PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of March 13, 2017

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Atlanta Bread is partnering with Trevelino/Keller. Article


Fire Bee announced the addition of Heather Hughes as marketing communications manager. Article



Centerline has added a second location in Austin, Tex. Article



Winstanley Partners was honored this month with two ADDY Awards from the American Advertising Federation (AAF). Article


SHIFT Communications has promoted Annie Perkins to Senior Vice President. Article



FWV Fetching has been selected as agency of record for the eighth consecutive year by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO). Article


French/West/Vaughan (FWV) was recently recognized with a North American Innovation SABRE Award for its work on the Wrangler Network. Article



Aprimo announced it has acquired ADAM Software. Article


IRI announced a strategic collaboration with Experian aimed to help marketers engage and identify customers with more relevant media to drive a better return on advertising spend and improve shopping experiences. Article


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


Qorvis MSLGROUP named four promotions across the agency’s junior to mid-level staff. Article



Maroon PR has been retained by HMC to serve as its public relations agency of record. Article


MSLGROUP announced the firm is joining forces with HealthyWomen to give American women a voice in the debate over legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. (ACA). Article


Spectrum Science Communications has named Larry Thompson Senior Vice President, Media. Article


Crosby Marketing Communications has added Anna Butler as an Integration Manager in the company’s expanding Washington, D.C., office. Article



Founders Junior Council has partnered with Lambert Edwards & Associates to promote upcoming events and to generate interest and engagement with FJC and DIA. Article


Los Angeles

Crafted Communications announced it has signed its third Expedia business in one year, with the addition of Egencia to its client roster.  Article


Havas Edge announced the addition of Nicole Cordero, Vice President US Hispanic Media. Article



Thor Guard has selected Buffalo.Agency as its public relations partner. Article


Española Way has appointed The Dana Agency as their PR agency of record. Article



Beehive Strategic Communication promoted Ayme Zemke to senior vice president, client service; Maggie Pendleton to account strategist; and hired Sandra Rulff as office administrator. Article


Skyya has expanded its client roster with the addition of four start-up clients: PangeaBed, a new entry in the bed-in-a-box market; Rad Power Bikes; Vaportronix vape products and accessories; and CycleBoard, which makes three-wheeled electric stand-up, lean-to-steer electric scooters. Article


Gage was recently named a 2017 Bronze Telly Award winner in nature/wildlife segments for a video it created commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Article



Deveney has named chief financial officer Chris Costello and senior account executive Carrie DeVries as partners. Article


New York

Global Strategy Group has named Julie Hootkin and Jim Papa as partners. Article


Porter Novelli has hired Eddie Garrett as executive vice president, global digital strategies. Article


5W Public Relations has hired John Ferrari has joined the agency as Senior Vice President of Finance. Article


Berk Communications announced that Marisa Carstens has joined the firm as Senior Vice President. Article


5W Public Relations announced the addition of Wendy Williams to its diverse roster of entertainment and consumer brands. Article


Braidio has committed to a 2017 year-long renewal with Resound Marketing to promote mobile learning and training. Article


Edelman has chosen to dispense with global leaders for three of its six practices, parting ways with Kathy Beiser (corporate), Stephanie Lvovich (public affairs), and Bob Knott (business and social purpose).  Article


Lotame announced the general availability of Lotame Onboarding—a people-based marketing service powered by LiveRamp IdentityLink—following a successful beta testing period.  Article


R&J Strategic Communications announces it has been named by the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA) to undertake a strategic educational and advocacy initiative centered on building better understanding of pet health insurance. Article


Pollock Communications announces 2 new clients, Fifty50 Foods and Capatriti Olive Oil.  In addition, Jenna Bell, PhD, RD, Senior Vice President and Director of Food & Wellness at Pollock Communications, is honored to have been elected as the 2017 Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group Representative in the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics House of Delegates. Article


D S Simon Media launches Influencer Marketing division. Article


Healbe has selected Feintuch Communications as its public relations firm. Article


Bullfrog + Baum has been named the agency of record for Botticelli. Article


Communication Strategy Group selects two Long Island start-ups for brand makeovers and announces Branding Workshop date. Article


Simpatico PR has launched a U.S. practice based in New York. The agency has appointed Dori Pasternak-Busell to spearhead Simpatico PR’s presence in the US market. Article


Joseph Genovesi joined Thrivest Specialty Funding, LLC as President and Chief Investment Officer. Article



SPRYTE Communications will sponsor all four of the Chamber’s 2017 Health Issue Committee meetings, beginning with the March 21 meeting at Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill. Article



Zynx Health has selected Amendola Communications as its agency of record. Article


O'Connell Communications is to represent Nonconductive Tool CompanyArticle


Blue C has initiated an expansion of its agency for 2017. The first expansion is set to begin in March with the addition of a Salt Lake City satellite office in downtown Salt Lake. This new expansion will be headed by Dana Zamalloa. Article


San Diego

Olive PR Solutions has launched a new brand identity and website. Article


San Francisco

PAN Communications announced it has hired Jennifer Malleo as a Vice President for the firm’s San Francisco office. Article



WE Communications announced the addition of Scott Friedman to the agency’s Technology Sector Team as executive vice president. Article


Hong Kong

WE Communications has announced the acquisition of two firms in Asia — China's Red Bridge Communications and Singapore consultancy Watatawa. Article



David Parkinson and Rich Rust have launched Brave & Heart, a new digital consultancy. Article


Arun Sudhaman has been promoted to chief executive officer at The Holmes Group. Founder Paul Holmes will become chair of the Group, and—after a three-month transition period—will return to journalism full-time. Article


Radioactive PR has won childcare services platform, adding to its roster of clients. Article


Liberty Communications announced today that it has been selected by FutureDia. Article


Milk & Honey has made its first senior hire, appointing Jo Cresswell as client director. Article


Simon Walker has become a non-executive advisor to Greenbrook Communications. Article


Prohibition PR has hired Ella Sykes as an account director to boost its growth strategy and bolster its B2B offering. Article


Nichi Hodgson has joined The Inner Circle as comms and PR manager. Article


Kaizo has hired Adam Hartley as its first head of editorial. Article



Burson-Marsteller EMEA CEO and global chief strategy officer Jeremy Galbraith is stepping down after more than two decades with the WPP PR agency. Article


Christophe Ginisty is launching a new business, AGOREP, which will provide social intelligence consultancy in insights for corporate communications and public relations professionals. Article


Saudi Aramco is revamping its global PR agency support ahead of a blockbuster IPO that could value the world's biggest oil company at $2tn. Article



WE Communications is in acquisition talks with Avian Media. Article


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