PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of May 22, 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!



ARPR has announced the launch of, a brand-driven site dedicated to educating and discussing the future of the PR industry with communications professionals, agencies, educators and brands. Article



Kailo Communications Studio has unveiled its new brand. The company will now be known as KCS Public Relations, a new name fit to reflect the firm's goal to appeal to a wider audience. The firm has also launched a new charitable program called KCS Community Connections, which will redirect a percentage of all PR spending by clients to a local nonprofit each year. Article



Fluent IMC has appointed Bryan Roche as a public relations and digital strategist. Article


SuperReturn has named BackBay Communications as its media partner for the annual conference. Article


ACG Boston has selected BackBay Communications as its marketing and PR agency partner. Article



French/West/Vaughan (FWV) announced it has been retained by Chargebacks911 for national consumer and industry trade media relations. Article



Olson Engage has named Kara McArthur and Kelley Whalen vice presidents. Article


TimeZoneOne has been retained by the Illinois Office of Tourism as its new Public Relations Agency of Record. Article


Zapwater Communications announced its newest client, The Safe + Fair Food Company. Article



Caldwell VanRiper (CVR) has added four new clients to its roster. Article



Thunder has appointed John Huffman as Sales Director. Article


Rosewood Hotel Group has appointed Patricia Rosentreter as corporate director of brand communications, Americas & Europe. Article



The Hawthorn Group, LC has appointed Suzanne Hammelman president and chief operating officer. Article


Fenton Communications has appointed Zain Habboo as the firm's first chief digital officer. Article


Subject Matter announced that Nicole Cornish has joined the firm as its first President and Chief Operating Officer. Article



DStreet has been honored with two Hermes Creative Awards and a Gold Pick Award at the Public Relations Society of America. Article



Ray Day is being replaced as group vice president of communications at Ford as part of a management shakeup that includes the retirement of president and chief executive officer Mark FieldsArticle



Sard Verbinnen & Co has announced the opening of its new office in Houston, Texas. Frances Jeter and Kelly Kimberly will help drive the firm's expansion in the Southwest with SVC's team across its six other offices. Article


Los Angeles

Kahn Media announces expansions to its staff, as well as several promotions. Article



rbb Communications promoted several staff members within its family of brands that includes Digital Park, SpiderBoost Communications and OutOfTheBlue Advertising. Article


Visit South Walton (VSW) announced the appointment of David E. Demarest as Director of Communications. Article



Osborn Barr announced it has been named agency of record for Kinze Manufacturing. Article


Newport Beach

SoClean has retained Havas Edge to roll out a national TV and radio campaign to drive sales and elevate awareness of sleep disorders. Article


New York

John Favalo, executive vice president of Eric Mower + Associates and leader of its B2B practice, has been appointed a new member of the Association of National Advertisers' B2B Marketing Hall of Fame. Article


5W Public Relations has been named agency of record by the Indie Beauty Expo (IBE) for its New York show. Article


Magrino announced a new client, National Tailgate Weekend, which was created by Learfield Licensing Partners to provide college football fans a proper platform to celebrate a favorite pastime: tailgating. Article


The Organization of American Women in Public Relations announced that is has launched a New York City chapter to be led by Deirdre Breakenridge, CEO, Pure Performance Communications and Shannon Furey, M Studio PR director. Article


Worldcom Public Relations Group has competed its global conference in Hong Kong where it welcomed new partners Made In PR from Poland and OptimumBrand in Turkey. Article


The longtime head of Ketchum’s research arm, David Rockland, plans to retire on August 1 as EVP Mary Elizabeth Germaine steps in to lead Ketchum Global Research & Analytics (KGRA). Article


Uri Levin was promoted to President & Chief Executive Officer of Israel Discount Bank of New York. Article


Hudson Cutler & Co. announced that it has been retained by Crunch Fitness to support the company’s position as the leader in the fitness franchise industry. Article


Porter Novelli (PN) hosted 10 delegates of the China Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (CASME), in New York City as part of the group’s U.S. business tour. Article


The North Fork Table & Inn has retained HP-PR for its public relations services. Article


Marion Minor, Owner & CEO EPG Media + Specialty Information, was named Chairman of the Connectiv Board of Directors, succeeding Jim Casella, Chairman and CEO of Compliance Solutions Strategies, whose term ended. Article


Sprout Foods announced that it has named Walrus as its new agency of record for creative advertising, media and public relations. Article


On June 30th, AMP3 Public Relations will officially launch its PR boot camp program, dubbed “CAMP3,” designed to mentor college students studying PR, marketing and communications in New York City and its surrounding areas. Article


Parasol has been appointed as the Agency of Record for Baha Mar. Article


Social Media Link (SML) announced the addition of Joanna Sammartino Bailey as Chief Operating Officer. Article


5W Public Relations has been named PR Agency of Record by BCGA Concept Corp. Article


Imbue Creative has been honored this month by The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts with three Communicator Awards of Distinction for their creative work. Article



Gavin announced it has achieved national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Article



Orca Communications Unlimited, LLC has appointed Drew Stevens to the position of chief executive officer. Article


San Diego

PR Couture has revealed the winners for its inaugural award program, the 2017 Bespoke Communication Awards (the BCAs). Article


San Francisco

WE Communications has tapped Trevor Jonas as vice president, digital strategy. Article



R2C Group announced that is has hired Joy McCammon as Director of Talent Management. Article


Kass Sells, WE Communications (WE) president, North America, has joined The LAGRANT Foundation‘s (TLF) Board of Directors. Article



AMI Communications Bulgaria will manage PR for Sofia Pride, 2017, the 10th annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People event in Bulgaria. Article


H+K Strategies has named new leadership in Germany, with Rüdiger Maessen arriving from Ketchum Pleon to become CEO. Article


Hong Kong

TOSY Robotics has chosen Text100 and Path Interactive to handle marketing communications duties worth $1.5m for the launch of a new gaming robot to be released at the end of 2017. Article



Grayling has won global communications responsibility from Aetna International. Article


Sinclair Pharma has appointed Threepipe to lead the company's digital transformation to drive global growth. Article


Headland Consultancy has been hired by eToro, following a competitive pitch. Article


Mark Hollinshead has launched a new Scotland based PR and strategic communications agency called Hollicom. Article


PHA Media has hired Tom Green as a Senior Account Director for the company’s Technology and Innovation Team. Article


Ketchum has appointed Mark Walsh to the newly-created role of consumer director in its London office. Article


Edelman UK has appointed Kate Hawker as MD of its UK healthcare team. Article


Unigestion has brought in Alex Hogan as comms manager, associate, with a brief to work across the UK, Europe, North America and Asia. Article



Teneo Holdings has acquired Cabinet DN. Article



Ruder Finn has won three key communication mandates for LEE, Lowe’s India and WeWork. Article



SkyX has chosen the PR Office to oversee its financial and corporate communications. Article


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