PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Oct. 24, 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!


PAN Communications announced the strategic hire of Michele Frost as Vice President of Digital. Article


Red Lorry Yellow Lorry has been retained by as its North American agency of record. Article


Version 2.0 Communications announced it has strengthened its relationship with The Whiteoaks Consultancy and is now a full member of the Whiteoaks International Network. Article


PRSA Boston has announced that its November 9th C-Suite Conversation, Reception + Annual Meeting featuring keynote GE’s Chief Communications Officer Deirdre Latour will be held at The NonProfit Center of Boston, adjacent to the Financial District and one block from South Station. Article



Sysomos has released new features for Sysomos Gaze, a visual brand intelligence solution that enables marketers to monitor, curate, engage, analyze and amplify consumer generated visual content across social media. Article



Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has hired Rachel Kerr as public relations manager. Article


FoodMinds has added Mitch Kante as its chief science officer. Article


SE10 has promoted Chi-an Chang to account director. Article


Porter Novelli has been named public relations agency of record for Feeding America. Article


Red Shoes PR recently received the 2016 Award of Excellence and the 2016 Judges’ Choices Award by the Wisconsin Healthcare Public Relations & Marketing Society (WHPRMS) for its work in special events. Article


C. Blohm & Associates (CB&A) has earned a MarCom Gold Award for its innovative BuzzHub events at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. Article



Dix & Eaton has promoted Nicolle Huffman to senior account executive; Angela Almasy and Megan Stinn to account executive; and Angel Seymour to office coordinator. Article



Growth Energy has appointed Christopher Hogan as vice president of communications and public affairs. Article


Global Strategy Group has added Marissa Padilla as vice president.  Article


Crosby Marketing Communications has added Jennifer Brohinsky as a senior integration manager. Article


Lotame announced Laura Lewellyn as its Senior Director, Market Innovation. Article



Active Interest Media announced it has acquired IDEA Health & Fitness Association. Article


Woodruff Sweitzer (WS) recently announced the promotions of Sue Dillon and Gene Petersen.. Article


TURNER added a wealth of fresh talent to its ranks recently: Nick Hoppe, Vice President – Digital, Laura Pettitt, Senior Director, and Katie Bonneau, Senior Account Supervisor. TURNER also expanded its travel and hospitality client roster, announcing new clients The Hoxton Williamsburg and Visit South Walton. Article



Lambert Edwards & Associates has been providing transaction communications support for two deals in the recreational vehicle and automotive accessories markets. Article


Valeo has selected Bianchi Public Relations to provide media relations support in North America. Article


Los Angeles

Elliot Golan has joined Colliers International as director, public relations and marketing. Article


Rogers & Cowan announced the hire of Alisa Granz as Executive Vice President. Article


Scott Public Relations has published an e-book, “The C-Suite Asks, We Answer: The Top 6 Questions About Healthcare PR.” Article


Birds of Paradise Public Relations announced the signing of its newest client, YouTube celebrity chef Chris De La Rosa of Article


Fiona Hutton & Associates (FHA) announced the addition of Daniel Simons as a senior vice president and member of the agency’s senior leadership team. Article


The division of Continuing Education and UCLA Extension has tapped Michael A. Buczkowski as Chief Marketing Officer. Article



The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) named VML the new global marketing agency of record. Article



Brian Israel has been promoted to group director at Beehive Strategic Communication. Article


Spong has changed its named to Carmichael Lynch Relate. Article



Emerson has named Katherine Button Bell vice president and chief marketing officer. Article


FleishmanHillard has named Della Sweetman as chief business development officer. Article


The PR Consultants Group (PRCG) announced the addition of four new members throughout the United States and Canada. Article


New York

Ketchum has promoted Amy McCarthy to the role of director of client development for the North America healthcare practice, while Tom Jones has returned to Ketchum to take on the role of director, New York healthcare practice. Article


Fenton has hired Karen Hinton as the managing director of its New York City office and the firm’s chief strategy officer. In addition, Valarie De La Garza will join as managing director of the Los Angeles office. Devi Ramachandran Thomas joins as a senior VP focused on CSR; and Eric Hollister Williams and Lucille Renwick join as vice presidents. Article


Britax Child Safety has selected Zeno Group as its communications agency of record. Article


Forefront Communications Group has been retained by Dash Financial. Article


Kaplow Communications has acquired Mayday. Article


ICR has formed ICR Healthcare, a newly-branded specialty practice that provides communications support for clients in the biopharmaceutical, medtech and healthcare services sectors. James Heins joins the firm as senior vice president and head of healthcare public relations. In addition, Charles Butler was named senior vice president. Article


PR Boutiques International has added two new members to its prestigious group: Lubbers De Jong based in Amsterdam and MSR Communications based in San Francisco. Article


The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) announced the launch of its new PRSA Member App. Article


BARKER announced today that it has won the Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City account. Article


Spring O’Brien has been selected by Oceania Cruises to handle its North American public relations outreach.  Article


W. Allen Shapard joined APCO Worldwide as senior director, chair of public engagement strategies. Article


The Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Leadership Assembly voted today to elect Anthony W. D’Angelo, APR, chair of the Society for 2018. Article


San Diego

Biocept has appointed David Moskowitz to the newly created position of vice president, strategy and corporate communications. Article


San Francisco

Antenna has added 10 new companies to its client portfolio. The new companies are Alta Energy, a renewable energy navigator; Blue Pillar, an IoT solution; 3D mapping startup Civil Maps; Divergent 3D, a technology company that licenses a software-hardware platform enabled by 3D metal printing; Edisun Microgrids, developer of a rooftop solar tracker; venture capital fund Motus Ventures; mPrest, a command-and-control software provider for utilities and IoT; RayVio, an advanced health and hygiene company; transportation technology company TransLoc; and Zen Ecosystems, an energy management provider. Article


Karbo Communications announced that it has achieved record growth over the last three quarters with the addition of major brand accounts, innovative medium-sized companies and startups.  Client additions include eBay Advertising, Logitech and ABBYY. Additionally, Karbo Com served as the PR agency of record for the largest North American Internet of Things (IoT) conference, IoT World. The agency also announced that it has doubled its staff. Article



APCON has appointed Karen Thomas as director of corporate communications. Article


Charlotte & San Francisco

W2O Group has formed a new executive development offering. Called Connect, the offering is designed to improve leadership capabilities, specifically communications skills, of C-Suite leaders, subject matter experts and key opinion leaders to ensure organizations remain relevant and resonant in a social/digital reality. Mike Huckman  will lead the new offering. Article


Los Angeles and San Francisco

Ketchum has appointed two new associate directors in Ketchum West: Suzanne Maloney, partner and director of strategic and creative planning, and Kevin Oates, partner and director of the Ketchum West corporate and public affairs practice, They are based in Ketchum's San Francisco and Los Angeles offices, respectively. Article


Hong Kong

Ruder Finn has formed a new reputation and risk management practice to be led by Charles Lankester, who is promoted to executive vice president, global reputation and risk management. Article



W has acquired House PR. Article


Grayling is partnering with the Swiss Business Hub Russia. Article


Weber Shandwick UK has brought in Indy Selvarajah as its new creative director. Article


Buman Media has been retained Essilor. In addition, Buman has become the official press office of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Article


epifny consulting has officially launched Create, a new “rapid, agile” consultancy methodology designed to make digital transformation accessible to all organisations. Article


Feather & Black has appointed Thirteen Communications and Publicasity to handle consumer, trade and corporate PR. Article


Brands2Life has named Alan Parker as its MD, digital. Article


Profile Financial has appointed Headland to launch its refreshed customer proposition. Article


SO What Global has hired Nicola Lilley and Laura McKinlay. Article



Cyclone has become a partner of PROI Worldwide. Article



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