PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Apr. 10, 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!

 

Atlanta

Atlanta Bread has formed a partnership with Trevelino/Keller. Article

 

Boston

Greenough Brand Storytellers has launched a new research offering to inform and accelerate development of “brand journalism” programs for clients. Article

 

451 Marketing will now be operating under a new name, Agency 451, effective immediately. Article

 

Duffy & Shanley announced the addition of Zutano to their client roster. Article

 

Warner Communications announced it has been selected as the agency of record by Unpakt. Article

 

Time Out Group announced the appointment of Christine Petersen as CEO of its business division Time Out Digital, effective immediately. Article

 

Danielle Cavallaro has joined Rhino Public Relations as an account executive. Article

 

Dallas

Zeta Global announced the appointment of Donald Steele as the company’s first-ever Chief Revenue Officer. Article

 

Glint Advertising announced the addition of the newest member to their roster of advertisers and marketers. Article

 

DC

Rasky Partners announced that Jessica Tocco will join the firm’s government relations team in Washington, D.C. as a senior vice president. Article

 

Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa has selected Buffalo.Agency to design and execute a turnkey marketing program for the 2,300-acre luxury resort on Costa Rica’s northwestern Pacific coast. Article

 

Beekeeper Group has acquired Pivot Point Communications. Pivot Point Communications was founded in 2009 by Vanessa French and Casey Kincheloe, who will join Beekeeper Group’s leadership team. Article

 

TecTecTec has selected Buffalo.Agency to turnkey a North American marketing program. Article

 

Denver

Woodruff Sweitzer is changing its name to Woodruff effective immediately and will soon become employee owned. The agency has rebranded as Woodruff in the U.S., and WS in Canada. Article

 

Greteman Group has launched SmartParts, a website theme that streamlines the web-development process. Article

 

Detroit

Franco announces the addition of Materialise as a client. Article

 

Los Angeles

J.D. Power has selected Pacific Communications Group (PCG) for developing and implementing strategic corporate communications initiatives for its automotive practice. Article

 

Russ Reid and Grizzard are merging, creating an industry leader with unparalleled strategic and executional capabilities in the field. Article

 

Miami

Zimmerman has announced its partnership with http://www.zadv.com/. Article

 

Republica has won the Hispanicize Tecla Award for Best Agency doing Multicultural Social Media. Article

 

(add)ventures and Prism Group join in a strategic alliance to offer more competitive end-to-end solutions to corporations that market in Latin America (LATAM) and to the U.S. Hispanic population. Article

 

Minneapolis

Carmichael Lynch named Julie Batliner agency president. Article

 

Rocket55 has launched a public relations division by acquiring Skogrand PR Solutions, a public relations/social media/search engine optimization consultancy led by Brant Skogrand, APR. Article

 

Newport Beach

Sterling Public Relations has played a vital role in the successful development and acceleration of a wide variety of brands. Article

 

New York

Axis Capital Holdings has named Keith Trivitt as vice president, corporate communications. Article

 

Finsbury has promoted Sara Evans to partner in the company’s growing capital markets and transaction communications practice in the United States. Article

 

DJ Hardy has been named vice president of media services at M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment. Article

 

Actual has hired Brian Regan as a partner. Article

 

Protect Our Power has appointed Lumentus as its strategic communications firm. Article

 

HESED USA, the US branding and marketing agency for Frudia has tapped Bratskeir & Company to handle US media relations for the brand. Article

 

Stryker-Munley Group has opened three new offices: in Silicon Valley, Tampa Bay and New Jersey. The firm has added Tim Cox, founder of ZingPR, who is now president of Stryker-Munley Group Silicon Valley. SMG also signed an agreement with Cheryl Klufio, founder of RightlySaid Communications, in St. Petersburg, Fla., and added an office in Somerville, NJ, dedicated to the visual side of communications. Dan LaMountain of LaMountain Design is now president of Stryker-Munley Group NJ. Article

 

Ketchum has named Mike Doyle and Hilary Hanson McKean as the company's first regional presidents in North America. Article

 

Edelman has hired Cydney Roach as the US lead for employee engagement. Article

 

Steve Lipin, who joined Brunswick’s US operations in 2001 and helped to build the firm into a leader in the market, is leaving to start his own communications advisory firm. Article

 

Burson-Marsteller has responded to the “fake news” crisis by creating an internal professional practices committee, comprised of former journalists working at the firm and independent former journalists. Article

 

JD.com has hired Loretta Chao to lead international communications from New York. Article

 

Cohn & Wolfe has been named North America public relations agency of record for Fruit of the Loom. Article

 

imre partnered with Marriott Rewards to co-produce an innovative global Snapchat content series, entitled “Six Days, Seven Nights.” The campaign shot specifically for Snapchat on mobile devices and spectacles, introduces devotees to the platform, the broad portfolio of world-class properties participating in Marriott Rewards, and the vast benefits of loyalty. Article

 

ShopRite taps The Halo Group to help launch new “Free-Form” private-label food brand. Article

 

New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) will present the 2017 Matrix Awards during a luncheon at the Sheraton New York Times Square on Monday April 24, 2017, to honor seven extraordinary female leaders in the communications industry, as ‘Women Who Connect the World.’ The ceremony, hosted by Hearst Magazines, will be emceed by Katie Couric, award-winning journalist and bestselling author. Article

 

Ruder Finn announced the launch of Bloom Health, an integrated communications practice exclusively dedicated to the healthtech sector. Article

 

Medical Marketing & Media named Laura Schoen, Weber Shandwick president of Global Healthcare & chair of Latin America, to its 2017 Hall of Femme list. Article

 

R&J Strategic Communications announces the hiring of Rebecca Smith as Assistant Account Executive. Article

 

Madeline Rich has been promoted to VP of Professional Services at Lotame. Article

 

DS-Concept has promoted John Stillwaggon to the position of CEO, USA. Article

 

Phoenix

Bexel has retained Wall Street Communications to provide strategic content marketing and public relations services. Article

 

San Diego

Jack in the Box has promoted Carol DiRaimo to chief investor relations and corporate communications officer. Article

 

San Francisco

Uber's head of communications Rachel Whetstone is stepping down. Article

 

Demandbase announced the launch of its Partner Program, an initiative designed for a broad range of technology companies, service providers and marketing agencies. Article

 

New York & London

Culture Trip has brought in Maddy Chambers as a UK-based PR manager, and Stephanie Kennard as a PR manager in the US. Article

 

Frankfurt

Thorsten Möllmann has been named vice president of corporate communications at Schaeffler Group. Article

 

Hong Kong

Ruder Finn Asia reported that the integrated communications consultancy received four No. 1 rankings in China in the R3 Worldwide China 2017 PR Scope Research. Article

 

London

Flower Council of Holland has appointed Fever as its retained consumer agency to handle all social, content and PR activity across the UK. Article

 

Well Hello has been retained by One against a six-figure UK launch brief. Article

 

Aspectus has been appointed by ZoneFox to deliver its UK communications programme. Article

 

PCA Predict has appointed Clarity PR as its global communications agency. Article

 

Metia Group has named Andrew Martin as global CEO, with founder Steve Ellis moving into the role of chairman. Article

 

Next 15 has announced the launch of Project Warhol, a program aiming to boost creativity among employees by transforming their ideas into viable businesses, products, or services — backed by the investment and support of the group and its 17 subsidiary agencies. Article

 

PHA Media has been selected by Bink to further raise its profile with its UK retail and travel businesses, technology investor and consumer target audiences, following a successful consumer launch in late 2016 and early funding rounds. Article

 

The S3 Agency has launched the NJ Creative Collective: co-working space designed to help creative individuals and small businesses thrive together. Article

 

Shelley Facius has joined Ruder Finn as its new head of technology. Article

 

The Climate Group has hired Luke Herbert as director of international communications and Nazneen Nawaz as head of media and corporate communications. Article

 

Paris

Bell Pottinger has ended its controversial relationship with South Africa's Gupta family, following a sustained backlash in the country against the notion that its work helped influence and support President Jacob Zuma's government policy. Article

 

Sydney

Sujay Mehdudia has quit after less than 12 months as CEO of Indian firm Integral PR. Article

 

 

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