PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Oct. 3, 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!


Church’s Chicken announced that its Senior Manager of Digital Media Kira Clayborne has been selected as an Association of National Advertisers (ANA) 2016 Rising Marketing Star. Article



Easterseals (formerly Easter Seals) has selected Zeno Group as its new communications agency of record following a competitive review. Article


Tech Image has added three new clients: Skilsaw, a professional power tool manufacturer;  the Mopria Alliance, a global nonprofit membership organization chartered to drive industry-wide standards for mobile wireless printing; and Oval Brand Fire Products, a producer of high-performance fire extinguishers and other innovative fire safety equipment. Article



M/C/C has reached a new milestone—marking its 30th year in marketing communications. Article



The Glover Park Group has appointed Carolyn Gluck as a senior advisor. Article


United Soccer League (USL) has selected Buffalo.Agency as its public relations partner. Article


ConnellyWorks announced the appointment of David Stegon as Content Manager. Article



The PR Consultants Group has added four new members: Martin Waxman, president of Martin Waxman Communications in Toronto; Bernardo Fiol-Costa, president and founder, The Big Think Group of Puerto Rico; Dan O’Keeffe, Owner of O’Keeffe PR of Cincinnati, Oh.; and Missy MacFarlane, co-founder and principal, B2 Communications, Tampa, Fla. Article


Los Angeles

JMPR Public Relations has announced that it has signed as agency of record for EVgo. Article


Diamond Public Relations L.A. announced its partnership with Miramonte Resort & Spa, A Destination Hotel in Indian Wells, Calif. Article


C+R Communications recently announced new clients and a new hire. Article



Axon Marketing & Communication has named Gianni Yapur Cereghino as it director for the Andean region. Article



Olson Engage has been named the public relations and social media agency of record for Blue Bunny ice cream. Article


DKY has acquired Peterson|Probst. Article



FleishmanHillard has appointed Mike Cearley, senior vice president and senior partner, as global managing director, social and innovation. Article


Kerry Gardner has been promoted to Director of Publicity for Choice Media & Communications. Article


Penman PR reached a milestone this October, celebrating 15 years of public relations excellence. Article


New York

CRC has hired Brianne Dezzutti as account supervisor and director of celebrity influencer management and Erika Kuzmicz as senior account executive and manger of celebrity influencer management. Article


The DAS Group of Companies has promoted Robert Lorfink to global chief financial officer. Article


GenFKD, or "Generation Financial Knowledge Development," is expanding its relationship with Lumentus. Article


Mike Coates is stepping down from his position as Americas president and CEO at H+K Strategies, and will return to Canada to serve as global vice-chairman before retiring next year. Article


The Israel Ministry of Tourism has selected MWWPR as its agency of record for its North American public relations. Article


Liligo has named Diffusion as its agency of record following a competitive pitch. Article


Getty Images announced the appointment of Jennifer Ferguson to the newly created role of Senior Vice President of Global Communications. Article


Danielle Garofalo joined Stribling & Associates as Director of Digital and Agent Strategy. Article


Dennis Cusack joined Stribling & Associates as Manager, Downtown Brokerage. Article



Brendon Shank has joined Domus as vice president, account director. Article


Huntsworth Health has appointed Frank Galella to the position of chief financial officer. Article



Amplify Relations announced the addition of Anthony Mendoza, Account Coordinator, Maya Merlis, Staff Assistant, Kayley Clark, Staff Assistant, and three paid Fall 2016 interns, as well as the internal promotions of Alli Williams, Public Relations Manager, and Trinda Freese, Public Relations Coordinator. Article


San Diego

KCD PR has launched a new website, added four new enterprise clients, and hired a Managing Director and a Senior Account Executive with deep experience in the finance and technology sectors. Article


San Francisco

The W2O Group has named Aaron Strout as chief marketing officer of the W2O Group. Article


Zeltiq Aesthetics has brought in Ketchum as its first national PR agency of record for the company's fast-growing CoolSculpting brand. Article


Silicon Valley

Mike Moeller has left Oracle less than a year after he was brought on to oversee global PR and social media. Article


New York, San Francisco & London

Cohn & Wolfe, INGO and Grey PR have been named Grand Clio winners in both the Direct and Innovation categories at the 2016 Clio Awards. Article


Philadelphia & London

Huntsworth Health announced the promotion of two senior executives to global leadership positions. Maryellen Royle has been appointed to the position of Global Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Tonic Life Communications and Jon Clark has been appointed to the role of Global CEO at nitrogen. Article


Hong Kong

The Global Summit on Measurement, organised by AMEC, the International Association for Measurement & Evaluation of Communication, will take place in Bangkok next May. Isentia Group will be the headline sponsor of the Summit, which will also include the awards ceremony for the annual AMEC International Awards. It is the first time the AMEC Summit will be held in Asia. Article


Netflix is hunting for a new public relations agency for the Asia region, and has reached the final stages of a review. Article


ZTE has brought in Cohn & Wolfe to lead global PR duties. Article



Tenthavenue has launched Bookmark Content and Communications, a merger of content specialists Spafax Content Marketing Americas and Forward Worldwide. The combined offer will deliver content strategy, stunning editorial and video production; but now also adding CRM, data-driven solutions, mobile strategy, PR, media relations and event management. Article


Viga, headed up by Managing Director, Lewis Reeves, opened its doors this week in London. Article


Triumph Motorcycles has handed a UK PR and social brief to Performance Communications, following a competitive pitch. Article has appointed Yellow Jersey PR to provide media relations and communications support for the launch of its second mini-bond. Article


London Transport Museum Retail has selected instinct pr to handle the PR for some of its new Christmas product ranges and the launch of its revamped e-commerce website. Article


Cartoon Network has brought in Tin Man to handle the launch of the new series of its animated children’s series, Ben 10. Article


Rocket Software has appointed Fourth Day PR as its UK PR agency, following a competitive review. Article


Portland has hired Daniel Beach as director at Portland Health. John Clarke joins the consultancy as associate director for policy and public affairs. Article


Hawthorn has appointed Daniel Rolle and Jen Stebbing as associate directors. Article


Matthew O’Keeffe has joined FTI Consulting as a managing director in its Industrials & Special Situations team. Article


Infinite Global has hired Benjamin Thiele-Long as an account director in London. Article



Interel has expanded its presence in South America forming partnerships with best-in-class communications and public affairs firms in Argentina (Identia), Brazil (Imagem Corporativa), Chile (Extend), Colombia (Dattis) and Peru (Concertum and CSR Consulting). Article



Budweiser has appointed GolinOpinion to handle its India PR mandate. Article


N2N, Fuel and Touch Creative have launched Herd, a brand that unites the full strength of the agencies’ team of over 50 consultants. N2N, Fuel and Touch will continue to operate independently and also join forces under the Herd brand for client and market opportunities that require the full diversity of skills and scale. Herd will be headed by Vanessa Liell, who has an expanded group CEO role in addition to her responsibilities as managing partner of N2N Communications. Article


Ace Brand Strategist has been selected by Hungry Wheels. Article


DEC PR has added several new clients. Crestron has appointed DEC to undertake an ongoing Australian and New Zealand PR program that will showcase its automation and control solutions. Innovative Retail has partnered with DEC PR to shine a spotlight on the importance of play areas within retail precincts. And Netbase is working with the agency on a brand building and thought leadership program. Article


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