PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Feb. 6, 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

 

Arketi Group, a high-tech business-to-business public relations and digital marketing agency, has been selected by Abel Solutions as its agency of record for integrated communications. Article

 

Boston

 

Hollywood Public Relations has added Beth Gibbons as an account manager on its nonprofit and consumer teams and also promoted Monica Higgins and Jacqueline Dunn. Article

 

Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications has changed its name to Rasky Partners following the departure of two partners, Joe Baerlein and Ann Carter. Article

 

Omnicom Group has brought Cone Communications under sister agency Porter Novelli. Cone will keep its brand, and CEO Bill Fleishman will stay in his role. Article

 

Charlotte

 

S&A Communications, a Cary, N.C.-based full-service communications firm, has hired Michael Colborn as controller. Article

 

Broomfield, Colo.-based DealersLink, an authority on automotive systems integration and networking technology, has selected S&A Communications as its public relations agency of record. Article

 

Dallas

 

Tim Morrison has been named vice president, corporate communications for Toyota Motor North America. Article

 

DC

 

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation has named Gordon Lambourne vice president of communications. Article

 

Fallston Group, a Baltimore-based, global reputation agency, has added Andrea Lynn as marketing communications manager. Article

 

Interel has stepped up its US expansion by acquiring AMG, a DC-based public affairs firm that specializes in association management and government affairs for nonprofits. Article

Su-Lin Nichols stepped down from her post at JPMorgan Chase to launch a strategic communications firm, Lafayette Strategies, which specializes in corporate responsibility and social purpose communications. Article

Denver

 

WildRock Public Relations & Marketing, a full-service agency based in Fort Collins, Colo., continues to grow with the addition of a Business Support Specialist, Claire Schock. Article

 

Detroit

 

Kellogg has promoted Josh Morton to director of corporate communications. Article

 

Los Angeles

 

SOCIAL Costa Mesa, a chef and ingredient-focused, new-American restaurant known for its creative play on the social dining experience, has hired Powerhouse Public Relations to provide a wide scope of public relations, marketing and social media support. Article

 

Miami

 

JeffreyGroup, the Latin American communications agency, has promoted Martín Bidegaray to director of its insights and analysis practice. Article

 

Suncadia Resort, a Destination Hotel, has tapped Diamond Public Relations to drive an energetic and proactive PR campaign that will position the property as the premier all-season mountain resort in the Pacific Northwest. Article

 

Rockaway PR, Marketing & Events – a culinary lifestyle agency with offices in Miami and Orlando – announced the appointment of Heather McPherson as Director of New Business and Development for Central Florida, in addition to Natalie Brier as Senior Account Executive and Lauren Painter as an Account Executive in their Orlando office. Article

 

Minneapolis

 

Matt Kucharski has been promoted to president of PadillaCRT. Article

 

Nashville

 

ReviveHealth, a Weber Shandwick company, has been named integrated marketing agency of record for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which includes a leading medical research center and the highest-ranked hospital in Tennessee. Article

 

Brazilian public relations firm SPMJ Comunicação has opened an international base in New Orleans. Article

 

New York

 

Cognito, a specialist communications agency for the financial services industry, has appointed Ryan Barr as a managing director in New York and a member of the global executive team. Article

 

Digital agency Millennium Communications has hired public relations industry veteran John Hollywood as senior vice president, client services. Article

 

Skift, a leading resource, authority and expert on the travel industry, has tapped Percepture as its public relations agency. Article

 

Child’s Play Communications, a public relations agency specializing in promoting kids’ products to parents, has added Pai Technology, which makes family-friendly educational products with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Article

 

E-ZOIL, manufacturer of performance-enhancing fuel additives and cleaning solutions, has named Marx Group as its agency of record for marketing and public relation. Article

 

Kellen, an association management and communications company, recently added clients to its communications roster, including Girl Scouts of the USA, National Association of Corrosion Engineers, and the Disaster Recovery Institute International. Article

 

Brandstyle Communications has been selected to represent Schaffer's Genuine Foods and North Sails. Article

 

Management consulting and M&A advisory firm Prosper Group has added strategic advisors Kathy Cripps, former president of the PR Council for more than 14 years; Rum Ekhtiar, who most recently launched RF Radius, an integrated marketing practice at Ruder Finn; Ken Jacobs, a veteran of leadership roles at Lippe Taylor, Marina Maher Communications, Ogilvy and more; and John Seng, founder and former CEO of Spectrum Science Communications. Article

 

Jessica Schaefer, former vice president of corporate communications at Point72—which manages manging the assets of billionaire and philanthropist Steve Cohen—has launched Bevel, a public relations consultancy that will connect clients with stakeholder communities. Article

 

Andrew Witlin joined Huntsman Architectural Group as Senior Project Architect. He was formerly Senior Associate at M Moser Associates. Article

 

Jeff Vockrodt joined YMCA of Greater New York as Senior Executive Director for Board Engagement and Strategic Partnerships. He was formerly Associate Assistant Secretary for Policy at U.S. Department of Labor. Article

 

Tom Dougherty joined COPE Health Solutions as Executive Vice President. He was formerly President at Healthcare Innovators. Article

 

Medjet, an industry leader in travel protection and medical transport, has reappointed WEILL to oversee its public relations. Article

 

CRC, a New York-based public relations and digital marketing agency, announced representation of “I and love and you”, a premium dog and cat food brand based in Boulder, Colorado. Article

 

Krupp Kommunications, a full-service public relations, marketing, and branding agency currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, has added five entertainment clients to its roster. Article

 

BrandLink Communications has announced four staff promotions and two new clients, eSalon and After Tan & Co. Article

 

PebblePost, a Programmatic Direct Mail firm, announced the appointment of Jim Price as VP of Sales over the company’s Travel Sector. Article

 

KARV Communications, a strategic communications firm focused on global, corporate, and financial communications, crisis management, and public affairs, announced that Richard Wolffe has joined the firm as a Senior Advisor. Article

 

San Francisco

 

Paul Cohen is leaving PayPal to take charge of global communications at Visa, returning to a company at which he previously spent more than a decade. Article

 

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has promoted Katherine Ducker to director of global product communications. Article

 

London

 

Mobile device giant Brightstar has consolidated its marketing and communications duties with Text100, as the company steps up its global brand-building plans. Article

 

The PR Office has been appointed by security and logistics services company Frontier Services Group. Article

 

Tom Gilbert has joined Linklaters as the new global head of external communications. Article

 

Global homeware brand DKB Household has chosen PHA Media to launch its new range of kitchen knives, Zyliss Control. Article

 

Mining and resource media business Aspermont Limited has appointed Yellow Jersey PR to assist with its financial media relations. Article

 

The inaugural PRCA Digital Awards 2017, which closes for entries on Friday (17 February), has announced a judging panel which includes senior PR and communications professionals from The Coca-Cola Company, and agencies such as Golin, Weber Shandwick and Lansons. Article

 

Unity has been named as the retained PR agency for ADT, the UK’s leading provider of fire and security systems for home and business, as the brand looks to move away from TV and radio advertising and focus on digital and PR activity. Article

 

Communications recruitment consultancy JFL Search & Selection has promoted April Kearns to associate director. Article

 

Photo-Me International plc, the photobooth and instant-service equipment group, has appointed Hudson Sandler as its retained financial communications advisor, following a competitive pitch. Article

 

Cognito, the communications and marketing firm which specialises in financial services, has appointed Vivienne Hsu as the new managing director of its EMEA business, based in London. Article

 

DAME, a subscription service for period product boxes, has appointed Threepipe to provide PR support and develop new customer acquisition programmes. Article

 

Content marketing and PR agency Remarkable Content has been chosen to lead consumer and corporate communications activity for housebuilder Metis Homes. Article

 

Hanover Health has hired Alex Davies as an associate director from Tonic Life Communications and Emma Gorton as a senior account director from Ogilvy Healthworld. Article

 

Clodagh Higginson, political correspondent for ITV’s Good Morning Britain, has teamed up with her husband John Higginson, a former political editor at the Metro, to launch a new PR agency called Higginson PR. Article

 

Weber Shandwick has teamed up with UK communications charity Media Trust to create a paid internship programme which aims to bring in diverse talent to the PR industry. Article

 

Prophet, the global strategy consultancy, has announced a partnership with Innovate Finance, an independent members’ association representing the UK’s global fintech community. Article

 

Walbrook PR was awarded PR Firm of the Year at the 2017 Grant Thornton Quoted Company Awards held in the City of London last night. Article

 

GMC Software, a customer communications management tool, has appointed Spark Communications as its UK PR agency, with the objective of engaging audiences beyond the print industry. Article

 

Start-up specialist The Wern PR has appointed an apprentice, Katarzyna Zdunczuk, to its team following recent client wins. Article

 

Consumer tech PR firm Ranieri has been appointed by AfterShokz to handle the UK PR for its bone conduction headphone range, including the Trekz Titanium and Sportz Titanium. Article

 

Nourish PR has won a PR brief from chef, author and TV presenter Allegra McEvedy, who is re-opening the “birthplace of EastEnders,” Albertine wine bar. The agency has also been called in to promote broadcaster, cook and Great British Menu judge Andi Oliver. Article

 

Rydon Group has appointed Brands2Life to handle its corporate communications. Article

 

Tech-powered digital reputation and intelligence firm, Digitalis Reputation, has added to its senior management two ex-corporate communications advisors, Meglena Petkova from Lansons and Viv Jemmett from FTI Consulting. Article

 

Facilities management and consultancy business Mitie has appointed Tulchan as its retained financial and corporate communications adviser. Article

 

Good Fabs, a leading supplier of fabricated exhausts for Formula 1 and NASCAR, has appointed Alexander PR for the launch of its first consumer-facing products. Article

 

Seven Dials PR has won two new fashion briefs from womenswear designer Amanda Wakeley and cashmere label Johnstons of Elgin, as the agency looks to expand its luxury division. Article

 

Allison+Partners has been named the UK agency of record for The Ascott Limited, a global serviced residence owner operator, following a competitive review. Article

 

The Portuguese Cork Association has brought in Clarion Communications as its UK PR agency, following an international tender for the promotion of cork stoppers, which has seen contracts also awarded in 10 other countries, including the US, China and France. Article

 

Newgate Communications has appointed Louise Nicolson as a partner in its corporate team. Article

 

Dutch retailer HEMA has appointed LEWIS to be its corporate PR partner for Europe. Article

 

Toronto

 

Dell Technologies has named Environics Communications its public relations agency of record in Canada, following a competitive pitch process. Article

 

Chimera Collective has been selected to represent Baycrest's The Brain ProjectArticle

 

Media-Corps, a Canadian media solution for American agencies and marketers, has named Hasan Rahim as President of its business. Article

 

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