PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of May 23, 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!


Applied DNA Sciencesnamed CGPR as their public relations agency of record for their textile and apparel business. Article


Lauren Reedhas joined Duffy & Shanley as an Account Executive. Article



MWW Public Relations announced that it has been selected as the public relations agency of record for Omron Healthcare Inc. Article


The Peninsula Chicago has retained Zapwater Communications to handle public relations and influencer outreach at two of their food and beverage outlets, The Lobby and Shanghai Terrace. Article



BLASTmedia is now the agency of record for SmartFile. Article



PAVLOV Agency has been chosen to provide advertising, marketing, PR and social media services for Speed Fab-Crete. Article


PAVLOV Agency has promoted Claire Bloxom Armstrong to public relations director. Article



Andrea Staub has joined Perdue Farms as senior vice president of corporate communications. Article


Interprose announced it has hired three new employees due to recent growth with new clients and expanded services to existing customers. Article


Six GMMB staff members have been promoted to Senior Vice President or Vice President in recognition of their exceptional accomplishments, further positioning the firm for success throughout 2016. Michelle Austin, Daren Briscoe, Sarah Green and Nathan James were promoted to Senior Vice President, and Joe Brener and Jenny Selzer were promoted to Vice President. Article



GroundFloor Media has launched a sister agency, CenterTable. The new agency will work with clients to create connections through social media, digital advertising, website design and development, search engine optimization, video production and creative content development. Article



Lambert, Edwards & Associates (LE&A) announced that it has been selected as the winner of a Silver Stevie Award in the “Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year” category in the 14th Annual American Business Awards.  Article


Los Angeles

Chelsey Summey has been promoted to VP of corporate communications for 20th Century Fox Film. Article


BEF Foods has retained The Pollack PR Marketing Group for a nationwide promotional PR campaign. Article


Lagrant Communications has formed a strategic partnership with Icon Blue. Article


Ready Pac Foods has hired Alan Hilowitz as Director of Corporate Communications. Article



rbb Communications has acquired OutOfTheBlue. Article


Diamond Public Relations has added two new boutique Florida clients to its client roster: the one-of-a-kind, NYAH in Key West and The Julia, currently under renovation in South Beach, both managed by SMS Lodging. Article


Pinta appointed Krysten de Quesada to Account Director of its Miami office. Article



Exponent has become the new public relations agency of record for the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF). Article


New York

Lou Hammond & Associates has added three new clients for public relations, digital marketing and positioning: Warwick International Hotels, with over 55 hotels worldwide; Brintons Carpets, a leading manufacturer of high-quality woven carpets; and North American Properties, a privately held real estate operating company. Article


Diffusion has been selected to represent Auro Technologies. Article


CRC has been named the agency of record for Worthy. Article


KPMG has appointed Chris Monteiro as the firm's chief communications officer. Article


CB Radio Tours announced the opening of its flagship studios—two state-of-the-art penthouse suite studios located in Midtown, Manhattan. Article


Affect was selected by Behavior Design to launch its first public relations program. Article


Assembly announced that it has won a substantial multimedia account from 21st Century Fox. Article


New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) has announced its new board of directors for the 2016-2017 year. Jacki Kelley, Chief Operating Officer of Bloomberg Media, has been appointed President. Article


Assembly announced that it has hired Joel Pacheco as Chief Talent Officer.  Article


Atrium PR announced that it has hired Kara Mavros as Account Coordinator. Article


San Diego

Regulus Therapeutics has appointed Allison Wey as vice president, investor relations and corporate communications. Article


San Francisco

Eastwick has added 10 new clients including 7Park Data, an analytics company delivering real-time Intelligence; Avalara, a leading provider of tax compliance automation; Dev Bootcamp, which offers a “web development bootcamp”; Dialpad, a business communications solution; iManage, a leading provider of work product management solutions; Integral Ad Science, a global media valuation platform; Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization Sitecore; a leader in experience management software; Spredfast, a social software company; and Zignal Labs, which delivers insights from big data analytics, media monitoring, and business intelligence. Article


Engage PR announced it has hired Chris Nicoll as vice president, strategy. Article


New York & San Francisco

Mintigo has partnered with Madison Logic to create a predictive Account Based Marketing powerhouse. Article



Bayer has brought in Finsbury and Hering Schuppener to provide M&A PR counsel following its $62bn bid for Monsanto. Article


Prowly has just announced significant developments of its teams both in US and Europe. Article


Hong Kong

Ketchum has promoted a number of senior executives to partner level, including John Bailey, managing director, Singapore, and Yonnie Woo, managing director of Korea, based in Seoul. Article


FleishmanHillard has appointed Cedric Vanhaver as the new head of corporate communications in its Beijing office. Article



Ketchum has promoted a number of senior executives to partner level, including Vicky Wagner, CEO of Brandzeichen, based in Düsseldorf; Alison Doughty, managing director of Inspired Science, based in London; and Dave Scott, director of European finance, based in London. Article


Shirin Majid has joined Weber Shandwick as creative director. Article


Buman Media has been selected to represent Total Vostok. Article


Hotwire has appointed Matt Cross as managing director of its UK business. Article


3 Monkeys Zeno has been awarded the European communications brief for ZyXELArticle


We Are Social has hired Daniel Evans as associate creative director and Dan Vallint-Riggs as its first shooting director. Article


Cognito has appointed Yvonne Maher as Director. Article


Crowdmix has appointed Manifest as its retained communications agency. Article


Red Lorry Yellow Lorry has been appointed as UK PR agency for Insightec. Article


Telefónica has retained Bite to lead global PR duties. Article


Bacardi has hired Ogilvy PR to handle European consumer duties for all of its brands. Article


PepsiCo has consolidated Western European consumer PR across all of its brands with PR agencies from Interpublic Group's CMG division. Article



VFS Global has appointed Peter Brun as chief communications officer effective July 1. Article



Kite Communications has named Patrice Pandeleos to the role of general manager. Article 


WPP AUNZ has appointed Kieran Moore to the newly created position of CEO public relations and public affairs, and Ben Dixon to the newly created role of CEO, data investment management. Article


Horizon Communication Group has launched an exclusive partnership with technology and digital consulting company Five Blocks. Article


Western Digital has shifted its Indian PR mandate to Avian Media following a competitive review. Article



transcosmos has made an additional investment in Social Gear. At the same time, transcosmos elected Mr. Shunsuke Sato, CEO of Social Gear, a candidate for its director and CMO. Article


Michel Mommejat has exited FleishmanHillard after 16 months to return to the advertising world at McCann Japan. Article



Thinkingbox announced that an affiliate of Canadian private investment firm Stern Partners has made an investment in its creative and digital studio. Article

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