PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Sept. 5, 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!



Wild Hive announced the addition of McKenzie Hall Jones to its team of experts. Article



PAN Communications announced the launch of the Agency’s new website. Article



Zapwater Communications announced the hire of Carrie Lannon in the new role of Chief Brand Officer. Article


Strongbow Apple Hard Ciders has named Current as public relations agency of record following a competitive review. Article


Silvies Valley Ranch has hired KemperLesnik to lead its public relations, marketing and resort launch. Article



NewScope Marketing launches new digital assets. Article



Miriam Sapiro is joining Finsbury as a partner to run its office in Washington, DC. Article


Mitch Willey has rejoined APCO, this time as a member of its international advisory council. Article


Hill+Knowlton Strategies announced the rehire of Joe Householder as an executive vice president based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Article



Western Union is rethinking its global public relations approach via a competitive agency pitch. Article


The Colorado Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA Colorado) is challenging the state’s 2016 candidates running for U.S. Senate and House to sign a pledge to uphold the highest standards of ethical practice in every facet of their campaign communications. Article



The Quell Group announced the addition of Angela Fresh, senior art director, to its creative roster. Article


Los Angeles

JMPR Public Relations has announced that it has been named public relations agency of record for EagleRider. Article


Atrevia has formed a partnership with Ruiz Strategies to create an international, bilingual team that will strategically serve the needs of large multinational and global companies. Article


Twitter has brought in Kristin Binns as senior comms director. Article



The US Travel Association has appointed Interamerican Network to promote IPW, a leading travel industry marketplace, in South America. Article


New York

Alibaba has hired Brion Tingler for a new role as head of external affairs. Article


Berk Communications has been retained by The Meatpacking Business Improvement District. Article


Steinreich Communications Group has been appointed public relations consultant to the Israel Healthcare Foundation. Article


CRC Inc. has been named the agency of record for Dr. Bradley S. Bloom and Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey (SLSS). Article


Annette Gallo joined Warburg Realty as Chief Marketing Officer. Article


John Marchisin joined AArete as Managing Director. Article


Natalie Norton joined YMCA of Greater New York as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Article


Kathryn Glass joined YMCA of Greater New York as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer. Article


Joseph Chan joined YMCA of Greater New York as Senior Vice President, Real Estate & Property Management. Article


Elizabeth Bergin joined YMCA of Greater New York as Senior Vice President, Research, Evaluation and Strategy. Article



Slice Communications announced that it will be relocating to a new headquarters at The Stanley Building, 234 Market Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA. Article


Flackable has promoted two of its account coordinators and added a new hire to its team as the organization continues to grow. Amanda Coyle has moved to the newly-created content manager position. Kelly Holcombe has been promoted to account executive. The team also welcomed the addition of Taylor Cummings as assistant account coordinator. Article



KiteRocket has appointed Paco Allen as executive creative director. Article


San Francisco

W2O Group is buying Pure Communications as its first acquisition since selling a stake to private equity firm Mountaingate Capital. Article


Bateman Group has hired James Niccolai as director of its content and media strategy.  Article


Silicon Valley

HP Inc is reviewing global PR duties, issuing an agency RFI that examines worldwide corporate and product PR capabilities. Article


Cleveland & Los Angeles

Dick Jones Communications is joining forces with Morrison & Tyson Communications. The two firms will come together under the Dick Jones Communications brand, and will offer public relations counsel focused on higher education and K–12. Bill Tyson will become president emeritus, while Maggy Ralbovsky will assume an expanded leadership role as managing director and executive vice president of the new firm. Article



Fourth Day PR will offer PR and content services to the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) after opening an office in Berlin. Article


Hong Kong

Fidelity International has hired Mariko Sanchanta as head of corporate communications in Asia-Pacific. Article


Golin Singapore has been awarded the communications responsibilities for Guinness. Article


Samsonite has appointed DeVries Global as its public relations agency. Article


WE Communications has been retained by Pacific Place of Swire Properties as PR agency of record. Article


Edelman has hired Shijun Ma for the newly created position of Shanghai corporate reputation senior vice president. Article


Golin's Singapore office has appointed Sushiv Mathur as digital director to lead projects with key corporate and consumer clients like McDonald's, SATS and Lux Global. Article


Current Asia has appointed Sabine Borgia as content director. Article


Icon today officially launched Icon China, which will offer public relations, creative and digital service through partners in China, including Hong Kong-based SPRG. Article



Edelman has hired Toby Gunton as GM of digital in its London office. Article


Kellogg has begun a review of consumer PR agency support for its lucrative cereals business across EMEA. Article


James Tyrrell joined APCO Worldwide as director and chair of the firm’s UK health care practice. Article


Christopher Burghardt has been appointed head of policy and communications, EMEA, for ride-sharing app Uber. Article


Peter Ross has launched a content writing business to support corporate, social media, executive leadership, product/technology and internal communications programmes. Ross Content Writing & Consulting will partner with in-house professionals, specialist consultancies and PR agencies in the B2B/B2C te chnology, financial services, fintech, B2B industrial, education, healthcare and non-profit sectors. Article


Diesel has appointed We Are Social to run its #forsuccessfulliving fall winter 2016 digital global campaign. Article


Per Hillström has been named head of investor relations at SSAB. Article


Hotwire has appointed Amy Ronge as senior programme director in the agency's consumer team. Article


IPG Mediabrands has acquired Stickyeyes Group. Article


Jack Baine has joined Good Broadcast as a consultant. Article


NBCUniversal International has promoted Lee Raftery to chief marketing officer. Article


Edelman UK has appointed Toby Gunton to the newly-created role of general manager, digital.  Article


TAG Heuer has appointed Pitch Partnerships to launch the luxury watch brand’s partnership with the Premier League. Article


Full Fat has been brought in to develop a launch campaign for Boxpark Croydon. Article


RNTS Media has appointed Newgate Communications to provide financial PR, corporate PR and investor relations services. Article


Saga has appointed MHP as its retained financial and corporate communications adviser. Article


Bottle has partnered with the Dallaglio Foundation on a pro bono basis to bolster the charity’s PR and content offering. Article


Spreckley is looking to capitalise on the growing digital technology sector in Scotland with the opening of a satellite office in Stirling. Article



Publicis Communications has rebranded its six LeoComm offices in the Middle East as MSLGroup. Article


Kevin Welman has launched a new firm called ByDesign Communications. Article



N2N and Fuel Communications have launched a new digital marketing agency, Touch Creative, to provide clients specialist digital marketing capabilities. Article


SenateSHJ has appointed Angela Scaffidi and Darren Behar as joint managing partners, Australia. Article



Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada has appointed D'Arcy Levesque to the newly created position of Western Canada chair. Article


Cohn & Wolfe l Montreal and National Public Relations in Montreal are joining forces. Both firms are owned by Res Publica Consulting Group, which provides both firms with business administration and management services. Article


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