PR Happenings

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

PR Happenings for the Week of Oct. 10, 2016

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

Media Frenzy Global was selected as the agency of record by the City of Alpharetta. Article

 

Boston

Greenough Brand Storytellers has promoted Amy McHugh and Brad Puffer to senior vice president. Article

 

CXO Communication has added Erin Del Llano and Nick Chow as communication strategist and brand strategist respectively. Article

 

Nickerson announced it has received 16 PRISM Awards following the annual PRISM Awards Gala hosted on October 6th by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB). Article

 

Charlotte

French West Vaughan (FWV) lapped the field with 13 separate honors this week at the 2016 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards, hosted by the Raleigh Public Relations Society (RPRS). Article

 

Chicago

Citadel has appointed Julie Andreeff Jensen as chief corporate affairs and communications officer. Article

 

Brunswick Group has hired Christopher Hannegan as a partner. Article

 

Andy Pharoah has been appointed to the top corporate communications role at Mars. Article

 

Dallas

Public Relations Society of America Dallas honored TrizCom Public Relations with multiple awards at their 2016 Unsummit and Pegasus Awards held Oct. 7 at the historic Granada Theater in Dallas. Article

 

DC

Claudia Fritsche has joined APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council.  Article

 

Crosby Marketing Communications has added Kat Friedman as senior vice president in the firm’s Washington, DC, office. Article

 

McBee Strategic Consulting has rebranded as Signal Group. Article

 

Denver

Summit Materials has appointed Noel R. Ryan III as its new vice president, investor relations. Article

 

Detroit

Valeo has selected Bianchi Public Relations, Inc. to provide media relations support in North America. Article

 

Los Angeles

Kahn Media announced that it has been selected as the PR and Marketing Agency of Record for Lloyd Mats. Article

 

New York

LIXIL Water Technology Americas has named Troy Benavidez vice president, public affairs. Article

 

Lippe Taylor has added chief digital officer Fred Gerantabee to lead accounts across health, lifestyle and beauty sectors. The firm has also added VP of digital George Wright and insights manager Michael Hansberry. Article

 

Ogilvy Public Relations has named Andrea Romero as vice president of corporate communications, USA. Article

 

Global Strategy Group has named Tanya Meck partner. Article

 

The PR Council has named Edelman COO Matt Harrington as chair. Joining Harrington as executive committee officers are Carrie Jones (JPA Health Communications) as secretary and Todd Hansen (O’Malley Hansen Communications) as treasurer. The PRC also announced the election of its new board directors: Gail Heimann (Weber Shandwick), Barri Rafferty (Ketchum), Dale Bornstein (MBooth), Jon Silvan (Global Strategy Group), Anne Green (Cooper Katz). Article

 

It'Sugar has hired M&C Saatchi as the retailer heads into one of the busiest times of year for sweet sales. Article

 

WeWork has made numerous hires to its corporate communications team as the fast-growing co-working startup eyes further global expansion. Article

 

The O’Hara Project is searching for a nonprofit organization to become their 2017 pro bono client.  Article

 

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) announced the formation of a new, wide ranging alliance designed to create a powerful, unified voice for the advancement of multicultural marketing. Article

 

Undertone announced new executive responsibilities for two company veterans. Robert Schwartz is being promoted to President and General Manager, and Eric Franchi is being promoted to Senior Vice President of Business Development. Article

 

Allison O’Keefe Wright has been named executive vice president, managing director of research and strategy and David Dyte has joined as director of research and strategy for Open Mind Strategy. Article

 

New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) has announced the 2016 WiCi Awards honorees, in recognition of the communications industry’s top rising stars. Article

 

Paul Harrison joined BankUnited as Vice President. Article

 

Cesar Munoz joined BankUnited as Vice President. Article

 

Lisa Todd joined Capital One Bank as Managing Vice President and Head of Treasury Management Sales. Article

 

Kevin Costello joined Metropolitan Capital as Vice President – Head of East Region. Article

 

Philadelphia

Slice Communications announced that it has made a new addition to the agency – Jenn McClendon – to support the business development team. Article

 

Domus, Inc. announced that Brendon Shank has joined the full-service marketing communications agency as Vice President, Account Director. Article

 

San Francisco

The California State Teachers' Retirement System has appointed Grant Boyken as public affairs executive officer. Article

 

Lotame announced that the American Marketing Association (AMA) has honored Chief Data Scientist, Omar Abdala, with an AMA 4 under 40 award. Article

 

Atlanta & Seattle

Dan Eramian and Charles Craig have formed Opus Biotech Communications, with offices in Seattle and Atlanta. The firm will offer reputation management, public relations and investor relations services to early-stage companies and communication audits and programs for established companies. Article

 

Hong Kong

Burson-Marsteller has appointed Noëlle Gahan as managing director.  Article

 

Current Asia has signed partnership agreements with three platform companies: Marketo, Oracle Marketing Cloud, and HubSpot. Article

 

Microsoft has hired Tara Bal as communications director for Asia-Pacific, overseeing Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia and Korea. Article

 

Cathay Pacific is looking to hire a PR network to handle the airline’s crisis communications around the world, reports Mumbrella Asia. Article

 

London

Halfords has appointed Teneo Blue Rubicon as its financial communications and investor relations agency. Article

 

The Co-op's food business has appointed M&C Saatchi PR as its retained PR partner. Article

 

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Alex Silcox as managing director, integrated creative services. Article

 

We Are Social has appointed Harvey Cossell as head of strategy. Article

 

Buman Media is working with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. In addition, Essilor chose Buman Media  as a digital communications partner. Article

 

MIB (Motor Insurers’ Bureau) has retained TVC to help reduce the number of people driving without car insurance through a new awareness campaign. Article

 

Babel has promoted Matt Humphries to UK MD. Article

 

Redrow has appointed Instinctif Partners as its retained corporate PR adviser following a competitive pitch process. Article

 

Gould+Partners has named Sally Tilleray senior advisor, London. Article

 

Porta Communications has reshuffled its senior management, promoting Steffan Williams to the role of CEO. Article

 

PHA Media has announced it has been appointed by Canagan to manage its communications. Article

 

Triple S Group has appointed Mark Whittle as MD of its newly-formed PR company, Triple S Communications. Article

 

John Doe has launched a global influencer division called John Doe_i, which the agency says will drive influencer activity across its client base. Article

 

Pete Davies has launched a new Manchester-based PR agency called Sugar, with six new clients. Article

 

Rostrum has hired Karen Clark as an account manager and Chloe Brown and Gayle Tupaz as account executives. Article

 

Abbie Sampson will join Energy UK as a director of external affairs at the start of the new year. Article

 

TASTE has restructured its leadership team with the appointments of Ricky Davison, Charlotte Joseph and Louise Stapley, as well as the promotion of Carolanne Bamford. Article

 

KPMG has appointed Zoe Sheppard as head of its press office. Article

 

Mike Berry is joining Fleet Street Communications to take on the newly-created role of head of content. Article

 

MHP Communications has hired Timothy Goodman and Stephanie Snow as directors in its health division. Article

 

Paris

Mailander has become PROI Worldwide’s latest member firm. Article

 

TRACCS has acquired a minority stake in L'Allure PR. Article

 

Sydney

Text100 Australia has named Karen Coleman as managing director, with Simon Fitzgerald replacing her as VP of integrated marketing. Senior director Terry Whitaker rounds out the leadership team, joining Text100 from his previous role as head of marketing & communications for Major League Baseball in Australasia.  Article

 

Snapdeal has appointed Parul Batra as vice president, corporate communications. Article

 

Edelman has made another high-profile hire from the advertising industry, bringing in Sachin Talwalkar to oversee creative across South Asia, Middle East and Africa (SAMEA). Article

 

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