PR Updates for the Week of March 9

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire

Welcome to this week’s edition of recent account wins and job changes within the public relations industry.  Have news you would like us to include, just let us know!

Atlanta
Mini-hamburger chain Krystal has formalized its agency roster. Ink Link Marketing will handle PR and promotions as AOR, while22Squared was named creative AOR. NewFire Media is serving as digital AOR, while The Johnson Group is co-op and media buying AOR.Article

LED Medical Diagnostics has retained MZ Group as its investor relations adviser. Article

PM Publicidad has relaunched as PM3, a full service marketing solutions firm with deep understanding of the multifaceted Total Market Approach, driven by the realization that the face of America is changing. Article

Austin

Drumroll announced that it has hired two new employees to the team. Article

Boston
Ovuline has named Hollywood PR as its AOR. JMATEK North America also recently hired the firm. Article

Stormy Kromer announced the selection of Pale Morning Media as its national public relations partner. Article

Charlotte
French/West/Vaughan has been selected by the award-winning BRAND Napa Valley winery as agency of record for integrated marketing initiatives including brand strategy and positioning, communications and creative execution. Article

Chicago
Edelman has named Will Collie as GM of health in its Chicago office, effective immediately. Article

Detroit
Cooper-Standard Holdings has appointed Roger Hendriksen as director of investor relations. Article

Eisbrenner Public Relations has hired Jennifer Biter as account coordinator. Article

Dallas
The Richards Group has been selected as the agency of record for Schwab’s Trading Services business. Article

Ketchum has named Sean Fitzgerald director of its North America corporate and public affairs practice. Article

DC
Global Bridges Healthcare Alliance for Tobacco Dependence Treatment-a partnership between Mayo Clinic and the American Cancer Society-has selected JPA Health Communications to manage its digital presence and network communications. Article

Gary Duke has joined Wild Blue Yonder as partner and chief talent officer. Article

RedPeg Marketing has promoted David Shackley to president, effective immediately. Article

Telluride Ski & Golf Resort has selected Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group to direct golf-focused public relations for its breathtaking mountain course and associated memberships, stay-and-play packages, and instruction programs. Article

Sage Communications recognized Chloé Kerr for her recent NASCAR Diversity Internship Participant Award. Article

Denver
MJPayment has hired Wilson Lass Brandon to raise awareness of its integrated cash-management service for the legal marijuana industry.Article

Houston
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has elevated Michael Kehs, head of the firm’s U.S. energy practice and Houston office, to the role of global energy practice leader. Article

Los Angeles
Amy Levy Public Relations has signed Premium Gold Flax Products and its Debbie Kay Baking Mixes; Rosewood Pantry gluten-free cookies; and You Are Loved Foods‘ paleo-friendly sweet snacks. Article

The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Bureau has named Jamie Foley to the role of VP of global communications. Article

Music equipment maker Roland Corporation has appointed Clyne Media Inc. as its AOR. Article

Health Net has named Peter O’Neill as VP of investor relations and corporate communications. Article

JMPR Public Relations announced that it has been retained by leading children’s toy manufacturer and distributor, Funrise, Inc., to handle media relations duties for its TONKA branded products under license from Hasbro. Article

Miami
Claudia Gioia is joining Hill+Knowlton Strategies as head of the firm’s Latin American region. Article

Husebo Advertising and Public Relations has moved from Leesburg, Fla. to Mount Dora’s Renaissance building, the Daily Commercial reports. Article

Minneapolis
Starting 2015 off on a charitable note, healthcare marketing firm StoneArch will conduct its annual RedEye Rebrand on March 5. Now entering its third year, the 24-hour marathon of collaboration, creativity and caffeine provides a local nonprofit with creative and strategic resources to build its brand. Article

Nashville
The National Association for Female Executives has named FleishmanHillard as one of its “Top Companies for Executive Women.” Article

New York
M&C Saatchi PR has hired brand marketing veteran Laura Hall as the firm’s first dedicated managing director in the US. Article

NBCUniversal has promoted Ndidi Oriji to SVP of advertising standards. Article

International Data Group has named Josh London to the newly created position of CMO for IDG Communications. Article

NBCUniversal has named Katherine Nelson as SVP of communications for Syfy and Chiller. Article

EVC Group has hired Rob Swadosh as MD and lead of its integrated communications practice. Article

Hubbell has appointed Maria Lee VP of corporate strategy and investor relations. Article

SecureAuth has hired SpecOps Communications as its PR AOR. Article

Designer footwear brand Stuart Weitzman has tapped agency Karla Otto to oversee PR initiatives in the digital realm. Article

Warner Music Group has promoted James Steven to EVP for communications and marketing. Article

M Group Strategic Communications announced that its New York headquarters, formerly JMR Worldwide NY, has completed a yearlong agency transition and rebranding process as the firm expanded its global reach, strengthened the leadership team and magnified scope of services. Article

SpecOps Communications announced that The Grilled Cheese Truck Inc. has retained the firm as its public relations agency of record.Article

Laura Davidson Public Relations has been appointed the public relations agency of record for a variety of new accounts, from one of Scotland’s most luxurious resorts, to new and refreshed properties in New England and a leader in extended stay lodging. Article

AirPR has sold its PR marketplace to marketing agency The CHR GroupArticle

MWW Public Relations announced today that registered dietitian Sarah Lewis has joined MWW as manager of nutritional communications in the firm’s consumer practice. Article

Matt Kirdahy brings the dual insight of a seasoned communications professional and veteran journalist to Water & Wall‘s client programs.Article

Caroline Andrew and Agatha Capacchione were promoted to Senior Vice President, from Vice President, at Mfa, Ltd. Article

Rooney & Associates Communications announced that Len Costa has joined the firm as Managing Director and will lead the social and digital media practice. Article

The Association of Business Information & Media Companies (ABM)  named SourceMedia CEO Douglas J. Manoni as Chairman of its board. Manoni will begin his term immediately, succeeding current Chair Neal Vitale, Director and former CEO of 1105 Media. Article

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution announced a new hire in furtherance of its efforts to serve CPR membership, provide the highest quality administered and non-administered offerings and drive global adoption of alternative dispute resolution.Article

Phoenix
The spr agency has added a new junior account executive to its agency. Leilani Young joins the Scottsdale-based digital marketing agency as an junior account executive. Article

San Diego
Havas Formula has added Monoprice to execute a strategic PR program. Article

Lewis PR has acquired Piston, a 50-person digital agency based in San Diego. Article

San Francisco
Twitter‘s consumer division is working with M Booth for an assignment centered around using the platform for holidays and events.  Article

Seattle
R2C Group has appointed Mark Toner as its first CMO. Article

DC & Houston
FTI Consulting has expanded its North American energy and natural resources industry team in its strategic communications group by hiringKristina Moore as MD in Washington, DC, as Brian Grove as MD in Houston. Article

Hong Kong
Chinese technology giant Huawei has brought in new global PR support to handle an ambitious consumer remit that sees it attempt to rival such companies as Apple and Samsung for consumer affections. Article

Cohn & Wolfe has named Harriet Gaywood as the firm’s new managing director for Mainland China. Article

Ogilvy Hong Kong creates optical illusions for Smart CarArticle

Frankfurt
FischerAppelt has expanded its content creation capabilities with the acquisition of AtkonArticle

Grayling has been appointed as international PR partner for the Croatian National Tourist BoardArticle

PROI Worldwide has added Germany’s Klenk & Hoursch Agency to its global partnership. Article

London
Kate Cleevely will join Hudson Sandler as a director in the brand and corporate team. Article

Stéphanie Bunten and Lee-Ann Cameron, both formerly of Tonic, have joined forces to launch a new boutique health and wellness communications agency. Iris Life Communications will provide international and domestic public relations, medical communications for both ethical and consumer health clients. Article

The Academy has hired Nicky Law as managing director. Article

Clarity PR has been appointed by Paris-based data agency fifty-five to handle its UK communications following a competitive pitch process.Hopscotch will continue to serve as fifty-five’s global and French market PR agency. Article

All Street has appointed Cicero Group to boost its own crowdfunding campaign. Article

Grind & Co. has appointed W to handle launch activity to support its 2015 expansion. Article

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has hired former Microsoft communications director Pete Devery as head of PR in the UK, amid rapid growth of the technology service provider’s operations in Europe.  Article

William Grant & Sons has called in Salt to handle its UK PR mandate following a competitive multi-agency review. Article

Salesforce.com has consolidated UK and EMEA public relations duties with BlueCurrentArticle

PayPal is seeking a new EMEA comms head following the departure of Lee BrookeArticle

Paris
FleishmanHillard and Ketchum are partnering to support the communication strategy of the USA Pavilion 2015Article

Tetra Pak has commenced a search for global PR support. Article

PubMatic has debuted programmatic native advertising on its One Platform for publishers. Article

Sydney
LinOpinion GH has picked up the PR mandate for INOX Leisure LimitedArticle

Ogilvy PR Australia has appointed Nino Tesoriero as director, Ogilvy corporate. Article

The Indian School of Communications & Reputation (SCoRe), India’s first post-graduate school dedicated to strategic communications and reputation management, is opening in Gurgaon. The school will be led by Amith Prabhu as founding dean, with NS Rajan, global partner and managing director of Ketchum Sampark will be the chief mentor to the founding team. Article

H+K Strategies has hired former Weber Shandwick deputy MD Carolina James Bajaj as VP of its Western Region and marketing communications practice lead. Article

Tokyo
PRAP Japan Group has become a partner agency in PROI Worldwide.Article

Julie Hamp has been promoted to managing officer and chief communications officer of the Toyota Motor Company, making her the first woman to hold these positions globally. Article

Toronto
Urban Communications has brought on Elina Chow to provide investor relations services as director of IR. Article

Orbis Canada has selected Shine to manage its Plane Pull for Sight campaign. Article

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