PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of June 6, 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!


Allied Integrated Marketing joined Atlanta’s Fox Theatre in accepting the “Top Marketing Campaign of the Year” award at the Event & Arena Marketing Conference (EAMC).  Article



White Hat is the new name of full-service creative and integrated marketing agency Marketing Matters. Article



Pete & Gerry’s Organics has named 360 Public Relations to handle a multi-faceted communications program for its Pete & Gerry’s Organic and Nellie’s Free Range brands. Article



S&A Communications has hired Beth Harris as graphic designer. Article



3rd Coast Public Relations has hired Rachel Madden Johnson as an account supervisor, and Crystal Cozart as an account executive. Trisha Teckenbrock was promoted to senior account executive. Article


Zapwater Communications won the Platinum Award (Best of Show), and five Gold Trumpets at the Publicity Club of Chicago’s 57th Annual Golden Trumpet Awards. Article


C. Blohm & Associates (CB&A) announced the promotion of Emily Embury to Vice President. Article



E-Mist Innovations recently partnered with M/C/C to market its patented electrostatic disinfectant technology. Article


Moroch Partners announced it has been selected as the media agency of record for Dickies. Article



Michael Huttner has been named CEO of Fenton. Article


Eurocom Worldwide has selected Gabriel Marketing Group as a new member agency in the US. Article


Prosper Group has appointed Mark Irion as senior advisor. Article


Maroon PR announced the firm is working with United States Polo Association (USPA), as well as its licensing arm, USPA Global Licensing Inc. (USPAGL). Article


The American Advertising Federation (AAF) elected its new slate of Board of Directors, five new corporate members and two new positions on the Board. Article



B Public Relations (BPR) announces the addition of Monarch Mountain Ski Resort, Maya Beach Hotel & Bistro, Casa Lucila and Asia Transpacific Journeys to the company’s list of hospitality and tourism clientele. Article


Big Footprint announced the addition of Justin Kutner as the new Director of Digital Strategy. Article



Assembly announced that it has hired Kendra Mazey as Managing Partner, Detroit. Article


Franco Public Relations Group has hired Adriane Davis as Digital Marketing Specialist. In addition, Andrea Kenski, Erica Swoish and Lauren Connor have been promoted to account supervisor, senior account executive and account executive respectively. Article


Los Angeles

Penn Schoen Berland has hired Jack MacKenzie as executive vice president to lead its global media and entertainment practice based in Los Angeles. Article


Edelman and its United Entertainment Group unit have launched Starling, focused on global influencer and brand partnerships and delivering custom video influencer programs designed to drive business objectives and brand engagement. Article


grapevine pr + consulting has been selected as a Finalist for “Press Event or Media Tour (of the Year)” in Ragan’s PR Daily “2016 Media Relations Awards” for its work with client Danny Pintauro. Article


Much & House Public Relations has unveiled a rebranding on the heels of its 20th anniversary, The changes include a new name – East 2 West Collective – as it expands its footprint to the East Coast, along with executive promotions and key hires. Article


Allied Hispanic has hired Stephany Echepetelecu to lead marketing strategies for current clients and to broaden the division’s entertainment roster to include TV networks and musicians who are looking to expand their reach to Hispanic audiences. Article



MP&F Public Relations founding partner, Mark McNeely, has won the Nashville Young Professionals Impact Award for his influence on local young professionals. Article


New York

Fred Lake has joined PadillaCRT as senior vice president and leader of the agency’s Health Practice. Article


Coyne Public Relations has been chosen by KEF to develop and implement a comprehensive public relations campaign in support of the KEF brand and its award winning line-up of products. Article


John Currence has named Evins as his public relations and marketing agency of record. Article


Stephanie Gotch PR has been selected to represent Zana Bayne. Article


BlueHornet has selected Feintuch Communications to implement its integrated public relations program. Article


Randi Pincus, Director of Marketing at Integrated Medical Professionals (IMP) was recently named one of Long Island’s top female executives, and will be receiving a Brava Award on August 10 in Westbury, NY. Article


DeVries Global announced the promotion of Ivette Sanz Osso to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Article


Sean Hanrahan, who has overseen ESPN’s Marketing Solutions group since 2008, has added Brand Marketing to his portfolio. Article


Michael Huttner is the new CEO of Fenton. Article


San Francisco

Verily has hired Carolyn Wang as its chief communications officer as the startup battles media reports that it is facing challenges. Article



PR Talent has hired Dan Lee to launch its Seattle presence and lead its expansion into the Northwest. Article


Annik has engaged industry growth expert Kristin Luck as Chief Marketing Consultant. Article



Allison+Partners announced that it has completed an asset purchase of Higher Ground Communications in Germany. Principles Martina Mϋller and Vivian Dadamio will join as senior vice presidents to lead new Allison+Partners offices in Berlin and Munich respectively. Article


Wizz Air has appointed Tamara Vallois as head of communications. Article


Hong Kong

Adrian Warr has been named managing director at Edelman’s Hong Kong office, and, as of July 1, Carolyn Hammond will also join the team in the role of head of consumer marketing. Article



Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has appointed Fever as its new retained consumer PR agency to handle activity for PlayStation hardware and software across EMEA markets. Article


Lewis has hired Dan Masser to head a new corporate communications practice. Article


Hill+Knowlton Strategies has added Fiona Hughes, Nick Fishleigh, and Sarah Martinez to the senior management of its technology team. Article


David Fraser has launched a new London-based agency called Ready10. The new firm will create campaigns that deliver on a brand's PR & SEO needs via traditional media relations, organic SEO and creative content. Article


Fourtold has added Amy Johnson as partner and Rhodri Cole has joined as consultant. Article


Tangerine has been selected to support the National Disability Sports Organisations and English Federation of Disability Sport. Article


Speedy Hire has selected Fox Agency for its summer campaigns strategy and delivery. Article


Faselis has established an office in the Netherlands from where it plans to grow its business in Europe. Article


Ikea is searching for corporate PR support in the UK, as it steps up ambitious expansion plans across the country. Article


Edelman has launched Edelman Edge, a campaign tool designed to help companies better understand the public affairs environment in local markets around the world. Article


Bite has enhanced its senior team with the appointments of Sam Fresco as head of innovation and growth, and Sophie Holdham as client services director. Article


Hanover has named Alastair Gornall as its first non-executive chairman. Article


BidSwitch announced that it has hired Barry Adams as its VP, Commercial Development. Article


The Reading Agency has appointed Stand Agency to increase its profile in the national media and promote the value of reading to a wider audience. Article


Louise Ansari has joined the Centre for Ageing Better as director of communications. Article


Golin has created three new roles to strengthen its digital content strategy, with Alex Michael joining the agency as executive digital director, Catherine Pryce named digital creative director and Neil Kleiner promoted to head of social and content. Article


The Prince’s Countryside Fund has appointed Simon Henry to the newly-created position of PR manager. Article


Celicourt Communications has been appointed as adviser to Gem Diamonds and redT Energy. Article


W promotes its head of brand, Sophie Raine, to director, just over two years since she first joined the agency. Article


Sue Neilen joins Virgo Health as head of the communications division. Article


Chris Mostyn joins J. Murphy & Sons Limited (Murphy) as head of marketing and communications. Article


Bianca Lee-Chang joins Lexis as head of consumer. Article


Lloyd’s of London hires Harvard PR with the aim of positioning the insurance giant as a global leader in cyber insurance. Article


Pearn Kandola appoints Bottle to increase its profile within national and trade press. Article


Optimum Nutrition chooses Speed Communications to deliver a number of campaigns for the brand, ahead of a new initiative launch for its consumers to mark its 30th anniversary this year. Article


PHA Media is chosen by Look Fabulous Forever to manage its comms activity throughout 2016. Article


Krista Madden joins forces with Emily Seares to launch a creative SEO agency, We Elevate. Article


Aspectus has been appointed by PJ Valves (PJV). Article


ARK Skincare has brought in RKM Communications to handle its PR. Article


Nudge PR has won an ongoing PR retainer for Only By Nature frozen yoghurts. Article


RMS has hired Aspectus to grow its presence beyond insurance sector and trade press. Article


LaunchPad Recruits has appointed Man Bites Dog to support its next phase of growth. Article


International Greetings has appointed Redleaf Communications to handle its corporate communications.  Article


Yellow Jersey PR has hired Joe Burgess as a consultant. Article


Palm PR has been appointed by Simplee Aloe to help grow its share of the UK juice category. Article



Hill+Knowlton Strategies Brussels CEO Thomas Tindemans has been named chairman of the operation and COO Melanie Faithful Kent succeeds him as CEO. Article 


Blonde 2.0 marked its 10 year anniversary at a nighttime reception on the Tel Aviv waterfront. Article

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