PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of March 7, 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 EVOX Images as its public relations agency of record. Article


Bobbie Battista will host co-op media tours produced by KEF Media in a new feature called Bobbie Battista’s Consumer Corner. Article



Josef Blumenfeld has founded EdTech180, a public relations firm dedicated solely to serving the education technology industry. Article



Joe Erwin launches new company and creative community in Greenville, SC. Erwin Creates will support the Erwin Center for Brand Communications at Clemson University and Erwin’s personal consulting requests, but its centerpiece will be a new creative community called Endeavor. Article


Chicago has named Current as public relations agency of record. Article


Golin is the latest US PR agency to reconsider its leave and flextime policies by announcing unlimited vacation time and an extended parental leave policy today. Article



The JM Smucker Company has named Jill Penrose as senior vice president, human resources and corporate communications. Article



Discovery Communications has promoted David Leavy to chief corporate operations and communications officer. Article


GMMB has promoted Daniel Jester, Anson Kaye and Jaime Zapata to partner and Micheline Kennedy and Delacey Skinner to managing director. Article


MDB Communications has been renewed as advertising agency of record for the DC Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board. Article


Mike Moschella has joined DKC as Vice President of Innovation. Article


Subject Matter announced that Jennie Westbrook Courts and Justine Morgan have joined the firm’s growing public affairs team. Article



104 West Partners has added Brian Mast as a partner. Article



Eisbrenner Public Relations has hired Angela Jeruzal as account supervisor. Article


Los Angeles

Joy Fehily and Michael Donkis are joining PMK•BNC as executive vice presidents.   Article


Rogers & Cowan has promoted Jeff Raymond to senior vice-president, entertainment, working alongside Lindsay Galin in a newly appointed position of co-managing the talent department of the firm. Article


Madica Productions, Content 23 and People Productions have partnered to produce a ten-episode series, The Castle Next Door – The Novogratz Family Takes Hollywood, which follows design family the Novogratz, who have recently relocated from New York and are redesigning a 1920s era castle in the Hollywood Hills. Article


Murphy O’Brien Public Relations announced three new clients to join the firm’s growing lifestyle collection. Article



Socialbakers has appointed Sherlock Communications as its retained agency for the Brazilian market.  Article


Birds of Paradise Public Relations is open for business. The boutique communications and consulting agency caters to businesses, organizations and individuals throughout the Caribbean and the diaspora, and those looking to do business in the region. Article


Newlink named Cynthia McFarlane as Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Partner. Article



Joe Browne has been named the newest member of FleishmanHillard’s international advisory board. Article


New York

Toys“R”Us, Inc. announced that Amy von Walter joined the company as Executive Vice President, Global Communications and Public Relations. Article


Popcorn, Indiana has retained Conundrum as its public relations and social media agency of record. Article


Steinreich Communications Group has been selected as its global public relations partner for the Kore Tulum Resort on the Yucatan Peninsula in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Article


Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations has signed Wild Walk. Article


Danielle Thur and her EFG PR (Entertainment Fusion Group) team have joined Rogers & Cowan. EFG PR’s East Coast team and client roster will be integrated into Rogers & Cowan’s lifestyle entertainment department. Article


Colangelo & Partners has opened an office in San Francisco. The 40-person firm is also rebranding, from Colangelo & Partners Public Relations to Colangelo & Partners, with a new logo and a relaunched website. Article


Pollock Communications is further broadening its authority in these categories with a growing roster of clients who are seeking the agency’s expertise in consumer and influencer engagement. Article


Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has selected Coyne PR to drive brand awareness, education and activation for EXPAREL. Article


Good Dye Young (GDY) has tapped RED PR to promote the brand as its May launch nears. Article


Sabrina LCP Communications has been named digital sports media and content group Perform’s PR agency of record for the fifth year. Article


JCPR is celebrating its 13th anniversary with a new name and visual identity. The firm revealed its rebrand to JConnelly, stressing that it is not just a change of name but an evolution that captures the agency’s extensive capabilities across multiple practice areas and disciplines, and its focus on driving business-critical results for its clients. Article


Panda Express announced it has retained Havas Formula as the company’s public relations and social media agency. Article


The PR Council announced that Sara Ghazaii has joined as Vice President, Director of Communications. Article



Taft and Partners announced that Jesseka Kadylak has been named a new social media administrator for the firm. Article


Flackable announced the addition of Kelly Holcombe as account coordinator. Article


San Francisco

Lisa Sullivan has parted ways with WE to lead US tech for Ketchum. Article


UploadVR announced that Robert Scoble has joined the company. Article



Watershed Communications announced that Hard Frescos has appointed the company as its public relations agency of record. Article


Gage announced it has hired Brian Crouch as a management supervisor for client Microsoft. Article


New York & London

Taylor Rafferty has joined forces with Cardew Group to offer clients seamless capital markets advice and service from London and New York. Article


San Francisco & London

Platform PR is partnering with Actual to provide technology and content clients with integrated communications services across Asia-Pacific, EMEA and the United States. Article


Hong Kong

MSLGroup has acquired Venus Communications. Article



Hotwire has been selected as the lead PR, creative and content agency for Travelex. Article


Domino's has appointed Shine @ The Academy as its new retained consumer PR agency. Article


Aspectus has opened an office in Aberdeen. Megain Buchan has been appointed as account manager to lead the company's Aberdeen operation. Article


Newgate Communications is advising client Samsonite International on its $1.8 billion acquisition of Tumi Holidings. Article


Golin has been appointed by Dorco to handle the brand’s UK launch. Article


Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Richard Carnell-Jones as associate director of the energy and industrials team. Article


Next 15 has acquired the entire issued share capital of Publitek. Article


Alan VanderMolen has joined WE Communications in a newly-created role that sees him lead the PR agency's operations outside the US. Article



Edelman is scaling back in Turkey, three and a half years after launching an operation in the country. Article


Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) announced a landmark expansion of its global business initiatives, appointing MP & Silva as its exclusive worldwide marketing rights agent to secure sponsorship, naming rights and commercial development. Article



Allison+Partners has entered Japan via the acquisition of Focused Communications. Article


Paris & Toronto

The Ecosystem has added Navigator in Canada and Gillian Gamsy International Communications in South Africa. Article


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