PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of March 20, 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!



Belgard announced its partnership with Trevelino/Keller. Article


Brandware Public Relations has been selected as agency of record by Weego. Article


Riskpoynt has tapped McDonnell Group to raise awareness of its barrier management software solution for the oil and gas industry. Article



French/West/Vaughan (FWV) announced it has been selected by Structure House to spearhead the company’s media presence and heighten its distinction in the health care industry. Article



Michael Baker International has hired Leanna Anderson as executive vice president and chief communications officer. Article



The Glover Park Group has hired Liz Allen as a senior vice president in the strategic communications practice. Article


Jasmine McGee and Wallen Augustin have joined Crosby Marketing Communications as content creator and social media specialist respectively. Article



WildRock Public Relations & Marketing celebrates fifth anniversary with work/life balance initiative. Article



Lambert Edwards & Associates has expanded its Detroit team with the addition of Jennifer Greenfelder as a director and Courtney Schrauben as an associate. Article



Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications (CAMC) announced continued success with the recent addition of Cayo Espanto. Article



PadillaCRT has rebranded Padilla. The brand refresh includes the launch of a new website and updated brand identity for Padilla, a top 10 independent public relations and communications company. Article


Connect 1-1 has been selected by Qples as the exclusive value-added reseller of its strategic coupon platform for advertising, PR and shopper marketing agencies. Article



Infiniti has named Phil O’Connor, currently director, chief marketing manager, body frame and crossover, as director, Infiniti marketing communication and media, replacing Allyson Witherspoon, who has moved to a new role with parent company Nissan in Japan. In addition, Nick Twork, currently director, Infiniti Americas corporate communications, is named general manager, Renault-Nissan Alliance innovation and technology communications. Kyle Bazemore, currently senior manager, Infiniti communications, is promoted to director, Americas corporate communications, replacing Twork. Article


Newport Beach

Mazda North American Operations has added Tim Olson to its public relations team as program manager, public relations. Article


Rainguard Water Sealer has selected Driven Public Relations as agency of record. Article


New York

Steinreich Communications Group has been appointed public relations consultant to Red Dress Boutique. Article


NJF has been retained by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation to lead its tourism public relations efforts in the U.S. Article


JJB PR announced the representation of Article


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


Meryl D. Pearlstein announced the appointment of MDP Publicity to conduct public relations campaigns for New Zealand In Depth. Article


Charles Hough joined NewsCred as President and COO. Article



Wall Street Communications announced that it has been retained by Decentrix Inc. to provide global public relations services and to increase company and brand awareness across the broadcast, cable, broadband, advertising, and digital media markets. Article



Albertsons Companies has appointed Jonathan Mayes as senior vice president, external affairs and chief diversity officer. Article


WE Communications has named Dawn Beauparlant chief client officer. Article


Miami & New York 

TARA, Ink. announced that it has been named agency of record for four new culinary accounts, including RUST Wynwood, ‘O Munaciello Miami, Bàcaro and VIA EMILIA 9. Article


Hong Kong

CLP Strategies has appointed Stephan Engel as a consulting partner. Article


ALDI has appointed Ogilvy & Mather Shanghai as its agency of record to manage its market entry into China. Article


Publicis Communications has appointed Fabienne Balleux as general manager, Singapore, of Luminous Experiential MSLGroup. Article



Etsy has appointed Alfred to support corporate communications for the UK market. Article


Here has named Dirk Popp as global head of corporate communications. Article


Reckitt Benckiser has appointed Miguel Veiga-Pestana as senior vice president of corporate communications and external affairs. Article


Threepipe will manage consumer and trade media relations and social campaigns for the new Merchant’s Heart brand. Article


Lewis has forged a strategic partnership with Smarp. Article


Caliber Interactive has named Rav Singh as its new global chief executive officer. Article


W Communications has added a Newcastle office that will offer consumer, corporate, influencer and social expertise and supplement existing offices in London, Singapore and Amsterdam. The office will be led by Christian Cerisola. Article


Racepoint Global is working with Hudl, a performance analysis tool for sports teams and athletes at every level. Article


Hotwire has been selected as the UK integrated communications agency for Newsflare. Article


Plastic Logic has appointed Wildfire to help the company establish itself as the primary global authority on EPDs. Article


Golin has inked a joint venture with JMW, which aims to expand the Interpublic PR firm's presence in the Nordic markets. Article


Brendon Craigie has stepped down as group CEO of Hotwire after 16 years with the firm. Article


Sony has appointed Fever as its retained UK PR agency to manage its smartphone and IoT products. Article


PHA Media announced it has been appointed by iCoolKid Ltd. to look after their global communications and social media strategy. Article


View My Chain has appointed PHA Media to lead their PR launch. Article


SDL has appointed PHA Media to handle its UK communications and profiling strategy. Article


Finsbury’s London office has brought Christina Mills on board as a consulting partner; working through her recently founded consulting business Christina Mills Communications Ltd. Article


Nasima Hussain has joined Promote PR as managing partner. Article


The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has appointed Liam O’Neill as corporate communications manager. Torque Agency Group will provide ongoing support. Article


Sarah Lee has launched PingGo, an automated PR service which targets start-ups and SMEs. Article



Nikki Twomey has stepped down from her role as chief marketing and communication officer at Standard Bank. Article



Justin Clark has been appointed a director of Sefiani, while Todd Loydell, former head of external, government and regulatory affairs at SBS, has been appointed government relations lead based in Canberra. The firm has also added to its senior advisory panel with Jane Keeley, formerly director of communications at the NSW Ministry of Health, and Michael Swanson, who has a 25-year career in senior roles across Asia-Pacific with global pharmaceutical companies. Article


Text100’s new consumer marketing communications division HyperText has been appointed by two brands. TEDxSydney, one of the world’s largest TEDx events, has appointed HyperText to deliver PR, social media strategy and influencer marketing support to help drive ticket sales for its yearly calendar of events. Not for profit immunisation advocacy group The Immunisation Coalition has engaged the agency to promote its push to educate Australians about the importance of vaccinations through an integrated PR, experiential and social campaign. Article


Hyundai Motor India has appointed First Partners as its public relations consultant for India following a multi-agency pitch. Article


hipages has recruited DEC PR to lead its public relations activities. Article


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