. Article


CRC takes great pride in celebrating its 10th year anniversary and attributes its growth and success to the company’s commitment to collaboration, creativity and doing the work they love to do. Article


Weber Shandwick has elevated five senior leaders into new roles aimed at delivering more deeply integrated client services across the firm’s North America markets. Luca Penati, Rana Komar, Greg Power, Joy Farber-Kolo and Pam Jenkins will each take on additional remits to oversee cross-office units within the region. Article


Indicate Media has hired Bill McCue as Vice President. Article


Doug Seserman joined American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev as Chief Executive Officer. Article



Proof introduced Proof Exchange, a first-of-its-kind secure collective intelligence platform that enables an unlimited number of individuals and organizations to create secure, cloud-based work groups in order to crowd-source relevant data, crowd-compute the cause and effect relationships hidden in that data, and crowd-share those insights securely with the entire distributed team. Article


San Francisco

IBM has appointed Michael Mendenhall chief marketing officer and chief communications officer, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform. Article



Edelman has shifted Rob Holdheim into a new role as MD of corporate across Europe. Article


Hong Kong

DeVries Global has hired Lydia Shen as China MD, with Beijing VP Zoe Wu elevated to a newly-created role as regional VP of operations and business strategy across China and Asia. Article


Temasek Holdings has appointed Lena Goh as director of its public affairs team. Article



PRCA has confirmed that it is investigating a complaint made against Bell Pottinger by South Africa's Democratic Alliance (DA) opposition political party. Article


Huntsworth has acquired The Creative Engagement Group (TCEG). Article


Havas Group has acquired SO What Global. SO will merge with Havas Health & You and Health Brands for London and be rebranded as Havas SO to offer a full range of services from PR to creative and digital. Article


Bell Pottinger has dismissed Victoria Geoghegan one week after hiring a law firm to investigate its controversial PR work for the Gupta family in South Africa. Article


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


Discovery Communications has appointed Ketchum as its agency of record for sports to help drive the company’s Eurosport business across key European markets. Article


Practical Inspiration Publishing has appointed Bookollective as its retained agency to publicise its full publishing list. Article


Milk & Honey PR has been appointed by yourfeed CEO Jack Parsons to bolster his mission to help young Brits find job opportunities. Article


Kagool has selected Refresh PR to implement its online PR strategy and event management. Article


Energy PR has been appointed by Wow! Stuff to support the launch of the company’s new Star Wars and Despicable Me 3 products. Article


Ascent Resources has hired the Abchurch energy team as its retained financial and corporate communications adviser. Article


Atalaya Mining has enlisted Newgate Communications to provide financial and investor communications. Article


Joel Ivory-Harte has joined The Telegraph as its new consumer PR manager. Article


Awin has made a strategic investment in influencer marketing platform Tailify, to foster commercial collaboration and expand influencer reach for its partners. Article


Taylor Bennett Foundation is appealing for 70 PR mentors to join the PR mentorship scheme it launched at the end of last year. Article


WPR Agency took home three awards, including Large Consultancy of the Year, at this week’s PRCA Dare Awards at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Article


CubanEight was named Small Consultancy of the Year at this week’s PRCA Dare Awards ceremony in Birmingham. Article



Brunswick Group has announced the promotions of Jeehan Dahman Balfaqaih and Rupert Young in its Gulf office. Article


ALTAVIA has merged its two business units in Turkey under the brand Altavia Dekatlon. Article



Sujit Patil is departing Godrej to become SVP and head of corporate communication at Vedanta. Article


Publicis Communications is launching the MSL brand in Australia after acquiring The Herd Agency, which includes N2N Communications, Fuel Communications, and Touch Creative. Article


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