PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Aug. 28, 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!

 

Boston

LaVoieHealthScience (LHS) has welcomed Chiara Russo to the team as director, investor relations. Article

 

LaVoiehealthScience has announced new clients Xontogeny LLC and Lota BioSciences. Article

 

United Technolgies (UT) has appointed Kelli Parsons to take on the titles of SVP and CMO. She will fill the position on September 11. Article

 

FleishmanHillard has hired John Isaf to lead its Boston office. Article

 

Hollywood Agency has won a dozen industry awards on the international, national and regional levels in the first half of 2017 alone. Article

 

Charlotte

French/West/Vaughan (FWV) has been selected by Atlantic Natural Foods (ANF) to lead its national consumer and industry media efforts. Article

 

Chicago

Motion PR has announced the expansion of its agency to include a digital practice. The agency has hired Pete Herrnreiter as Digital Director to execute the agency vision to provide both digital and traditional media services at the tipping point of the agency’s growth. Article

 

DC

Crosby Communications has tapped Therese Borchard as a senior writer. Article

 

Denver

GroundFloor Media and its sister agency CenterTable have hired Elise Bishop as director of communications; Adrienne Schafer as director of social media and digital strategy; and Shelbi Warner as director of finance. Article

 

Detroit

Lambert, Edwards & Associates (LEA) has appointed Brent Snavely as a director. Article

 

Marx Layne & Company has opened a branch office in Grand Rapids. Article

 

Los Angeles

FRUKT has promoted Meilani Weiss to senior vice president and Lisa Vu to account director. In addition, the firm has hired Meg Grogan as group director; Gilberto Guadalupe as an account manager; and Jason Polansky as a senior account executive.  Article

 

Rogers & Cowan announced that Senior Vice President Craig Greiwe will head its R&C Digital Group. Article

 

Vineyard Brands announced the hire of Lara Sailer Long as Vice President, Director of Brand Strategy. Article

 

Murphy O’Brien Public Relations announced three new clients have joined the firm’s travel collection. Article

 

Miami

Tara, Ink. has been named agent of record for five accounts including the Diplomat Beach Resort, Nautilus South Beach, Forte Dei Marmi, Stitched and Ikaria. Article

 

Neil Brown was named as president of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Article

 

Nashville

FleishmanHillard (FH) concluded its 70th anniversary FH4Inclusion initiative having impacted 60 unique organizations and provided nearly $2.2 million in pro bono services. The social inclusion focused program was so successful that it will continue in the company’s 71st year and beyond. Article

 

Osborn Barr just added two new team members. Article

 

Newport Beach

Hyundai Motor America has added Brandon Ramirez as senior group manager of product communications. Article

 

New York

Showtime Networks has hired Erin Calhoun as senior vice president of corporate communications. Article

 

Monica Tavares has joined the Hispanic Federation as vice president of external affairs. Article

 

The Forbes Agency Council has added Ronn Torossian, Founder & CEO of 5WPR, into its ranks. Article

 

Berk Communications announced that it has been retained by BOU as the new food company’s agency of record. Article

 

Laura Davidson Public Relations (LDPR) has been appointed the public relations agency of record for Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort and Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach in Florida. Article

 

Dale Hopkins joined iN DEMAND as President & CEO. Article

 

San Francisco

Hotwire PR is the latest agency to establish pop-up offices with one opening in Minneapolis and plans to expand into Boston and Mexico City later this year. Article

 

Seattle

Ochin has named Jennifer Stoll vice president of government and public affairs. Article

 

Frankfurt

SAP has promoted Nicola Leske to chief communications officer following the departure of Victoria Clarke. Article

 

Hong Kong

SAP has named Michael McComb as VP of brand communication for Greater China. Article

 

Ogilvy China has launched a new office in Shenzhen and has named Angela Chou as the office's managing director. Article

 

The agency formerly known as Sinclair Communications has announced an updated brand identity as Sinclair that supports its position as an established public relations, social media and experiential consultancy. Article

 

London

The Bell Pottinger saga has taken another twist with the resignation of CEO James Henderson, two weeks after speculation over his role began in earnest. Article

 

Bell Pottinger has appealed the decision made by the PRCA's Board of Management following the disciplinary hearing into the UK PR firm's controversial work for South Africa's Gupta family. Article

 

Richmond & Towers (RT) has been appointed by the House of Tequila to handle its UK and European trade and consumer press offices, including a strategic thought leadership brief. Article

 

FTI Consulting has bolstered the growth of its UK public affairs team with seven new hires, which brings the team to over 20 people. Article

 

Citizen Relations has appointed Helena Fisher as UK managing director. Article

 

British Airways is seeking PR counsel as the airline attempts to revive a reputation that has been battered in recent months. Article

 

YO! has selected W as its retained consumer PR agency. Article

 

Hong Kong Jockey Club has appointed Square in the Air to act as its UK PR and marketing representative. Article

 

Barry Callebaut has chosen The Hub to handle the trade communications and customer marketing for its Belgian Chocolate brand, Callebaut, within the UK Foodservice channel.

 

The Good Exchange has selected Finn Partners to build awareness of the brand and publicize its charitable giving in the UK. Article

 

Eyewear Publishing has appointed Bookollective as its retained agency to publicize one of its key titles this autumn, following a competitive pitch. Article

 

Vivid Matcha has appointed The Wern to manage its PR activity, engaged Testify as its new social media agency and selected Rhubarb’s Lucy Crook to create and implement its new marketing strategy. Article

 

Ocado has appointed David Shriver to the newly created role of communications director. Article

 

Newgate Communications has appointed Craig Harrow as partner and head of its office in Edinburgh. Article

 

Will Tanner has joined Portland as its chief policy adviser. Article

 

Laura Trott is joining Portland as a partner in its corporate group, and Nick Hargrave is returning to the agency as a corporate director. Article

 

Big Cat has welcomed Helen Gaskell as its new senior account executive. Article

 

Lisa Pantelli has launched Become Communications – an employee engagement and internal communications consultancy. Article

 

Eichard Shell and Chrissie Plunkett have partnered to launch The Twist Group, a PR and comms agency. Article

 

Ranieri and BlueJam Media have announced a strategic partnership. The affiliation will see the two companies to organically exchange skills and pitch together for future clients. Article

 

RMS PR has rebranded to RMS as part of its transformation to a fully-integrated marketing agency after 25 years in business. Article

 

City of London Group (City of London) has engaged The PR Office to provide comms support for its “reverse takeover” of Milton Homes and an £11 million equity fundraising. Article

 

Patron Capital has completed its £1.8 billion acquisition of Punch Taverns with comms support from its retained PR agency, Redleaf Communications. Article

 

Sydney

Deloitte has named Avian Media as its new PR agency in India following a competitive review. Article

 

Tokyo

McCann Worldgroup has appointed Hiroaki Mori as president and CEO of McCann Japan. Article

 

Toronto

Kwittken has been named public relations and communications agency for the National Flag Tour of Invictus Games Toronto 2017. Article

 

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