PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of May 16, 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!


Moxie announced that Solange Claudio has been named President of the agency. Article



Cone Communications has hired Imelda Suriato as vice president in its planning and integrated solutions group. Article


Aberdeen Grouphas announced a strategic partnership with Bombora. Article



French West Vaughan (FWV) announced a pro bono partnership with Teen Cancer America (TCA). Article



The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has partnered with LimeGreen Moroch to help strengthen its multicultural marketing initiatives.   Article



Approach Marketing received four coveted honors at the PRSA Central Ohio PRisms Award ceremony. Article


Northlich is acquiring Forza Marketing. The combined company will operate out of Northlich’s Sawyer Point offices under the Northlich name. Article



The Motion Picture Association of America has named Matt Bennett as executive vice president for corporate communications. Article


Burson-Marsteller has added Jeremy Gaines has joined the firm as a managing director on the US strategy team, and Benjamin Chang as a managing director in the US public affairs and crisis practice. Article



Emilio Pardo has been appointed senior vice president, chief marketing and communications officer at Prudential. Article


Los Angeles

American Honda has named James Jenkins as manager of Honda brand PR, replacing Robyn Eagles who has moved to a new position responsible for vehicle launch planning. Matt Sloustcher, previously with the corporate affairs and communications division, is now manager of Acura brand PR, replacing Jessica Fini who is taking a role in Acura digital marketing. Chris Martin, previously in charge of Western regional media relations for Honda, is now regulatory, legal and technology communications manager. Davis Adams, previously assistant manager, Honda brand PR, is now in charge of Western regional media relations. Carl Pulley, previously cross brands technical PR, is now assistant manager, Honda brand PR. And Kathy Graham joins Honda as Southeast regional public relations manager, based in Alpharetta, Ga. Article


Platekompaniet and Marketing Maven inked a multi-year corporate relations agreement for North America. Article


grapevine pr + consulting has been honored with two awards in the 2016 PR World Awards. Article



República announced the appointment of Lourdes Mateo de Acosta to the post of senior vice president of communications. Article


Atrevia has expanded its Latin American network with the addition of an office in Guatemala. The new office will be led by director general Javier Medrano. Article


Half Moon Resort has announced that Director of Sales Sharon Logan’s responsibility has now expanded to include Marketing for the luxury 400-acre property in Jamaica. Article


The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications is accelerating its efforts to help organizations use the science and art behind effective storytelling, particularly on digital platforms, to better inform, persuade or connect with their audiences. Article



Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America has hired Brett Weinberg as director of external communications. Article


Clarity Coverdale Fury’s (CCF) most recent annual report for client Northern Star Council Boy Scouts of America was selected as a winner of the National BSA President’s Marketing Award for “Best Annual Report.” The work also received recognition at the recent 2016 AdFed MN Show, where it garnered an award in the category of Public Service Annual Report. Article


Clarity Coverdale Fury has hired Sara Weiler. Article


Newport Beach

Powerhouse Public Relations announced the promotion of both Samantha Tyson and Chelsea McKinney to the role of Account Executive. Article


New York

Ruder Finn has elevated Rachel Spielman to a new role as executive vice president, storytelling and media, and hired Keith Hughes as EVP and head of the US corporate practice. Article


Kate Bartle has joined Ralph Lauren as senior director, global fashion public relations and communications. Article


Brandstyle Communications has been selected to represent Moenio. Article


Global Strategy Group has formed a new corporate impact practice that will help corporations build and protect their brands, reframe their corporate social responsibility programs. The practice will be co-led by GSG executive vice presidents Tanya Meck and Julie Hootkin. Article


Creation has hired Brad Cohn as its global creative director. Article


Omnicom Public Relations Group has acquired Rabin Martin. Article


R&J Strategic Communications announced that it has been named the digital marketing agency of record for the Polaroid brand. Article


The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation (TLCF) announced that they have selected MWWPR and Ogilvy as their agencies of record. Article


HL Group announced that the firm has been named the public relations and social media agency of record for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts for the U.S. market.  Article


D S Simon Media and Talkwalker are conducting a joint survey on earned media best practices and analytics strategies. Article


CRC has been named the winner of a Silver Stevie Award in the “Communications or PR Campaign/Program of the Year – New Product Launch” category for the 14th Annual American Business Awards. Article


Soneva Resorts & Residences has appointed WEILL (Geoffrey Weill Associates) as its first-ever public relations counsel in North America. Article


Kevin Roberts, Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, will be releasing his latest book, 64 Shots: Leadership in a Crazy World (powerHouse Books), on June 21, 2016. Article


Endurance International Group announced the appointment of Lark-Marie Antón as Executive Vice President of Branding and Communications. Article


San Francisco

The Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau has appointed Carol Clark as director of public relations. Article


W2O Group has sold a share of the company to private equity firm Mountaingate Capital, in a bid to help fund acquisitions to grow its geographic scope and service offerings. Article


Counsyl has brought on Golin as it restructures to focus more on its relationships with clinicians and medical providers. Article


New York & London

Madison Logic announced their acquisition of Internal Results. Article


Hong Kong

FTI Consulting has named new leadership for its strategic communications unit in Hong Kong and Singapore, with current Asia-Pacific chairman Ray Bashford moving into an advisory role. Article



Instinctif Partners has been appointed as communications advisors to Rentplus. Article


Engine has launched Engine Media, a new data-driven digital media services division. Engine Media will be run out of the US by newly appointed CEO Lisa Weinstein. Article


Betsson has appointed Pia Rosin as its new vice president of corporate communications. Article has chosen Eulogy to handle its PR as it launches its offering to both premium brands and shoppers. Article


CDNetworks has appointed CCgroup to manage its UK PR communications and support its SEO, PPC and sales lead generation.  Article


Honcho PR has been appointed by UBTECH to introduce its interactive robots onto the UK market. Article


Pegasus has sold to UDG Healthcare in a deal worth up to £16.8m. Article



Ogilvy Public Relations and Prain Global have signed a memorandum of understanding for a strategic partnership that will allow the two companies to cooperate on new and existing client opportunities and share employee training programs and other initiatives. Article

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