PR Updates From Around the World for the Week of May 26

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire Nashville

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!

Georgia Power has named Valerie Hendrickson to lead the company’s corporate communication organization. Article

Media Frenzy Global has been appointed as digital agency partner for Pyramid Solutions. Article

Racepoint Global has added seven healthcare accounts: Curaspan, a leading provider of care transition solutions; Evariant, a leading provider of a CRM platform based on a centralized healthcare data hub, analytics, and communications engine; Gamma Medica, developer of the LumaGEM molecular breast imaging system; GenoSpace, which provides a platform for precision medicine; Healing for People, an energy medicine clinic; Stanford Children’s Health, a leader in care for children and pregnant women; and Spinal Modulation, a provider of neuromodulation pain therapy for people with chronic pain. Article

PAN Communications has been named agency of record for hybris software. Article

In response to the growing need for more trained data analysts, Paine Publishing has published a new measurement training package: “Measurement Sherpa Essentials – The Essential Guide To Becoming a Measurement Sherpa.” Article

Duffy & Shanley has named Jesse Snyder as Senior Art Director in the agency’s Creative Group. Article

RAVE Restaurant Group has hired Jami Zimmerman as its new Director of Communications. Article

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) announced it has hired April Ward as Director of Communications and Public Affairs. Article

Stratacomm LLC announced the hiring of Jacqueline Bengel as a Vice President in the company’s Washington, D.C. office. Article

APCO Worldwide has released the findings of its first State of the Chemical Industry Study, utilizing the firm’s proprietary Return on Reputation (ROR) Indicator model to assess the key factors that make up the reputation of the chemical industry across the United States and in six European markets. Article

Los Angeles
AECOM has appointed Heather Rim as senior vice president and chief communications officer. Article

Ballantines Public Relations has been selected by Marriott International Lifestyle Brands as its official international public-relations agency of record. Article

MDC Partners announced the formation of Cultura United Agency, a new cross-disciplinary marketing firm uniting specialized full-service advertising and public relations expertise with deep insights across Hispanic, African American and Asian audiences. Article

Golin has launched Golin Mexico in partnership with Zimat Consultores, a leading communication consulting firm in Mexico. Article

Tunheim has added Adam Axvig as a consultant on its public affairs team. Article

FedEx has moved its PR duties to Burson-Marsteller displacing Ketchum after 20 years of leading the company’s global communications. Article

New York
Kelli Raftery has been promoted to senior vice president, communications, at CBS Corporation. Article

Makovsky has appointed Tom Jones and Alexandra Peterson, both senior vice presidents, to lead the agency’s health practice. Article

Version 2.0 Communications has added Elissa Ehrlich as vice president. Article

Luxury brand strategy and public relations agency Issa will handle pro bono work for NGO Start. Article

Gil Bashe has joined Finn Partners as managing partner, health. Article

J Public Relations announced the addition of new domestic and international clients in their hospitality division. Article

The Abernathy MacGregor Group announced that Jeremy Jacobs has joined its New York office as a Managing Director.   Article

Jesse Caesar has joined Open Mind Strategy in the new position of director of research and strategy. Article

Kyne has appointed Maureen Byrne as executive vice president, general manager New York. Article

San Francisco
MSR Communications announced that it has been recognized with a Business Excellence award and named the Best Technology PR Firm in California by Acquisition International (AI) Magazine. Article

Arieff Communications has added several new consumer clients to its agency roster. New clients include Kelly Moore Paints and It’s It Ice-cream. Article

WTS International has selected Rita Brogan of Seattle to receive its highest award, Woman of the Year. Article

Waggener Edstrom Communications announced Maria Favorito and Martina Schwarzkopf have joined the expanding Healthcare sector team. Article

Nashville, Seattle & Paris
Public Relations Global Network has added two new agency affiliates from Nashville, Tenn., and Istanbul, Turkey, bringing its global reach to 45 firms worldwide. Article

InfiniteLatitude has added new partners in India and Malaysia. Article

Hong Kong
MSLGroup has added several new accounts in China, including Ping An Financial Technology, which selected the firm to build and enhance brand awareness for the online platform in the internet finance industry; New Balance, to enhance the brand’s popularity in both lifestyle and performance categories; Cola-Cao, to capture consumer preference; Keppel Land China, for an integrated corporate communications program covering traditional and social media channels; Allergan, to provide communications and engagement for Natrelle, a leading brand in breast augmentation and restoration, and for Botox; and Nu Skin, for social listening and digital reputation counseling. Article

Brother International Singapore has re-appointed The Hoffman Agency as its agency-of-record for the fourth year running. Article

Cohn & Wolfe has appointed Diana Pong as managing director of its Hong Kong office, where she will lead day-to-day business, focusing on business growth, client oversight and team development. Article

Affiniti has been appointed as the branding consultant for Koperasi Angkatan Tentera Malaysia, as it makes its transformation from a Malaysian Armed Forces credit cooperative bank into a cooperative one. Article

Golin Singapore has promoted Shouvik Prasanna Mukherjee to executive creative director and lead of the firm’s creator community. Shouvik has been with Golin since 2011 and has played a key role in building out the firm’s creative capabilities – especially around design, content creation and branding. Article

Following a competitive multi-agency pitch, salt has been selected to handle UK communications for Andrex. Article

Havas Sports & Entertainment and sister agency Cake will come together in the UK as Havas Sports & Entertainment Cake. Article

Hanover Communications has appointed Thomas Cawston as a senior account director in its healthcare practice. Article

CubanEight has been appointed by global software vendor Rally , following a competitive pitch. Article

UK retailer John Lewis has called in Pagefield for corporate PR support following a competitive agency pitch earlier this year. Article

Cesare Valli is departing H+K Strategies after 27 years with the firm. Article

Creation has been named public relations agency of record across Asia Pacific for Splunk. Article

Kanika Kalra​ has been named head of public relations at Practo Technologies. Article

Ogilvy & Mather Japan G.K. announced the strategic appointment Erik Jenkins as Social Media Director. Article

Visa’s Jennifer Doidge is now VP of corporate communications a BlackBerry as former head of comms Heidi Davidson stepped down. Article

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