PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Oct. 17, 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!


Drumroll announced that it has named Russell Lambrecht as Group Creative Director. Article



The marketing and public relations team at S&A Communications recently won three Sir Walter Raleigh Awards from the Raleigh Public Relations Society, and an InSpire Award from the North Carolina Chapter, Public Relations Society of America. Article


The Sunrock Group has named S&A Communications as its agency of record. Article


French/West/Vaughan announced five new hires and four staff promotions in its Raleigh headquarters office. Article



Olson Engage has named Jason Miller its new vice president for social engagement. Article



Wheelhouse Marketing & PR announced its partnership with Billy Bob’s Texas. Article



Siren PR is growing, adding new clients to its roster and bringing on a new team member. The boutique agency has been retained by Cranbrook Institute of Science and LJPR Financial Advisors. With this growth, the firm announces the hiring of Heather Klee as senior account executive. Article


Los Angeles

Murphy O’Brien Public Relations has added two new clients to its real estate collection. Article


Klick Communications has announced three new clients to its Los Angeles office – Shore Hotel, Kona Brewing Company and Mundo Cuervo. Article



Gage announced it has hired Sean Hughes as a Technical Lead. Article


PadillaCRT announced employee promotions across several of its industry practices and groups. Article



The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations has created a Diversity and Inclusion Committee to be a catalyst for other professional organizations, to help identify and bridge gaps, and assist organizations seeking to adopt best-in-class practices in the area of diversity and inclusion. Article


New York

The S3 Agency announced the Congenital Heart Defect Coalition (CHD Coalition) as the winner of their new philanthropic program, S FREE. Article


Skift has launched a new SkiftEDU online course: “Makings of the Modern Travel PR Pro.” Article


Bullfrog + Baum has been named the agency of record for SmithArticle


Krupp Kommunications (K2) announced they are the agency of record for Prelude. Article


INK & ROSES announced it was named Public Relations Agency of Record for BABYZEN North America. Article


MMGY Global announced that it has acquired NJFPR. Article


Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR has announced the addition of the dating and relationship service LoveSparkMe to its client roster. Article


Rubenstein Public Relations (RPR) will provide pro bono public relations services to support New York City’s most iconic Halloween tradition, the Annual Village Halloween Parade. Article


R&J Strategic Communications announced it has earned seven American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA Magazine. Article


Kinetic U.S. is continuing to utilize its “active journey” approach to reach consumers. This time, however, those active audiences are riding subways in urban cities across the country. Article


The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) recognized the 2016 recipients of its Rising Marketing Star Award. Article



Amplify Relations announced three new hires for their fall internship program—Gavin Korte, Creative Intern, Tanner Lecumberry, Accounts Intern, and Sadë Mills, Public Relations Intern. Article


San Francisco

GoldieBlox announced the expansion of its entertainment and marketing teams with the hiring of Kenny Davis (Chief Marketing Officer), Jenna Boyd (Chief Content Officer) and Jennifer Rahardjanoto (Creative Director). Article



Reebok and Roundhouse have harnessed the authenticity and star power of fashion model and television personality Gigi Hadid and Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar for two new campaigns. Article



AXON is set to establish an office in Switzerland to support global and European head offices of Swiss-based clients. The agency has appointed Claire Olivia Williams as vice president to lead the Swiss business. Article


Hume Brophy has opened an office in Frankfurt which will be led by Juergen Parr. Article


Hong Kong

Netflix has assigned PR duties for Singapore and Malaysia to Weber Shandwick following a competitive review. Article


S.P.A.G. announced the acquisition of Giga Health. The brand will continue to operate as Giga Health under the aegis of the S.P.A.G. group.  Article


Havas Creative Group announced the appointment of Mike Amour to the position of Chairman and CEO of Asia Pacific. Article



Bryce Keane has departed his role as founder and managing partner of Albion Drive to join tech investor Atomico as head of communications. Article


Aloft Hotels has brought in Unity to support the UK launch of its music competition. Article


PHA Media has been chosen by the UK office of The International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support the promotion around two key dates for the organization: Anti-Slavery Day on 18 October and International Migrants Day on 18 December. Article


PHA Media announced it has been appointed by JD Sports to manage the press office for JD Women as well as Pink Soda Sport. Article


Porta Communications has announced a series of changes to its board and management team, including the appointment of Steffan Williams as CEO. Article


2Houston PR has hired Kate Hoare as an account director in its London office. Article


Unity and The Romans were the big winners at last night’s PR Week Awards, with Unity claiming the biggest haul with seven awards, including the Gold Award for Consultancy of the Year. Article


Beattie is to launch a “vlogger dating forum” to match vloggers and bloggers with brands, and is setting up a video and content studio in Scotland. Article



ContentSquare announced the completion of $20 million in Series B funding. Article



The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations (Women in PR Canada) announced the launch of its sister organization, American Women in Public Relations (Women in PR USA™). Together, the organizations form the networking group Women in PR North America™. Article


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