PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of March 14, 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!


Brandware has been selected by CXC Simulations to support its 2016 expansion plans with media relations and digital content. Article


Allied Integrated Marketing took home top honors at the 2016 Atlanta Marketer of the Year (AMY) Awards against a competitive slate of entries. Article



Tier One Partners has added three new clients: 24M, ADA-ES and QM Power. Article



MMI has promoted Erin Smith from senior account supervisor to vice president. Article


S&A Communications has hired Michael McDaniel as digital strategy analyst. Article



Henson Consulting has named Suzanne Marta as Senior Media Strategist. Article


MSLGroup’s Chicago office and Leo Burnett Worldwide are joining forces to create a single integrated PR offering under the MSLGroup brand. Amy Cheronis has been named managing director of MSLGroup in Chicago. Article


Sprout Social announced the launch of its newest tool, Landscape. The free image-resizing program enables anyone—from social media marketers to business owners—to optimize a single image for different social networks. Article


Tempesta Media has announced the appointment of a group of respected business and technology leaders to its advisory board. Article



HDMK has added Julie Cram as partner. Article


Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group has promoted Glenn Gray to Vice President. Article


Warschawski announced that it has been hired by The Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg, P.A. Article



The Los Cabos Tourism Board has selected MMGY Global as its U.S. Agency of Record for public relations following an official RFP review in January.  Article


Mary Cochran joins Sleep Easily as Director of Marketing. Article



Bianchi Public Relations will discuss its proprietary study of 25 top Detroit firms – “Social Media Use by Professional Services (SMUPS)” – at a special event hosted by the Society for Marketing Professional Services – Michigan Chapter (SMPS) on April 14 in Southfield. Article


Eisbrenner Public Relations has hired Gretchen Klosterman as senior account executive. Article


Los Angeles

The Pollack PR Marketing Group (PPMG) announced that it has been retained by Bob Hope USO to support its ongoing issue management needs and its 75th Anniversary community relations outreach efforts. Article

Phelps announced the final transfer of ownership to its associates through the company’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). Phelps is the largest ESOP-owned marketing communications company in California. Article



Llorente & Cuenca has started operating in Cuba. Pau Solanilla will lead a team of professionals working from offices in Spain, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and the USA. Article


Amadeus has appointed Speyside Corporate Relations as its public relations agency for the key markets of Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. Article


LINKS Worldgroup has announced that it has been named the public relations agency for KAYAK. Article



Woodruff Sweitzer (WS) recently announced the addition of Alex Nordlund and Rob Koch to its Minneapolis/St. Paul office and Andrew Grinch to its Columbia, Missouri, office. Article


Newport Beach

Global Results Communications (GRC) announced the addition of Chalk Digital to its list of clients. Article


New York

Golin has appointed Bridget Klein to the role of executive director, consumer practice, in New York. Article


Peppercomm has appointed Mike Friedin as managing director, digital. Article


Lane has added Malisa Meresman and Yan He and promoted Betsy Stavis and Vanessa Jovel in its New York office, and has hired Shannon Woods in its Portland office. Article


Lou Hammond & Associates has added seven new clients for public relations, digital marketing and positioning. Article


Affect was selected by Diligent Corporation and Ghostery to spearhead their communications programs. Article


Weber Shandwick has joined the affiliates program at Columbia University's Data Science Institute, which trains data scientists to develop innovative technologies and brings together faculty, students and companies from various industries to use data to solve important societal challenges. Article


Weber Shandwick is stepping up plans to launch an office in Cuba, after obtaining a specific US Department of Treasury licence that authorizes the PR firm to pursue operations in the country. Article


Ruder Finn chief global strategist Louise Harris has left the firm after 16 years, to launch a consultancy that is currently working for Orbis International. Article


Vested announced it has been retained as agency of record by LendIt. Article


ENroute Communications has been named Newcomer Agency of the Year at the first-ever North American Excellence Awards. Article


Lorraine Abelow, founder of Abelow PR, has been named to the editorial board of Hotel Business Review, and its online content provider, Article


Arccos Golf announced the addition of Tom Williams to its senior management team as Vice President of Marketing. Article


R&J Strategic Communications announces the hiring of Stephanie Agresti as Assistant Account Executive and the promotion of Erin Ally to Account Coordinator. Article


Thea Linscott has been named the new Chairwoman of Stupid Cancer. Article


David Weinstock joined Decoded Advertising as Chief Creative Officer. Article


Andrew Neblett joined ALM as President of ALM Intelligence. Article


Richard Gardiner joined Neuberger Berman Trust Company as Chief Investment Officer. Article


Robert Newborn joined CareMount Medical as Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer. Article


Ronald Croce joined Cirrus Data Solutions as Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. Article



M studio announced it will work with European Soaps to support marketing initiatives for their subsidiary brands.  Article


Eric Schnell and Marci Zaroff together announce the launch of BeyondBrands to bring expertise, brand strategy and product creation and launch support to established and next-generation brands in the healthy living and sustainability marketplace. Article



Intrepid has been elected as a member of Worldcom. Article


San Francisco

Liberty Communications has been selected by Exact Ventures to raise brand awareness and revamp its website. Article



Thompson & Co. Public Relations President and CEO Jennifer Thompson will be inducted into the Anchorage ATHENA Society on March 21, along with 10 other members in the class of 2016. Article



MagForce has hired Barbara von Frankenberg as vice president communications and investor relations. Article


Hong Kong

DeVries Global has appointed Maddy Rao as executive vice president, client management and strategy. Article


Brunswick has named several new partners, including two in the Asia-Pacific region: Kirsten Molyneux in Hong Kong and Rory Macpherson in Shanghai. Article


WE Communications has bolstered its Greater China leadership with the addition of Michael Jones as consumer lead in Greater China and Annie Ho as technology lead in Hong Kong. Article


Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed QC Liang to the role of CEO in China. Article



Narva has bolstered its healthcare capabilities, hiring Göran Hägglund soon after acquiring Heart. Article


Unity has created two new senior roles, hiring John Carolan to lead planning and welcoming back Andrew Soar as head of engagement. Article


Brunswick has promoted several directors to partner, including Annalisa Barbagallo in Brussels; Benoit Grange in Paris; Carol Roos in Johannesburg; Daisuke Tsuchiya, Katie Ioanilli, Nina Coad, and Sumeet Desai in London; and Will Anderson in Abu Dhabi. Article


Tandem has appointed Eulogy as its retained PR agency as it gears up to its launch later this year. Article


Bownty has hired Turtle to launch to the UK’s national and consumer press. Article


Headland has appointed Lucy Legh as director. Article


Liberty Communications announced that it has been selected by Exact Ventures. Article


Red Lorry Yellow Lorry has been appointed by Tufin as its North American PR agency of record. Article



Matriochka has been selected by Orangina Suntory France Company to provide public relations and digital influence support for brands including Orangina, Oasis, Schweppes, Pulco, and Champomy. Article


Hyundai has appointed Wallis Marketing Consultants as public relations agency in the Africa and Middle East region. Article



N2N Communications has promoted Katarina Farrell to general manager and associate partner under the agency’s recently launched equity partnership scheme. Article


Carrington Brigham has been named to the newly-created role of head of digital and social media at Sefiani Communications Group. Article


Burson-Marsteller Australia market CEO Christine Jones has stepped down after almost a decade with the WPP PR firm over two stints. Article


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