PR Updates From Around the World: Week of February 2, 2015

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

There were some big changes in the PR industry last week – below are just a handful of these updates and changes.  To learn more about each news item, simply click the hyperlink.


Charles River Apparel announced it has selected Boston-based 360 Public Relations as public relations and social media agency of record to promote the company’s premium performance apparel for men, women and children. Article

RPR Public Relations, Inc. announced the opening of their new creative services division to better meet the expanding needs of domestic and global clients. The new division will be led by Ria Romano, a 20+ year industry veteran and partner with the firm. Article

Shift Communications has promoted Nicole Bestard and Katie Clark-AlSadder to vice president. Article

Content marketing agency nDash Marketing announced the appointment of David Smith to its Board of Advisors. Article


Erica Boardman Thomas recently joined Marketing Strategies, Inc. as Media Director/Client Services Manager. Article


Rhea + Kaiser announces the addition of Martyn Dean as Senior Vice President, Executive Creative Director. Article

Intercept Energy Services hires Accentuate PR as public relations firm. Article

Vanessa Abron is now the new director of communications for the strategic community alliance and consumer engagement group at Nielsen. Article


Energy and environment communications consulting firm RenewPR launched with Ben Finzel at the helm last week. Article

Direct Impact has added Ray Glendening as a senior vice president. Article

Denise Aube has been promoted to executive vice president at Crosby Marketing Communications. Article

Stratacomm announced the hiring of Jennifer Heilman as an account director in the company’s Washington, D.C. office. Article

Outreach Strategies announced the hire of Katie Sarro as Account Manager. Article

Brunswick Group announced that Michael Krempasky has joined as the head of its digital practice. Article


The management team of The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, an iconic Denver hotel, and its sister property, the new Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown, has once again chosen Incite Response as its partner to create connections between the hotels and guests of the hotels. Article

Los Angeles

Beverly Hills Public Relations announced the launch of its first ever “Press Release Month” because they encourage and understand the importance of getting your news out there for the world to see. Experts in knowing who should send a release and what its contents should be to get the most exposure, Beverly Hills Public Relations urges companies to get their milestones talked about and a press release is an appropriate way to start.  Article

Warner Communications announced the launch of a new practice dedicated to marketing to Millennials-M2MArticle

SCG Brands announced that it has retained Kahn Media as its Agency of Record. Article

Independent marketing strategy and innovation agency Giant Spoon announced that it has promoted two members of its team. Article


D-Mar Contracting and Development has retained JoTo PR. Article

Karla Jo Helms, CEO of JoTo PR was elected chair of AchieveHERs, a women-in-business group established by the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce. Article

Christina Johnson, president of Tallahassee-based On 3 Public Relations (On3PR) announced the addition of Anna Alexopoulos to the On3PR team. Article

TransMedia Group named Adrienne Mazzone as the PR firm’s new president who will oversee both its domestic and expanding international operations. Article

Newport Beach

Integrated MarketingWorks kicks off 2015 with a new brand identity and several new business wins. Article

New York

Pitney Bowes has consolidated global PR duties worth more than $1m with Burson-Marsteller, as the company aims to demonstrate that it has moved beyond the mailing and shipping services which have defined its reputation for nearly a century. Article

Ketchum has signed an exclusive affiliate agreement with independent Australian PR firm the Hausmann Group. Article

Eleven Experience has appointed WEILL to oversee its international public relations. Article

Blackbird PR announced high-end, experiential travel company Black Tomato as the newest addition to its full-picture, lifestyle portfolio composed of specialized brands. Article

Havas Creative Group announced that it is relaunching Havas EHS and Havas Discovery. The new brand will be called Helia and will also be expanding the agency’s offering internationally. Article

Interactive multichannel retailer HSN, Inc. announced that it has retained New York City-based Flatiron Communications LLC as its corporate communications agency of record. Article

Child’s Play Communications has announced the addition of Filip Technologies as a client, for the launch of FiLIP 2, the next generation wearable phone, smart locator and watch for kids ages 4-11. Article

GCI Health has partnered YoungStroke, an advocacy organization working to address the unique unmet needs of young adult stroke survivors. Article

Revlon has named Benjamin Karsch as its new consumer CMO. Article

Hawkins International Public Relations announced the addition of Mountain Lodges of Peru to its Adventure Division.  Article

Thunder Energies Corporation (TEC) announced that it has retained Barwicki Investor Relations to expand the Company’s strategic investor relations program. Article

5W Public Relations has been named Agency of Record by multi-dimensional entertainment platform Latitude 360. Article

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment has been selected as the U.S. public relations agency of record for healthy living and wellness company Technogym. Article

Marketsmith announced the appointment of Nicole Malino to the position of VP, Digital & Brand Marketing. Article

Hawkins International Public Relations announced the appointment of luxury hospitality PR expert Jennifer Greene as Vice President to work directly with the firm’s roster of top-tier travel clients. Article


Sensaphone has selected Schubert b2b to provide strategic marketing communications consultation and services. Article


Ashley Brune and Karl Fendelander have joined Biggest Little Group (BLG) as partners. Article


Since opening its doors in June 2013, public relations firm Prosio Communications has tripled its staff, was ranked one of the top public relations firms in the Sacramento region (based on six months of initial year gross billings in 2013) and has won two multi-year, multi-million dollar government contracts. Article

San Francisco

WCG has hired Gary Karr has joined the firm as group director, adding public affairs and media expertise to the firm’s healthcare practice. Article

Silicon Valley

Eastwick recently unveiled a new brand and visual identity to reflect the company’s expanded service offerings and capabilities as a fully integrated communications firm. Article

Charlotte & Los Angeles

Word-of-mouth marketing agency Brains on Fire is expanding with the opening of a second office, having acquired and merged with Los Angeles-based design and digital consulting agency, Animal Volcano Design. Article

Chicago & London

Finn Partners has been awarded global public relations lead agency duties for Xchanging‘s Technology business unit. Article

Los Angeles & NY

J Public Relations recently added a handful of new clients and announced new hires and promotions. Article

Hong Kong

Kenny Loh has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for activation agency Geometry Global in Malaysia, effective immediately. Article

EON The Stakeholder Relations Firm has promoted Malyn Molina to a new role as managing director for Engage, EON’s public affairs and government relations arm. The firm has also hired Richard Arboleda as managing director for the company’s consumer and corporate PR unit. Article

MSLGroup has appointed Marina Mathews as director of the consumer practice in Singapore. Article

Ogilvy & Mather has been appointed agency of record by KFC Singapore and will be responsible for all KFC’s communications in the Singapore market. Article

FleishmanHillard has hired Wunderman veteran Michel Mommejat as the firm’s new head of digital engagement in Asia-Pacific. Article


Christoph Walther is to step down as CEO of CNC, as the public relations firm that he founded in 2002 expands following its merger with Publicis Groupe sibling Capital MSL.​ Article


Cornelia Kunze has been named vice chair of Edelman Europe and CIS, after spending two years in a similar role across Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa (APACMEA). Article

Axicom has named Helen Ridgway as global CEO. Article

Axicom founder and CEO Julian Tanner has been named global technology leader at Cohn & Wolfe. Article

Energy supplier E.On has consolidated corporate, consumer and B2B PR duties with Hill+Knowlton Strategies after a competitive review, the Holmes Report has learned. Article

MHP Communications has appointed Jane Wilson and Lee Findell to its corporate affairs team. Article

Harris+Hoole has appointed Brands2Life as its retained consumer, social media and digital agency. Article

National communications agency Remarkable Group has launched a new office in Cardiff to meet growing demand for its services across Wales. Leading the Wales team is associate director Laura Wyatt, who has 10 years of industry experience. Article

Chestertons Polo in the Park has appointed Revolution Sports + Entertainment to market the event and build its profile in the consumer and lifestyle media. Article

Unilever has awarded a lucrative global PR brief to Golin as it attempts to turn around its underperforming spreads business. Article


Le Public Systeme Hopscotch has rebranded as Hopscotch Global PR Group. Article


Ketchum has signed an exclusive affiliation agreement with The Hausmann Group. Article

Adfactors has made its first acquisition, buying a majority stake in Bangalore agency Yorke Communications. Article


TVI Pacific has appointed Shirley Anthony as VP of corporate communications. Article

Ketchum has promoted Emma Capombassis to director of its Toronto office, responsible for Ketchum operations across Canada. Article

energi PR has been appointed by HomeStars. Article

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