PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of March 27, 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!



Ziopharm Oncology has appointed Amy Trevvett as vice president of investor relations and corporate communications. Article


March Communications announced that it has been selected by Sophos to serve as its North American PR agency of record. Article


BackBay Communications has been retained as public relations agency of record by Delta Data. Article


LaVoieHealthScience (LHS) announced it has signed new clients to its public relations client roster including BioAxone BioSciences Inc., MicroPort Orthopedics, and a major global pharmaceutical company. Article


Digilant announced it has acquired Anagram. Article


Greenough’s 17th annual client satisfaction survey findings include 100% recommendation rate. Article


Bolt PR has opened doors in the Boston area this month. Article


The Universal Accreditation Board (UAB) has announced Judy Katzel, APR as its new Chair. Article



Kriegsman Luxury Outerwear has recently selected S&A Communications as its agency of record. Article



Blast Radius announced that Kevin Drew Davis has been appointed as Chief Creative Officer. Article



Marco’s Pizza has named Steve Seyferth CMO. Article



APCO Worldwide has named Mary Jo Jacobi and Patrick Jephson to its International Advisory Committee. Article


Focused Image announced that it has been selected to be the Agency of Record for the United States Wrestling Foundation. Article


RP3 Agency announced today that Dan Sweet has joined the firm to lead its new public relations practice as its first Director of Public Relations. Article


Hilton has named Jonathan (Jon) Witter as Chief Customer Officer. Article



#HASHOFF announced the launch of #HASHOFF Amplified, a new product that lets brands expand the reach of their content through organic influencer posts at scale – and, for the first time, measure the impact of these organic posts just as they measure the impact of traditional paid media. Article


PRR, Inc. brings its expertise in transportation, environmental sustainability, and healthcare communications to Colorado, with the opening of a new office helmed by Marcy Loughran. Article



Lambert Edwards & Associates has promoted Ashleigh Chatel to director, and Amanda Niswonger and Brittany Zwierzchowski to senior associate. Article


Franco announces the addition of the following clients: automotiveMastermind and Avalon International Breads. Article


Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Chargers have named Josh Rupprecht vice president of public relations. Article


Beach House PR announced its newest client, Los Angeles based Agave. Article


Konnect Agency announced today the promotion of Amanda Bialek to Vice President. Article


Ketchum has expanded its audience insights offering with a new consumer group that the agency has identified and named GenZennial. This newly identified microgeneration bridges the Gen Z and millennial demographics. Article



Risdall expanding team and talent with four new hires in 2017. Article



Choice Media & Communications announced a new partnership with Twin Creeks Marina & Resort for its groundbreaking ceremony. Article


New York

Burson-Marsteller has added Geoffrey Mogilner as managing director and Neil Barman and Kona Barrasso as senior directors in the firm’s corporate and financial practice. Article


Ruder Finn has launched a new digital reputation risk management system that attempts to help corporations quickly enhance their level of preparedness in the face of evolving risks to share price, revenues and reputation. Article


Univision Communications has named Malek Amirshahi SVP of corporate communications. Article


GroupM announced it is partnering with OpenSlate to enhance brand safety on YouTube media buys. Article


Visit Denmark has appointed WEILL (Geoffrey Weill Associates) to handle the launch of publicity surrounding the inauguration of nonstop flights from San Francisco to Copenhagen by Norwegian Airlines. Article


Cohn & Wolfe PR has partnered with Berlin Cameron for a pro bono campaign developed for the National Kidney Foundation. Article


Readers of The National Law Journal have for the fifth consecutive year ranked Infinite Global the No. 1 Overall PR Firm in the publication’s annual “Best Of” awards. Article


Laura Davidson Public Relations (LDPR) has been appointed the public relations agency of record for Royal Isabela, A Destination Hotel. Article


5WPR has been named PR Agency of Record by RxAdvance. Article


McCann Worldgroup announced that Singleton Beato has been named to the new global role of Chief Diversity & Engagement Officer. Article


Taft Communications announced that Senior Director Jon Shure was recently honored by New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) at an event celebrating the policy organization’s 20th anniversary. Article


Mason, Inc. announced that Christian “Chris” Renstrom has joined the integrated marketing communications firm as vice president of business development. Article



The Western States Petroleum Association has named Kevin Slagle as vice president, strategic communications. In addition, Kara Siepmann joins the communications team as manager, media relations, after serving as commander of the 69th Public Affairs Detachment in the California Army National Guard. Julie Berge joins as manager, public relations. She most recently was a social media and brand communications manager at VSP Global. Article


San Diego

Biocom has appointed Julie Ames to the position of vice president of corporate communications. Article


San Francisco

FleishmanHillard (FH) appointed Kristin Kryway Hollins to lead FleishmanHillard’s corporate reputation practice group in the Americas. Article


Hotwire Public Relations Group has added more than 20 new clients, including Keeper Security, a leading password manager and digital vault; Looker, a data platform that offers data analytics, exploration and insights; New Teacher Center, national non-profit focused on public education; Sierra Wireless, a wireless communications equipment designer and manufacturer; Tech21, a leader in impact protection for mobile devices; and United Rentals, an equipment rental company. Other wins include 4C Insights, Certain, and Velocity Worldwide. Article


ECHOS Communications announced that it will serve as the North American agency of record for Riese & Müller. Article


Criteo S.A. announced that Greg Archibald has joined the company as Executive Vice President, Americas. Article



Pam Edstrom, co-founder of the iconic technology PR firm WE Communications (formerly Waggener Edstrom) and Microsoft’s first director of public relations, died today after a four-month battle with lung cancer. Article



Brunswick Group is expanding its offering in Germany with the opening of a Berlin office for its creative agency MerchantCantos. The MerchantCantos office is managed by Philipp Gutmann. Article



Instinctif Partners has extended its UK public policy offering by acquiring Champollion. As part of the deal, Simon Buckby and Estelle McCartney join Instinctif as managing partners. Article


The Museum of London has hired Pagefield to work on its upcoming City Now City Future season. Article


Wildfire has been awarded the UK PR account for Qualtrics. Article


Talker Tailor Trouble Maker has been appointed PR agency for global hotelier Abigail Tan-Giroud and St Giles Hotels, supporting nine hotels spanning Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Article


Eaton Corporation has selected Hotwire to lead its communications across EMEA. Article


Pagefield has made several additions to its team of senior advisors. Article


Keith Gladdis is to join MHP Communications as a director. Article


Weber Shandwick London has brought in Janelle Feliciano from digital and social agency Deep Focus. Article


Ketchum has added Kate Paxton and Neil McLelland to its healthcare team in London. Article



Hanover has launched in the Middle East, hiring Jonty Summers to oversee a new Dubai office. Article



Tetra Bio-Pharma has named Edward Miller as vice president, investor relations and corporate communications. Article


Bond Brand Loyalty announced the promotion of Morana Bakula to Vice President, Customer Experience. Article



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