PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of May 8, 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!



PAN Communications has announced that Alegeus and Health Dialog have joined the firm's portfolio. Article


3BL Media announced it has acquired CR Magazine from SharedXpertise Media LLC. Article



French/West/Vaughan (FWV) added exclamation points to its 20th anniversary year with six new national industry awards. Article



Northwestern Mutual has named Courtney Reynolds vice president of communications and corporate affairs. Article


Golin announced Jasper Thomas III as the winner of its third annual Golin Unternship. Article


Rhea + Kaiser (R+K) announces the promotion of three staff plus the addition of a new public relations (PR) team member. Article



Eli Lilly and Company announced that Leigh Ann Pusey will be joining Lilly as senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications, effective June 12, 2017. Article



Associa has tapped Ashley Cantwell to join as director of media and public relations. Article


M/C/C is pleased to announce that for the second time it has received the Texas Instruments (TI) Supplier Excellence Award. Article



Buffalo Agency has named Chris Van Duyne as vice president. Article


GCI Health has announced the hire of Victoria “Tori” Fort as senior vice president/market leader in Washington DC. Article


Jordan Valdés has joined APCO Worldwide. Article


Whiteboard Advisors announced the hire of Nicole Harburger as Chief Operating Officer. Article


Crosby Marketing Communications has won two 2017 Bronze Anvil Awards of Commendation from the Public Relations Society of America for elements of the “Victories for Veterans” campaign created with DAV (Disabled American Veterans). Article


Los Angeles

Englander, Knabe & Allen has named Kellie Hawkins senior vice president. Article


Finn Partners has named David Shane as senior partner and deputy MD of its West Coast operations. Article


ANTHEMIC announced that it has been selected as the public relations agency of record by RWS Entertainment Group. Article


M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment announced the opening of its new Los Angeles office. Article


Shout! Factory has promoted Lauren Blum to Associate Vice President of Publicity.  Article



Visit South Walton has appointed David E. Demarest as director of communications. Article


Llorente & Cuenca has announced the designation of the two new managing co-directors for its office in Mexico, Juan Arteaga and Rogelio Blanco will replace Juan Rivera, who has decided to embark on a new professional venture. Article


CONRIC PR & Marketing has added Javier Bravo to its team as lead web developer. Article


FWV Fetching has been selected as agency of record by CityVet. Article


New York

Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ) has named Joanna Massey to the newly created position of head of CNÉ communications. Article


POLaRT DESIGNS has tapped Steinreich Communications Group, Inc. to serve as its U.S. public relations agency of record. Article


Mastercard has appointed Andres Siefken executive vice present of marketing and communications for North America. Article


5W Public Relations has been named PR Agency of Record by Servcorp. Article


Lightstone has jointly named The Brandman Agency and LFB Media Group as the agencies of record for Moxy Times Square. Article


Buzz Creators announced that Danielle Della Pella has joined its team as an Account Supervisor. Article


Leesa announced that Erica Cooper has been hired as Head of Public Relations & Communications. Article


Storyful and Weber Shandwick have partnered to develop Cognitive Context, a digital content intelligence service. Article


Hall & Partners announced the promotion of Soumya Roy, Ph.D. to CEO of New York. Article



Amendola Communications releases top 7 blog posts for Spring Cleaning your PR & Marketing. Article


San Francisco

Fiji Airways has announced the appointment of Marc Cavaliere as chief marketing officer. Article


Health+Commerce announced two key hires: Jennifer Beedon, in the role of Practice Leader, Marketing, & Head of Strategy; and Krysta Pellegrino, who joins as Practice Leader, Public Relations. Article


Double Forte announced the addition of three dynamic brands to its client roster, and its inclusion in The Holmes Report’s annual list of Top Five PR Agencies to Work for in North America. Article


Text100 announced that Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America (MBRDNA) has selected the firm as its agency of record. Article


Charlotte, Frankfurt & London

The Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) announced the addition of two new communications agency affiliates to one of the world’s largest PR agency networks. These firms—S&A Communications and asoluto—joined PRGN during the consortium’s recent bi-annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. PRGN members elected Christina Rytter, managing director and founder of Copenhagen, Denmark-based Scandinavian Communications as its new president. Article


Hong Kong

Racepoint Global announced today the addition of Mark Jackson as the Deputy Managing Director of Asia. Article


The Hong Kong Tourism Board Southeast Asia has named essence Burson-Marsteller as its public relations agency for Malaysia under a three-year contract. Article


FTI Consulting Inc. has announced the expansion of its Gold Affiliate Network with the addition of Asia Group Advisors. Article


EMG China has added Joe Cui to its team as senior account director.  Article


Sanjay Nair is departing his role as Edelman China COO and Beijing MD to become the firm's US technology practice lead. Article



Qatar Airways has appointed Engage by Bell Pottinger as its consumer and corporate communications agency for the UK market. Article


Beattie has appointed Jacquie Boyd-Coleman as managing director of its offices in London, Essex and Cornwall. Article


La Perla has appointed Threepipe to manage its global display advertising program. Article


Colin Byrne is stepping down from Weber Shandwick after more than two decades with the world's second-largest PR firm. Article


Hotwire has promoted Barbara Bates to group CEO. Article


Six leading independent expert agencies have announced the launch of The PLUS Network. Article


PHA Media has been appointed to run a profile-raising campaign for Maecenas, which is using block chain technology to launch the first ever online trading platform in fine art. Article


Influencer, a new web platform that allows brands to collaborate with social media content creators, has been launched by Ben Jeffries. Article


Revolut has brought in Chad West as its global head of comms. Article


Iain Pope has joined Stripe Communications in the newly-created role of editorial director. Article



Pablo Asbo has joins APCO Worldwide as a director in the firm's Brussels office. Article


MSLGroup has promoted Anthony Poncier to head of social and digital for EMEA. Article



Dealnet has appointed John Sadler to the position of senior director, corporate communications. Article ◢ Searchable


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