PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Oct. 31, 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!


Cone Communications has added George Koukkos as creative director/copywriter and Ryan Raulie as creative director/art director. Article



Marathon Pharmaceuticals has appointed Wanda Moebius as vice president of communications. Article



M/C/C recently partnered with Kinetrex Energy. Article



Burson-Marsteller has appointed Henry Engleka as chair of the US healthcare practice. Article


Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications has hired Brittany Beaulieu as a vice president. Article


The Reis Group has promoted Lauren Musiol and Hieu Nguyen to vice president. Article


Crosby Marketing Communications has added Jeffrey Koslofsky as social media manager. Article



Michaela Johndrow is joining Ford as Manager, North America electrified vehicles communications.  Article


Los Angeles

Princess Cruises has appointed Negin Kamali to the role of director, public relations. Article



rbb Communications has been named the agency of record for Richman Signature Properties. Article


Balsera Communications was presented with the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) ¡Bravo! Award for Public Affairs Campaign of the Year. Article


New York

Jori Arancio has been named senior vice president, communications, at ABC Entertainment & ABC StudiosArticle


Finn Partners has appointed Michael Heinley as partner and deputy and of Arielle Bernstein Pinsof as partner in the agency’s health practice. Article


Global Strategy Group has hired Will Dunn as vice president. Article


ICR has appointed Scott Tangney as managing director. Article


Spark Growth has hired Lauren Karasek to lead and expand its social media practice as executive director of social media. Article


Altar’d State has awarded Ignite Social Media and DeVries Global its social media and public relations business. Article


M&C Saatchi PR has partnered with the Financial Times to support its recently launched “Facts. Truths.” campaign. Article


Buzz Creators has added several new clients including: Barnes & Noble, Pentegra Retirement Services, New York Medical College, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, White Plains Linen, Unique Hair Concepts, La Jolie Salon, Color Bar & Spa, TotalFusion and Maniatis & Dimopoulos. Article


Resound Marketing announced it has been selected as the public relations agency of record for Treasure Data. Article


Issa PR will lead the US launch of the The House of Finland, presented by Finnish Tech, Design & Art. Article


Susan Fine has appointed Bullfrog + Baum to represent TurnStyle, her latest retail project. Article


MMGY Global has acquired NJFPR, which will be rebranded as NJF, an MMGY Global Company. Article


Sandra Macleod, Craig Rothenberg and John Doorley have joined together to launch The Academy for Communication Excellence. Article


Mike Bako and Susan Higgins have been promoted and Shelby Fix and Scott Sommer have joined the team at DS Simon Media. Article


Gould+Partners announced that managing partner Rick Gould advised NJFPR in the PR firm’s sale to MMGY Global. Article


NJF has been named the agency of record for Holland America LineArticle


Diligent Corporation today announced that Amanda Carty has been appointed as Chief Marketing Officer. Article


Spark Growth announced that it has hired Lauren Karasek to lead and expand its social media practice as executive director of social media. Article


R&J Strategic Communications announces the hiring of Dan Johnson as Account Executive. Article


Man Made Music has appointed Kevin Perlmutter as its Executive Vice President (EVP) Chief of Innovation. Article


Don Ross joined Trustpilot as President of Americas. Article


John Donovan joined Bizfi as CEO. Article


Howard Axel was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Four Freedoms Park Conservancy. Article


San Francisco

Mosaico PR has been selected to launch eHarmony Español, eHarmony’s Spanish-language dating website for the U.S. Hispanic market.  Article



Albertsons has appointed Christine Wilcox to the position of vice president, communications and public affairs. Article


Harvest PR & Marketing has added Kim Bedwell to its team as vice president, group account director. Article


New York & Silicon Valley

Lumina Communications announced it has launched as a standalone full-service strategic communications firm based in Silicon Valley, with offices in Manhattan. The firm is led by CEO Hugh Burnham. Article


Chicago & London

ApotheCom has formed a strategic partnership with Continuum Clinical. Article


Hong Kong

Ogilvy & Mather Singapore has appointed Ee Rong Chong to the newly created group managing director post. Article


MSLGroup has appointed Jeroen Fermie as general manager of its Vietnam operations. Article


Imogen Public Relations has become a partner of PROI Worldwide. Article


Hive Consulting has formed a strategic partnership with Stand. Article



MHR Analytics has appointed Wildfire to deliver an integrated PR campaign that supports a wider marketing push into multiple market sectors to attract new prospects and drive lead generation. Article


Crohn’s & Colitis UK has brought TVC Group on board to promote Walk It 2017. Article


Youzz has launched in the UK. Article


Threepipe has been appointed to manage UK prospecting and retargeting strategies for T.M.Lewin. Article


Anthony Barnes has been appointed director of communications for lobby group UK Music. Article


The British Property Federation (BPF) has appointed Drew McNeill as PR manager. Article


FTI Consulting has expanded its strategic communications health and life sciences team with the appointment of Con Franklin as senior director and Hanna Skeppner as director. Article


Jo Swinson is working with Portland Communications to help the agency improve upon its workplace diversity. Article


Charles Naylor will take up the corporate communications director role at CBI (Confederation of British Industry) on 28 November. Article



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