PR Updates from Around the World for the Week of April 27

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire Nashville

Below are this week’s 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!

Tanis Communications, Inc. announced the opening of its office in Austin, Texas. Article

Grain Digital has partnered with non-profit Best Buddies and Boston-based New Balance to create a spot for the upcoming 2015 Boston marathon. Article

HB Agency has hired Alex Jafarzadeh as senior account executive. Article

The Brandon Agency has hired Malorie Pastor as PR and social media manager. Article

S&A Communications has hired Jennifer Casey as graphic designer. Article

Fenton has hired Nicole Schiegg as SVP and Amy Clark as VP. Article

O’Keeffe & Company and 300Brand will host the tech community to come together and celebrate 18 years of business Inside the Beltway and beyond. Article

David Warschawski, CEO and founder of Warschawski, was selected to speak at the 2015 PRSA Maryland Chesapeake Conference taking place on Thursday, June 4 at The John Erickson Conference Center at Charleston in Catonsville, Maryland. Article

The Point Group announced that it has appointed Kimberly Stoilis to vice president of the agency’s Houston office. Article

Los Angeles
Golin’s digital lead Chris Baccus has joined American real estate giant Caruso Affiliated as SVP of digital marketing. Article

Schwartz Media Strategies has added Holly Zawyer as vice president. Article

Vine Communications has been named the agency of record for the third consecutive year by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) for the 75th Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show. Article

The Public Relations Society of America Board of Directors named Jim Lukaszewski, president of The Lukaszewski Group Division of Risdall Marketing Group, as the first Member Emeritus in the 50-year history of the Board of Ethics and Professional Standards (BEPS). Article

Infiniti Americas has named Denise Sacre as East region communications manager. Article

New York
Edelman announced the appointment of Jennifer Simon as senior vice president of Business + Social Purpose (B+SP) in the agency’s New York office. Article

DKC has appointed Dusty Bennett as senior vice president, events and production, leading the agency’s event marketing and production arm, DKC Incite. Article

Silicon Valley boutique Highwire PR has opened an office in New York led by former ICR SVP Kim Paone. Article

MaryLee Sachs is expanding the London-based consultancy Brand Pie into the US with former Landor executive Richard Ford as creative director. Article

Ruder Finn announced three new senior hires — Mary Conway, Alice Sofield and Jenn Gordon — to support the agency’s Healthcare practice as it advances a three-year trajectory of double-digit revenue growth. Article

Rubenstein Public Relations has announced that Mitchell Breindel has joined the agency as Vice President. Article

The Martin Group has acquired Buffalo-based AMDG Public Affairs. Article

The Marino Organization announced that Alyson Leiter has joined the agency as a senior account supervisor. Article

San Francisco
Salesforce has handed its marketing cloud business to Nectar displacing Finn Partners and making the boutique firm its primary PR agency in the US. Article

Independent PR firm Lewis has raised $27m from HSBC as it looks to further expand globally and put more resources into its training program Rise. Article

Waggener Edstrom has decided on Wunderman’s Kass Sells to revive its fortunes in North America as president of the region, the Holmes Report can reveal. Article

Silicon Valley
PayPal is rethinking its public relations and social media assignments in Asia-Pacific and EMEA, as it prepares to separate from sister business eBay later this year. Article

Hong Kong
MSLGroup has appointed Wendy Loh as director of the corporate practice in Singapore. Article

Grayling has promoted Neelesh Hotwani to director and head of office in Hong Kong. In addition, Holly Axelrad has joined as associate director from London, to lead the Hong Kong consumer practice. Article

FiftyThree has appointed The Hoffman Agency as its public relations agency of record in Asia covering China, Hong Kong and Japan, following a five-way competitive pitch. Article

Shanghai Municipality has appointed RTG Consulting to develop an international branding campaign for Shanghai City. Article

Katie O’Callaghan has been appointed as Regional Talent Director for Asia Pacific (APAC) at Geometry Global. Article

Communications veteran Mary Devereux has joined the Wall Street Journal Asia in the newly-created role of associate director of integrated marketing. Article

Worldwide Sports & Entertainment Ltd (WWSEL) has appointed Cohn & Wolfe to manage and run all PR and social-media activities for the inaugural Players Cup golf event. Article

Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) has partnered with Ogilvy & Mather to launch a film and behavior change campaign created by the agency that calls attention to the plight of domestic workers or ‘maids’ that work for months or years on end with no rest days. Article

Ogilvy & Mather Hong Kong has launched a city-wide campaign for the Hong Kong CleanUp Initiative organized by Ecozine and The Nature Conservancy. Article

PROI Worldwide has opened an office in Greece by adding Out of the Box. Article

Action Global Communications has opened an office in the Republic of Moldova. The office is led by country director Anna Moghilda. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has promoted Eleni Constantinidi to CEO of its Greek operation, succeeding Petros Constantinidis. Article

Nintendo has appointed PrettyGreen as its retained UK PR agency, following a competitive pitch managed by AAR. Article

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has appointed Niall Duffy as its first director of external affairs. Article

Good Relations has appointed Louise Veale as associate director on ITS healthcare team. Article

Rugby union team Bath Rugby has appointed Shine Communications as its retained agency. Article

Grayling has appointed Catherine Griffith-Williams as its new head of Wales. Article

Creston has acquired How Splendid, a London-based digital design and development consultancy. Article

Napier Partnership Limited has been selected by Japanese test and measurement solutions manufacturer Anritsu to increase the company’s presence in the European media. Article

Slack Communications has established partnerships with the Foundation for Social Improvement, through which the firm is now able to offer fundraising services; creative production company Story Culture, which will help tell the stories of brands and people and life through documentaries, films and promos; and Make, a digital agency that will support Slack’s clients with website development and multi-platform campaigns. Article

Things Unlimited has appointed Susie Clark as its first managing director. Article

Ogilvy PR has lured Freuds strategy director Serge Vaezi to lead planning across EMEA, the Holmes Report can reveal. Article

UK train operator First Great Western has consolidated public relations duties with Golin after a competitive review. Article

Golin is launching in Moscow, via a joint venture with longtime local affiliate Comunica. Article

Susan Eastoe has left Edelman, marking the end of her 12-year stint as one of the PR firm’s most senior executives in Europe. Article

IPCN has hired UK PR support as it bids to raise its global profile. Article

Foxconn is seeking marketing communications support as it gears up to launch the Nokia N1 tablet in Europe. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Caroline De Wolf as account director in its Brussels office. Article

Google has enlisted FTI Consulting for public affairs support as it fights the landmark antitrust charges brought by the EU last week. Article

LG Electronics Australia has appointed Nick Ellery as its new head of digital. Article

Aman Gupta, managing director of public relations firm SPAG Asia, has launched D Yellow Elephant, a full service digital agency with a focus on the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. Article

Diamcor Mining has retained MZ group as its investor relations adviser. Article

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