PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of March 6, 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!


William Mills Agency announced the promotion of Michael Misoyianis to chief financial officer. Article



360PR+ has named Sean McNair as vice president of digital services. Article


PAN Communications has been named the agency of record for Inpixon. Article



Torod Neptune is departing Verizon to become VP of global communications at Lenovo. Article



Greektown Special Service Area #16 has retained Zapwater Communications to handle public relations and social media activities for the historic neighborhood in Chicago’s Near West Side. Article



HELPS International has named TrizCom Public Relations as its agency of record. Article


Lewis Public Relations announced that the company is now Three Box Strategic Communications. Article



Airlines for America has named Todd Burke as senior vice president, communications. Article


GMMB has appointed five new senior vice presidents: Saakshi Monga, John Rimel, and Sandy Won, based in the Washington DC office; Andy Rigsby, based in the Seattle office; and Harper Lawson, based in Montana. Article


Crosby Marketing Communications has added Anna Butler as an integration manager. Article


Egypt's powerful General Intelligence Service has hired Weber Shandwick and Cassidy & Associates to help improve perceptions of the country. Article


Glen Echo Group was named to Washingtonian magazine’s “Great Places to Work,” a biennial list of the 50 best places to work in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Article


Los Angeles

Ali Ostridge has joined C&R Communications as account director. Article


JMPR Public Relations announced that it has been named agency of record for The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering for the second consecutive year. Article



Turner is celebrating its 20th anniversary by opening in Miami, Fla. The office will be led by new vice president Naureen Kazi. Article


Charlene Dance has launched The Montage Agency, a full-service multicultural marketing collective. Article



Swanson Russell received 19 awards at the Nebraska ADDY Awards Show & Banquet held Feb. 18 in Lincoln. Article


New York

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America has named Sherry Pudloski as chief communications officer. Article


John Lampl has been appointed vice president corporate communications for Baltia Air Lines. Article


The 2019 Commemoration has selected Finn Partners to drive communications and public relations for Virginia’s American Evolution campaign. Article


Lou Hammond Group has added five new clients: Lincoln Road, a social and civic space in Miami Beach; Balsam Mountain Preserve, a 4,400-acre private family community in the western North Carolina mountains; Localike, a new travel service provider; Hornblower Cruises & Events, offering private event charters and public dinner cruises in New York; and Coastal Expeditions, a Charleston outfitter. Article


Clapit has tapped Diffusion as its agency of record to increase awareness and drive user growth to its discovery platform and mobile app. Article


Alliance BioEnergy Plus announced that it has entered into an agreement with FischTank Marketing and PR, selecting the NYC-based firm as its Agency of Record for public relations and marketing services supporting key business initiatives. Article


Gary Sheffer has joined Weber Shandwick as a senior corporate strategist. Article


The Public Relations Society of America and Reputation Economy Advisors have partnered to provide a unique series of online classes aimed at equipping management-level communicators with industry resources to strengthen their credentials, gain greater credibility and advance their career through a cumulative eight-week certificate program in reputation management. Article


C-Suite TV has announced a new partnership with Reach Me TV. This new partnership will see C-Suite TV launch their new show C-Suite Insights at the Airport Revenue Conference in New Orleans on March 14th. Article


R&J Strategic Communications has once again been named one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey. Article


MBLM announced it has successfully spearheaded a rebranding of Wyng, which was formerly Offerpop. Article


Klarna has selected Feintuch Communications as its public relations agency of record for North America. Article


Eyeview announced the appointment of Brian Katz as Vice President, Advanced TV Insights & Strategy. Article


The D S Simon Media team announced two new hires: Michael O’Donnell and Drew Penkala. Article


Thomas Prendergast joined STV as Executive Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer. Article


Wendy Smith joined COPE Health Solutions as Executive Vice President. Article



Brownstein Group announced the promotion of Erin Allsman to Managing Director. Article



Amplify Relations announced two new hires for their 2017 Spring Internship Program. Article


San Francisco

Opus Biotech Communications announced the opening of a San Francisco office through an affiliation with PJ Johnston Communications. Article


Silicon Valley

McGrath/Power Public Relations and Communications has been chosen by SupplyPro, Inc. as its agency of record. Article


Los Angeles & New York 

ELR Media Group announced the acquisition of 3 new accounts. Article


New York & San Francisco

Resound Marketing announced that Education Elements has committed to a 2017 renewal with the PR agency. Article


Hong Kong

Burson-Marsteller has named Reza Setiawan as director, brand communications, and Muhamad Heikal as associate director, public affairs. Article


Marriott International has named Alethea Lamhas as vice president, communications for Asia Pacific. Article


The Peninsula Hotels has appointed Carson Glover as its new director of global communications. Article


Oracle has handed Asia-Pacific public relations duties to Golin following a competitive review. Article



Four Communications Group has acquired Legend Engage, which will become Four Engage. Article


Beattie has added digital marketing expert Deborah Hair. Article


Octopus Group has been appointed by Fortinet to be its new UK PR agency. Article


Dynamo has been selected to lead the consumer PR for Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, as it fights to save the national team following UK Sport’s decision to cut its funding. Article


NewMotion has appointed Threepipe to help launch its UK rollout in 2017. Article


PHA Media has been chosen by REalyse to formally launch the company to the UK market and build awareness amongst its residential property developer and investor key audience. Article


MSC Cruises has appointed Natalie Billington as UK and Ireland PR manager. Article


instinct pr has promoted Juliet Price to director and Louise Cook to head of consumer. Article


Rosie Day has joined the City and Westminster Property Associations as assistant director, with responsibility for strategic comms activity. Article


Jon Chandler has joined Quiller Consultants to lead a dedicated corporate reputation practice. Article


FieldHouse Associates has appointed Liz Alexander as director. Article


EdenCancan has promoted Mischa Joslin to MD as it moves into its 10th year. The appointment coincides with founder and former MD Nick Fulford’s move to the role of chairman.  Article



Instinctif Partners has expanded its Middle East presence with the appointment of two new team members in its Dubai office. David Thompson joins as a consultant, following a career in journalism working with ITP Media, a leading publishing house in the UAE. Judecyll Eguia joins as an account executive, coming from an office management background. Article


Iranian Public Relations House has joined the International Communications Consultancy Organisation as its 38th national association member. Article



Bacardi-Martini Australia has appointed Ogilvy PR Australia as its public relations agency of record. Article


Pineapple PR has merged with The Red Republic. Pineapple will now operate as The Pineapple Republic. Article


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