PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of May 29, 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!



Barberitos has named andDonovan their agency of record.  Article



Grand Geneva Resort & Spa has named Zapwater Communications as public relations agency of record. Article



Clapp Communications announced Baltimore County Department of Health as its newest client. Article



Lambert, Edwards & Associates (LE&A) announced it has named Rob Dwortz as president and a shareholder in the firm. Article


Los Angeles

grapevine pr + consulting has earned the preeminent title of “Agency of the Year” in the 2017 PR World Awards. Article



The Resort at Pedregal announced the hire of Director of Sales and Marketing Jorge Villarreal. Article


House of Berlin – Article Agency US has been hired to execute the Public Relations, Branding, Social and Digital Marketing campaigns for Miami Beach’s newest restaurant addition, Beach Taco. Article


French/West/Vaughan (FWV) announced that its Pet & Veterinary Practice’s Senior Vice President, Kristen Levine, has been appointed to two leading industry groups: the BluePearl Clinical Trial Review Board and the Fear Free Advisory Group. Article



Ripley PR has added Joel Davis and Thomas Fraser to its growing team as senior content specialists. The company also promoted senior brand manager JD Sizemore to account supervisor. Article


Newport Beach

Idea Hall took home four premiere industry awards in recent weeks, including a Bronze Anvil and Bronze Anvil Award of Commendation sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America; a Bronze Addy sponsored by the American Advertising Federation; and a Silver Telly, honoring the finest video and film productions and online commercials, videos and films. Article


New York

Porter Novelli announced that it has been named the public relations agency of record for the National Honey Board (NHB). Article


The Halo Group was retained by The Toy Industry Association to make their play advocacy initiative, The Genius of Play, a national movement. Article


Northwestern Mutual announced new senior leadership appointments that advance transformation across the enterprise. Among these key appointments was naming Aditi Gokhale as executive officer and chief marketing officer. Article


Golin Health has named Neera Chaudhary global president of healthcare, based in New York. Article


First and Last PR is celebrating five years of excellence in providing public relations, branding and digital marketing services while giving back to the community. Article


PebblePost announced the promotion of Adam Solomon to Chief Product Officer. Article


Casteel Schoenborn announced the hire of Victoria T. Rizzo as an associate. Article


CRC has announced representation of ESSENTIAL RINSE Purifying Scalp & Hair Toner by Younghee. Article


Eric Hazard has joined Vested Ventures as CEO. Article


Krupp Kommunications (K2) announced the appointment of Megan Wilson to the role of Director of Public Relations. Article


MWWPR announced that J. Mark Riggs has joined the firm as Senior Vice President overseeing the agency’s internal and external brand marketing initiatives. Article


Daniel Wilhelm joined The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation as President. Article



Digitas Health is celebrating 10 years of trendspotting and developing innovative solutions that help clients navigate today’s rapidly changing health environment to facilitate better health outcomes. Article


San Francisco

The Almond Board of California has retained Padilla to lead its industry communications program following a competitive national review. Article


Shift Communications has tapped David Hargreaves as MD to lead its San Francisco operation. Article



PRR has created a series of humorous video ads and marketing campaign for a public transit client in Seattle. Article


Corey duBrowa is leaving Starbucks after more than seven years to join Salesforce. Article


Silicon Valley

McGrath/Power has been chosen by IoTium as its communications partner. Article


New York & San Francisco

Essence announced two leaders are assuming newly created global positions.  Former Global Programmatic Director, Oscar Garza, has been named Global Director of Media Activation, and former Global Search and Biddable Director, Brian Krick, will take on the job of Global Director of Media Planning. Article



Cornelia Kunze is departing Edelman after a 19-year career with the firm. Article


Hong Kong

Text100 announced that it is the agency of record for TOSY Robotics. Article



HSBC has consolidated its global communications function under the leadership of group GM Pierre Goad, with external affairs head Katja Hall departing the banking giant. Article


Giles Kenningham has launched Trafalgar Strategy, a strategic communications consultancy. Article


Good Relations has appointed Lawrence Collis as executive consumer director to head up its consumer practice alongside David Wiles. Article


Freud Communications has appointed Ben Jackson as an associate director. Article


Aisle 8 has brought in Darren Hewitt-McLaren as senior beauty PR manager. Article



Qualifio and Lotame announced their first integration for RTL Belgium. Article



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