PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Jan. 30, 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 Snapfulfil as agency of record for public relations and content development. Article

 

Austin

 

Pierpont Communications announced the promotion of Stacy Armijo to a newly created position of Executive Vice President and Mike Gehrig as General Manager of its Austin office. Article

 

Boston

 

Public affairs firm O'Neill & Associates has named Cosmo Macero Jr. a senior vice chairman overseeing the firm's communications and public relations division, and Hugh Drummond as senior vice president for marketing. Article

 

The Maine Public Relations Council, a member organization dedicated to advancing the public relations industry, announced leadership changes and new board members for 2017. Article

 

Duffy & Shanley is boosting its Public Relations and Media/Advertising groups with two new hires and a promotion. Article

 

Chicago

 

Zapwater Communications continues to expand the fast-growing beauty portfolio of the agency with the announcement of new client acquisitions, including men’s grooming brand Oars + Alps and revolutionary skincare line Advanced Clinicals. Article

 

DC

 

Ketchum has appointed KayAnn Schoeneman as senior vice president and director of the firm's public and corporate affairs practice in Washington, D.C. Article

 

Stephen Krupin has returned to SKDKnickerbocker as senior vice president and director of executive communications, after having served in the White House as a senior speechwriter to President Barack Obama. Article

 

Mark Irion, formerly CEO of the Washington DC firm Dutko Worldwide and most recently the president of Levick Strategic Communications, has joined law firm Hogan Lovells to create a new strategic communications service for its clients. Article

 

Signal Leadership Communication, the Canadian firm led by Bob Pickard, and crisis and public affairs specialist Levick Strategic Communications of Washington, DC, have affiliated to cooperate in the areas of digital public relations and leadership communication. Article

 

Banner Public Affairs announced two new hires, expanding leadership on the firm’s government relations and communications teams. Joining the firm are Alex Maggos, who will serve as Vice President of Government Relations, and Maggie McClain, who will serve as Vice President for Communications. Article

 

Subject Matter announced that former Executive Director and veteran Capitol Hill strategist Tom Lopach will join the firm. Article

 

Gloria Rodríguez, President/CEO of Comunicad, a national integrated public relations and marketing communications agency, has named Monica Cortes to oversee business development. Article

 

Denver

 

Catapult Creative Labs announced that Kelly Blake has joined as Vice President of Client Services and Strategy. In addition, Meredith Powlison has joined as Project Manager. Article

 

Houston

 

Pierpont Communications has promoted Stacy Armijo to a newly created position of executive vice president and Mike Gehrig to general manager of its Austin office. Article

 

Los Angeles

 

Englander Knabe & Allen has elected Matt Knabe to the role of managing partner. Article

 

C+R Communications, a boutique PR agency specializing in hospitality and resort real estate, has added several new clients: Four Season Napa Valley Resort & Private Residences; The Everly, a new hotel by Kimpton; La Peer, a new hotel by Kimpton; and The Scott Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. Article

 

Ballantines Public Relations, a lifestyle agency, has been chosen to represent Trisara Resort of Phuket Island as the official public relations agency of record. Article

 

Ad agency Grupo Gallegos has acquired New York-based digital agency Canvas and Los Angeles public relations firm RL Public Relations + Marketing. Article

 

The Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) voted to elect Yvonne Lorie—founder ReFresh PR and 2013 HPRA PRemio PR Achievement Award recipient — president of the 2017 National Board of Directors. Article

 

IMW Agency, an integrated marketing communications agency in Costa Mesa, California, is gearing up for continued growth in 2017 by bringing on staff in key areas including Digital Strategy and Business Development. Article

 

Miami

 

Llorente & Cuenca has appointed Luisa García chief operating officer for Latin America. Article

 

SalterMitchell, a public relations and behavior change agency headquartered in Tallahassee with offices in Orlando and Virginia, has become a partner in the global communication network IPREX. Article

 

The Institute for Public Relations measurement commission has elected Mark Weiner, CEO of Prime Research Americas, as its director for 2017-2018. Article

 

Since it started Crowdfunding PR in 2013, public relations firm PRmediaNow has become an industry leader—helping clients raise more than $35.6 million (and counting) for their products and services on the crowdfunding websites Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Article

 

Gary Grates, Principal at , has been appointed Director of the Institute for Public Relations Organizational Communication Research Center. Article

 

Mad Public Relations, a division of , announced that Aimee Adler has joined the firm as Managing Partner alongside Sara Shake and Marc Aptakin. Article

 

Minneapolis

 

Clarity Coverdale Fury has hired Nissa Hanna to lead account planning services for the agency. Article

 

Harvest PR & Marketing—a food, farm and lifestyle communications firm based in Minneapolis and Portland, Ore.—announced four promotions in the agency’s Minneapolis office. Article

 

Nashville

 

Mitchell, a Dentsu Aegis Network firm, has hired Garth Krizman as creative services lead.  Article

 

Integrated communications firm Elasticity unveiled Elasticity Multicultural, a new practice group led by award-winning Hispanic marketing veteran Alejandro “Alex” Duplan. Article

 

New York

 

Finsbury CEO Michael Gross has been named vice chairman of Finsbury. Paul Holmes, managing partner for the New York office, will be elevated to CEO for North America. Article

 

Edelman has added Neil Shapiro as executive vice president, financial communications & capital markets. Article

 

Intermarket Communications, corporate and financial public relation specialist, has named Mike Gelormino as senior vice president and Jade Faugno as vice president. Article

 

Steinreich Communications Group has added John Jones as senior account director, working in the firm’s fashion practice. Article

 

Diffusion has been appointed by USA Today Network, which is part of Gannett Co., as its public relations agency. Article

 

Turner’s long-running relationship with Barceló Hotel Group is expanding in 2017 after the global hospitality brand named Turner as the agency of record for North America. Article

 

Brandstyle Communications has been selected to represent real estate investment and development firm The Domain Companies. Article

 

Los Angeles-based boutique public relations agency Press Kitchen is expanding to the East Coast with the opening of a New York office under the leadership of vice president Jenna Wigman, who relocates to New York after six years with the firm. Article

 

Omnicom Group’s PR segment recorded 7.7% organic revenue growth in the fourth quarter, compared with the prior year, to $358.9 million. Article

 

Endurance race company Ironman has selected Kwittken as its North American AOR. Article

 

FleishmanHillard has hired Tim Race, a longtime veteran of The New York Times, as a senior-level strategist in its media relations practice. Article

 

WPP plans to house Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, ghg, and Sudler & Hennessey — three of the top 10 healthcare agencies by revenue — along with media-planning giant CMI, under a single brand, called WPP Health & Wellness, the holding company told MM&M. Article

 

Porter Novelli has promoted Soon Mee Kim to global diversity and inclusion leader and Melissa Kraus Taylor to global learning and development director. Article

 

Etsy has hired Starwood’s Jessica Doyle as VP of communications. Article

 

MPOWER Financing, an innovative fintech company and provider of educational loans to high-promise international students, has selected Feintuch Communications as its public relations firm. Article

 

The Hotel Adlon Kempinski, the iconic hotel opposite Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, has appointed WEILL to oversee its public relations, it was announced today in New York. Article

 

MBLM, the brand intimacy agency focused on strategy, design, creative and technology, announced that it has launched Bounce: an all-new social collaboration tool for small and growing teams. Article

 

Assembly, mdc’s full-service media agency, announced that it has been named the media agency of record for WordPress.com, the publishing platform and flagship brand within web development corporation automattic, Inc. Article

 

The Organization of American Women in Public Relations, the group that was developed to connect women leaders in public relations across North America, announced the addition of 9 new members to serve on the organization’s national advisory council in 2017. Article

 

Peppercomm, a leading integrated communications and marketing firm, is pleased to announce that director of research & insights Nicole Moreo has been named Vice Chair for the North American chapter of the Association for Measurement and Evaluation in Communications. Article

 

San Francisco

 

The founders of Atomic PR have launched a management consulting firm called Employera, which focuses on helping clients win the talent war. Article

 

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is hiring for three newly created positions as it builds out its communications function, including chief spokesperson, director of communications for education, and director of communications for science. Article

 

Klick Communications Hawaii, globally anchored with offices in Sydney, Los Angeles and Honolulu, launched 2017 with the appointment of three celebrated industry executives to its Oahu office. The reorganization is under the leadership of Kim McKay, Founder and President of Klick Communications. Article

 

London

 

SABMiller's corporate affairs leaders, including director of group communications and reputation Christina Mills, have departed the company following the completion of its blockbuster merger with Anheuser-Busch Inbev. Article

4mediarelations has been named the official broadcast partner for World Travel Market London 2017 for the 5th year running. Article

 

Mystudenthalls.com has chosen Rooster to enhance its position as the UK’s first and “most comprehensive” student halls search engine. Article

 

The Lucre Group has won two PR briefs from Scott Storey Outdoor Living which launches this year, and James Grace, a specialist in bespoke staircases. Article

 

Rostrumthe corporate PR agency, has announced that it has hired its first PR apprentice, Tania Correia Article

 

Tommee Tippee, the UK’s largest baby-feeding brand, has appointed Kindred to handle its PR, following a competitive pitch. Article

 

Ultimate Finance Group, an independent provider of finance to UK business, has appointed Speed Communications to raise awareness of the importance of good funding, as the company begins to roll-out a new business strategy and undergo a major brand overhaul. Article

 

ING and architecture PR specialist Stratton & Reekie are to merge. Article

 

Investment firm Oxx  appointed The PR Office to oversee its public launch and ongoing corporate communications. Article

 

After launching nutritional powdered food brand Huel into the UK market last year, EMERGE has had its brief extended to work on its brand strategy in Germany. Article

 

Yellow Jersey PR has been appointed by OneBlade, a luxury men’s wet shaving brand, as its strategic communications agency. Article

 

Stand Agency has been appointed by The British Tomato Growers’ Association to help encourage consumers to buy more British tomatoes. Article

 

Ex-Financial News journalist Andy Pearce has been appointed institutional PR manager at Schroders Article

 

Alison Clarke, the former UK CEO of Grayling, has joined Beattie Group as chairman of its specialist marketing brand, Only Marketing. Article

 

Prova PR has appointed Simon Ward as head of environment and cleantech. Article

 

Infinite Global has appointed Tali Robinson as director to lead and expand its London-based property practice. Article

 

Interel, the global public affairs consultancy, has appointed Carl Thomson as a director in its London office. Article

 

Redleaf Communications has been appointed by PureCircle, a producer of stevia ingredients, for the global food and beverage industry. Article

 

Pan African Resources has appointed Buchanan to advise on its financial communications. Article

 

Ready10 has been brought on board by TV presenter and psychologist Emma Kenny and product designer, performer and “ideas man” Shed Simove, who has just launched a new dating app “Shinder,” where he is the only man available to date. Article

 

Havas PR UK has been handed a PR brief by TransPennine Express the Manchester-based train operating company which runs intercity rail services throughout the North of England and into Scotland. Article

 

RBS Group has brought in BIG Partnership to deliver regional media relations for its NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lombard and Invoice Finance brands across the UK, following a “highly competitive” pitch. Article

 

Edelman has opened its UK grad scheme to non-graduates and encourages applicants to take a series of online challenges. Article

 

British Airways is in the process of merging its UK and international PR teams, with redundancies likely to be made. Article

 

The Brooklyn Brothers has unveiled a new global management team, following its acquisition by Golin last year. Article

Paris

 

Dubai-based agency Edelman Dabo has laid off about 20 members of its staff as agency moves to go “beyond PR counsel.” Article

 

Toronto

 

energi PR is expanding its executive leadership team with the appointment of Mark Nusca as managing director. Article

 

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