PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Nov. 21, 2016

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Links WorldGroup, an integrated marketing communications agency headquartered in Miami, has promoted Eric Nathal to vice president and opened a joint office in Austin with MAPR, a technology public relations and digital marketing agency. Article




Partners & Simons has promoted EVP and General Manager Andrew Pelosi to president, announced Ron Bess, CEO of Myelin Communications. Article




S&A Communications won two international MarCom Awards, administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Article




Candace Mueller, VP of global communications at Hyatt Hotels, has departed the company after one year. Article




Hilton has named top Obama aide Katie Beirne Fallon as SVP and global head of corporate affairs. Article


Los Angeles


Los Angeles-based firm Consensus takes top honors in PRism Awards ceremony. Article


LegalShield, a provider of legal and identity-theft services, has named the Pollack PR Marketing Group as its agency of record. Article




Gage, a Minneapolis-based engagement marketing agency, announced it has hired Melissa Buening as a Senior Project Manager. Article


Welch’s, the National Grape Cooperative’s processing and marketing subsidiary, has picked PadillaCRT to handle its consumer PR and media relations. Article


New York


Ogilvy Public Relations went home with one gold, two silvers and three bronze, whilst Weber Shandwick was named agency of the year at the 2016 Middle East Public Relations Association’s (MEPRA) annual awards last week. Article

Ogilvy Public Relations has brought on Aleena Abrahamian as EVP of digital content and social, a newly created role. Abrahamian will oversee digital and content strategy for four West Coast offices: Denver, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Francisco, where she is based. Article

Yaron Tsinman joined The Artery as Creative Director/Experiential Marketing Arm. Article


Daniel Galante joined Berkeley Research Group LLC as Managing Director and Global Leader of Transaction Advisory. Article


VentureFuel announced that it has partnered with IV.AI, the artificial intelligence agency specializing in building smart chatbots and custom AI to generate valuable insights with brands. Article


The Lubetkin Media Companies, an award-winning producer of audio and video programs for the web and other uses, has recently completed several major projects for clients in the insurance, public policy and government news, nonprofit, intellectual property law, and journalism sectors. Article


All Nippon Airways (ANA) selected Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) as its partner to launch the U.S. campaign designed to expand the airline to a worldwide name in the travel sector. Article


In an effort to bolster its services for PR agencies and other creative services firms, Gould+Partners announced the introduction of its Part-Time CFO division. Article


Thomas Public Relations, a public relations and social media agency for consumer electronics, high-tech, enterprise, and apps, announced that it has signed Dok Solution LLC, world-wide provider of docking/charging and karaoke products to its roster of clients. Article


Madison Logic announced it ranked 351 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America. Article


Daniella DiMartino, Account Supervisor at Buzz Creators, Inc., was recently named a 2016 “Milli” winner by Westfair Communications. Article


GCI Health, a healthcare-focused global public relations agency, continued its record growth in 2016, adding 25 new hires across the agency’s offices to accommodate growth on a broad range of accounts spanning the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical technology, patient advocacy and healthcare IT sectors. Article


The City of New Rochelle, New York, has brought on Marino to work on its business expansion and economic development programs. Article


Ellen Kroner will retire from her role as EVP and chief communications officer at AMC Networks at the end of this year. She will be succeeded by Georgia Juvelis and Jim Maiella, who will serve as SVP and co-head of corporate communications, starting next year. Both will report to AMC Networks president and CEO Josh Sapan. Article


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


Ruder Finn has named James Walker as group VP of social engagement and digital content in the firm’s U.S. corporate practice. He will lead social engagement and digital content strategies on behalf of clients, reporting to Keith Hughes, EVP and head of Ruder Finn’s U.S. corporate practice. Article




Gavin, a digitally minded public relations and marketing agency, announced that it has acquired TFM Advertising. With this acquisition, Gavin has named Tom Hollerbach president of the agency. Article


Public relations and social media agency Slice Communications announced that it has promoted Michael D’Antonio and Kelley Galloway and hired Ethan Willis and Elysse Ciccone. The four individuals will work as part of the Slice team to serve the agency’s growing and diverse client base. Article


The Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication has named three executives to its advisory board: Ad Council SVP Ellyn Fisher, College of Charleston executive-in-residence Tom Martin, and former GE VP of communications Gary Sheffer. Article


San Diego


Nuffer Smith Tucker is opening an office in Tijuana, Baja California. The agency also added two new staff members, Kathia Bustillos and Analicia Luken, to its team of binational and bicultural communications professionals. Both will be based in the agency’s new Tijuana office. Article


San Francisco


Hotwire has hired Heather Craft as SVP of client services, reporting to EVP and head of North America client services Gwen Murphy. Article




Trainline, the world’s largest independent online rail ticket retailer, is stepping up its communications efforts across Europe after hiring Red Consultancy as its new consumer PR firm in the UK. Article


Eaton Corporation, the $21bn power management company, has commenced a search for PR support across seven EMEA markets. Article


Four Communications took home two golds, one silver and one bronze at the 2016 Middle East Public Relations Association’s (MEPRA) annual awards last week. Article


Communications and Network Consulting (CNC) hires Katherine Fennell as a consultant. Article


Jim Moorhead, the former managing director of Burson-Marsteller’s US public affairs and crisis practice, joins the International Advisory Council (IAC) at international comms firm, APCO Worldwide. Article


Hugh Baillie, UK CEO of FullSix and former CEO of ad firm Ogilvy & Mather, is to join Weber Shandwick as head of strategic engagement disciplines across EMEA. Article


Susan Milne-Bennett, a former MD of Ogilvy PR and Hill+Knowlton in New Zealand, has joined Tangerine in the UK as deputy MD of its B2B team, with a brief to support ambitious growth plans. Article


The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has appointed David Banks as public affairs manager in its communications team. Article


Fast-growing hybrid hotel group, The Student Hotel, has appointed The Honey Partnership as its international communications agency for B2B and consumer PR. Article


London PR agency PHA Media has been appointed by Madrid-based social networking site beBee to manage its communications in the UK and beyond, raising awareness of the social network as both a personal and professional space. Article


Accenture has acquired U.K.-based creative agency KarmaramaArticle




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


Cicero and Bernay won three gold and one silver; whilst Edelman Dabo bagged the overall campaign of the year, one gold, four silvers and one bronze at the 2016 Middle East Public Relations Association’s (MEPRA) annual awards last week. Article




Chetan Mahajan is to replace Radhika Shapoorjee as president and CEO of H+K Strategies India. Article


Adfactors, India's largest PR firm, has been brought in to support investor relations for Tata as the giant conglomerate attempts to remove ousted chairman Cyrus Mistry from the boards of its various operating companies. Article


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