PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Sept. 12, 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!


Whole Foods Market has appointed Brooke Buchanan as global vice president of communications. Article


Proof has recruited Tom Bishop as co-founder and CTO. Article



Hollywood Public Relations today announces the expansion of its business services client roster with the addition of Fusion Worldwide and DigitalX. The agency has also promoted Brooks Wallace to account supervisor to support the growing area of business. Article


CommCreative has moved to its newly renovated headquarters at the historic R.H. Long Complex at 75 Fountain Street in Framingham, Mass. Article


WE Communications announced the appointment of Catherine Allen as senior vice president and general manager for its Boston office. Article



First Tennessee Bank of the Triangle has selected S&A Communications as its agency of record. Article



Public Communications has promoted Johnathon Briggs to senior vice president, digital. Article


Big Cedar Lodge has hired KemperLesnik to lead its brand messaging and public relations. Article



Dix & Eaton has named Gregg LaBar to lead the firm’s investor relations practice. Article



Airlines for America has named Kathy Grannis Allen as managing director, airline industry public relations and communications. Article


Elaine Kolish has joined APCO’s international advisory council. Article


FTI Consulting has launched a new and enhanced affiliate network extending the geographic coverage of its existing 28 offices to more than 100 additional countries. The new network includes Simplicity, Chile; Communications Office Colić, Laco & Partners, Croatia; Rada Research & PR, Egypt; Cocomms, Finland; V+O Communications, Greece; Gelbart-Kahana, Israel; Insight Communications, Korea; Strateus Group, Morocco; Crux Advisers, Norway; NBS Communications, Poland; Narva, Sweden; IRF Communications, Switzerland; Image Public Relations and Istanbul Ekonomi, Turkey. Article


The Incite Agency has been acquired by Bully Pulpit Interactive. Article


HOW Design Live has selected Buffalo.Agency as agency of record for HOW Design Live 2017. Article


HealthWell PR has opened a Washington, DC, area office to better serve the firm’s clients on the East Coast and worldwide. The East Coast office will be led by K. Pearson Brown, who relocated from Los Angeles. Article



Western Union has concluded its search for a new chief communications officer by hiring Bill Chandler. Article



Lambert Edwards & Associates has expanded its Detroit team with the addition of Sawyer Lipari as senior associate. Article


Los Angeles

Prestone Products Corporation has appointed JMPR Public Relations as its PR agency of record. Article


Kelton Global has relocated its headquarters from Culver City to Playa Vista. Article


The Electronic Retailing Association (ERA) honor Marketing Maven Chief Executive Officer and President Lindsey Carnett with its ERA Volunteer of the Year Award. Article


New York

Ketchum has appointed 10 members to its first Break Through Advisory Board, charged with challenging, provoking and inspiring new ways of doing business, while advising on the latest trends and emerging technology including new content platforms, products and services, collaboration opportunities and thought leadership. Article


Axioma has appointed Steve Mann as chief marketing officer. Article


Finn Partners announced that John Seigenthaler has joined the agency. Article


Global Strategy Group has added two vice presidents to its team in New York. Sheryl Victory Levy joins to focus on digital communications. Barbara Brancaccio comes to GSG after serving as a communications advisor and spokesperson to NYS and NYC elected officials. Article


Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations (NJFPR) is now the agency of record for four new clients including: One Aldwych, London; Pod BK, Brooklyn; Hyatt Key West, Florida; Mah-Ze-Dahr bakery, New York. The firm has also been renewed as the agency of record for Canyon Ranch worldwide properties for the second year. Article


Outbrain announced that it has joined forces with Bombora. Article


Communication Strategy Group has been named Best Corporate Storytelling Firm (USA) and Most Innovative in Content Marketing (New York) by Corporate Vision (CV) magazine in its 2016 Marketing, PR & Communications Awards. Article


The Halo Group announced it has been selected as an Agency of Record by itslearning. Article


Hawkins International Public Relations (HIPR) has set its sights on expansion in the global marketplace, adding talent to heighten its presence and setting forth plans to open a West Coast office in Los Angeles. To implement the projected growth, the agency has appointed two new senior leaders. The agency has promoted Corey Finjer Bennett to Chief Operating Officer, and has appointed Melissa Murphy as Director of Digital Marketing. Article


Aedhmar Hynes, chief executive officer of Text100, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Arthur W. Page Society’s Distinguished Service Award. Article



Amendola Communications has been selected as agency of record for Connecture. Article


San Diego

Stalwart Communications announced it was named Agency of Record for Jerome’s Furniture. Article


San Francisco

MWWPR announced that Karen Clyne has joined the agency as General Manager and US Technology Practice Lead in the firm’s San Francisco office. Article



WE Communications has appointed Catherine Allen as senior vice president and general manager for its Boston office. Article


WE Communications announced its Summer of Sports Brand Agility Index (BAI) for the 2016 Paralympic games. Article


Los Angeles & New York

Prosek Partners has acquired Muirfield Partners. Mickey Mandelbaum will become a partner at Prosek. Article



Rene Kreis has been named head of public relations for Cadillac and Chevrolet Performance Cars Europe. Gordon Mueller will assume the role of public relations manager. Article


Hong Kong

David Hunt will take on the role of MD of WE Communications China operations. In addition, the firm has hired Miranda Cai as MD of its Shanghai operations. Article


FleishmanHillard has appointed Suki Zhao as vice president and head of the brand/lifestyle team in Shanghai. Meanwhile, Miranda Cai is leaving to pursue other opportunities and Lichi Hsueh will assume responsibility for heading the Shanghai office. Article


Ogilvy Public Relations Shanghai has added Samuel Leung as director of interactive integration. Article


Reuter Communications has further strengthened its presence in Greater China by appointing Lillian Lim-Hossack to head its new Hong Kong office. Article


Ryan Communication has appointed Nora Schlenzig as head of research and Yuri van der Leest as head of content. Article


Ogilvy & Mather Singapore has been appointed as digital agency of record by the Ministry of Culture Community & Youth. Article



Newington has hired Muniya Barua to spearhead the growth of its corporate affairs offer. Article


Lansonss recruited Rollo Crichton-Stuart as a board director to strengthen its capability in the financial communications space. Article


Clarity PR has appointed Liban Nooh as director of marketing. Article


Virgo Health has marked the official launch of its healthcare innovation hub, egg, with its first two proprietary white-label products, Prodigi and Trial360. Article


Citigate Dewe Rogerson has launched a global hedge fund practice that spans London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. The practice will be led by senior director Christen Thomson. Article


Trigger has launched in Sweden, hiring Dora Streiffert to lead its new Stockholm operation. Article


Edelman Europe CEO Michael Stewart is to move into a new role as global vice-chair of the world's largest PR firm, after three years in charge of its second-largest region. Article


Weber Shandwick has acquired Flipside. Article


Threepipe has unveiled its new ‘Powered by Ideas & Algorithms’ positioning alongside a revamped look. Article


Ascot Racecourse has promoted Ashley Morton-Hunte to corporate and racing comms manager. Article


Seven Dials has been appointed by online stationery retailer Papier to handle its UK PR. Article


The Playbook has appointed Nick Meakin to head of sport. Article


KeepCup has brought in Kin&Co to handle its UK comms activity, following a four-way pitch. Article


Sellotape has handed a social media brief to Mercieca to raise the profile of its new ‘Don’t Come Unstuck’ campaign. Article


Duncan Larcombe has joined Zest as director. Article


Golin has been chosen by Vets Now to lead its consumer PR in the UK. Article


Citigate Dewe Rogerson is advising betting business The Football Pools on its planned IPO. Article


Frank has been appointed to handle the UK PR for Ribs & Burgers, following its decision to launch its first UK restaurant in Teddington, South West London. Article


Zing Zing has appointed Stacey Jaffe as PR director, as it ramps up its growth plans. Article


Manifest has named Martin Farrar-Smith as branding and design director. Article


Teneo has integrated its entire UK strategic comms businesses under the new name Teneo Blue Rubicon. Article


Joe Thomas has joined Rooster as the PR and digital comms agency’s first creative director. Article



SEC has formed a partnership with Newington Communications of the UK. It has taken a 60 percent stake in Newington, which was formerly known as Bellenden. SEC Group's international headquarters will be based at Newington's London office as it plans to expand its reach in Europe in addition to expansion into the Americas and Asia. Article



Zeno Group has hired Ranjeev Vij as the head of digital innovation and strategy for its India business. Article


Kite Communications has helped BRICKX launch to retail investors in Australia.  Article



Development Counsellors International (DCI) announced that Michelle Bamford has been appointed to lead its Toronto office. Article


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