PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Sept. 25, 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!



PAN Communications has been named the agency of record for roOomy. Article



French West Vaughan (FWV) walked the stage seven times at the 2016 InSpire Awards, topping the list of winners at the annual statewide event hosted by the North Carolina chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (NCPRSA). Article



The State Farm Chicago Legends will be marketed and managed by KemperLesnik. Article


Spectrum is opening a Chicago office, led by David Zitlow, who will also spearhead the firm’s health technology practice. Article


O’Malley Hansen Communications (OHC) has acquired Alpaytac Public Relations. Article



Burns360 announced the hire of Dan Kiuna as a web developer to join its digital media team. Article



Subject Matter announced that John Buckley would become its first Chief Executive Officer. Article


Crosby Marketing Communications has added Katrina Hawkins as integration manager. Article


The National Education Association took home a record-number of public affairs awards including Best of Show for its “Ending No Child Left Behind So That Every Student Succeeds” campaign at the 48th annual Public Relations Society of America-National Capital Chapter Thoth Awards Gala. Article



Metzger Albee Public Relations announced a rebranding, simplifying the name to MAPR, and an expanded partnership with LINKS WorldGroup. Article



Eisbrenner Public Relations has promoted Brittney Popa to senior account executive. Article


Los Angeles

Kite Pharma has appointed Christine Cassiano as senior vice president of corporate communications and investor relations. She will also sit on the company’s executive committee. Article


Lagrant Communications has promoted Keisha Brown to executive vice president and chair of the new health and wellness practice. Article


JMPR Public Relations has added Brian Alexander as an account manager. Article



The Buzz Agency (TBA) is heading into fall with new clients and two new hires. Article



T. Michael Glenn, executive vice president, market development and corporate communications at FedEx Corporation, will retire effective December 31, 2016. Article


New York

Burson-Marsteller has named Mike Fernandez chair of its global corporate and financial practice. Article


Cohn & Wolfe has been named agency of record by Karhoo. Article


M&C Saatchi PR has been appointed agency of record for Hippeas. Article


Child’s Play Communications has added generationOn as a client for the 2016 Family Volunteer Day. Article


Resound Marketing has been selected as public relations agency of record for GameOn Technology. Article


FRED & FARID has just been named Independent Agency of the Year at the 2016 Clio Awards in New York. Article


Steinreich Communications Group has been appointed public relations consultant to Karmaloop. Article


The Center for Emotional Marketing (CEM) has selected Feintuch Communications as its public relations agency of record. Article


Communication Strategy Group was named to the exclusive 2017 Innovation & Excellence Awards by Corporate LiveWire. Article


Text100 announced the appointment of Peter Cumello as its Global Chief Financial Officer. Article


K2 Krupp Kommunications has appointed Dina White as its new Vice President of Media Relations. Article


Curtis Kelly has returned to BrandLink Communications as Vice President of Lifestyle. Article


Giant Spoon announced that its New York office has added two new employees. Article



Sterling Consolidated Corp announced today that it has retained UPTICK Newswire as its investor relations firm. Article


San Francisco

Hotwire PR has acquired Eastwick Communications. Article



OOKII Group Limited announced that James Adams has been appointed as Chairman to its Board of Directors. Article


Silicon Valley

HP Inc has chosen Edelman to handle global corporate and product PR duties worth $14m. Article


Hong Kong

MSLGroup has promoted Terence Yam to general manager of its Hong Kong operation. Article


Hasselblad has appointed Reuter Communications to manage its digital communications and PR in China, Hong Kong and Macau. Article


Lewis has been appointed as Hong Kong PR agency for jobsDB Hong Kong. Article



W has opened a full-service international office in Amsterdam, led by managing director Lyddia Roy. Article


ABTA has appointed Alan Wardle as director of public affairs.  Article


WE Communications has hired Philip Channon to the newly-created role of international chief operating officer, and named Michael Murphy, who has served as a global advisor to the firm for the past couple of years, as non-executive director. Article


Next 15 has acquired Pinnacle for £4.4 million. Article


Clarion Communications has opened a new Scotland branch, which will be based in the offices of WPP sister agency MediaCom in Edinburgh. Article


Splendid Communications has launched a new organic search offering, YARN, to add SEO expertise to its creative and PR services. Article



Teneo has expanded its team in the Middle East and Africa with the appointment of Nicholas McDonagh as managing director for the region. Article


Alibaba has brought in Interel to provide public affairs support across multiple European markets. Article



Kia Canada has appointed Mark James as corporate communications manager. Article


Wagstaff Worldwide announced the opening of its newest office in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Article


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