PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of May 22, 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

ARPR has announced the launch of FutureofPR.org, a brand-driven site dedicated to educating and discussing the future of the PR industry with communications professionals, agencies, educators and brands. Article

 

Austin

Kailo Communications Studio has unveiled its new brand. The company will now be known as KCS Public Relations, a new name fit to reflect the firm's goal to appeal to a wider audience. The firm has also launched a new charitable program called KCS Community Connections, which will redirect a percentage of all PR spending by clients to a local nonprofit each year. Article

 

Boston

Fluent IMC has appointed Bryan Roche as a public relations and digital strategist. Article

 

SuperReturn has named BackBay Communications as its media partner for the annual conference. Article

 

ACG Boston has selected BackBay Communications as its marketing and PR agency partner. Article

 

Charlotte

French/West/Vaughan (FWV) announced it has been retained by Chargebacks911 for national consumer and industry trade media relations. Article

 

Chicago

Olson Engage has named Kara McArthur and Kelley Whalen vice presidents. Article

 

TimeZoneOne has been retained by the Illinois Office of Tourism as its new Public Relations Agency of Record. Article

 

Zapwater Communications announced its newest client, The Safe + Fair Food Company. Article

 

Cleveland

Caldwell VanRiper (CVR) has added four new clients to its roster. Article

 

Dallas

Thunder has appointed John Huffman as Sales Director. Article

 

Rosewood Hotel Group has appointed Patricia Rosentreter as corporate director of brand communications, Americas & Europe. Article

 

DC

The Hawthorn Group, LC has appointed Suzanne Hammelman president and chief operating officer. Article

 

Fenton Communications has appointed Zain Habboo as the firm's first chief digital officer. Article

 

Subject Matter announced that Nicole Cornish has joined the firm as its first President and Chief Operating Officer. Article

 

Denver

DStreet has been honored with two Hermes Creative Awards and a Gold Pick Award at the Public Relations Society of America. Article

 

Detroit

Ray Day is being replaced as group vice president of communications at Ford as part of a management shakeup that includes the retirement of president and chief executive officer Mark FieldsArticle

 

Houston

Sard Verbinnen & Co has announced the opening of its new office in Houston, Texas. Frances Jeter and Kelly Kimberly will help drive the firm's expansion in the Southwest with SVC's team across its six other offices. Article

 

Los Angeles

Kahn Media announces expansions to its staff, as well as several promotions. Article

 

Miami

rbb Communications promoted several staff members within its family of brands that includes Digital Park, SpiderBoost Communications and OutOfTheBlue Advertising. Article

 

Visit South Walton (VSW) announced the appointment of David E. Demarest as Director of Communications. Article

 

Nashville

Osborn Barr announced it has been named agency of record for Kinze Manufacturing. Article

 

Newport Beach

SoClean has retained Havas Edge to roll out a national TV and radio campaign to drive sales and elevate awareness of sleep disorders. Article

 

New York

John Favalo, executive vice president of Eric Mower + Associates and leader of its B2B practice, has been appointed a new member of the Association of National Advertisers' B2B Marketing Hall of Fame. Article

 

5W Public Relations has been named agency of record by the Indie Beauty Expo (IBE) for its New York show. Article

 

Magrino announced a new client, National Tailgate Weekend, which was created by Learfield Licensing Partners to provide college football fans a proper platform to celebrate a favorite pastime: tailgating. Article

 

The Organization of American Women in Public Relations announced that is has launched a New York City chapter to be led by Deirdre Breakenridge, CEO, Pure Performance Communications and Shannon Furey, M Studio PR director. Article

 

Worldcom Public Relations Group has competed its global conference in Hong Kong where it welcomed new partners Made In PR from Poland and OptimumBrand in Turkey. Article

 

The longtime head of Ketchum’s research arm, David Rockland, plans to retire on August 1 as EVP Mary Elizabeth Germaine steps in to lead Ketchum Global Research & Analytics (KGRA). Article

 

Uri Levin was promoted to President & Chief Executive Officer of Israel Discount Bank of New York. Article

 

Hudson Cutler & Co. announced that it has been retained by Crunch Fitness to support the company’s position as the leader in the fitness franchise industry. Article

 

Porter Novelli (PN) hosted 10 delegates of the China Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (CASME), in New York City as part of the group’s U.S. business tour. Article

 

The North Fork Table & Inn has retained HP-PR for its public relations services. Article

 

Marion Minor, Owner & CEO EPG Media + Specialty Information, was named Chairman of the Connectiv Board of Directors, succeeding Jim Casella, Chairman and CEO of Compliance Solutions Strategies, whose term ended. Article

 

Sprout Foods announced that it has named Walrus as its new agency of record for creative advertising, media and public relations. Article

 

On June 30th, AMP3 Public Relations will officially launch its PR boot camp program, dubbed “CAMP3,” designed to mentor college students studying PR, marketing and communications in New York City and its surrounding areas. Article

 

Parasol has been appointed as the Agency of Record for Baha Mar. Article

 

Social Media Link (SML) announced the addition of Joanna Sammartino Bailey as Chief Operating Officer. Article

 

5W Public Relations has been named PR Agency of Record by BCGA Concept Corp. Article

 

Imbue Creative has been honored this month by The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts with three Communicator Awards of Distinction for their creative work. Article

 

Philadelphia

Gavin announced it has achieved national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Article

 

Phoenix

Orca Communications Unlimited, LLC has appointed Drew Stevens to the position of chief executive officer. Article

 

San Diego

PR Couture has revealed the winners for its inaugural award program, the 2017 Bespoke Communication Awards (the BCAs). Article

 

San Francisco

WE Communications has tapped Trevor Jonas as vice president, digital strategy. Article

 

Seattle

R2C Group announced that is has hired Joy McCammon as Director of Talent Management. Article

 

Kass Sells, WE Communications (WE) president, North America, has joined The LAGRANT Foundation‘s (TLF) Board of Directors. Article

 

Frankfurt

AMI Communications Bulgaria will manage PR for Sofia Pride, 2017, the 10th annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People event in Bulgaria. Article

 

H+K Strategies has named new leadership in Germany, with Rüdiger Maessen arriving from Ketchum Pleon to become CEO. Article

 

Hong Kong

TOSY Robotics has chosen Text100 and Path Interactive to handle marketing communications duties worth $1.5m for the launch of a new gaming robot to be released at the end of 2017. Article

 

London

Grayling has won global communications responsibility from Aetna International. Article

 

Sinclair Pharma has appointed Threepipe to lead the company's digital transformation to drive global growth. Article

 

Headland Consultancy has been hired by eToro, following a competitive pitch. Article

 

Mark Hollinshead has launched a new Scotland based PR and strategic communications agency called Hollicom. Article

 

PHA Media has hired Tom Green as a Senior Account Director for the company’s Technology and Innovation Team. Article

 

Ketchum has appointed Mark Walsh to the newly-created role of consumer director in its London office. Article

 

Edelman UK has appointed Kate Hawker as MD of its UK healthcare team. Article

 

Unigestion has brought in Alex Hogan as comms manager, associate, with a brief to work across the UK, Europe, North America and Asia. Article

 

Paris

Teneo Holdings has acquired Cabinet DN. Article

 

Sydney

Ruder Finn has won three key communication mandates for LEE, Lowe’s India and WeWork. Article

 

Toronto

SkyX has chosen the PR Office to oversee its financial and corporate communications. Article

 

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