PR Updates for the Week of April 20

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire Nashville

Each week Business Wire pulls together a list of updates throughout the PR, IR and marketing communications industry. Have something to share? Let us know!

Atlanta
Phase 3 Marketing & Communications has acquired Brand Fever. Article

Austin
Independent agency Drumroll announced that it has made two strategic new hires in order to further support the agency’s growth. Article

Boston
The Vermont Energy Investment Corporation has named Karen Glitman as director of policy and public affairs. Article

Denterlein has struck a partnership with Barron Associates Worldwide with the goal of developing new business opportunities and boosting the expertise of each firm. Article

Colby College has promoted Ruth Jacobs Jackson to VP of communications. Article

Chicago
O’Reilly DePalma has added three professionals: Naomi Salad, account director based in Atlanta, joins from her own PR consulting business and was previously with Ketchum; Sarah Guffey joins as media relations manager, was previously with S&S Public Relations; and Victoria Vancoevorden joins as editorial intern. Article

Dresner Corporate Services has acquired Allen & Caron, a strategic IR firm with offices in New York and Irvine, California. Steven Carr, MD of Dresner, will serve as CEO, while Joe Allen will be SVP and manage the New York office. Rene Caron will oversee the Irvine office as SVP. Article

Cleveland
Indiana has enlisted Porter Novelli to repair the damage the state incurred after passing legislation that was considered hostile to the gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual community. Article

Dallas
Moroch Partners has hired Kevin Foreman as digital creative director. Article

CiCi’s Pizza announced that it has retained Champion Management Group as its new Public Relations Agency of Record. Article

Pivot3 has hired Idea Grove as its agency of record to provide thought leadership public relations and social media services. Article

Pierpont Communications announced today that James (Jim) Savage has been named senior vice president and general manager of the company’s Dallas office. Article

DC
The National Waste & Recycling Association has hired Christopher Doherty as vice president of communications and Jessica Mayorga as senior director of communications and marketing. Article

The National Safety Council and the University of Iowa Public Policy Center have selected Qorvis MSLGroup to help launch a national campaign to educate drivers about new safety technologies. Article

Weber Shandwick has been selected as strategic communications agency of record by the American Cancer Society. Article

BOYNE Golf of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula has selected Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group to create and execute a golf-focused publicity and media-relations program. Article

APCO Worldwide has added Etienne Reuter and Nabil Ayad to its International Advisory Council. Article

Reservoir Communications Group has added three new members to its growing team: Christine Harrison as Managing Director and Jenny Kay & Caroline Dutton as Managing Associates. Article

Sage Communications is recognizing its senior production designer Deborah Humphries for her work recently featured on the History Channel’s Blood And Glory: The Civil War In Color. Article

Los Angeles
Princess Cruises has appointed Brian O’Connor to the role of vice president, public relations, effective June 1. He succeeds Julie Benson, who will retire May 29, after 32 years of service, Travel Agent Central reports. Article

Miami
Uproar PR has added Front Burner Brands to its list of restaurant clientele. Article

Minneapolis
Tunheim has added Stan Alleyne to its roster of consultants. Article

Gustavus Adolphus College has chosen Maccabee Public Relations as its agency for public relations, social media counsel and communications. Article

Gabriel deGrood Bendt (GdB) and McFarland Communications are joining forces to offer a fully integrated public relations division within GdB. Article

The 37th annual Minnesota Public Relations Society of America Classics Awards on April 9 celebrated breakthrough creativity and innovative thinking in the public relations industry throughout 2014. Article

Nashville
FleishmanHillard will serve as agency of record to the The Emma L. Bowen Foundation. Article

Elasticity announced that marketing and public relations industry veteran Ann Balsamo has joined the firm as vice president of accounts. Article

ReviveHealth has brought on Chris Boyer as leader of its creative and digital team. The firm also hired Scott Hutcheson as VP of content strategy. Article

The AristoMedia Group is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Article

Ripley PR has added a new full-time employee to its staff: Junior Account Manager, Grayson James. Article

New York
Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA has named Pattie Simone as corporate communications manager. In addition, Kristina Marchitto has joined as public relations manager after serving as the head of corporate communications and developing overarching communications strategies for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, and Karen Harris has been tapped as corporate communications editor. Article

Golin has appointed Dawn Langeland to the newly-created role of deputy managing director of New York. Article

Coyne announced that digital technology leader Luis Hernandez has joined the agency as Chief Digital Officer. Article

Konnect Public Relations has opened its third location in New York City. Article

PROI Worldwide has added integrated comms firm Out of the Box to its partnership in the EMEA region and established an office in Greece. Article

Rubenstein Public Relations has announced that Marilyn Lopez has joined the agency’s leading Entertainment Division as Senior Vice President. Article

Innovacyn has retained Aberdeen Associates to handle PR for its new Vetericyn Plus line of products for the livestock and veterinarian industries. Article

5W Public Relations has been named PR Agency of Record by YouBeauty.com, a resource for all things beauty, health, and wellness; and YouContent Media, a marketing services company whose properties include YouBeauty.com as well as a proprietary Big Data user engagement platform. Article

Laura Davidson Public Relations been appointed the public relations agency of record for the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. Article

The CHR Group has acquired Zlokower Company. Article

SME has selected Reach Marketing as its list management firm. Article

Phoenix
NUVI has expanded its sentiment analysis feature to include 14 new languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Arabic, and Russian. This expanded language set gives brands additional ways to visualize and analyze vital social media conversations. Article

San Diego
Elevator announced they will be conducting the website redesign for the City of San Diego‘s official website. Article

San Francisco
Allison+Partners announced the addition of several new health, technology, real estate and consumer clients to its agency roster, adding more than $3 million in revenue. Article

Seattle
Grady Britton has launched a new, free web-based application called Sqooch that enables users to switch between two of the most popular online radio streaming platforms, Spotify and Beats Music, without losing carefully curated playlists or music libraries. Article

Act-On Software announced that BrainSell, Faye Business Systems Group, Levementum, and W-Systems have joined the Act-On Consulting Partner Program as Platinum Partners. Article

Silicon Valley
Zpple PR director Steve Dowling is now VP of communications. Article

HP has hired Antonio Lucio as CMO of HP Inc. Article

DC & Tokyo
Global Communicators has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Makaira. Article

New York & Paris
Edelman announced its plans to acquire independent communications agency DABO & CO. Article

Hong Kong & Sydney
Ogilvy & Mather is celebrating a triumph at the 2015 Asia Pacific Effie Awards. On a remarkable night, Ogilvy Asia Pacific scooped the prestigious Network of the Year Award and Ogilvy & Mather Mumbai was named Agency of the Year. Article

Hong Kong
RF Thunder has opened its fourth office in Beijing and named Tingting Wu as general manager. Article

Burson-Marsteller has named former Waggener Edstrom China GM Antoine Calendrier as Hong Kong market leader, filling a role that had remained vacant for more than a year. Article

PayPal communications head Jenny Yip is departing the ecommerce company to become GM of the Hoffman Agency‘s Hong Kong office. Article

London
Consulting giant Accenture is seeking a new PR firm in the UK, via a competitive review that has attracted interest from several of the country’s top corporate agencies. Article

British clothing brand Joules has hired Hudson Sandler to handle corporate PR following a competitive review. Article

Cohn & Wolfe announced the appointment of Andrew Escott as Global Corporate Practice Leader effective immediately. Article

WPP has acquired Medialets, which makes technology to help marketers manage and measure ROI from mobile ad campaigns. Article

Sydney
Genesis Burson-Marsteller has formed a strategic alliance with WhiteKettle Consulting, one of India’s leading corporate social responsibility consulting firms. Article

The Public Relations Consultants Association of India has appointed Nitin Mantri, CEO and managing partner of Avian Media, as president until May 2016. Article

MobiKwik has appointed Saurabh Srivastava as chief marketing officer. Article

Senjam Raj Sekhar has joined Indian e-commerce major Flipkart as VP of corporate communications, the Holmes Report has learned. Article

Tokyo
Dentsu has established the Dentsu Ventures Global Fund I, a corporate venture capital fund with total capital of 5 billion yen, the holding company said Wednesday. Article

Ogilvy & Mather Japan and Geometry Global Japan, together with distinguished Japanese concert space Suntory Hall, have successfully curated the world’s first ‘Glassical Concert’ which depicts the purity of musical instruments made entirely of glass. Article

Toronto
Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada has promoted Craig Roswell to VP and group leader of procurement and trade. Article

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