PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Oct. 10, 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!


Media Frenzy Global was selected as the agency of record by the City of Alpharetta. Article



Greenough Brand Storytellers has promoted Amy McHugh and Brad Puffer to senior vice president. Article


CXO Communication has added Erin Del Llano and Nick Chow as communication strategist and brand strategist respectively. Article


Nickerson announced it has received 16 PRISM Awards following the annual PRISM Awards Gala hosted on October 6th by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB). Article



French West Vaughan (FWV) lapped the field with 13 separate honors this week at the 2016 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards, hosted by the Raleigh Public Relations Society (RPRS). Article



Citadel has appointed Julie Andreeff Jensen as chief corporate affairs and communications officer. Article


Brunswick Group has hired Christopher Hannegan as a partner. Article


Andy Pharoah has been appointed to the top corporate communications role at Mars. Article



Public Relations Society of America Dallas honored TrizCom Public Relations with multiple awards at their 2016 Unsummit and Pegasus Awards held Oct. 7 at the historic Granada Theater in Dallas. Article



Claudia Fritsche has joined APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council.  Article


Crosby Marketing Communications has added Kat Friedman as senior vice president in the firm’s Washington, DC, office. Article


McBee Strategic Consulting has rebranded as Signal Group. Article



Summit Materials has appointed Noel R. Ryan III as its new vice president, investor relations. Article



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


Los Angeles

Kahn Media announced that it has been selected as the PR and Marketing Agency of Record for Lloyd Mats. Article


New York

LIXIL Water Technology Americas has named Troy Benavidez vice president, public affairs. Article


Lippe Taylor has added chief digital officer Fred Gerantabee to lead accounts across health, lifestyle and beauty sectors. The firm has also added VP of digital George Wright and insights manager Michael Hansberry. Article


Ogilvy Public Relations has named Andrea Romero as vice president of corporate communications, USA. Article


Global Strategy Group has named Tanya Meck partner. Article


The PR Council has named Edelman COO Matt Harrington as chair. Joining Harrington as executive committee officers are Carrie Jones (JPA Health Communications) as secretary and Todd Hansen (O’Malley Hansen Communications) as treasurer. The PRC also announced the election of its new board directors: Gail Heimann (Weber Shandwick), Barri Rafferty (Ketchum), Dale Bornstein (MBooth), Jon Silvan (Global Strategy Group), Anne Green (Cooper Katz). Article


It'Sugar has hired M&C Saatchi as the retailer heads into one of the busiest times of year for sweet sales. Article


WeWork has made numerous hires to its corporate communications team as the fast-growing co-working startup eyes further global expansion. Article


The O’Hara Project is searching for a nonprofit organization to become their 2017 pro bono client.  Article


The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) announced the formation of a new, wide ranging alliance designed to create a powerful, unified voice for the advancement of multicultural marketing. Article


Undertone announced new executive responsibilities for two company veterans. Robert Schwartz is being promoted to President and General Manager, and Eric Franchi is being promoted to Senior Vice President of Business Development. Article


Allison O’Keefe Wright has been named executive vice president, managing director of research and strategy and David Dyte has joined as director of research and strategy for Open Mind Strategy. Article


New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) has announced the 2016 WiCi Awards honorees, in recognition of the communications industry’s top rising stars. Article


Paul Harrison joined BankUnited as Vice President. Article


Cesar Munoz joined BankUnited as Vice President. Article


Lisa Todd joined Capital One Bank as Managing Vice President and Head of Treasury Management Sales. Article


Kevin Costello joined Metropolitan Capital as Vice President – Head of East Region. Article



Slice Communications announced that it has made a new addition to the agency – Jenn McClendon – to support the business development team. Article


Domus, Inc. announced that Brendon Shank has joined the full-service marketing communications agency as Vice President, Account Director. Article


San Francisco

The California State Teachers' Retirement System has appointed Grant Boyken as public affairs executive officer. Article


Lotame announced that the American Marketing Association (AMA) has honored Chief Data Scientist, Omar Abdala, with an AMA 4 under 40 award. Article


Atlanta & Seattle

Dan Eramian and Charles Craig have formed Opus Biotech Communications, with offices in Seattle and Atlanta. The firm will offer reputation management, public relations and investor relations services to early-stage companies and communication audits and programs for established companies. Article


Hong Kong

Burson-Marsteller has appointed Noëlle Gahan as managing director.  Article


Current Asia has signed partnership agreements with three platform companies: Marketo, Oracle Marketing Cloud, and HubSpot. Article


Microsoft has hired Tara Bal as communications director for Asia-Pacific, overseeing Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia and Korea. Article


Cathay Pacific is looking to hire a PR network to handle the airline’s crisis communications around the world, reports Mumbrella Asia. Article



Halfords has appointed Teneo Blue Rubicon as its financial communications and investor relations agency. Article


The Co-op's food business has appointed M&C Saatchi PR as its retained PR partner. Article


Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Alex Silcox as managing director, integrated creative services. Article


We Are Social has appointed Harvey Cossell as head of strategy. Article


Buman Media is working with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. In addition, Essilor chose Buman Media  as a digital communications partner. Article


MIB (Motor Insurers’ Bureau) has retained TVC to help reduce the number of people driving without car insurance through a new awareness campaign. Article


Babel has promoted Matt Humphries to UK MD. Article


Redrow has appointed Instinctif Partners as its retained corporate PR adviser following a competitive pitch process. Article


Gould+Partners has named Sally Tilleray senior advisor, London. Article


Porta Communications has reshuffled its senior management, promoting Steffan Williams to the role of CEO. Article


PHA Media has announced it has been appointed by Canagan to manage its communications. Article


Triple S Group has appointed Mark Whittle as MD of its newly-formed PR company, Triple S Communications. Article


John Doe has launched a global influencer division called John Doe_i, which the agency says will drive influencer activity across its client base. Article


Pete Davies has launched a new Manchester-based PR agency called Sugar, with six new clients. Article


Rostrum has hired Karen Clark as an account manager and Chloe Brown and Gayle Tupaz as account executives. Article


Abbie Sampson will join Energy UK as a director of external affairs at the start of the new year. Article


TASTE has restructured its leadership team with the appointments of Ricky Davison, Charlotte Joseph and Louise Stapley, as well as the promotion of Carolanne Bamford. Article


KPMG has appointed Zoe Sheppard as head of its press office. Article


Mike Berry is joining Fleet Street Communications to take on the newly-created role of head of content. Article


MHP Communications has hired Timothy Goodman and Stephanie Snow as directors in its health division. Article



Mailander has become PROI Worldwide’s latest member firm. Article


TRACCS has acquired a minority stake in L'Allure PR. Article



Text100 Australia has named Karen Coleman as managing director, with Simon Fitzgerald replacing her as VP of integrated marketing. Senior director Terry Whitaker rounds out the leadership team, joining Text100 from his previous role as head of marketing & communications for Major League Baseball in Australasia.  Article


Snapdeal has appointed Parul Batra as vice president, corporate communications. Article


Edelman has made another high-profile hire from the advertising industry, bringing in Sachin Talwalkar to oversee creative across South Asia, Middle East and Africa (SAMEA). Article


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