PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of May 30, 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!


Brandware Public Relations announced the appointment of Jennifer Jones-Mitchell as president. Article



TomTom has brought on MWW in the US as the Dutch-company looks to tell a comeback story while expanding into new sectors. Article



As the Chicago Cubs were beating the Los Angeles Dodgers recently, Baretz+Brunelle Managing Director Jason Milch learned he had been named the firm’s newest partner when he was congratulated on Wrigley Field’s scoreboard. Article


Rhea + Kaiser (R+K) announced the promotion of one in its Public Relations department, along with the addition of three new staff members. Article



Glint Advertising celebrates spring by opening new office space. Article


Glint Advertising announced the addition of two new employees to its roster of talented advertisers and marketers. Jordan Jones comes from Williams-Sonoma and Meredith Redfern joins Glint as a summer intern as she finishes her senior year at the University of North Texas. Article



Fallston Group has appointed Kathy Walsh as director of marketing. Article


A new Washington, D.C.-based public relations firm has opened its doors. The Reis Group, specializing in health, healthcare, science, and social issues is led by industry veteran Sharon Reis, named by PR News in 2015 as one of the top women in public relations. Article


The Advertising Hall of Achievement’s distinguished Council of Judges elected seven industry superstars for induction into the Advertising Hall of Achievement Class of 2016. The Class of 2016 are: Sabrina A. Caluori, Senior Vice President, Digital Media and Marketing, HBO; Karrelle Dixon, Director of Emerging Markets, Wieden+Kennedy; Meredith R. Long, Group Publisher of Time, Fortune and Money at Time Inc.; Joe Marchese, President, Advanced Advertising Products, Fox Networks Group and Founder, true[X], Reserve, Human Ventures; Shiv Singh, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Digital & Marketing Transformation, Visa, Inc.; Danielle Tiedt, Chief Marketing Officer, YouTube; and Lizzie Widhelm, Senior Vice President, Ad Product Sales & Strategy, Pandora. Article



Madelyn Messerly has joined The Millerschin Group (TMG) as a 2016 summer intern. Article


Los Angeles

Charles Sipkins is joining Finsbury in Los Angeles as a partner as the firm formally opens an LA office, serving clients in the media, tech and automotive industries. Article


BLAZE PR announced that Cocomazing has joined its roster of healthy lifestyle consumer clients. Article


NRPR Group (NRPR) announced massive growth in the company’s first two years, setting the foundation for an even stronger third year. Article


The Pollack PR Marketing Group (PPMG) announced that Bob Evans Farms, Inc. has retained the agency for a nationwide promotional PR campaign. Article


Sensis recently collaborated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to launch new creative for the “The Real Cost” Campaign.   Article


Acquisition International’s first ever 2016 Influential Businesswoman Awards named Lindsey Carnett, CEO and President of Marketing Maven Most Influential Female in Marketing, USA. Article



B&B Franchise Group has announced the selection of The Buzz Agency and Woo Creative as its two agencies of record. Article



Tunheim has added Brian Ortale as director of finance and administration. Article


Newport Beach

CGPR announced Angie Mathews has joined its team in the Costa Mesa office. Article


New York

Porter Novelli has promoted Rich Cline, senior partner and president of Voce Communications, to global technology practice leader and Mindy Gikas, executive vice president and North American talent lead, to global talent lead. Additionally, global health and wellness practice leader Paul George and global marketing and business development leader Kate Cusick have been added to the agency's executive committee. Article


Ketchum has promoted a number of senior executives to partner level, including Valeria Perito, CEO of Ketchum Brazil, based in São Paulo; Joe Becker, associate director of Ketchum Digital, based in New York; Corinne Gudovic, director of the Midwest brand marketing practice, based in Chicago; Chris Handler, director of the social marketing practice, based in Washington, DC; Kevin Oates, director of the Los Angeles corporate and public affairs practice; Paul Wood, director of the New York corporate and public affairs practice; Steve Navarra, director of finance and operations for Ketchum South, Ketchum Digital and Ketchum Canada, based in Atlanta; and Katherine Yustak, director of North America human resources, based in New York. Article


JASA has named MoJJo Collaborative Communications as its agency of record. Article


Stryker-Munley Group (SMG) announced a national expansion by adding seven existing firms throughout the United States. Article


CrisisResponsePro has been selected as a finalist for Red Herring’s Top 100 North America awards, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures based in North America. Article


Angelique Bellmer Krembs joined News America Marketing as Chief Marketing Officer. Article


Robert Schaltenbrand joined EVINS Communications, Ltd. as Senior Vice President. Article


Kathie Andrade was promoted to CEO of Retail Financial Services. Article


San Francisco

DuPont Industrial Biosciences received a Media Relations “Gold” Award for “Best New Product Launch – Business,” from Bulldog Reporter. Article



R2C Group announced that it has been selected as the creative and media agency for Leesa. Article


Austin & Los Angeles

Cohn & Wolfe has been hired as Global Agency of Record for Applebee’s. Article


Chicago & Minneapolis

PadillaCRT has acquired FoodMinds. The deal creates a $43 million firm that ranks among the top 50 in the world and is home to one of the largest food practices in the nation. Article


Denver & Minneapolis

Woodruff Sweitzer (WS) recently announced the addition of Darlene Hanenburg to its Minneapolis/St. Paul office and Jessee Swezey to its Kansas City office. Additionally, Brandon Shelton and Chad Stoway have taken new positions in the creative department in the Kansas City office. Article


Los Angeles & San Francisco

Dave Chapman, Ketchum's longtime Western region head, has stepped into a new role at the firm as Melissa Kinch takes over leading the region. Article


Miami & New York

Edelman has published Cultural Connections: Latin America, an unprecedented study that identifies key consumer behaviors and trends in four major cities in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. Article


New York & San Francisco

Bombora and Sales Inside Inc. announced their formal partnership leveraging each other’s strengths to help customers generate higher quality leads than ever before. Article



Virgin Atlantic has handed UK consumer PR and social media duties to Weber Shandwick following a competitive review. Article



National Public Relations has added Ronald Alepian as senior vice president, corporate and financial communications in Toronto. The firm also appointed Nini Krishnappa as vice president. Article

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