PR Updates From Around the World for the Week of May 4

Here are the latest 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!

Austin
Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist was voted Best Resource, 2015 Small Business Book Awards. Article

Boston
UK-based Red Lorry Yellow Lorry has expanded its PR team in Boston with the hiring of Michelle Barry as director of technology PR and Justin Ordman as technology PR account manager. Article

Gaffney Bennett Public Relations announced the hiring of Sarah Whitney and Chris Velardi. Article

Cleveland
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has appointed Koch Industries communications director Matt Lloyd as deputy chief of staff for communications and strategies. Article

Dallas
Lewis Public Relations announced that Infomart Data Centers has selected LPR as its agency of record. Article

DC
Crosby Marketing Communications has added Gabrielle Weber as a senior integration manager, handling programs for clients in Crosby’s government practice, including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Article

Houston
On April 23, Ward commemorated 25 years in business with back-to-back educational events and a cocktail reception at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown. Article

Los Angeles
Murphy O’Brien Public Relations announced the newest clients in the firm’s esteemed travel collection: The Venetian, Las Vegas, The Palazzo, Las Vegas, Hotel Jackson and Hunt Valley Inn, a Wyndham Grand. Article

Miami
Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications (CAMC) has been selected to serve as the North American PR agency of record for Four Seasons Resort Nevis. Article

Minneapolis
Gage announced it has hired Reid Gorder as senior developer where he will be working on Gage’s premier brand web applications. Article

Nashville
Walmart‘s Dan Bartlett has hired his former colleague from Hill + Knowlton Greg Hitt as VP of corporate affairs, slated to join Walmart on June 1. Article

New York
Mariella Kapsaskis has been named MINI communications manager by BMW of America. In addition, Rebecca Kiehne and Hector Arellano-Belloc have been named BMW product and technology spokespersons. Article

McGraw Hill Financial has named Courtney Geduldig as executive vice president, public affairs, following the retirement of Ted Smyth, who had led corporate and public affairs since 2009. Article

Overseas Shipholding Group has appointed Brian Tanner as vice president, investor relations and corporate communications. Article

Anita Kawatra has joined Edelman‘s New York office as executive vice president for its health sector. Article

Coyne has appointed Matt Leung as Advertising Account Director. Article
Aspectus has appointed Jed Hamilton as its new Managing Director for North America. Article

Sopexa Group announced the appointment of Benjamin Bourinat to the role of Director of Public Relations, Sopexa USA. Article

The PR Council has named Capstone Hill Search as its first global recruitment premier partner firm. Article

Tony Telloni has departed Golin after almost two years heading the firm’s New York office to join tech firm Sparkpr. Article

Dawn Bridges, EVP of corporate communications at Al Jazeera America, is leaving the network along with EVP of human resources Diana Lee. Article

Edelman’s Global Women’s Executive Network (GWEN) announced a partnership with the International Women’s Forum (IWF). Article

Cohn & Wolfe was named The Holmes Report’s 2015 Best Large Agency to Work For in North America. Article

JONESWORKS announced their representation of Pencils of Promise and nügg Beauty. Article

Ruder Finn announced the official launch of a specialized offering under its broader employee engagement practice, dedicated to helping companies engage with both current and prospective technology-focused employees.  Article

Health Unlimited announced its partnership agreement with New York-based specialist healthcare digital firm, Propeller Communications. Article

IMRE announced the hiring of John Bentz as Senior Vice President for its Consumer practice. Article

CPR Strategic Marketing Communications announced the expansion of its account executive team with the addition of Nathan D. Molinari as account coordinator. The company has also promoted Katelyn Petersen to account director, Joelle Caputa to creative director and Alexis Lignos to account executive. Article

Natalie Guevara has taken on a new in-house role as Senior Communications Officer of online annotation platform Genius (formerly Rap Genius). Article

San Francisco
UK-headquartered Babel PR has appointed Caroline Kawashima as Executive Vice President & U.S. Head for its recently established San Francisco operations. Article

Silicon Valley
Tom Foremski has joined software company Delphix in a newly-created role leading editorial and content. Article

Denver & Minneapolis
Woodruff Sweitzer will acquire Confluence Marketing, effective May 1. Article

Hong Kong
Nick Wheeler has departed Ketchum after more than 12 years with the firm in China, where he was GM of the Beijing office. Article

Ogilvy & Mather China announced the appointment of Thomas Zhu and Juggi Ramakrishnan as Executive Creative Directors at Ogilvy Shanghai. Meanwhile, Chong Kin joins Ogilvy Beijing as Executive Creative Director. Article

Frankfurt
redRobin Strategic Public Relations has won the KRUK Deutschland account, a part of KRUK Group, a leader of the receivables management market in Central Europe. Article

London
Mischief has been appointed to handle public relations and influencer communications for SodaSteam‘s brand proposition: “Water Made Exciting.” Article

Royal Club has assigned Cohn & Wolfe for its new Royal Club Shandy campaign. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has hired Kate Hopper as a director to lead the IHG, Mondelez and TUI accounts. Article

Brands2Life has been appointed by leading password manager and digital wallet Dashlane as its UK communications partner following a competitive pitch. Article

Publicasity has added a new travel client, winning Saint Lucia Tourist Board, following a five-way competitive pitch. Article

Horizon Pharma has named John B. Thomas executive vice president, strategy and investor relations. Article

Swiss hearing aid manufacturer Phonak has appointed Otto Communications as its retained PR agency for the UK. Article

Mobile payments startup MyCheck has hired CCgroup for UK PR support, shortly after securing $5m in backing from Spanish bank Santander. Article

Eddie May is stepping down from his role as joint managing director at Threepipe, 11 years after co-founding the UK firm with Jim Hawker. Article

Bite has hired Michael Gonzalez for a newly-created role as head of influencer relations in the UK. Article

Nick Mulholland is departing Freuds, after 12 years as one of the UK PR agency’s most senior management figures. Article

WPP has invested in fashion and lifestyle website Refinery29. Article

Paris
VMA Group has opened a new Africa operation, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Daniel Munslow has been appointed to the team heading up VMA Group’s Africa practice. Article

Golin is partnering with local PR firm Rekta to launch its presence in Turkey, via an office in Istanbul. Article

Sydney
Walmart has shifted Indian PR duties to Perfect Relations following a competitive review. Article

Tokyo
Ogilvy & Mather Japan and Geometry Global Japan are celebrating major successes at two prestigious, international creative industry awards. Article

Toronto
Citizen Relations Canada has named Amdanda Shuchat vice president as it strengthens leadership in its new i²: Insight & Innovation working group. In addition, Sabrina Kandasamy has been appointed senior director of strategic planning and Morgan Todd has been promoted to manager, analytics. Article

BBC Worldwide North America announced the appointment of Sandra Mackechnie to the position of Vice President, Digital Ad Sales for BBC.com, Canada. Article

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