PR Updates From Around the World

 By Serena Ehrlich, Director of Social + Evolving Media , Business Wire

Every day, Business Wire reads and shares a wide range of PR related news.  Starting in 2015, we will also be sharing Public Relations industry news from publications such as PRWeek, The Holmes Report, and Bulldog Reporter’s Daily ‘Dog and others from around the globe.

We hope you enjoy this segment as much as we liked putting it together!  To learn more about each news item, simply click the following hyperlink.


  • Great Wraps announces its partnership with Trevelino/Keller as its public relations agency of choice. Article


  • Konnect Public Relations started the new year with the opening of a new agency location in Austin, Texas and a completely redesigned website. Article


  • People Making Good PR announced the addition of two new associates in its Boston, Mass., office: Claire Storrs and Michelle Juralewicz. Article
  • Pierce-Coté Advertising has named Bradford Schiff as the company’s new President. Article


  • French/West/Vaughan has announced the hiring of Abigail Quesinberry as social media strategist. Article


  • Airfoil announced that in the fourth quarter of 2014 it closed nearly $1 million in new business. Article
  • Stevens & Tate Marketing has been named the agency of record for Genieco, Inc Article
  • KemperLesnik announced the promotion of Cybil Rose to vice president. Article
  • Franco Public Relations Group is celebrating its 50th anniversary with its biggest growth spurt in a long time. Article


  • Matt Burns is returning to UnitedHealthcare as vice president of communications for the company’s $40 billion Medicare business. Article


  • The Association of Public Television Stations has promoted Kate Riley to vice president, government and public affairs. Article
  • Ben Finzel has launched RenewPR, an energy and environmental communications consulting firm. Article
  • The Hill has named Neetzan Zimmerman as senior director of audience and strategy. Article
  • JDA Frontline has hired Kelly Cushman as EVP and Laurie Rossbach as VP. Article
  • Sustainable energy technology company Abengoa has named Ignacio Garcia Alvear as co-CFO. Article
  • Podesta Group has hired Josh Lahey from McBee Strategic.  Article
  • Portland expanded its recently established Washington office; appointing digital diplomacy and strategic communications expert, Scott Nolan Smith, as an Associate Director. Article
  • Clients of kglobal have yet another new creative resource to call upon as public relations and issues management veteran Gene Grabowski joins the team as Partner. Article


  • Saxum has opened an office in Houston and has hired agency veteran Teresa Henderson to serve as senior vice president of client development. Article

Los Angeles

  • Universal Music Group has named Andy Fixmer as VP of global communications. Article
  • PMK-BNC has promoted Taj Sullivan to SVP of experiential marketing. Article
  • has named MediaWorks Resource Group as the best celebrity public relations company for December 2014. Article
  • The Pollack PR Marketing Group announced that it has been selected by ESI Ergonomic Solutions (ESI) to lead its integrated public relations and national brand marketing efforts. Article
  • Long Beach City College (LBCC) has named Stacey Toda as its new associate director of public relations and marketing. Article


  • Inforpress has opened a new office in Quito, Ecuador. The new office is led by Elena Fernández. Article
  • ASGK Public Strategies has opened a South Florida office in Miami. Kelly Penton Chacon will join as a director in the Miami office. Article
  • Hill+Knowlton Strategies has hired Daniel Karam as president and MD of its Mexico office. Article
  • The Miami Dolphins named Jeremy Walls and Jason Jenkins as SVP and CMO and SVP of communications and community affairs, respectively. Article
  • TNT Communications Group has welcomed veteran public relations professional, Geo A. Ropert, APR to its team. Article


  • Nashville-based communications firms DVL Public Relations & Advertising and Seigenthaler Public Relations are merging as part an acquisition by Finn Partners. Article

New York

  • Cohn & Wolfe has appointed Jim Joseph as chief integrated marketing officer and president of the Americas. Article
  • Hill+Knowlton Strategies is participating in the Environmental Defense Fund‘s Climate Corps initiative to help control costs and carbon emissions through improved energy management. Article
  • Cablevision Systems Corporation has appointed Cindi Buckwalter as senior vice president, investor relations. Article
  • Yappn Corp. has named Jeanny So as vice president, corporate communication. Article
  • Julie Livingston has launched Livingston PR, which will offer marketing and communications services, as well as assist in business development and strategic partnerships. Article
  • Wakeman Agency is expanding its offerings to include public relations services for social change films. The new initiative, called Films for Change, will create awareness for films that focus on social issues as well as to generate interest in social change efforts. Article
  • Hotwire‘s US managing director Leslie Campisi has parted ways with the firm after three years building the UK-based agency’s presence in the US market. Article
  • After more than 15 years in the senior corporate communications role at Honeywell, Tom Buckmaster is retiring. He will be succeeded by Mike Bennett, currently vice president of marketing communications for the company’s automation and control solutions business. Article
  • Rubenstein Public Relations has been named AOR for Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment‘s production of Rent in Havana, Cuba. Article
  • Business Wire has promoted Kim Deonanan to regional VP for Northern and Central Europe. She joined Business Wire’s London office in 2002. Meghann Johnson was promoted to regional manager. Article
  • Lumentus has hired Christine Bertinelli as a senior partner. Article
  • King + Company announced that in the past six weeks it has been retained by full-service villa rental organization Luxury Retreats and post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term specialty carefirm Alaris Health. Article
  • Access Communications today announced the formation of Access Studio, a content creation and distribution division designed to help companies elevate their most compelling stories, expand their reach and measure their impact. Article
  • Weber Shandwick announced that it has been named global agency of record across multiple marketing services disciplines by Sealed Air Corporation. Article
  • 5W Public Relations announced the addition of Strike Ten Entertainment to its roster of Consumer and Lifestyle brands. Article
  • Voya Financial announced that Paul J. Gennaro has joined the company as senior vice president, Corporate Communications, and chief communications officer. Article


  • Graphic-solution provider ChyronHego has hired Wall Street Communications as its exclusive media relations and content marketing agency. The firm will work to boost ChyronHego’s visibility. Article


  • R2C Group announced the launch of a new campaign for, an online community for Christian singles. Article

Hong Kong

  • Singapore-based Rice Communications is opening of Rice Communications Myanmar with anchor clients including Hughes and Bosch.  Article
  • The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society has appointed Strategic Communications Consultants to manage its public relations communications efforts in Hong Kong for a third consecutive year. Article
  • Waggener Edstrom has promoted Henry Wood to head of Studio D, Asia Pacific.Article
  • Racepoint Global has expanded its RPG Studios offer across the Asia region with the addition of three key positions: Noel Wong has been named senior art director, tasked with leading creative integration across the region; Jennifer Russell joins Racepoint’s Hong Kong office as a multimedia specialist, responsible for video content; and Cassie Feng joins Racepoint’s Shanghai office as a multimedia associate and will support creative strategy. Article


  • The UN organization dedicated to gender equality has called in Havas PR to support the next phase of its #HeForShe campaign, which was launched today by actress Emma Watson in Davos. Article


  • Misha Dhanak and Joe Sinclair, who resigned from leadership roles at Citizen Relations UK last year, have started a new agency with the backing of advertising agency Mother. Article
  • Investigative journalist May Linn Gjerding has joined Geelmuyden Kiese as senior analyst to head the firm’s research and analysis group of eight people. Article
  • Hope&Glory has won a new brief for leading community-driven hospitality company Airbnb following a competitive pitch. Article
  • Marston’s Beer Co. has appointed Shine Communications as its new digital agency following a competitive pitch. Article
  • Social insights and analytics business Crimson Hexagon has appointed Lansons to run its UK public relations program following a four way pitch. Article
  • Kaizo has been appointed by NetSuite to provide corporate communications and trade PR in the UK. Article
  • Chameleon has been selected by App Annie to provide communications strategy and public relations support in the UK. Article
  • Senior MD Malcolm Gooderham has departed FTI Consulting, just 12 months after he joined the firm to lead its EMEA thought leadership practice. Article
  • HSBC‘s Pierre Goad has taken on leadership of the bank’s human resources function, in a new role that retains oversight of communications. Article
  • Grayling CEO Pete Pedersen has resigned after two years in the role. Article
  • Ketchum has promoted European digital director Stephen Waddington to the newly-created global role of chief engagement officer. Article


  • Weber Shandwick has promoted Svetlana Picou to executive vice president, CIS and Central and Eastern Europe. Article
  • Paris-based ALIZE RP announces the launch of its new website: Article
  • The Cline Group International announced the appointment of Ari Applbaum as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Israel/EMEA. Article


  • JSW Cement has awarded its PR and media relations mandate to i9 Communications, which is a part of Comniscient Group (parent to Blue Lotus, Blue Bytes, Trust Research Advisory). Article


  • Ogilvy & Mather Japan has announced major changes to its senior management team with the appointment of Aki Kubo as Chairman and Todd Krugman succeeding him as President. Article
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