PR Updates From Around the World: June 15-24 Edition

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire Nashville

There were a lot of changes in the PR industry in the last 9 days – below are just a handful of these updates.  To learn more about each news item, simply click the hyperlink.

Atlanta
Brandware has been selected by Sonic Tools USA as its public relations agency of record.  Article

Marketing Inspirations (MI)  announces the addition of GPS Hospitality and Occidental Asset Management, LLC to the agency’s increasingly diversified client roster. Article

Austin
Drumroll announced that it has hired new members of its account group to support ongoing client growth. Article

Independent agency Drumroll announced that it has hired three employees for its creative team. Article

Boston
BlueHive Strategic Environments has hired Amadeus Finlay as director, media and public relations. Article

Cone Communications has hired Lisa Manley as executive vice president of its corporate social responsibility strategy group. Article

Duffy & Shanley‘s public relations team won nine awards at The Publicity Club of New England’s 47th annual Bell Ringer Awards on June 11. Article

PAN Communications was recently selected by Perspecsys to serve as its PR agency of record. Article

Crimson Hexagon has introduced image analysis and detection to its ForSight social analytics platform. Article

marlo marketing announced the acquisition of new Travel & Destination division clients The Mary Jane Group and LimoLiner LLC. Article

Charlotte
S&A Communications won a Grand Award in the category of Print Media, For Profit Large Office at the 2015 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. Article

Argos Therapeutics has added John Menditto as vice president of corporate communications and investor relations. Article

French/West/Vaughan has been selected by Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company as public relations and creative services agency of record following a competitive review. Article

Chicago
Astellas has appointed Tarsis Lopez as associate director, external and digital communications. Article

McDonald‘s has appointed Robert Gibbs as executive vice president and global chief communications officer and Silvia Lagnado as executive vice president and global chief marketing officer. Article

Rhea + Kaiser has added two college seniors from Illinois for its summer internship program. Tori Streitmatter and Madison Williams will be interning at R+K through July 31. Article

3rd Coast PR has added four new clients. Article

Cleveland
Akron General Health System has hired Stephanie York as director of communications and public relations. Article

Paul Furiga, founder and CEO of WordWrite Communications, is the new president of PR Boutiques International. Article

McDougall Communications announced that it will open an office in Indianapolis next month. Firm vice president Angela Howland Blackwell is returning to Indiana with nearly three decades of corporate communications experience to lead the office. Article

DC
GSG announced the promotion of Brandon Smith to the position of Director of Marketing. Article

Hillary Schmidt has joined CLS Strategies as a managing director. Article

Outreach Strategies announced the expansion of its senior team with the hire of Abby Berger as Vice President. Article

Former Burson-Marsteller CEO Mark Penn has departed Microsoft to form a new marketing investment group that has already raised $250m in capital. Article

Dallas
GSG announced the promotion of Brandon Smith to the position of Director of Marketing. Article

DC
Witt O’Brien’s has brought on Russ Williams to serve as Vice President, Crisis Communications. Article

Sage Communications has launched its newly created Sage Employment Marketing (Sage EM) division, which will assist clients in achieving their employment marketing goals by helping source, attract and manage new talent. Article

Warschawski announced the promotion of Michele Tomlinson to Vice President. Article

Denver
Turner Public Relations announced the addition of Waldorf Astoria Park City, a Forbes 4-Star luxury property located in Canyons Resort, to its client roster. Article

Sprint has hired Golin as its lead agency as the American telco giant looks to modernize its network to regain competitive standing. Article

Barnhart Communications recently added the Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board as a new travel and tourism client. Article

Detroit
The North American International Auto Show has named Max Muncey as public relations manager. Article

Land O’Lakes has hired Kim Olson as CCO, effective July 20. Article

Franco Public Relations Group has promoted Sarah Kornacki to Assistant Account Executive. Article

Houston
SenateSHJ has added strategist and writer Liz Alexander as special counsel. Article

Los Angeles
Ketchum has named a new director of the Brand Practice in Ketchum West. Christy Salcido has re-joined Ketchum in the western region out of the firm’s Los Angeles office. Article

Giant Spoon announced that it has promoted Mikael Greenlief to Associate Director, Strategy, from Senior Strategist. Article

Paul Reader has been named VP / Chief Strategy Officer at Andrew E. Freedman Public Relations. Article

Be Inspired Public Relations announced representation of several new clients. Article

BBC Worldwide North America announced the appointment of Susana Voets to the role of Vice President, Communications for BBC Worldwide Productions and Adjacent Productions.  Article

Miami
Former Edelman veteran Ron Mincheff has launched a new public relations consultancy in Brazil that aims to bring a more global level of consulting to the country’s communications market. Article

JoTo PR has signed Actionable Intelligence Technologies as a new client. Article

Minneapolis
Start Fresh Recovery Program has chosen Maccabee Public Relations as its agency for media relations, social media marketing and communications. Article

Nashville
Mercury Labs announced Carrie Trent joined as Account Director. Article

Newport Beach

Laura’s House announced the addition of two new Orange County community leaders, including Hilary Kaye, founder and president of HKA Inc. Marketing Communications, along with Cheryl Osborn, founder and president of Casco Contractors, Inc. Article

New York
The Modern Markets Initiative has named Jim Gorman  as director of communications. Article

Peter Land has joined Finsbury as partner based in New York. Article

Jeremy Jacobs has joined Abernathy MacGregor as managing director. Article

Relevance New York has hired travel industry veteran Danielle Mileno to spearhead its expansion into the hospitality sector. Article

WPP’s Cohn & Wolfe has hired MWW’s David Herrick as president of the US as the agency experiences rapid growth largely driven by this market. Article

JB Cumberland PR announced it is partnering with Architec to launch TSP, its new line of state-of-the-art baking tools. Article

The Decker/Royal Agency is pleased to announce two additions to its client roster, an exclusive European tour company and a noted New York City bridal stylist, as well as a new office location overlooking the iconic Bryant Park. Article

Child’s Play Communications announced the addition of Legacy Games as a client. Article

American Vanadium announced that it has re-engaged the services of Vorticom to provide public relations services to the company, including editorial opportunities in the media, work with ancillary marketing partners and additional marketing communications activities. Article

Edelman announced the appointment of Nadia Damouni as senior vice president in its Financial Communications & Special Situations offering. Article

James E. Arnold, APR, has joined Gould+Partners as a senior counselor. Article

Weber Shandwick has named Chris Perry chief digital officer. Article

Kyle Giunta has joined fast-growing social enterprise technology company Sprinklr as senior director of head of corporate communications. Article

Fran Carpentier has joined the New York media relations practice of FleishmanHillard as a senior vice president and media strategist. Article

DKC has appointed John Singh as vice president in the entertainment division in the agency’s Los Angeles office. Article

Edward Hoffman has joined PadillaCRT as senior vice president and leader of the agency’s Food, Beverage and Nutrition Group. Article

Rubenstein Public Relations has announced that Christian Rizzo has joined the agency as Associate Vice President. Article

King + Company has been retained by Fullstack Academy. Article

Blue Star Jets has named Relevance New York as its public relations agency of record to help build brand awareness and communicate the distinctive features of the private jet company to consumers and media. Article

Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations announced the addition of two new clients: Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach and iStar. Article

Magrino has added a new hospitality client, The One Group, including the STK Restaurants and One Hospitality portfolios. Article

James Arnold, CEO of the Arnold Consulting Group, has joined consulting firm Gould+Partners as a senior counselor. Article

The CHR Group has added US Hispanic advertising agency Orcí. Article

Portland has hired H+K Strategies SVP Sebastian Schwark as the new head of its New York office. Article

MSLGroup‘s head of global digital Stephanie Agresta is stepping down from her post after nearly three years. Article

Ogilvy & Mather chairman and CEO Miles Young will retire in 2016, after 32 years with the agency. Article

Child’s Play Communications has announced the addition of Aurora World as a client. Article

Regina Corso Consulting, a new full service research company focusing on research specifically designed for public release, opens for business today. Article

CRC has been named the agency of record for Perfect Corp. Article

Professional Television Network, LLC recently announced it has officially changed its name to Healthcasts. Article

King + Company announced that it has recently been retained by Fullstack Academy. Article

Brendan Lewis is the latest tech PR exec to join the Pramana Collective to build the consultancy’s New York footprint. Article

Phoenix
air INTEGRATED has been selected to provide a wide range of advertising and marketing services for three new clients representing the healthcare, solar energy and education industries. Article

Magellan Health has hired John Littel as senior vice president of government affairs and communications. Article

Allison+Partners has announced the launch of All Told, a new division that combines the agency’s research, content, creative, digital and measurement expertise into one robust centralized offering. Article

Sacramento
Ogilvy Public Relations has been awarded a three-to-five-year, multi-million dollar contract to continue its work for Covered California. Article

San Diego
KCD PR has expanded its clientele with the addition of Pavia Systems, Inc. and Toppan Vite New York. Article

San Francisco
Scott Monty has parted ways with Shift Communications less than one year after he re-entered the agency world. Article

Trainer Communications announced that it is changing its name to 10Fold. Article

Klick Communications announced the opening of its Honolulu office, bringing the Australian-founded company’s energy, creativity and progressive approach to the Hawaiian Islands. Article

McGrath/Power Public Relations and Communications announced that Derek James has been named a partner and vice president. Article

Seattle
Former Burson-Marsteller exec Heidi Sinclair is rejoining the agency after nearly a decade as a senior strategist. Article

New York & Seattle
Lane has hired Shane Stafford as digital strategist. In addition, the firm has added Erin Tassey Krug as account director, Jason Ginenthal as senior account executive and Samantha Chulick as account executive. Amber Roberts has been promoted to senior vice president; Lisa Heathman, Shannon Brewer Riggs and Jill Williams to vice president; and Rachael Ka’apu to senior account executive. Article

Hong Kong
EON has added Mori Rodriguez to its executive committee as managing director for DiG, its digital arm. Article

Philips has appointed a new head of communications for ASEAN Pacific. Article

The Hoffman Agency has been selected by TeamQuest to drive its public relations program as it seeks to build its brand presence in Asia. Article

Edelman has reached an agreement with Special Olympics East Asia to provide pro bono public relations services for SOEA’s annual unity fundraising gala dinner and its involvement in the 2015 LA Special Olympics World Summer Games. Article

Malaysia Airlines has appointed Faridah Hashim as head of corporate communications. Article

Alipay has commenced talks with international PR firms has it attempts to step up its growth in overseas markets. Article

London
Weber Shandwick has appointed Louise Watson as executive vice president and chair of the firm’s consumer marketing practice in EMEA. Article

Waggener Edstrom UK has made three new hires to support its planning and creative teams. Paul Taylor and James Crabbe have been appointed to senior designer and junior designer roles respectively and David Lang has joined as planner/digital strategist. Article

HoMedics has appointed Kaizo to promote its lifestyle brands in the UK. Article

Focus PR has been appointed by leading licensed children’s fashion e-tailer LamaLoLi.com. Article

James Leviton has returned to Finsbury after a two and half year stint as managing partner of Teneo Strategy in the UK. Article

Weber Shandwick has hired Louise Watson to chair its consumer marketing practice across EMEA. Article

Lewis has hired Kevin Braim as the firm’s chief information officer. Article

Frank Radice will soon be joining creative agency Definition 6‘s London office  to advise on marketing and media strategy. Article

Vauxhall Motors has appointed Kaper to handle its lifestyle PR. Article

Hope&Glory has been appointed to devise and implement a national communications plan for Glasgow City Marketing Bureau following a competitive pitch. Article

Inchcape Shipping Services has appointed Amanda Çetin as head of corporate communications. Article

Ogilvy & Mather Group UK has launched Ogilvy Pride, which delivers insight into the LGBT community, a consumer group valued in excess of $3 trillion dollars globally. Article

Octopus Group has been appointed by Capita Resourcing for an ongoing marketing and lead-generation programme. Article

EMG has been appointed by Trelleborg industrial tires operations to develop and manage its media relations programme in the EMEA. Article

Anytime Fitness has appointed Threepipe to further build its corporate and consumer profile. Article

Aspectus has expanded the services it offers to clients across the energy, engineering, financial services and technology industries. Article

CitySavvy has been selected to advise Zettabox on communications globally following a competitive pitch. Article

Pernod Ricard‘s travel retail business has handed global PR duties to Talk PR. Article

Olympic champion Mo Farah has called in Freuds for crisis PR counsel. Article

Worldpay has named Finsbury as its corporate and financial PR firm ahead of a £6bn stock market listing. Article

Grayling UK and Ireland CEO Alison Clarke is exiting her role, bringing an end to a 13-year relationship with parent company Huntsworth. Article

Havas Worldwide has launched Chandos Communications, a new financial communications firm that will operate alongside Maitland, a well-established UK-based sister agency. Article

Paris
PROI Worldwide has added PROI-Mahogany Consult in Ghana to its partnership, just a week after opening a PROI Worldwide office in Kenya. Article

Etihad Airways has appointed Philippe Eydaleine as head of public affairs in Europe. Article

Ketchum Raad has named new leadership following the departure of Nicola Gregson to Grayling last month. Article

Sydney
Rob Lowe, PR director at Whybin\TBWA Group’s Eleven PR, and Matt Holmes, creative director at Magnum PR, are joining forces to launch a new communications agency called Poem. Article

Christoph Horn is joining auto component manufacturer ZF as its new head of communications. Article

Weber Shandwick has appointed Megan Rosier to lead its technology practice in Australia and head up its Melbourne office as general manager, and Darragh Brennan as senior corporate communications specialist, based in Sydney. Article

Impact PR has been named the exclusive New Zealand partner for German public sector PR specialist media consulta, which operates a network of 84 agencies around the world. Article

Atul Ahluwahlia has departed Weber Shandwick India, after more than two decades with the business, including a lengthy stretch as its leader. Article

Genesis Burson-Marsteller has created two new centres of expertise: GBM Issues & Crisis Group and GBM Client Studio. GBM Issues and Crisis Group offers a complete range of crisis readiness, response and recovery capabilities, while GBM Client Studio trains corporate leaders and gives them coaching on specific communications needs. Both groups will be led by Sheena Sharma, who brings more than 20 years of communication training and public relations experience, having worked for Genesis BM since 1994. Article

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