PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of June 26, 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!



AirDog has chosen Trevelino/Keller to assist with the release of its newest product, the ADII. Article



Biogen has appointed Catherine Steele senior vice president of corporate affairs. Article


Bulfinch Companies has announced that Katherine F. Shoss has joined the team as vice president, director of marketing. Article


Brodeur Partners has announced the results of a new study entitled 'Making Infrastructure Relevant Again' which looks at voters' sense of urgency toward the nation's aging infrastructure. Article


(add)ventures recently announced three advancements at its New England headquarters. Erica Millette advances to senior director, insights/strategy; Ali McGowan of advances to manager, strategy/PR; and Mark Laslo advances to manager, technology/operations. Article



School of Rock has appointed Rob Price as president and chief executive officer. Article


Greentarget and Zeughauser Group shows a near unanimous feeling among in-house counsel that information overload is a problem in their daily efforts to consumer information about business, industry and legal topics. The firms found that 81% of law firm CEOs said they will produce more content in 2017 than the previous year. 49% said said their content budgets would increase over last year while the same number said they would remain the same. Meanwhile, 26% said their firms had undocumented strategies and 23% said they were planning to implement content strategies in the next 12 months. The greatest challenge for content marketers was a lack of engagement from attorneys within the firm (46%) followed by a lack of staff time (26%). Article


Reputation Partners has announced its acquisition of Words&Pictures Inc. Article


Wilks Communications Group (WCG) announced that four seasoned communications professionals with solid expertise in food, consumer products and digital/social media have joined the firm to support its growing roster of clients.  Article


With four shortlists across three clients in the PR category at this year’s 64th annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Current Marketing earned a Gold Lion win for Teddy Gun, a campaign conceived and executed with FCB Chicago for the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. Article



Havas PR announced the addition of three new team members to its Pittsburgh office. Deanna Tomaselli joined the agency as an account supervisor, and both Catherine Clements and Megha Pai are joining as fellows. Article



The Glover Park Group has welcomed Joel Leftwich to its government relations practice as a managing director. Article


SKDKnickerbocker has hired Oren Shur as senior vice president and political director. Article


The Hawthorn Group LC has announced the appointment of Steven Cohen as vice president. Article


Lisa Ross, president and co-founder of rbb Communications, was elected Vice-Chair, Americas, of PROI Worldwide. Article


Los Angeles

Quinn has expanded with a new office in Los Angeles. The office in under the leadership of senior vice president Sandra Hurtado. Article


Cheryl Lynch has launched a new division within her boutique PR agency, Lynch Archer PR Entertainment, called #LAPRSocial. Article



Embraer has selected H+K Strategies as its first global PR agency of record. Article


Curley & Pynn Public Relations and Marketing Communications received high honors at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Sunshine District Radiance Awards on June 22. Article


3A WORLDWIDE announced it has been appointed as the public relations agency of record for the World Luxury Hotel, Spa and Restaurant Awards in Brazil & Mexico. Article


Pullman Miami Airport has appointed The Dana Agency as their PR agency of record. Article


3A Worldwide has expanded their regional network in Latin America with the addition of Indicios PR, which will represent the network in Argentina and Chile. Article



Worldcom Public Relations Group has named Chris Costello as group treasurer of the global board during the organization's annual conference in Hong Kong. Costello is CFO and partner at Deveney. Article


New York

Direct Impact has announced the appointment of Michael Fleischer as president and general manager. Article


PROI Worldwide has appointed new vice chairs in its APAC, Americas and EMEA Regions. Lisa Ross, president and partner of PROI Worldwide Agency rbi Communications was appointed vice chair in the Americas Region; Lena Soh-Ng, senior partner of PROI Agency Huntington was appointed vice chair in the APAC region; and Henning Sverdrup, partner of PROI Agency Slager Kommunikasjon in Norway, was re-appointed vice chair of the EMEA region. Article


The Oracle Group has made changes to its management team along with a refresh of its signature logo. Caroline Coskry, who founded the business in 2011, is now the company's chief executive. Zoe Murzell is now managing director of PR and events, and Jaclyn Thorburn has become managing director of digital and marketing. Article


InVentiv Health has partnered with Concentric. The partnerships will allow them to improve clients' strategic planning through forecasting and simulation in key activities including establishing the best mix and timing for launch activities; maximizing ROI through evidence based planning; determining optimal messages; and responding to new entrants in the market. Article


Citizen Relations has hired Jim Joseph to become its new global CEO. Article


5W Public Relations has been named a top beauty marketer by Beauty Store Business Magazine in its July 2017 issue. Article


Finn Partners announced that Dena Merriam has received a “Corporate Community Partnerships” award from City & State New York.  Article


Eric Mower + Associates was named a Silver Award winner in the 2017 Summit Creative Award competition for its creative work for FirstEnergy. Article


R&J Strategic Communications was recently recognized at NJ Ad Club’s 49th Annual Jersey Awards for their creative work. R&J took home three awards in three separate categories, including Public Relations: Special Event, Social Media and Digital Media. Article


Bliss Integrated Communication was recently selected to support Aetna’s Medicare Advantage Communications and PR Program. Article


FRED & FARID won 5 Lions at Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity 2017: 1 Gold + 3 Silver + 1 Bronze. Article


WeWork has named Jennifer Styles Head of Consumer Communications & Marketing. Article



Kimball Communications has signed four clients including the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), Michaelson Capital Partners, co-chair of the Private Client Services Group Amanda DiChello, and the Themis Advocates Group. Article


San Francisco

Randle Communications announced that Lindsey Goodwin has joined the firm’s senior leadership team as Director with the company. Article



Rally is opening its third West Coast office in Seattle. The office will be led by newly hired director Ashley Burns. Article


PRR, Inc. was honored as one of Seattle Business Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Article


Silicon Valley

Walt & Company announced that it has been selected as FleetUp‘s agency of record. Article



Okta has hired 3 Monkeys/Zeno to handle its UK PR duties. Article


Brands2Life has landed the consumer PR and social brief for Moonpig following a competitive pitch. Article


Aspectus has been appointed by breatheHR as its UK communications partner. Article


Smarts Communicate London has been appointed as London Marriott Hotel County Hall's PR and content agency following a competitive four way pitch process. Article


EMG has announced its creation of a practice dedicated to the growing additive manufacturing sector. The team will be overseen by senior consultant Shaun Wootton. The multidisciplinary practice offers marketing communications, public and influencer relations and digital solutions to both established companies already working in enterprise scale additive manufacturing, academic spin offs and start ups, as well as industrial firms making their first forays in the space. Article


The Marketing Eye has appointed Dan Roberts managing director. Article


Iris Worldwide has strengthened its creative, PR and brand expertise teams with the promotion of Robin Davies and the addition of Bonnie Ohara and Rachid Ahouiyek. Article


Bite UK has been named agency of record by ChargePoint. Article


Hotwire has promoted Alex MacLaverty into the newly created role of chief operating officer, in addition to her existing remit overseeing the company’s EMEA and ANZ offices. Article


6point6 has awarded its retained communications brief to Stature PR’s corporate & financial division. Article


The Marloe Watch Company has appointed Little Red Rooster to handle strategic planning, press office and creative campaign support. Article


Meg Dibb-Fuller is joining Milk & Honey PR in July. Article


Yellow Jersey PR has promoted Adam Wurf to director. Article


Lauren Pritchard has joined No Brainer as PR, social media and content manager. Article


Stonehaven has hired Ben Thornton as director of corporate and reputation. Article


Kreab London has advised Gestamp and Neinor Homes on their recent IPOs, which have been two of the largest European IPOs in the last quarter. Article


Yellow Jersey PR has advised Ethernity Networks on its admission to the AIM market, which saw it successfully raise £15m. Article


Cognito has opened an Amsterdam office as part of a joint venture with Richard Neve and Jan Jaap Omvlee. Article


Birmingham City University’s Public Relations MA programme has received national endorsement from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Article



Consulta has appointed Tribeca Public Relations as its public relations partner. Article



Rolls-Royce India has appointed First Partners agency of record to handle its PR and comms remit for the India and South Asia region.  Article



Ireland+Hall Communications and Pennant Media Group have joined MVPR as the trio of firms for Canada's largest LGBT event, the inaugural Canada Pride Montreal, who have brought on the agencies for key public and industry relations services. Article


BiOasis Technologies has named Catherine London executive vice president, head of corporate communications and investor relations. Article

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


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