PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of June 19, 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!



Rukiya Campbell, APR, has been named Director of Communications for the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management (DWM). Article



Phunware announced a new partnership with Lotame, giving brands access to rich data insights for more accurately targeting and converting new and existing mobile users across devices.  Article



Racepoint Global has promoted Karen Bouchard as the agency's first chief operating officer. Article


Hollywood Public Relations reveals its new brand under the name Hollywood Agency. Article



Cramer-Krasselt (C-K) has won 17 public relations awards in less than four weeks. Article


Schafer Condon Carter (SCC) unveiled SCC|prism, the branding of its newly-merged Public Relations, Influencer marketing and Social Media practices. Article



Eric Mower + Associates has appointed Geoff Thomas senior vice president and managing director for the firm's Cincinnati office. Article


Akhia is partnering with the University of Akron's Gary L. and Karen S. Taylor institute for direct marketing to provide real world, hands-on experience to students studying the art and science of marketing research. Article


FLM+ and Harvest PR & Marketing announced they will join forces. Together, the companies will rebrand as FLM Harvest. Article



The Glover Park Group (GPG) has named Daniel Watson as vice president. Article


Clapp Communications announced Nemphos Braue LLC (NB Law) as its newest client.  Article



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


Los Angeles

NRPR Group announced its latest client wins in Q2 2017. Article



Hemsworth Communications announced it has been hired by Howard Hospitality Group (HHG) to represent their new premium dining and entertainment concept, YARA. Article


The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) announced that Patrick Ford, worldwide vice chair and chief client officer for Burson-Marsteller, will join the College as a professional-in-residence for the 2017-18 academic year. Article


Newport Beach

SmartBug Media today announced the expansion of its agency to include public relations to complement its award-winning marketing programs. Article


New York

RBB Communications has named Srikant Ramaswami executive vice president of global and emerging markets, healthcare. Article


Christopher Motta has joined HL Group as its new senior director of digital within the social media practice. Article


Taylor Strategy has named Hunter Mandel director, digital sports. Article


New York Women in Communications has named Meredith Long as president. Article


Steinreich Communications Group has announced the formation of a new supply chain management specialty group within its corporate practice that is working with clients to develop and implement communications strategies to help them grow their businesses. Article


Weber Shandwick has appointed five senior leaders into new roles overseeing cross-office units in various North American regions. The appointments aim to deliver deeper integrated services to clients. Article


Coyne Public Relations announced their selection as agency of record for littleBits. Article


The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Institute for Public Relations (IPR) announce their commitment to providing communications professionals with actionable research through a joint journal publication branded as the “Public Relations Journal.” Article


Germinder & Associates has been named agency of record for the esteemed Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). Article


Marie Cacciato has been named VP and Managing Director of Agency 451’s New York City office. Article


GroundTruth announced their collaboration on a rebranding effort with Siegel+Gale. Article


Ra Medical Systems announced that the company has retained KCSA Strategic Communications. Article


Finn Partners announced that Datto, Inc. has selected the agency to bolster its awareness and drive preference for its data backup, disaster recovery and networking solutions in North America and Europe. Article


Dino DeFeo was promoted to Managing Partner of AKF Group. Article


Michael Sweeney, PE was promoted to President, East Region of HNTB Corporation. Article


San Francisco

Highwire PR has welcomed Greg Chiemingo as senior vice president to its San Francisco office. Article


Blattel Communications has promoted Penny Desatnik to Vice President. Article


Silicon Valley

McGrath/Power has been selected by Blackfire Research as its agency of record after a competitive pitch. Article



Serviceplan International has appointed Jason Romeyko into the newly created role of worldwide executive creative director, which will involve creative leadership of 34 Serviceplan agencies. Article


Hong Kong

RFI Asia has announced the promotions of Maximilian Wang, Vincent Mak, and Joshua Want. Article


Hill+Knowlton Strategies has launched the Shanghai Addition, a team that will focus on connecting Chinese brands with global audiences, cultures and markets. Article



Aspectus has been chosen by InnoEngery to help drive the company's engagement with the European market for the third consecutive year. Article


Surf Air has retained W ahead of its inaugural flight from the UK to mainland Europe. Article


Four Communications Group has promoted Tim Reid to managing director, group client services. Article


Cairn Homes has appointed Ruchika Hassan as director of marketing and sales. Article


Text 100 is merging with Lexis, with the UK firm set to see its brand phased out by September. Article


Next15 is bringing together its two research brands to form Morar HPI. Article has chosen Rooster PR to support its UK launch, following a competitive pitch. Article


Sky Bet has appointed Who Wot Why as its creative partner for 2017/18, making it the London agency’s first fully retained client. Article


Greenbrook PR has been appointed to manage comms for the Sohn London Investment Conference. Article


marco/richards PR has been appointed as the retained agency for The Vet. Article


Adrian Simpson has joined Fitch Group as a director, with communications portfolio responsibility for the EMEA corporates group and Germany. Article


Infinite Global has appointed Heather McMaster and Matthew Gilleard as account managers in its London office. Article



Commvault has appointed Lewis as communications agency of record for Australia and New Zealand following a competitive pitch. Article


Archer Freres Communications LLP, a full service public relations firm has launched. The team will be led by Priyanka Shettys. The full-service firm will provide a spectrum of services from planning to media relations and content across corporate communications and brand PR. Article


WPP has announced the merger of two specialist communications agencies, Greyhealth Group (GHG) and Sudler & Hennessey. The new merged entity will be known as Sudler Sydney and aims to offer broader capabilities across the healthcare communications sector than they did separately. Sudler Sydney will be led by Peter Bernard. Article



gShift has launched a new training program called gShift University. Article


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