PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Nov. 14, 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!



Deisha Barnett to take a new role as senior vice president of marketing and communications for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Article



LINKS WorldGroup announced the promotion of Eric Nathal to vice president as well as the opening of a joint office in Austin with MAPR. Article



PAN Communications announced the hire of David Bowker as Vice President joining the agency’s expanding tech practice. Article


The Boston Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America elected its 2017 Board of Directors at its annual meeting recently. Dan Dent, APR, Media Relations Manager at Draper, was named president. He will join a board of 14 that includes immediate past president Loring Barnes, APR, principal and chief communications officer at Clarity Communications Group, and Erin Callanan, APR, principal of Callanan and Klein Communications, who will serve as president-elect. Article



The Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA GFW) has named Robert Earley the 2016 Communicator of the Year. Article



Burson-Marsteller has hired Jon Potter as an executive vice president, based in Washington, DC. Article


Ambassador Paula Dobriansky joined APCO’s international advisory council. Article


Vanguard Communications has added Noralisa Leo as vice president of the diversity and inclusion practice, and Matt Chun as vice president of the digital practice. Article


Crosby Marketing Communications has expanded its digital marketing team with the addition of Shannon Wyman, senior digital program manager. Article


Ogilvy PR global CEO Stuart Smith is now handling oversight of the firm's Washington DC office as Rob Mathias departs the firm. Article


APCO Worldwide has appointed Jim Moorehead to its International Advisory Council. Article


Case Foundation hired Sam Heitner as its new Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing. Article



Nuffer, Smith, Tucker has opened an office in Tijuana, Mexico. It has added two staffers, Kathia Bustillos and Analicia Luken, who will work in the office. Article


Republica commemorated its 10th anniversary with a celebration themed “A Show of #Gratitude,” highlighting the agency’s 10-year journey, and paying tribute to its blue-chip clients and talented team members. Article


Betsy Clayton, APR, CPRC, of the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA), recently earned professional certification in public relations and received the designation of Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC). Article


(add)ventures is expanding its Miami office with the addition of María Eugenia Ginés as director, strategy/branding. Article


Tilson PR announced the promotion of Britt Bradford from Vice President to Senior Vice President. Article



Welch’s has selected PadillaCRT to lead its consumer public relations and media relations programs. Article



EdR has hired Dawn Ray as vice president of corporate communications and marketing. Article


Reed Public Relations is connecting its corporate clients with nonprofits through a new cause marketing division. Article


New York

Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal have named Kathy Kelly-Brown as senior vice president, strategic initiatives. Article


AMC Networks has named Georgia Juvelis and Jim Maiella as senior vice presidents and co-heads of corporate communications, replacing Ellen Kroner, who will retire at year end. Article


Ruder Finn announced that James Walker has joined the firm’s U.S. Corporate Practice as Group Vice President of Social Engagement & Digital Content. Article


Child’s Play Communications the addition of DHX Brands as a client. Article


World Series of Fighting (WSOF) has announced that it has named Rubenstein Public Relations (RPR) as its agency of record. Article


M3D has selected Diffusion as its agency of record. Article


Burson-Marsteller has hired Katherine Boehret as a senior director. Article


Mfa Marketing and PR has been named Agency of Record for Dart Real Estate. Article


Laura Davidson Public Relations (LDPR) has been appointed the public relations agency of record for The Moorings. Article


Giant Spoon announced that it has hired Sammi Han as Social Strategist and David Jacobsen as Senior Strategist. Article


Limelight Media has named Ian Weintraub as Vice President, Marketing and head of its New York office. Article



Domus announces the addition of two new assistant account managers – Kelsey Larzelere and Brooke Robinson. Article


Flackable has expanded its team by adding Kaitlyn Smith as an account coordinator. Article


San Diego

Purple Penguin PR (PPP) recently announced the signing of its new client, The Run Across America 2016 (RAA).   Article


San Francisco

Allison+Partners has promoted chief creative officer Lisa Rosenberg, global China practice managing director David Wolf, and China managing director Jerry Zhu to partners. In addition, senior vice presidents Kevin Nabipour and Jeremy Rosenberg have been appointed managing directors of Allison+Partners' All Told division. And Julia Farrell  has joined as Allison+Partners' first global chief financial officer; and Shane Winn  has joined as general manager of the agency's Chicago office, bringing two decades of experience with Burson-Marsteller, MetLife and Washington Mutual. Article


Blanc & Otus announced Tony Hynes as its new chief executive officer. Article



Aspectus has been selected by Swiss Finance Startups to manage its international media relations. Article


Hong Kong

Burson-Marsteller has been named the public relations partner in China for Continental Tires. Article


Weber Shandwick has appointed Uzz Taufek as senior vice president, digital strategy, South East Asia. Article



Headland is launching a new reputation risk proposition and has appointed Hans-Kristian Bryn, who will work in an associate capacity with the firm. The new offer will be led by Simon Burton and brings together Headland's reputation management expertise with a new method to analysing and modelling the commercial upside and downside of reputational risk. Article


Henkel has appointed Carole Scott head of corporate communications for the UK, Ireland and Nordic region. Article


BlueVenn has retained Wildfire to communicate the proposition for its newest product, also named BlueVenn. Article


Clive Christian has appointed Threepipe to manage its digital advertising and SEO programmes across its collections during the festive period.  Article


Liberty Communications has been selected by iTalent to build its brand across Europe. Article


Elevate Credit International has named Lauren Darby as vice president of marketing. Article


Juvo has hired CCgroup to lead its international PR across EMEA, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Article


Grayling is to exit Sweden after shutting down its Stockholm office. Article


M3D has selected Diffusion as their agency of record. Article


Rich Leigh & Company has won Coconut Chilli. Article


Viga has appointed its first Marketing Director, Sebastien Van Schalkwyk. Article


Tim Singleton has been appointed director of comms for the Department for International Development (DfID). Article


Portland has hired Victoria Dean to head up its Brexit unit. Article


JPES Partners has hired Tahmina Mannan and Roya Abbasi to join its team as senior client manager and senior client executive, respectively. Article



The Public Relations Global Network has added five new affiliates during the consortium’s recent meeting in Lisbon. The newly inducted agencies are Ad verum, which serves clients in the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia; Ardency Consulting, a full-service marketing and PR consultancy in Bulgaria; Canadian independent Media Profile; Copenhagen-based Scandinavian Communications; and Two cents, a Brussels-based corporate PR and marketing services firm. Article



Sibling has appointed Amanda Galmes as managing director. Article


Brand New Solutions has relaunched as The 6AM Agency under the leadership of Gillian Fish and Chris Savage. The agency has appointed Kim Feitelberg as head of strategy, and Amy Friedlander as digital strategic advisor. Article


Media Mantra has added 15 new accounts across sectors including education, IT, e-commerce, real estate, healthcare, government. Article



Finsbury announced that it is launching an office in Tokyo, Japan. Article



McMillan has launched McMillan Vantage Policy Group, a national full-service public affairs consultancy. Robyn Osgood has joined lead the strategic communications practice of the consultancy. Article


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