PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Dec. 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!

 

Atlanta

 

Arketi Group, a high-tech public relations and digital marketing agency, was selected by Equifax to develop and execute a new public relations and thought-leadership program to further position the company as a trusted steward of consumer financial data. Article

 

Boston

 

Ed Harrison has joined InkHouse to lead the firm’s enterprise technology practice on the East Coast. Article

 

Tiffany Darmetko has joined InkHouse as a vice president to help continue the rapid growth of the firm’s San Francisco office and enterprise technology PR practice. Article

 

The Maine Public Relations Council recently presented its annual awards, recognizing exceptional public relations professionals and organizations in Maine at its 2016 annual conference. Article

 

Charlotte

 

Global Value Commerce, owner and operator of a leading e-commerce platform for pre-owned golf equipment and new golf gear, has selected Buffalo.Agency to manage an integrated marketing program. Article

 

The Brandon Agency has been named agency of record for South Carolina-based Hook + Gaff Watch Company. Article

 

Chicago

 

Unison, which designs and sells modern home fashions, has retained Zapwater Communications as its public relations agency of record to heighten brand awareness within the home and textile industry. Article

 

Golin announced Carrie Galli as the new executive director of human resources to lead global HR, and help drive forward the company’s ambition to be the defining agency of the decade. Article

 

Global foods firm Kellogg's has expanded its relationship with Havas PR, giving the agency a year-long brand PR brief with its cereal business. Article

Edelman has promoted Carol Potter to president and CEO of Europe, where she joins a team of women leading the region for the independent global communications company. Article

 

DC

 

Longtime APCO executive Neal Cohen is joining the Nuclear Energy Institute on January 1, as senior vice president for external affairs. Article

 

Denver

 

Fyn Public Relations, an award-winning Colorado-based public relations firm, has hired Kayla Roofe as an assistant account executive. Article

 

Woodruff Sweitzer (WS) recently added two agri-marketing professionals to its crop and animal health-related teams and one new team member to the agency’s pet care team: Gardner Hatch, Amy Bugg and Madison Williams. Article

 

Detroit

 

Lambert Edwards & Associates has been named the digital and social media agency of record for the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Article

 

Los Angeles

 

Mazda North America has appointed Carley Hummel to its public relations team as specialist, corporate communications, responsible for managing Mazda’s external communications, including corporate news, marketing initiatives and sponsorships. Article

 

The LaunchPad Agency has introduced a proprietary, turnkey pre-marketing program called Blast-OffArticle

 

High-speed transit system Hyperloop One is seeking global agency support as it gears up for a potential breakthrough year in 2017. Article

 

Miami

 

Miami-based PR agency Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications has been appointed by the Grenada Tourism Authority to manage its communications and social media strategy in North America and the Caribbean. Article

 

Ashley Cisneros Mejia, an award-winning social media enthusiast and journalist, has announced the opening of her boutique digital marketing consultancy, Fenix Creative Group. Article

 

Minneapolis

 

Cambridge Investment Group, a privately-controlled financial services firm, has hired Tim Johnson as vice president of public relations and creative marketing, focused on communication initiatives that drive engagement and reflect Cambridge’s brand, culture, and values. Article

 

Zizzo Group, a results-driven, integrated marketing firm, announced the hire of Kristin Bayer as a senior account executive. Article

 

Newport Beach

 

Veritone Media, a full-service advertising agency that creates native and traditional advertising for some of the world’s most recognizable brands, announced its name change to Veritone One. Article

 

New York

 

Senior executives from some of North America’s leading independent agencies have joined the jury for the 2017 SABRE Awards competition. Article

 

Bret Werner has been appointed to president at MWWPR. Werner will work alongside founder and CEO Michael Kempner, recently promoted chief people officer Gina Cherwin and CFO William Starace to form MWWPR’s executive management team. Article

 

Financial communications specialist Abernathy MacGregor has hired Kensey Biggs in New York, Sheila Ennis in San Francisco and Ina McGuinness in Los Angeles, all of whom join the firm as senior vice presidents. Article

 

FleishmanHillard is rolling out a new media relations practice that will promote storytelling across all regions and communications channels, led by Laura Russo, newly appointed global managing director, media relations. Article

 

Ogilvy Public Relations has appointed Dan Goodman as senior vice president of business development for North America. Article

 

Giovanna Rana, a refrigerated pasta brand in Italy and across Europe, has selected Zeno Group as its first communications agency of record in the United States following a competitive pitch. Article

 

Luxury public relations agency Issa PR has been appointed as the new agency of record for tech company Novalia, which develops proprietary technology called PrintedTouch. Article

 

W2O Group has acquired Sentient Interactive, which specializes in digital paid and owned media analytics and strategy and marketing campaign execution. Article

 

Ketchum has merged its leadership and change management unit, Ketchum Change, with Omnicom sister agency Daggerwing Group, a management consultancy with strengths in change management and employee engagement. Daggerwing Group CEO Ewan Main will lead the integrated firm. Article

 

Chandler Chicco cofounder Bob Chandler has returned from his two-year retirement to launch a network of healthcare communications firms called Watershed Bridges, and MaxAscent, one of the agencies within the network. Article

 

Storey, the PR division of production agency North Six, has landed two campaigns with Gap and its workout clothing brand, GapFit. Article

 

Samsung North America's corporate communications and reputation leader, Andrew Bowins, is no longer with the company. Article

 

MetTel, a fast-growing communications solution provider for businesses, has appointed Michael J. Azzi to lead Corporate Communications. Article

CooperKatz & Company, an award winning and results-driven public relations firm currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, announced three senior-level promotions: Rachael Adler to Executive Vice President, Business Development & Client Services; Meredith Topalanchik to Executive Vice President, Operations & Client Services; and Lisa Chiovaro to Senior Vice President, Finance & Operations. Article

R&J Strategic Communications, a full service integrated marketing and public relations agency has promoted Erin Ally to Digital Account Strategist. Article

Philadelphia

 

Malvern Bancorp has recruited Patricia McLennan as senior vice president and director of community development, handling and coordinating internal and external communications, initiatives aimed at advancing the bank’s brand in that segment of the market. Article

 

Phoenix

 

The Public Relations Society of America and the Ethisphere Institute have partnered to elevate business ethics with the release of their first joint project — the eBook, “A Guide to Increasing Collaboration Between the Communications and Ethics Offices.” Article

 

FreshLime announced it has acquired Dasheroo (San Francisco, CA), a cloud-based platform that builds KPI dashboards for SMBs. Article

 

Hudson West, a bicoastal boutique branding and marketing firm, announced the celebration of 4 years in business. Article

 

San Francisco

 

Oliver Roll has joined Cisco as SVP and chief communications officer, after leaving his previous role as CCO at VMware. Article

 

Seattle

 

Cascadian Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, has appointed Monique Greer as senior vice president, investor relations and corporate communications. Article

 

Frankfurt

 

Leading German independent fischerAppelt has opened a new office in New York. The new branch expands the agency’s services for clients that operate internationally and enables it to serve clients on both sides of the Atlantic. Article

 

Hong Kong

 

Ruder Finn has acquired Daylight Partnership, the digital marketing and analytics consultancy founded by David Ko in 2012. Daylight Partnership will merge with Ruder Finn’s digital arm, Ruder Finn Innovation Studios, and will be known as RFI Daylight. Ko becomes SVP of RFI Studios Asia, leading a team of 50 executives spanning China, Hong Kong, Singapore and India. Article

 

London

 

Analytics company Smart Cube has hired PR agency support in the US and UK and named Ruth Crawford as its CMO amid considerable business growth. Article

 

Social influencer marketing platform Social Circle has brought in Rebecca Flint, AKA fashion and beauty influencer Beckii Cruel, as its new creator liaison. Article

 

KISS Communications has appointed Ware Anthony Rust’s Kate Matthews to the newly-created position of head of PR. Article

 

John Graham, chairman at FleishmanHillard, is the most recent Fellow to be appointed by the Public Relations and Communications Association. Article

 

Multi-disciplinary professional services firm, MJ Hudson, has appointed Cubitt Consulting to advise on its communications advisory services across Europe. Article

 

Simon Waller, former digital content editor at Sheffield newspaper The Star, has joined HR Media to enhance the South Yorkshire PR agency’s digital offer. Article

 

Mercieca has won two new PR briefs from food-to-go business Adelie Foods and the Licensed Trade Charity (LTC), which provides debt advice, free support and care for the licensed trade industry. Article

 

James Crawford, the managing director of Manchester-based PR Agency One, pledges to offer employees up to £1,000 per annum if they wish to opt into the ‘associate EU citizenship’ currently being considered by the European Parliament. Article

 

Gong Communications has hired two corporate communications specialists, Libby Wyman and James Deacon, as senior account managers. Article

 

Sophie Raine has been promoted to deputy managing director, a new role at W Communications. Article

 

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment has promoted Jodie Fullagar to head of entertainment, 10 years after she first joined the agency’s entertainment division as its first full-time member. Article

 

PR and communications agency Rule 5 has brought in former BBC Sport journalist Jimmy Smallwood as senior account manager. Article

 

Exterion Media, Europe’s largest independent out-of-home advertising business that won the £1.1bn ad contract with TfL for the London Underground and Rail network this year, has appointed Eulogy as its retained UK communications agency. Article

 

Piracy Corporation has won the consumer PR, trade PR and social media account for Lurvill’s Delight, a craft-style botanical soda that was originally popular in Wales between 1896 and 1910. Article

 

Hatch Communications has been chosen by UK-based energy drink brand Boost to handle a social media and experiential campaign. Article

 

Data analytics specialist Aquila Insight has recruited Red Lorry Yellow Lorry to raise brand awareness, aid recruitment and strengthen its UK presence. Article

 

Twitch, the social-video platform for video-game culture and the creative arts, has appointed Kazoo Communications as its first UK PR agency. Article

 

Adrian Bevington Sport & PR, the agency headed by former FA communications director Bevington, has been hired to manage PR and communications for the inaugural Star Sixes football legends tournament at London’s O2 next July. Article

 

Paris

 

Digital market intelligence company SimilarWeb announced the launch of its solution for digital agencies, Market Intelligence for Agencies. Article

 

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