PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Sept. 4, 2017

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Laura Borgstede of Calysto Communications has announced plans to assemble an IoT Though Leadership Board, with collaboration from IoT influences James Brehm of James Brehm & Associations, Carl Ford of Crossfire Media, Jim Morrish of Machine Research and John Feland of Argus Insights. The board's mission will be to provide IoT education, communicate IoT's economic impact, to mainstream IoT, and to frame the internal industry agenda on IoT. Article


OneSpring has chosen Media Frenzy Global to spearhead their thought leadership efforts. Article



Warner Communications announced its selection as the agency of record by PreVeil. Article


CerconeBrownCompany (CBC) is now working on behalf of some of the nation’s most coveted destinations to not only paint a beautiful picture of each city, but to give press a lasting impression of the culture, tone and rhythms of these unique destinations. Article



Racepoint Global announced the addition of an office in Raleigh, North Carolina. This office will be led by the agency’s newest Senior Vice President, Stephanie Styons. Article



CROSSMARK announced the appointment of Mark Ayer as President and CEO of CROSSMARK Canada. Article



Dezenhall Resources has hired Erica Munkwitz as senior counselor. Article


Warschawski announced that it has been selected by Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT) to clarify the firm’s strategic brand positioning as the firm continues to grow. Article



Lambert, Edwards & Associates (LE&A) is a cool place to work according to Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2017 list of “Cool Places to Work in Michigan.” Article


Los Angeles

JMPR Public Relations has been named public relations agency of record for Haynes Manuals, Inc. Article



APCO Worldwide has partnered with the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications to connect students in the college's online master's degree program in PR and comms management with APCO execs. Article


BlueFocus International is merging with Cogint. Article


TransMedia Group to promote wildlife photographer Laura Crawford Williams' new book.  Article


Alfredo Versace was named Fashion Consultant to TransMedia Group. Article


New York

Rebecca Honeyman and Greg Mondshein have launched SourceCode Communications, an agency catering to high-growth technology businesses. Article


Andy Snyder has launched Thinkwell NYC, an independent agency for hire that specializes in the creation of publicity, marketing and advertising copy, content and other written materials. Article


Crenshaw Communications has been named agency of record for Weekly Tasting. Article


Crispy Green has selected Fastlane Communications as its full-service branding, marketing and digital content agency of record for its complete line snack products. Article


GNFP Digital/Germinder has been named PR agency of record for Fear Free, LLC. Article


TuneIn has appointed Ketchum as its exclusive PR agency of record. Article


Mfa Marketing & PR expands this month with the addition of two new account leads. Article


Claritas announced that Jodi Kahn has joined the company’s Board of Directors. Article


North 6th Agency (N6A) announced that it has been named the PR and social media agency of record (AOR) for Liveco Boxing. Article


CRC has been named the agency of record for ROAR Organic. Article


electroCore announced that Nick Colucci, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Publicis Health, has been elected to join electroCore’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Article


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


BAM Communications has announced its expansion to New York City with the opening of its Midtown office, which will be led by Gabie Kur, general manager. Article



The Public Relations Society of America announced that Bloomsburg University’s Zeigler College of Business has become the 16th accredited business school in the nation to offer the MBA-level strategic communications course as part of its MBA curriculum. Article



It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L) has selected Amendola as its agency of record. Article


San Diego

Canale Communications has advanced four members of its leadership team to new positions with increased responsibility and retained an additional vice president to bolster its digital health expertise. Article


San Francisco

Three months into his role as CCO, Corey DuBrowa has made some big changes to Salesforce's US agency support by consolidating all corporate PR with the Zeno Group. Meanwhile, Nectar PR will continue as the agency of record for product and solutions while losing some of the corporate work it previously handled. Article


Cision has appointed Abe Smith as president of EMEAI, a new position on its leadership team. Article


Hong Kong

Leica has appointed DeVries Global as its communication agency in Taiwan. Article


Andrew Partnership has welcomed Emma Donald and Sunny Bumpstead to the team. Article


Bell Pottinger Asia has severed ties with its embattled UK parent by unveiling a new ownership structure and name, as Bell Pottinger UK nears collapse. Article



Lidl has appointed Good Relations as its retained consumer PR agency. Article


Relevance New York has announced the opening of a new office in London along with a rebrand to Relevance International. Article


Burson-Marsteller UK has hired Meg Powell-Chandler as a director in its public affairs team. Article


The British Library has selected Jargon PR's CEO Simon Corbett to serve as one of its Innovating for Growth mentors. Article


Tonic Life Communications has appointed Ann Bartling as managing director of the firm's headquarters in London. Article


Bell Pottinger is set to unveil a new management structure as it attempts to sell a business that has been deserted by a key investor and several clients in the wake of its racially divisive campaign on behalf of South Africa's Gupta family. Article


PHA Media has been appointed by VenueScanner to oversee its UK PR and communications. Article


CIPD has appointed Haymarket Media Group to provide events services for its members and people professionals. Article


Conversant and CJ Affiliate have appointed Firefly Communications Group to handle proactive media relations in the UK, France and Germany. Article


The PR Office has today announced that it has been appointed to represent Moore Stephens, following a competitive pitch. Article


Foco has won its first retained public relations brief from Elder. Article


Modus Publicity has merged BPCM to form ModusBPCM. Article


Luxley Communications has launched a fitness, wellness and beauty division, with new clients including BodySPace, Pure Sports Medicine, WellSpoken and Secret Spa. Article


Julie Giraud and Pete Bell have launched Lafontaine Public Relations, a “content first” PR consultancy, in partnership with creative agency GI&i. Article



Sanofi has selected a number of agencies as partners to deliver creative and media services for its key businesses. Creative agency partners include Publicis, Havas and WPP across all Sanofi business units. Article


Hill+Knowlton Strategies Paris has appointed Erwann Le Page as strategy director, public affairs. Article


Bell Pottinger Middle East (BPME) has announced plans to sever ties from its embattled UK parent agency, which is set to enter administration this week in the wake of its South African scandal. Article



Sling & Stone has announced new accounts and new team members. The firm has recently partnered with several consumer brands including Nest, an Alphabet company and sister company to Google; Anki, a consumer robotics and AI company; and Toothcrush, an electric toothbrush manufacturer. Business brand partnerships include inspection software company SafetyCulture; Australian start-up Ansarada; and influencer marketing platform Hypetap. New hires include Kelly McDonnell as people and culture manager; Lorna Jerez and Maddison Bates-Willis as account managers; Sophie Brown and James Murray as senior account executives; and Grace Wearne and Caelyn Evans as account executives. Article


GJ Eco Power has appointed ResPublica Consulting as its communications partner to drive its growth plan across India. Article


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