PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of July 4, 2016

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!



Flowers Foods has promoted Mary Krier to senior vice president of communications and corporate responsibility. Article



ABB has appointed Chris Shigas as Director of Media Relations, United States. Article



The John Marshall Law School in Chicago has hired Jill Schachner Chanen as its new director of public affairs. Article


JSH&A Communications took home three awards in recent public relations industry competitions. Article


Rhea + Kaiser (R+K) has produced a new video as part of a campaign to promote the expected and unexpected opportunities that await students and graduates of the Agricultural Communications Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Article



The International Public Relations Network has expanded its global reach with new agencies including Portugal-based agencies Executive Decisions & Communication, with offices near Lisbon, and Central de Informaçao, with headquarters in Porto and office also in Lisbon; Germany-based agencies Primo PR located in Frankfurt, and Schwan Communications located in Hamburg; Axess PR located in Monza, near Milano, Italy, Purple Media Works, based in Delhi, India, and United States agency Vistra Communications, based in Tampa, Florida. Article



MMGY Global announced that it has acquired D.K. Shifflet & Associates (DKSA). Article


Los Angeles

Marketing Maven has licensed the worldwide rights to patented technology that identifies threats to brand reputation via speech recognition technology. Article


MWWPR announced it’s the agency of record for Loot Crate. Article


Kahn Media has been named the PR Agency of Record for Black Rhino Tools. Article


BLAZE PR has earned four PR World Awards for its work with client The Outlets at Orange and its Susan G. Komen “Mission Pink” campaign. Article


IW Group was honored with five PR World Awards at the 2016 SVUS Red Carpet Awards Ceremony in San Francisco. Article



LINKS Worldgroup announced it has been appointed as the public relations agency of record for HTC Corporation in Latin America. Article


Schwartz Media Strategies has elevated Yudi Fernandez to the role of Vice President. Article


Newport Beach

Idea Hall announced the appointment of Anita Mellon as Group Director, Public Relations. Article


New York

Revlon has appointed Pamela Gill Alabaster to lead its global corporate communications and corporate social responsibility function. Article


Michael Marinello has been named senior vice president, corporate communications for Turner. Article


MGT Capital Investments has appointed Tiffany Madison as its director of corporate communications. Article


Fenton has named Henk Campher managing director of its California offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Article


Burson-Marsteller has added Chris Gee and Helen Nowicka as managing directors, digital strategy & content. Article


Don McIver has returned to 5W Public Relations as chief operating officer. Article


Shareablee has introduced Velocity, a new dashboard that shows content that people are engaging with in real time. Article


Brandstyle Communications announced its representation of Flag & Anthem and Oscar Blandi. Article


WorldWise PR Affiliates celebrated its second anniversary in New York City on June 13 at the office of HW + KD – a newly formed PR agency created as a result of the recent merger of two well-established public relations firms, HWPR and Kreps DeMaria. Article


Magrino has announced three new clients. Article


Cutler PR has formed an exclusive global partnership with GMIC’s G-Startup Worldwide. Article


Child’s Play Communications announced the launch of the first Kids’ & Family Tech Expo, a media event taking place in New York City on September 13, 2016. Article


R&J Strategic Communications announced the promotion of Nicholas LaPlaca to Senior Account Executive. Article



Rachel Pell has been named associate vice president for news and media relations at Penn State. Article


The New Jersey Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is using videos produced by The Lubetkin Media Companies to give the chapter’s “elevator pitch” about the value of membership in the professional organization this year. Article


Kimball Communications announced the appointment of Mark Ladley to Lansdale Borough’s Comprehensive Plan Task Force. Article



Golden Entertainment has hired Howard Stutz as its director of corporate communications. Article


San Francisco

BitTorrent, Inc. has added Harrison Bohrman to its newest initiative BitTorrent News. Article



Ketchum is consolidating its operations in Germany, marking the final phasing out of the country's storied Pleon PR brand. Article


Hong Kong

Strategic Public Relations Group has extended its service offerings to include public affairs, government relations and lobbying with the addition of AsiaNet Communications to the Group. Article


DeVries Global has been appointed by New Balance to lead its public relations and influencer engagement programs in China. Article


The Council of Public Relations Firms of Hong Kong has named its new board, with Robert Grieves re-appointed as chairman, with Kiri Sinclair as the new deputy chair. Joel Laykin of Laykin Communications was named secretary. Article



Lewis has been chosen to handle the PR for Exact. Article


W Communications has launched a new agency division, W Influencer, with the purpose of bringing the benefits of earned advocacy to a wider range of brands. Article


Porta Communications has appointed Charles Chichester as a new senior partner at Newgate Communications UK, leading its financial PR practice. Article


Instinctif Partners has hired Ian Allison to its international engagement practice as strategic creative director. Article


Startupbootcamp Global has appointed Wildfire to build awareness of its position as a European-led accelerator Article


Fox Agency has launched a London office to support its growing South East and international client list. Fox Agency London will be managed by director of online and content David Clare. Article


The Rezidor Hotel Group has assigned EMEA PR duties to Ogilvy PR, as it steps up growth plans across the region. Article


Statoil has extended its global PR relationship with H+K Strategies and Finsbury for another two years following a non-competitive review. Article


Four Communications Group is acquiring Packer Forbes. Article


TalkTalk has enhanced its external comms team with the appointments of Coralie Frost as media relations manager, Maxine Sackey as consumer PR manager and Lauren Young as CSR lead. Article


MGT Capital Investments appointed Tiffany Madison as director of corporate communications. Article


Clarion added to its advisory board, with the appointments of wine expert, TV personality and Saturday Kitchen regular Olly Smith, Condiment Junkie co-founder Scott King, and Springwise’s editor-in-chief, Chris Kreinczes. Article


MSLGROUP strengthened its UK corporate team through the hiring of Quintin Keanie as associate director. Article


Lesley McPherson took up the director of communications position at The Co-operative Bank. Article


Burson-Marsteller appointed Geoff McDonald as a senior advisor on corporate purpose and organisational change. Article


Newgate Communications UK appointed Charles Chichester as a new senior partner to lead its financial PR practice. Article


Raleigh appointed Conker Communications as its first PR agency. Article


Enterprise Ireland (EI) extended its contract with Eulogy for a further two years. Article


Pier was chosen to raise the profile of independent marina Suffolk Yacht Harbour. Article


Streeters London brought in Alexander PR to raise the profile of artist Gary Card’s inaugural exhibition. Article


Camden Town Brewery appointed W following a competitive pitch to handle its UK PR as it looks to move from a London brewery into a global brand. Article


Yellow Jersey was appointed by Canadian Overseas Petroleum (COPL) to deliver financial PR services, with a focus on driving awareness and investment. Article



Burson-Marsteller has named Geoff McDonald at Unilever as a senior advisor on corporate purpose and organisational change. Article



Munavar Attari has been appointed senior vice president and general manager of FleishmanHillard’s Mumbai office. Article


Citadel-Magnus has strengthened its corporate reputation advisory team with the appointment of Anthony Fisk as associate director in the firm’s Perth office. Article



Ogilvy & Mather Japan has just achieved its best performance ever at the Cannes Lions Festival, winning 3 Lions and 2 Finalists. Article


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