PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of March 21, 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!



The College Football Hall of Fame & Chick-fil-A Fan Experience has selected Trevelino/Keller as its lead public relations and social media marketing agency. Article



Poxel has named Jonae Barnes as senior vice president, investor relations and public relations. Article


Halewood International Holdings PLC has named 360PR as U.S. agency of record for its fast-growing Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer brand, amid rapid growth in the hard soda category. Article


Hollywood Public Relations has been named one of the top 50 fastest-growing companies in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal. Article


(add)ventures has added new talent to its strategy/marketing and content/PR teams with the addition of three team members. Lisa Reefe of Providence joins as manager, strategy/marketing, and Anne Zollo, of Cumberland joins as specialist, strategy/marketing. Warwick resident Ali McGowan joins as specialist, pr/strategy. Article



Golin has announced Megan Duncan as the winner of its second annual Golin Unternship. Article


C. Blohm & Associates (CB&A) announced the hire of Account Executive Chloe Scheller to its expanding team. Article



The National Retail Federation has added Ana Serafin Smith to its communications team. Article


Scott Sobel joined kglobal with the title of Senior Strategy and Communications Executive. Article


Sage Communications has named Ron Lichtinger as Vice President of Business Development. Article



WildRock Public Relations & Marketing is celebrating four years and the onboarding of a new account executive, Amanda Ford. Article


Los Angeles

Vectis Strategies has named Cale Ottens as an associate partner. Article



JeffreyGroup has been selected to manage pan-regional communications programs in Latin America for KitchenAid. Article


Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications (CAMC) has been appointed the PR agency of record for both the PPI Group and Caribbean Journal. Article


Balsera Communications and Tandem of Argentina announced their affiliation agreement to provide joint communications, public affairs and market development services to businesses, non-profits and local, state and federal governments in the United States and Argentina. Article



Bayou Rum selected Deveney as its public relations and social media partner. Article


Choice Media & Communications has renewed its contract with Elevate Publishing and leadership expert and bestselling author Michael Hyatt and has been tapped to spearhead national media campaigns for three of Thomas Nelson’s forthcoming titles. Article


Brian Besanceney will join Walmart as senior vice president and chief communications officer, effective April 1. Article


MP&F has received PRWeek’s public affairs campaign of the year award, its third national honor for the Red White and Food effort to bring wine to Tennessee retail food stores. Article


New York

Ruder Finn Group has launched Bloom Tech, which focuses on the technology and health sectors. Article


Burson-Marsteller has introduced a new offering focused on helping organizations take full advantage of the benefits associated with closing the gender gap and creating more opportunities for women leaders. Article


Ogilvy Public Relations has hired Karen Paff as senior vice president on the Ogilvy Media Influence team. Article


MWWPR announced that Michelle Gordon has joined the firm as senior vice president, research and insights. Article


The Pollack PR Marketing Group (PPMG) announced that Jeff Monford has joined the agency to lead its New York office as Managing Director. Article


Coyne Public Relations announced its selection as agency of record for Yvolution USA. Article


The Halo Group has been selected as the branding agency of record for Baby Brezza. Article


RF Binder has brought on Marcy Massura as senior MD and chief integration officer. Article


Vintage Rockefeller Wine & Spirits Group has joined forces with Foundations Marketing Group (FMG) for PR and Events Management, Digital Media and Strategic Marketing Advisory Services. Article


R&J Strategic Communications has been named one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey for 2016 by NJBIZ Magazine. Article


Steinreich Communications Group has been appointed global media relations partner for the 17th annual Safaricom Marathon. Article


Grayling announced the expansion of its leadership team. Meghan Gross has been appointed to the role of Executive Vice President, overseeing some of the agency’s largest U.S. client relationships and helping to drive the region’s client satisfaction initiatives. Will Kunkel has been named EVP, Creative and Content, leading all U.S. digital creative, content and social strategy efforts. Article


Collins announced that it is has hired Eddie Revis as Executive Strategy Director. Article


Peppercomm announced the appointment of Mike Friedin as Managing Director, Digital. Article


The Stevens Group has named Deborah Radman Senior Associate.  Article


ESPN has named Wanda Young to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Marketing and Consumer Engagement. Article



Comcast has promoted John Demming to vice president, corporate and financial communications, and Kirsten Siegel to vice president, internal communications. Article


San Francisco

Michael Brito has left W2O after nearly three years to spearhead US growth for Lewis Pulse. Article


RALLY announced that Howli Ledbetter has joined as a Director in its San Francisco office. Article



Standard Insurance Company has promoted Amy Malagamba to second vice president of corporate communications. Article


Jenna Forstrom is the newest addition to the Mac’s List team. Article



Bayer global communications chief Herbert Heitmann is stepping down after almost three years in one of the country's most prominent PR roles. Article


Hong Kong

Edelman has hired Thien Thanh Nguyen as its new CEO in Vietnam. Article



Dean Russell has launched epifny consulting to help brands and agencies combine expertise in data insights, creative communications and business strategy. Article


Hill+Knowlton Strategies has hired Jessi Langsen to head the content and publishing approach for its healthcare sector. Article


Cohn & Wolfe announced the appointment of Tom Malcolm as its new Managing Director of Consumer Marketing for the UK. Article


Smarts Communicate has opened a new office in London. Article


Puja Darbari has joined salt as business unit director, corporate. Article


Innis & Gunn has appointed Manifest as its global communications agency. Article


Fuze has appointed Wildfire as its European communications agency. Article


Amazon is reshuffling its UK PR roster after parting ways with two of its retained agencies. Article


Samsung has hired Iris Culture for a newly-created agency role that focuses on consumer PR support across 17 European markets. Article


Jabra has consolidated PR for several markets with Lewis, as it aims to elevate its profile in an increasingly competitive market. Article


AstraZeneca has hired Jennie Younger to lead global corporate affairs. Article


Directors of LUX were recently awarded Regional Emerging Director of the Year by IoD Scotland’s Director of the Year Awards in Glasgow.  Article



MSLGroup has restructured its India’s leadership team, promoting Parveez Modak, Glen D’Souza, Schubert Fernandes, and N Dhanshekhar Iyer to executive director roles, reporting to and working alongside managing director Amit Misra. Article



gShift announced it has acquired InNetwork in an all-stock deal. Article


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