PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of May 1, 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!



Calysto Communications has been appointed to lead content marketing and public relations campaigns for Integron. The firm has also been chosen by NetQuest Corporation to build global brand awareness in the rapidly growing cyber intelligence and lawful intercept communities. Article


Porter Novelli has named Alicia Thompson managing director of the agency's Atlanta office. Article



Converse announced the hire of Khobi Brooklyn as VP, Global Communications. Article


March Communications announced the launch of Zoom, a compelling new outcomes-oriented PR offer designed specifically for technology and consumer technology startups. Article



FWV Fetching has been selected as agency of record by CityVet. Article



GarageBOSS has tasked 3rd Coast PR to support new product launches slated for later this year, after a formal RFP process. Article


Zapwater Communications has been retained by SSA 27 to help position the Lakeview area as a place where people wish to live, linger and long to return through media relations, brand advancement and awareness and influencer engagement. Article



The Kroger Co. has named Kristal Howard head of corporate communications and media relations. Article



M/C/C is a finalist in the 2017 Dallas-Fort Worth American Marketing Association (AMA) Marketer of the Year Awards in the Integrated Marketing Business to Business. Article



Gregory Michaelidis has joined CommCore as a cybersecurity communications consultant. Article


Glover Park Group has joined the global partnership of WPP siblings Finsbury and Hering Schuppener, which launched last year. Article



John Tews has joined The Millerschin Group (TMG) as a vice president. Article


Los Angeles

Ek, Sunkin, Klink & Bai announced that Susana Gonzalez Edmond has joined the firm. Article



JoTo PR has signed Clickback as a client to assist it in helping other companies realize benefits from their sales pipelines and website investments. Article


O’Donnell Agency has added Irene Carvalho as Director of Media and Client Services and promoted Amanda Sueiro Rier to Senior Graphic Designer. Article



Fallon has expanded its agency of record relationship with its seven-year client H&R Block by adding media planning and social media strategy and creative to its existing brand strategy and creative responsibilities with the tax brand. Article


Newport Beach

Hyundai Motor America has named Michael Stewart as senior group manager, corporate and marketing public relations. Article


Yokohama Tire Corporation has rolled its public relations business into its longtime ad agency, Kovel Fuller. Article


New York

Purdue Pharma has named Josie Martin as vice president of corporate affairs and communications. Article


Viacom has promoted Julia Phelps to senior vice president, communications and culture, a newly created role on the company’s senior executive team that will lead corporate communications, corporate marketing and culture. Article


Burson-Marsteller has hired Patricia Caballero as managing director, US business development. Article


Heather Wilson has joined MWWPR as executive vice president and managing director of national crisis and strategic communications. Article


MCS Healthcare Public Relations has appointed Eliot Harrison as agency president. Article


Montieth & Company has been retained as agency of record by MPC Capital. Article


Rubenstein Public Relations has been named the agency of record for Alkamind. Article


PR Boutiques International has added two new members to its prestigious group: DPA Communications based in Boston, Mass., and Nucleus Public Relations, headquartered in Bangalore, India.


Edelman has made two senior hires to its growing financial services business, adding Katie Spring in Chicago and Russ Messner in New York. Article


Sloane & Company has expanded its senior team with two promotions and four new hires. Article


Sense has established its U.S. presence with a new office in New York, along with the April launch of experiential campaign #feedingthefuture for The Economist. Article


The PRSA Foundation has named Patrice Tanaka as its 2017 Paladin Award Honoree. Article


Colangelo & Partners announced the promotion of Sara Gorelick to Vice President. Article


Mason, Inc. announced that Brenda Zambrello has joined the integrated marketing communications firm as media director. Article


Lippe Taylor today announced the addition of Jennifer O’Neill as Healthcare Practice Leader. Article


Solis Tek announced that it has retained KCSA Strategic Communications to create a strategic, corporate communications program to support sales and branding efforts, as well as help the Company communicate its broader vision to the marketplace and investment community. Article


San Diego

Purple Penguin PR (PPP) recently announced the signing of its new client, Ozone Plus. Article


San Francisco

MWWPR has added several clients to its US technology practice, including RetailMeNot, Unison Home Ownership Investors, Qualpay, Therachat and Arccos Golf. Article


ARM Holdings has parted ways with Racepoint Global after a decade-long relationship with the tech PR firm. Article


Colangelo & Partners celebrates the one year anniversary of the agency’s first wholly-owned satellite office, located in San Francisco. Article


Silicon Valley

Apple has hired Catherine Franklin as director of communications. Article


Hong Kong

FleishmanHillard has appointed Geoff Bilbrough general manager of its Hong Kong operations. Article


Nissan Motor Thailand has appointed Mantana Lau as general manager for corporate communications. Article


Teneo Holdings has acquired Ryan Communication. Article



WE Communications has been appointed as the UK communications agency for Capgemini UK. Article


Virgin Active has appointed M&C Saatchi PR as its retained strategic communications partner following a competitive pitch. Article


Phil Riggins has joined Leidar to further strengthen its brand and reputation insight practice. Article


The L'Occitane Group has appointed Threepipe to manage the UK paid search account for the Erborian beauty brand. Article


Simon Mowbray has re-joined Richmond Towers Communications as food and drink director. Article


Atomic has been appointed by as its retained PR partner. Article


Fflur Sheppard is joining Beattie’s corporate, B2B and crisis management team. Article


Wildfire has been appointed as strategic PR partner for Kollective. Article


Milk & Honey PR has been appointed by Paytronix to launch its UK operations. Article


Tommy is expanding into Asia and the USA with new offices in Singapore and Los Angeles. Article


Grayling has appointed Sarah Scholefield as the company’s UK chief executive officer with immediate effect. Article


Infinite Global has appointed Cameron Webb as head of branding and creative. Article


Curve has made its first PR and comms hire with the appointment of Callum McCaig. Article


The PRCA has appointed Tony Langham to its Board of Management. Article



AXA has named Jad Ariss, currently CEO of AXA Middle East & Africa, group head of public affairs and corporate responsibility. Article


M&C Saatchi PR is opening its UAE office. Appointed to lead the firm’s offices in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi is Amy Brill. The agency has also added Abu Dhabi Motors. Article


Saudi Aramco has brought in Brunswick to support communications for its mammoth IPO, after earlier handing financial communications to FTI Consulting. Article


Burson-Marsteller has been awarded a contract to provide public relations service to the Saudi government, to help promote a Riyadh-led military alliance that has been dubbed the ‘Islamic Nato’. Article



Ipshita Sen has joined Adfactors PR as senior vice-president, consumer marketing. Article


Howorth Communications has appointed Brian Corrigan to the newly created position of director of content. Article


GolinOpinion has won the PR mandate for Magicbricks. Article



Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has named Lainie Keller as vice president of corporate communications. Article


send+receive launches new campaign for Ontario Chiropractic Association. Article


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