PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Jan. 2, 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

 

National Amusements, a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, has named Mark Malinowski as vice president of global marketing. Article

 

Warner Communications added three organizations to its client roster: Green Mountain College, located in Poultney, Vermont; U.K.-based nonprofit iguacu, which works to alleviate human suffering around the world; and WorkUp, a technology platform that benefits oncology practices. Article

 

Chicago

 

Energy giant Exelon has named Jean Medina as vice president of corporate communications, responsible for external communications, internal and workplace enablement and executive communications. Article

 

Zizzo Group announced the hire of Scott Carlson as art director. In his new role, Carlson will be working collaboratively with the creative and integrated marketing teams to create innovative, targeted solutions for a wide range of clients. Article

 

Dallas

 

Luke Marchant, a political campaign operative and public affairs expert, has joined the Dallas public affairs practice of Hill+Knowlton Strategies as a vice president. Article

 

DC

 

Northrop Grumman Corporation has appointed Tim Paynter as vice president of strategic communications, with responsibility for ensuring appropriate media coverage of the corporation and serving as the company’s principal spokesperson. Article

 

Former Treasury Department spokesman and Democratic National Committee communications director Adam Hodge has joined SKDKnickerbocker’s public affairs team as a vice president to support the firm's advocacy, corporate and crisis communications clients. Article

 

Crosby Marketing Communications has added Daniel Campbell as associate digital program manager. Article

 

Crosby Marketing Communications has hired Christopher Gearon as director of editorial services. He will oversee staffers creating web and social media content, op-eds, feature stories, reports, and white papers. Article

 

The US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has selected ICF’s health communications practice for nine contracts with a combined value of up to $34.4 million. Article

 

Tegna appointed Sunny Uberoi as VP and chief communications officer, reporting to president and CEO Garcia Martone. Article

 

Brunswick Group added Tim Griffin as senior counselor, focused on public affairs, corporate reputation, crisis, and digital. He is serving as lieutenant governor of Arkansas; previously he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state’s second congressional district. Article

 

Claire Boussagol, managing director of APCO Worldwide’s office in Brussels, was appointed chairman for the European region, in addition to her current role; and Nicolas Castex joins APCO as managing director of the firm’s offices in France, CEO Brad Staples announced. Article

 

Denver

 

Western Union has consolidated global public relations duties with FleishmanHillard, following a competitive review that took place last year. Article

 

Active Interest Media announced the promotion of Andy Hawk to Managing Director of AIM’s Mountain Group. Article

 

Detroit

 

Marx Layne & Company announced it has been named the public relations firm of record for the 2017 Meridian Winter Blast presented by Quicken Loans. Article

 

Los Angeles

 

Rally, a communications firm specializing in issue advocacy, has hired Shayna Englin as a principal. Article

 

The Lagrant Foundation named W2O Group founder and CEO Jim Weiss to its board of directors. Article

 

Ek, Sunkin, Klink & Bai, one of California’s leading independently owned public affairs, strategic communications and government advocacy firms, announced that political reporter Alice Walton has joined the firm. Article

 

Miami

 

The NHL’s Florida Panthers have named Thomas Drance vice president of communications and public relations. Article

 

Advertising and branding agency On Ideas acquired C*Suite Communications, which became a division of On Ideas, maintaining its office in Sarasota, Florida. Article

 

BoardroomPR, one of South Florida’s largest public relations firms, announced that Senior Vice President Caren Berg has broadened responsibilities at the agency. Berg’s augmented title now includes Director of Talent Acquisition. Article

 

Nashville

 

ReviveHealth, a Weber Shandwick company, has hired Sarah Lodholz as creative director, based in the firm’s Nashville headquarters. Article

 

New York

 

KPMG, the US audit, tax and advisory firm, has appointed Andrew Bowins as executive director of corporate reputation and digital engagement. Article

 

Engel & Völkers North America, the North American operations for the European-based premium real estate firm, has appointed Katelyn Castellano vice president of communications. Article

 

The American National Standards Institute, the coordinator of the US voluntary standardization system, has hired Mary Saunders as vice president, government relations and public policy. Article

 

Forefront Communications Group, a firm focused on the capital markets and financial tech, has added Eric Soderberg as a managing partner. Article

 

The Halo Group has been selected by Devotion Spirits to launch a new campaign for a new sugar-free, gluten-free and American-made vodka. Article

 

Steinreich Communications Group has been appointed public relations consultant to ButcherBox, a subscription-based meat delivery service dedicated to 100% grass-fed beef, organic/pastured chicken and heritage breed pork products. Article

 

TimefireVR, a software company with a virtual reality platform for social experiential learning, has retained KCSA Strategic Communications to lead strategic communications and investor relations programs. Article

 

CRC, a New York-based public relations and digital marketing agency, has been selected to represent I & Love & You Natural pet food products. Article

 

Citizen Relations has hired Cohn & Wolfe’s executive creative director Scott Cocchiere. Article

 

IBM chief external relations officer Jeffrey DeMarrais has departed the company after less than a year in the role. Article

 

Trish Marsik joined Services for the UnderServed Inc. as Chief Operating Officer. She was formerly Executive Director at Mayor's Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System. Article

 

Stacey Weston joined Services for the UnderServed Inc. as Chief Development Officer. She was formerly Head of Fundraising at Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Article

 

Carlo Scissura joined The New York Building Congress as President and CEO. He was formerly President and CEO at The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Article

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art appointed Kenneth Weine as chief communications officer. He was previously VP of communications and marketing for the New York Public Library and led communications and marketing at Newsweek. Article

 

Chart Room Media brought on Bill McCue as SVP, responsible for new business development, servicing its client roster, and overseeing operations. Article

 

Tender Corporation, the parent company of After Bite, Ben’s Tick & Insect Repellent, and Easy Care First Aid, named Maletzky Media as its AOR. The firm will handle media relations for its range of brands and social media for After Bite. Article

 

Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, announced that Rosemary Mercedes has been promoted to executive vice president and chief communications officer. Article

 

M Booth hired FleishmanHillard vet Nancy Seliger as EVP. Article

 

Mfa Marketing & PR has recently been named Agency of Record for five new accounts: ROAM Fitness, Dart Real Estate, AWE, Kenton’s Food & Bourbon and Maysville. Article

 

lotus823, an integrated marketing communications agency based in Eatontown, N.J., announced the acquisition of Rachel Litner Associates (RLA), a culinary, housewares and lifestyle public relations firm headquartered in Livingston, N.J. Article

 

Mason, Inc., an integrated marketing firm based in Bethany, Conn., embraced the true meaning of the season by supporting a local charity with its annual holiday card, providing more than 3,000 meals to people in need. Article

 

Mason, Inc. announced that Joshua Giardino has joined the integrated marketing communications firm as the Director of Digital Strategies & Analytics. Article

 

Resound Marketing announced it has been selected as the first-ever public relations agency of record for Location3, a digital marketing agency combining enterprise-level strategy with local market activation. Article

 

Philadelphia

 

AmerisourceBergen Corporation has hired Keri Mattox as vice president, corporate and investor relations, responsible for the company’s relationships with the analyst and investor community. Article

 

Flackable, a national financial public relations and digital marketing agency headquartered in Wyomissing, PA, has hired Elle Parkin as account coordinator. Article

 

Tonic Life Communications, a global healthcare public relations and communications agency, announced four executive leadership team appointments. Article

 

San Francisco

 

CamberView Partners, a source of independent, investor-led advice for public companies on shareholder activism and engagement, has hired Eric Sumberg as a principal, corporate communications to lead external communications for the company. Article

 

AMF Media Group has hired Geoff McGann as executive creative director. The firm also promoted Joe Lopez to creative director. Article

 

Demonstrate PR hired Emily Thomson as VP, responsible for account strategy, team development, and operational oversight. Article

 

Frankfurt

 

Instinctif Partners is expanding its public affairs practice in Germany with the addition of new partner Bernd Buschhausen. Article

 

London

 

Forster Communications has appointed John Grounds as its new chair, replacing founder Jilly Forster, who launched the agency 20 years ago. Article

 

Creative agency M&C Saatchi has hired PLMR director Ros Trinick. She is reportedly leading on its Home Office counter-extremism brief. Article

 

Havas PR has enhanced its senior team with the promotions of Paul Hadfield to creative director and Claire Quansah to operations director. Article

 

Chris Parr, former private secretary to Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, has joined strategic communications consultancy Madano to lead its built environment and professional services offering as a director. Article

 

GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform, has hired Change.org’s John Coventry to lead its UK communications activity as the company sets its sights on European expansion. Article

 

Cognito associate director Charlie Morrow has relocated to the financial PR and marketing firm’s APAC headquarters in Singapore, where he will be a member of the region’s leadership team. Article

 

Hotwire has been selected as the UK and US communications agency for flatshare website SpareRoom. Article

 

Interflora, together with social media agency Prohibition PR, are working on a new campaign to mark Valentine’s Day 2017, which will see them create the “ultimate surprise marriage proposal for a loved-up couple.” Article

 

Public affairs consultancy Hanover Group has opened a new office in Dublin. It will be led by former MD of Keating & Associates Lorna Jennings. Article

 

Flight Centre Travel Group has hired Rooster PR to focus on positioning them as the UK’s top travel retailer to Australia. Article

 

Global literary event brand Hay Festival has appointed FMcM Associates’ Christopher Bone to the new role of publicity director, who will oversee UK and international PR for the organisation in its 30th anniversary year. Article

 

Broadcast consultancy Markettiers has appointed Josh Wheeler as general manager of its Manchester division. Article

 

Independent investment consultant Redington has appointed financial services PR consultancy MRM to support its growth plans. Article

 

Corporate and financial consultancy Yellow Jersey PR has hired Georgina Whittle as an account director in its corporate team. Article

 

Professional services firm KPMG has appointed Ketchum’s Paul Middleton as corporate communications senior manager, with special responsibility for the firm’s Brexit communications. Article

 

Hume Brophy has appointed former director of communications at Metro Bank Pete Murray to lead on corporate affairs. Article

 

Communications and public affairs consultancy Remarkable Group has hired Kevin Whitmore as north region director. He will oversee the group’s work across the north of England and sits on the operational board of directors. Article

 

Blacks Solicitors LLP has chosen Headingley-based marketing agency Brass to manage its PR in 2017. Article

 

SkinnyBrands has appointed Refresh PR and social media agency Shoot the Moon to launch its new range of low calorie alcohol drinks, including Skinny Lager. Article

 

Luxury eyewear group Brando has brought in Agent Provocateur’s Erica Sutton-Teague as PR and marketing manager. Article

 

Inmarsat has hired Ogilvy PR to handle global PR duties for its aviation offering following a competitive review. Article

 

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