PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of May 15, 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!



Color of Influence (COI) aims to keep race and diversity top of mind for brands and agencies with a $10 monthly report highlighting multicultural influencers across multiple industries such as auto, CPG, fashion, beauty, entertainment, and finance. Article



Nickerson announced that Matthew Cooney has joined the team. Article



INC Research Holdings is merging with inVentiv Health. Article



Eli Lilly & Company has named Leigh Ann Pusey as senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications, effective June 12. Article



Leesa Sleep has expanded their executive team by appointing Nick Stafford as COO and Erica Cooper as head of PR and communications. Article


The American Insurance Association (AIA) has appointed Maggie Seidel vice president for public affairs. Article


Mark Penn has been named chairman of research giant Harris Insights & Analytics. Article


Jen Young has joined APCO Worldwide. Article


Subject Matter announced that Whitaker L. Askew will join the firm’s government relations team beginning June 5th. Article


Clyde Group announced a new round of hires, clients and awards, fueled by an innovative staffing and hiring culture. Article


Los Angeles

Harbor Freight Tools has selected Karen Denne to lead the privately held tool retailer's corporate communications. Article


PMK•BNC announced Karen Marines as an LA-based publicist within the agency’s entertainment division.  Article


Soda Pop PR recently announced that Union Wine Co. is offering the ultimate dream job: “Canbassador.” Article


Beach House PR has been chosen as agency of record for Bondi Sands. Article



Diamond Public Relations welcomed AC Hotel Columbus Dublin to its client roster. Article



Abigail Greenheck has been promoted to group director at Beehive Strategic Communication. Article


Gage announced it has hired Eric Paradis as director of Customer Experience. Article



Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations has expanded its staff with the hiring of Tiffany Murray as assistant account manager. Article


New York

Fenton has named Ben Wyskida as CEO. Article


J. Mark Riggs joins MWWPR as senior vice president overseeing the agency's internal and external brand marketing initiatives. Article


Kwittken has been retained by Leesa Sleep to amplify its brand, corporate and consumer communications in the US and Canadian markets. Article


Ketchum has elected 10 new partners, bringing the firm's total number of partners to 89. Article


Alexander Jutkowitz is taking over as Hill + Knowlton’s US CEO, as Beth Balsam leaves the firm amid its most recent restructuring. Article


Hotwire Public Relations Group is now the communications agency of record in the U.S. and the U.K. for 3Doodler. Article


Bullfrog + Baum has been named the agency of record for Her Name is Han and MEW MEN. Article


Katherine Heaviside, President of Epoch 5 Public Relations, recently received the 2017 Anthony J. Stupore LIVE UNITED Volunteer Champion Award from the United Way of Long Island. Article


R&J Strategic Communications is pleased to announce the appointment of Cristina Trecate as Account Executive. Article


The Halo Group announced they have been selected as the branding agency for Kids Discover. Article


M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment announced that it has been chosen retained PR agency for Lovehoney. Article


Hawkins International Public Relations has bolstered talent with the appointments of Kristin Boehm as Digital Director and Andrea Capodilupo as Corporate Communications Specialist. Article


Krupp Kommunications (K2) is excited to announce the representation of Healthline Media. Article


Mastercard announced the appointment of Andres Siefken as the executive vice president of marketing and communications for North America. Article


R&J Strategic Communications announces it has won an American Web Design Award from Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) Magazine for the agency’s newly launched website. Article has hired Meredith Klein to the role of Director of Media and Public Relations. Article


Krupp Kommunications (K2) announced Danny Ruderman has joined its client roster. Article



New Jerseyans are much more likely to interact daily with someone of a different race or ethnicity at work than elsewhere, and younger people are most likely to experience diversity both in and out of work, the second annual New Jersey State of Diversity Survey from Taft Communications finds. Article


San Francisco

LEWIS has appointed Dara Sklar as Vice President. Article



Communiqué PR announced that Kortext has selected its book “Strategic Public Relations: 10 Principles to Harness the Power of PR” to feature on Kortext’s digital platform. Article


Silicon Valley

McGrath/Power Public Relations and Communications has been chosen by Federated Wireless to develop and execute the company’s communications strategy. Article


Miami & Nashville

Dalton Agency and Bill Hudson Agency (BHA) announced the merger of the two advertising firms. Article


Hong Kong

Reuter Communications and Vim & Vigour PR have announced the formation of a strategic alliance. Article


Aida Greenbury is departing Asia Pulp & Paper (APP). Article


Lenovo has shifted Asia-Pacific communications duties to WE Communications following a competitive review. Article



Safe ToNet has appointed Firefly Communications and media relations agency PLMR to handle proactive media and government relations in the UK. Article


Green & Black's has appointed Golin to lead their consumer PR business. Article


English Apples & Pears has appointed Richmond Towers Communications to put British apples at the top of the nation's shopping lists. Article


Racepoint Global UK has been chosen by Redbricks to represent the brand in creating awareness around the new company within student media and property trade publications. Article


AkzoNobel has consolidated global communications and public affairs duties with MSLGroup. Article


Threepipe will run programmatic display prospecting and retargeting strategies to drive further UK and international growth for the fashion house La Perla. Article


GK Strategy has appointed David Laws as strategic adviser.  Article


Portland has appointed Chris Hogwood as partner to head up the agency’s Local team. Article


M&C Saatchi PR has strengthened its senior team with the appointments of Danielle Heximer and Sherawaye Hagger as consumer directors and James Page as corporate associate director. Article


Beattie is accelerating the growth of its UK office network with the appointment of Eileen Stretton. Article



Annick Boyen is departing her role as Benelux CEO at Weber Shandwick to become VP of sustainable business development and communications for Unilever in Europe. Article


Memac Ogilvy has appointed Tim Fallon to dual roles as head of government and international affairs covering the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and national PR director for Bahrain. Article


The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced the PR jury to select the best work for the PR Lions awards. Hill+Knowlton StrategiesCorrine Got-Camard has been selected to join the jury. Article



Peregrine Public Relations has announced the launch of ‘De Jure,’ a specialized cell offering legal public relations to the corporates facing litigations, court matters and other legal issues. Article


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