PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of June 5, 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!



The Castle Group has announced that the company has expanded its footprint to Atlanta. The new office is led by Philip Hauserman. Article


ARPR announced that it has leased approximately 2,300 square feet in Atlanta’s Ponce City Market. Article


William Mills Agency announced that Heather Sugg, Mary York and David Jones have been named as Group Directors and have joined the agency’s management team. Article



3BL Media announced today it has acquired TriplePundit. Article



The Safe + Fair Food Company has named Zapwater Communications its agency of record. 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



Allianz Worldwide Partners won the top award in the category of Blogger Campaigns at the 70th Virginia Public Relations Awards hosted by the Public Relations Society of America Richmond Chapter.   Article


Padilla has acquired INM United. Article


Crosby Marketing Communications has appointed Lacey Sladky integration director. Article


Agenda and MHP Communications has launched #WeAreNato, the organization's first major communications campaign in nearly a decade. Article


Pam Jenkins has been appointed president of the global affairs practice at Weber Shandwick as longtime lead Ranny Cooper steps down. Article


Weber Shandwick announced several promotions within its Public Affairs practice and Powell Tate, its Washington, D.C.-based public affairs unit. Article


The Massachusetts Golf Association (MGA) has selected Buffalo.Agency to provide strategic marketing and communications support. Article


Intermarkets today announced that it has been named an Inc. Magazine‘s Best Workplaces for 2017. Article


2U, Inc. announced that David Sutphen will join the company as its first Chief Communications and Engagement Officer. Article



D.A. Davidson & Co. has announced that Peter J. Heckmann has joined the firm’s award-winning institutional equity research team as a senior analyst. Article


Los Angeles

BHSC Global, LLC announced the acquisition of Group DIG. Article



CONRIC PR & Marketing has added Joshua Savage to its team as marketing account manager. Article


Fish Consulting has been named one of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2017. Article



MetaCommunications announced that Gregg Hammann will assume the roles of President and CEO. Article


New York

MCS Healthcare Public Relations announced the appointment of Eliot Harrison to agency president. Article


Patheon has named Madras Brand Solutions as its global agency of record following a review. Article


Hudson Cutler & Co. has been retained by Rokkan to provide PR and integrated communications services. Article


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


Women's Marketing has named Raquel Klugman senior vice president of beauty to focus on growing brands throughout funnel media strategy and marketing services. Article


Development Counsellors International (DCI) has been named agency of record by Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. for the destinations's tourism promotion in the US and Canada. Article


Noosa Yoghurt and Citi Bike are launching a summer-long partnership offering promotions from June 1 until September 3. Article


The Northeast Council of Carpenters (NRCC) has appointed Tony Bianchini as director of communications. Article


AirAsia has named Zeno Group its first US-based agency of record to handle corporate brand positioning and consumer brand visibility. Article


Ketchum and Daggerwing Group have introduced DaggerwingTransACT, an alliance offering integrated management consulting and communications services. It will cater to publicly held companies engaged in mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs and other transactions and aims to consider organizational culture in transactions. Article


AudioBoom has retained Diffusion as its agency of record on an ongoing basis. Article


Peppercomm announced a number of key hires and promotions that bolster its digital capabilities. Article


Ogilvy was named the most effective agency network at the recent Effie Awards. Article


G&S Business Communications (G&S) has elevated Beth Crisafi to vice president from account director. Article


Srikant (Sri) Ramaswami has been named Executive Vice President, Global and Emerging Markets, Healthcare, at rbb Communications. Article


Coyne Public Relations announced it has been selected to support the U.S. launch of Treemote. Article


The New York Times announced that Guy Griggs will join the company as head of revenue for HelloSociety and Fake Love. Article


PebblePost announced the appointment of David Peterson as Chief Technology Officer. Article


New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) announces its new board of directors for the 2017-2018 year. Meredith Long, senior vice president/GM, news & luxury, Time Inc. will serve as president. Article


Philip Gutman joined Brown Harris Stevens as Executive Vice President, Managing Broker. Article


Clermont Partners has appointed Cindy Klimstra managing director. Article



Domus, Inc. announced the hire of Kim Cox to the public relations team as senior account manager.  Article


Tonic Life Communications announced that Christy Loringer, Senior Account Supervisor, has been named to Medical Marketing & Media’s (MM&M) 2017 Women to Watch list. Article


Flackable has expanded its team by adding Binh Nguyen as account coordinator. Article



Bridge Therapeutics has selected Amendola Communications its agency of record. Article


Axway won the Sirius Decisions Program of the Year Award for Integrated Communications. Article


San Diego

Purple Penguin PR (PPP) recently announced the signing of its new client, San Diego Chapter of Truman National Security Project. Article


San Francisco

SHIFT Communications is announcing two strategic hires out of its San Francisco practice: effective immediately, David Hargreaves will act as Managing Director and Nathan Beers as Vice President. Article


Silicon Valley

Pierry Inc. announced that Ben Lee, the company’s Chief Marketing Officer, received the “Outstanding Marketing” award from the Academy of Marketing Science (AMS). Article


DC & Seattle

Porter Novelli strengthened its public affairs and consumer technology capabilities through the addition of two senior vice presidents in key roles in Washington, D.C. and Seattle. Article



Finsbury, The Glover Park Group and Hering Schuppener Consulting announced the formation of a strategic partnership on a unified global platform. The entry of The Glover Park Group enhances the successful partnership that Finsbury and Hering Schuppener launched in April 2016. Article


Edelman has appointed Kate Hawker managing director of its UK healthcare team. Article


After a competitive four way tender process, Grayling has been appointed by Women in Rail to support and deliver a wide ranging integrated communications brief for the next two years. 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


Beattie has appointed Eileen Stretton into the newly created role of client and business development director. Article


Michael Zdanowski joined strategic communications firm Madano as head of energy. Article 


ResponseSource has acquired JournoRequests. Article


The Shetland Distillery Company has appointed Garnish Communications to enhance the brand’s reach in the UK market. Article


Hudson Sandler is advising Polyus on its upcoming flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Article


High Definition has appointed Pegasus to lead its UK consumer communications. Article


Greatlittlebreaks has appointed Fleet Street Communications to implement a consumer PR campaign to help build the brand’s profile. Article


Stature PR has appointed Tim West as its new business and digital. Article


WPR Agency Ltd has appointed Graeme McKenzie as its new strategy and planning director. Article


Neil van Ginsburg has joined TVC Group as global sales director. Article


Skout has appointed Celine Goodier in the newly created role of business development manager. Article


KPPR has been appointed the personal publicist for Danni Menzies. Article


The Valencia Region Tourism Board has appointed PR Media Co to handle its UK PR throughout 2017.  Article


ctn group (formerly ctn communications) has launched two new brands; a "seriously creative communications agency" called Embolden, and individual and corporate reputation firm The Leadership AgencyArticle


Nudge has added two new clients to its portfolio. The agency has begun working with Guittard Chocolate Company, and has been tasked with bringing the US brand to the UK market. It has also started working with Cheers Alcoholic Ice Creams, and has been tasked with handling comms for the entire range and the launch of new flavours, as well as ongoing press activity. Article


Publicis Communications has appointed Lizzie Dewhurst to the newly created role of global PR and communications director. Article



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


Ikea has selected APCO to handle its corporate PR remit in France. Article


Nissan has hired Hussein M. Dajani as digital marketing GM for Africa, Middle East and India (AMI). Article



Facebook has shifted its policy communications mandate in India to Avian Media following a competitive review. Article



The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) awarded David Eisenstadt, APR, FCPRS, FPRSA LM the 2017 CPRS Shield of Public Service after a unanimous vote by the CPRS Board of Directors and Awards Committee. Article


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