PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Nov. 28, 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!



Boston Agency CTP hands over entire digital presence to 20 non-profits leading to holidays. Some of the organizations include Save the Children, Boston Red Sox Scholars, Read to a Child, St. Francis House, and ALS One. Article


Image Unlimited Communications (IUC), a Boston-based lifestyle public relations and integrated marketing communications agency, announced the hiring of Sophie Hamersley as Senior Account Manager and Editorial Lead. Article


Allied Integrated Marketing expanded its multicultural services to three core audience segments, developing culturally relevant and rich communication strategies as entertainment companies and brands increase their emphasis on audience-specific campaigns. Allied first launched its multicultural practice with Allied Hispanic, then expanded to African-American audiences with Allied Moxy, and now adds LGBTQ marketing to its service portfolio with Allied Pride. Article




Cision appointed four senior executives. The company named Chris Lynch CMO, David Barker chief data and research officer, Emir Lindo SVP for global partnerships, and Dustin Johnson as SVP for services strategy and operations. Article


Unison has retained Zapwater Communications as its public relations agency of record to heighten brand awareness within a competitive home and textile industry. Article


Red Shoes PR, a northeastern Wisconsin strategic communication agency, was recently honored by the Wisconsin School Public Relations Association (WSPRA) with two Spectrum Awards of Merit for its work in school communication. Article


C-Strategies president and CEO Becky Carroll has hired former Chicago City Hall spokesperson Mika Stambaugh to join her consulting company and help kick off “The Broad Cast,” a podcast featuring professional women talking about public affairs, media and business. Article




Hill+Knowlton Strategies brought on Scott Reed as a senior adviser, effective on Thursday. He is working for the Chamber of Commerce overseeing its voter-education program, and will continue in that role while he works with H+K. Article


John Seng, founder of Spectrum Science Communications, announced today that Jonathan Wilson will succeed him as Chief Executive Officer following two consecutive years of high double digit growth in fee revenues. Article


Eco Branding, an integrated public relations, marketing and creative agency that specializes in clean technology, announced the addition of four highly-innovative companies to its roster of prominent clean technology clients: Eos Energy Storage, Totem Power, Go Electric, and Embue. Article


Los Angeles


Peter McDermott, partner and principal in Korn Ferry’s corporate affairs practice, joined the Lagrant Foundation’s board of directors. He succeeded Richard Marshall, MD of the global corporate affairs practice at Korn Ferry, who served on the board for four years. Article


Murphy O’Brien Public Relations announced that three new clients have joined the firm’s growing travel collection: Hotel Figueroa, Solage, an Auberge Resort, and ‘Alohilani Resort at Waikiki Beach. Article




Spirits giant Bacardi has hired K.C. Kavanagh as SVP and global chief communications officer, replacing Jim Gallagher who steps down at the end of this year. Article


Visit Florida named JeffreyGroup as its AOR focused on PR efforts in Latin America. The firm will work to secure relationships with media outlets, develop influencer and blogger initiatives, and create strategic campaigns. Article


TARA, Ink., a boutique public relations, creative marketing and special events firm headquartered in Miami Beach with satellite offices in New York and Los Angeles, is proud to announce its clients for Miami Art Week 2016. Article


ANDER & Co, a Miami-based, full-service public relations and digital strategy agency with global reach, announced that Juan Pablo Tovar has joined as an account executive in the firm’s expanding Latin America practice. Article




Osborn Barr (O+B), a full-service marketing communications agency with offices in St. Louis and Kansas City, has expanded their reach with the acquisition of Paramore, a digital agency in Nashville, Tenn. Article


New York


Business Wire and Agility PR Solutions have announced a new strategic partnership to provide communications professionals with enhanced distribution, monitoring and media analytics capabilities. Article

Pharma giant Merck is seeking an international PR agency to help bolster corporate reputation for its critical cancer-fighting unit, amid US review of latest vaccine. Article

PR World Alliance elected a new board. Its members include chairwoman Catherine Kable, managing partner of Kable Communication in Paris; Vice chairwoman Perran Ersu Ozcaldiran, president of Persona PR in Istanbul; CFO Henry Feintuch, president of Feintuch Communications in New York, Secretary Lars-Ola Nordqvist, president of Comvision in Stockholm; and director Christian Josephi, president of Panama PR in Stuttgart, Germany. Article


W2O Group veteran Steph Glickman has joined Pfizer Innovative Health as director of communications. Article


Hawkins International Public Relations (HIPR), a boutique New York City-based public relations firm specializing in luxury travel and hospitality, announced that its Public Relations and Digital teams recently won seven top honors at the PR HSMAI Adrian Awards. Article


Steinreich Communications Group, an international public relations firm headquartered in New York City, has been appointed public relations consultant to the Israel Baseball Association, the non-profit organization created to promote and develop baseball in Israel. Article

San Francisco


Chris Lynch has joined Cision as chief marketing officer, overseeing global marketing strategy, including communications, product and digital marketing. Article


Union Square Advisors, a technology-focused M&A advisory boutique, announced today the hiring and appointment of Jennifer Hallahan, an experienced financial communications executive, as Communications and Marketing Director, a newly created position. Article


Silicon Valley


YuMe, global audience technology company powered by data-driven insights and multi-screen expertise, announced the availability of an immersive 360 degree video ad format for brands and advertisers. Article




WE Communications has hired former FleishmanHillard global CMO Stephanie Marchesi to lead the firm's healthcare sector and Eastern region in the US. Article



Pharma giant Merck is seeking an international PR agency to help bolster corporate reputation for its critical cancer-fighting unit, amid US review of latest vaccine. Article

DKC is expanding with DKC Impact, a new division that will provide pro-bono public relations and digital services to deserving small, sustainable non-profit organizations dedicated to making the world a better place. Executive vice president Bruce Bobbins, who oversees a significant part of DKC’s non-profit and education portfolio, and Dana Bakich, a senior digital strategist in the firm’s digital and social media division, to lead the new unit. Article

Eight independent public relations agencies have launched the Global Fintech PR Network, a network of agencies specializing in financial technology. Members include Manzer Communications of Austin, Tex.; Norfico of Copenhagen; MD Consulting of London; Vested of New York; Nobiletec of Sao Paulo; Bowlah PR of Singapore; Honner of Sydney; and Spicetree Communications of Tel Aviv. Article



Tulchan Communications has hired David Cameron’s former press secretary, Graeme Wilson, as a partner. Article


Channel 4 has enhanced its press and publicity team with the internal appointments of Donna Mathews to group PR lead for content and programmes and Victoria Wawman to group PR lead for corporate and commercial. Article


Golin has brought in Razorfish’s Alex Brittain to lead its specialist digital design and build team. Article


Kelly Teasdale has joined Burson-Marsteller’s healthcare team as senior director, following two years as global brand communications director at pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca. Article


Edelman has brought in Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research’s James Morris as senior director of corporate reputation. Article


PeoplePerHour, a UK-based digital marketplace for freelance talent, has brought in former Perowne International account director Caroline O’Grady as its new PR director. Article


Publicis Health UK has appointed Victoria Wright as MD of Publicis LifeBrands, Publicis LifeBrands Resolute and Real Science Communications. Alister Sansum has been named director of scientific and medical services across Publicis Health UK. Article


Financial and corporate communications consultancy Capital Market Communications Limited (Camarco) has appointed senior consultant, Nick Hennis. Article


Holly Barnett, former PR manager of Sandals Resorts International has been appointed by the Hong Kong Tourism Board as its new UK assistant PR manager. Article


Andrew Dunn, the founder and lifetime president of luxury tour operator Scott Dunn, has joined The PC Agency as non-executive chairman. He has also taken a stake in the company for an undisclosed sum. Article




Taptica, a global end-to-end mobile advertising platform that helps the world’s top brands reach their most valuable users with the widest range of traffic sources available, today announced it was named one of Israel’s 50 fastest growing technology companies as part of the 2016 Deloitte Technology Fast 50. Article




MSLGroup has acquired 100% of North Strategic, the fast-growing firm that was named Canadian Agency of the Year by the Holmes Report for the past two years. Article


Ottawa, Canada-based media monitoring firm MediaMiser announced that it has rebranded under the global brand name Agility PR Solutions and that it has unveiled a new web site at Article


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