PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Sept. 19, 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!



Trevelino/Keller has expanded its digital offer with the appointment of Ron Medlin as director of digital marketing. Article



Margaritas Management Group (MMG) has enlisted marlo marketing to oversee all marketing efforts for its 27 Margaritas Mexican Restaurants, as well as fast-casual concept Tacomano. Article


Hollywood Public Relations announced the expansion of its consumer client portfolio with the addition of Samsonite and Fine Cooking magazine. The agency has also hired Kristen Venuto as senior account executive. Article



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


C. Blohm & Associates (CB&A) has been named one of the best places to work by Madison Magazine. Article


Resolute Consulting has hired four experienced professionals to join its senior leadership team and elevate the firm’s national presence. Ann Cunniff has been named Chief Creative Officer and will take over Resolute’s in-house creative team. B.R. Lane has been named as an executive vice president. Meredith Shiner has joined the firm as a vice president. Lisa Fernandez has been hired as a vice president in the firm’s Phoenix office. Article



Dr. James Thurber, professor of government and founder and director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, joined APCO Worldwide‘s International Advisory Council (IAC). Article


ICF has unveiled a fresh new brand, including new corporate positioning, logo and website in conjunction with the celebration of its 10th anniversary as a publicly-traded company. Article


Van Eperen has acquired J. Davis Public Relations. Jeffrey Davis will serve as managing director, Baltimore. Article



Armed Forces Insurance has promoted Lori Simmons to chief marketing officer and VP, marketing and corporate communications. Article


Los Angeles

BLAZE PR announced that Edison has joined its roster of lifestyle clients. Article


Diamond Public Relations has announced the opening of its Los Angeles, CA office. Article



Hotwire has extended its offering to Latin America, after deepening its partnership with Vianews. Article



Ribera del Duero and Rueda have selected PadillaCRT to lead their trade marketing program in the U.S.  Article



Choice Media & Communications has been chosen to spearhead the launch of “River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope,” a new book from country music legend Naomi Judd. The firm will also launch “A Mile Wide: Trading a Shallow Religion for a Deeper Faith,” by biker and pastor Brandon Hatmaker. Article


Newport Beach

Hyundai has expanded its North American PR remit with Ketchum, following a competitive review. Article


New York

The Stagwell Group has bought a minority stake in Finn Partners while also creating a joint PR venture with the firm. Article


Rubenstein Public Relations (RPR) has announced two additions to its Consumer Lifestyle practice: Eight O’Clock Coffee and Article


BARKER announced that it has won the creative assignment for Physique 57. Article


DeVries Global announced the promotion of Jessica O’Callaghan to Regional Managing Director (MD), North America, effective immediately. Article


ADMI adds Michelle Vaeth as Vice President of Public Relations and Corporate Communications and Elden Maxwell as VP of Learning & Development. Article has appointed Teena Touch to lead public relations efforts in the U.S. and expand the company’s presence in North America. Article


Hillary Garris joined Talent Inc. as Vice President of Finance. Article


Daniel Burstein joined Guidepost Solutions LLC as Senior Managing Director. Article


Marc Cohen was promoted to President of HUB International Limited. Article


Jason Vacker was promoted to President and CEO of Himmel + Meringoff Properties. Article



Lincoln Financial Group has appointed Kristen Phillips as head of corporate marketing and enterprise communications. Article


Taft Communications has named Sheila Cort as director and Alanna Jamieson as communications manager. Article


San Diego

KCD PR announced the acquisition of Wall & Broadway. As part of this transaction, Wall & Broadway founder, Philippa Ushio joins KCD PR as a Managing Director. Article


Crowe PR announced the promotions of Olga Walsh to Associate Director and Sarah Kinsella to Account Executive. Article


San Francisco

PitchFriendly launched a first-of-its-kind solution that takes tools from sales software and adapts them for a public relations workflow. Article


Kiosked announced the appointment of Hope Frank as Chief Marketing Officer. Article


Tailored Brands has hired Julie MacMedan as vice president, investor relations. Article



Michael Ann Thomas has joined APCO Worldwide as Technology Practice chairwoman for North America. Article


Chicago & Los Angeles

O'Malley Hansen Communications has acquired Alpaytac Public Relations. Alpaytac chief executive and president Huma Gruaz will join OHC as a partner based in Los Angeles. Article


San Francisco & Tokyo

Vector will acquire and merge resources with PacRim Marketing Group, Inc. and its sister companies PRTech and PacRim Marketing Tokyo. Article



Axon Communications has opened an office in Switzerland to support global and European head offices of Swiss-based clients. Axon has appointed Claire Olivia Williams as vice president to lead the Swiss business. Article


Eurocom Worldwide has selected Vision Communications of Budapest, Hungary, as a new member agency for the Hungarian market. Article


Lewis has recruited Britta Heer to launch its new Hamburg office. Article


Jacqueline Casini has been named head of corporate communications at Lufthansa Cargo, effective November 2016. Article


Hong Kong

James Robinson has been appointed as managing director of APCO Worldwide’s Shanghai office. Article


WE Communications announced that David Hunt will take on the role of Managing Director (MD) of its China operations. Miranda Cai will take the role of Managing Director (MD) of its Shanghai operations. Article


Fortune PR has forged partnerships with two leading international brands: Royal Enfield, a lifestyle automotive brand from England has trusted Fortune PR as its communications consultant; and IPR Forum, an international marketing management company from South Korea specializing in conventions, exhibitions, investment promotions, and more. Article



Morar has promoted Julian Dailly to the role of Managing Director. Article


Joey Jones is to be the new head of public affairs at Weber Shandwick. Article


Nominet Trust has appointed Wildfire to position the social tech investor as the authoritative voice on social technology and digital engagement. Article


Associated British Ports (ABP) has appointed JBP to provide stakeholder engagement and PR support around the Dolffin Quay development in Cardiff Bay. Article


Newgate Communications has formed an alliance with MWW, which will see it offer public affairs and corporate comms services to a new roster of clients. As part of the deal, MWW’s Simon Gentry has moved over to Newgate as a partner. Article


Grant Fisher has joined firstlight as associate director, and Kristen Barrett has joined as account director. Article


Redleaf has promoted Vanessa Chance to associate director in its professional and financial services team. Article


Abchurch has appointed Rebecca Clube as a consultant. It has also promoted account executive George Robinson to consultant. Article


Penn Schoen Berland (PSB) has announced that John McTernan will join the firm as senior vice president. Article


Abbey Road Studios has appointed Starscream Communications as its PR agency. Article


The Fitzrovia Partnership has appointed Frank to promote the inaugural Festival of Furniture – a four day event across Tottenham Court Road that will celebrate the area’s interiors scene. Article


Ctrl-Shift has selected Pagefield to handle the promotion of its Personal Information Economy 2016 conference.  Article


Dropbox has hired 3 Monkeys | Zeno to handle its UK PR, following an in-depth agency review process. Article


TVC Group has been brought on board to deliver an integrated comms campaign around Virgin Disruptors 2016, an event designed to bring together action leaders who have disrupted industries and provoke debate about key global issues. Article



Dentsu Aegis Network has confirmed the deal to acquire Perfect Relations Group. Article


Gutenberg Communications has added Radha Radhakrishnan as country head for India. Article



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


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