PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Weeks of Dec. 19, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017

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!




The Maine Public Relations Council (MPRC) recently presented its 2016 Golden Arrow Awards, showcasing exemplary communications work in Maine. Article




MercuryGate International brought on Karen Sage as CMO, responsible for global marketing, communications, sales enablement, and go-to-market efforts. Article


Blue Force Gear, designer and manufacturer of weapon slings and tactical equipment, announced that it has selected The Brandon Agency as its Agency of Record. Article




Macy’s has named Cheryl Heinonen EVP of corporate communications, effective January 9, 2017. Article


WordWrite Communications, a strategic communications consulting firm, announced an agreement to take over the operations of Jampole Communications. As part of the agreement, founder and president Marc Jampole will join WordWrite as executive vice president. Article




Human Rights Campaign appointed Rob Flaherty as press secretary for rapid response. He previously served as deputy digital communications director for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Article


Los Angeles


Digital media company Mitu has appointed Danny Johnson as its first CMO, overseeing branding, strategic partnerships, the creative design team, and b-to-b and consumer marketing. Article


Allied Integrated Marketing has promoted Ginger Chan to Senior Vice President, overseeing national entertainment publicity on behalf of studio, TV network, cable and OTT clients. Article




Experience Kissimmee, the tourism authority for Osceola County, Florida, has named Jodi DiSalle as VP of communications, overseeing the group’s overall communications strategy. Article




U.S. Bank named Beth McDonnell SVP and CMO, overseeing all corporate and business-line advertising and marketing and overseeing brand, reputation, social media, and sponsorship. Article


Gage, a Minneapolis-based engagement marketing agency, announced it has hired Liz Miller as a project manager, Paige Black as an engagement manager and Alex Blood as a senior developer. Article


New York


Business Wire Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Cathy Baron Tamraz was named a Top Woman in PR for 2017 by PR News. Article


Senior executives from some of the world’s largest public relations agencies have joined the jury for the 2017 SABRE Awards competition. Article


Avon Products named Chris Wermann as chief communications officer, replacing Cheryl Heinonen as she leaves for Macy’s. Article


Thomas Cook Group Airlines has brought on Mardiks Public Relations to help it launch routes to Europe from the U.S. for its carriers Condor Airlines and Thomas Cook Airlines. Article


A+E Networks hired Alyssa Mastromonaco as president of global communications strategy and talent. Article


Ruder Finn has hired Ogilvy Public Relations veteran David Brooks as SVP of digital and social health. Article


Citizen Relations has hired Alex Castro as Executive Producer and Video Content Lead for North America. Article


Bulldog Reporter announced Camino Public Relations as this year’s Crisis Agency of the Year gold award winner. Article


Peppercomm, the New York-based strategic communications and marketing firm, recently completed three major new business wins with the Money Management Institute (MMI), Blucora and the cause-related Avon 39 initiative. Article


To help meet the needs of its growing client base, GLA Communications, a strategic communications firm based in Millburn, NJ, has hired Lori Neuman as Senior Account Director. Article


KYNE, a health communications consultancy, today announced the promotion of Amanda Mulally and Michael Grela to senior vice presidents of the agency. Article


San Francisco


Adam Sharp, head of news, government, and elections and director of media partnerships at Twitter, has left the company after six years. Article




A list of 39 organizations has committed to paying interns the National Minimum Wage, according to guidelines set out by the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) and PR Week. Article


Clarity PR has been appointed by ADYOULIKE, a native advertising technology company. Article


Neil Ashurst has joined Gutenberg as director and country head for the UK. Article


Cicero Group has appointed former Sky News and BBC journalist Irene Kyme as an account director in its PR team. Article


Pepo, the mobile messaging platform, has chosen Camron PR to run its ‘Design & Interiors’ forum. Article


Celicourt Communications has been appointed by FluidOil, the independent heavy oil technology company. Article


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