PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of March 28, 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!


MSLGroup has hired Danielle Wuschke to lead its global technology sector, as well as its Boston office as managing director. Article



Cramer-Krasselt has been selected by John G. Shedd Aquarium for public relations support around its rescue and rehabilitation program. Article



TrizCom Public Relations was named public relations agency of record by FAN EXPO DALLAS. Article



The Telecommunications Industry Association has added Ashley Simmons as director of communications. Article


Good Company has joined The Purpose Collaborative, a collective of cause-focused agencies and consultants created by former Edelman exec Carol Cone. Article



GroundFloor Media has become part of PROI Worldwide. Article


Los Angeles

The Music Center has appointed Bonnie Goodman as senior vice president of marketing and communications. Article


Rogers & Cowan has named Holly Beverly vice president. Article


grapevine pr + consulting has been selected as agency of record for Mano a Mano to lead US public relations efforts. Article


JMPR Public Relations announced that it has been named agency of record for The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, universally regarded as one of the most highly influential international events during the historic Monterey Car Week. Article


NRPR Group announced the newest additions to its diverse roster. Article


Murphy O’Brien Public Relations announced three new clients to its Travel collection. Article



LINKS Worldgroup announced it has been appointed as the public relations and media agency of record for the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism in Latin America following a competitive review of regional agencies. Article


IZEA has launched the world’s first virtual reality influencer (“VR”) network. Article


Diamond Public Relations expands its Caribbean client roster with the addition of Resorts World Bimini. Article



Sean O’Brien has joined PadillaCRT as vice  president of technology and innovation, leading PadillaCRT’s digital strategy, user experience and development teams from the agency’s Minneapolis headquarters. Article


ReliaMax has selected Cognito as its agency of record. Article


New York

Skanska USA has promoted Nicole Didda to chief communications officer. Article


TBWA Worldwide has appointed Anaka Kobzev as global head of communications. Article


Global Strategy Group has named Nick Gourevitch as partner. Article


Kellen has hired Greg Sherry as executive vice president of communications. Article


Magrino is representing two new clients, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts, as the global public relations agency of record. Article


Llorente & Cuenca has formed a strategic alliance with Abernathy MacGregor to establish a LatAm Desk based in Abernathy’s New York office. Article


Two of FleishmanHillard’s senior analytics professionals are leaving the firm. Christina Liao is leaving the firm and returning to Atlanta, while Colby Vogt is joining DeVries Global as global executive vice president, business intelligence. Article


Resound Marketing announced that it has been selected as the agency of record for the New Jersey chapter of the American Marketing Association. Article


Startupbootcamp FinTech has appointed Cognito to raise its awareness and media profile in New York.  Article


Rubenstein Public Relations (RPR) has announced additions to its fast-growing client roster including, New York Residence, Maritz Motivation Solutions, The Blue Card, and Kingsbridge National Ice Center. Article


ReliaMax announced it has selected Cognito as its agency of record. Article


Blue Frog Communications announced that they have been selected as the agency of record for Stephen Joseph, Inc. Article


Leslie Campisi joined Anthemis Group as Chief Marketing Officer. Article


Tara Hogan was promoted to Vice Director of Stribling Marketing Associates. Article


Alyssa Hall joined Computer Design & Integration LLC (CDI LLC) as AVP Marketing and Business Development. Article


Andrea Ching joined OpenSlate as CMO. Article


Matthew Leone was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer of Terra Holdings. Article


Beth Kormanik was promoted to Executive Editor of BizBash Media. Article



AmeriQuest Business Services has appointed Glenn Boyet as director of corporate communications. Article


Swordfish Communications announced it has launched a new service that will help organizations get in front of interested reporters with expert information.  HARO® Monitoring from Swordfish will keep clients and non-clients apprised of every relevant media opportunity that comes across the Help a Reporter Out feed. Article



Weber Shandwick has expanded its public affairs leadership in California with the appointment of Patricia Cooper as senior vice president in its Sacramento office. Article


San Diego

Purple Penguin PR (PPP) recently announced the signing of its new client, the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA). Article


San Francisco

Landis Communications, which this year celebrates 25 years in business, has added six new clients: Global Alzheimer’s Platform, Merck,, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, LYFE Kitchen and Cibo. Article


Allison + Partners plans to build out its video production capabilities by acquiring small, specialized firms in the US and Thailand. Article


Hong Kong

Bell Pottinger has promoted Puneet Pal Singh to partner. In addition, Bell Pottinger has appointed Darrell Wright as partner and managing director in Malaysia. And Sam Turvey, currently managing director in Dubai, will relocate to Hong Kong in May to become managing director. Article


Edelman has been appointed by Kayak as its public relations and social media agency in Hong Kong. Article


Burson-Marsteller has named Allison Lim regional managing director, Southeast Asia and public affairs, and Euan Wilmshurst as Singapore CEO and market leader. Article



Hill+Knowlton Strategies London has been appointed by the British Olympic Association to generate support of Team GB in an Olympic year. Article


Ogilvy PR will be expanding its role for global automaker Ford in the UK consumer and lifestyle space, while Burson-Marsteller will provide expanded pan-European corporate communications support. Article


Anthemis Group has named Leslie Campisi as its chief marketing officer. Article


Next 15 has acquired Twogether Creative. Article


Cicero Group has announced its membership of social enterprise, OUTstanding, the professional network for LGBT+ executives and future leaders and their allies. Article


Malcolm Gooderham has joined Montfort to launch a new practice focused on corporate and political relations. Article


Zound Industries has appointed Perfect Fools as a global creative partner in key communications and digital strategy projects. Article



ECSA, the European Community Shipowners’ Association, has appointed Karoliina Rasi as director of public affairs and communications. Article

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