PR Updates for August 1 – 14

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire Atlanta

There have been a huge number of changes this month in the PR industry. Here are just a few of the top stories for your review. Have your own update to include?  Let us know!

PR Industry Updates

Atlanta
Media Frenzy Global announced it has been named agency of record across multiple marketing disciplines by LNL Systems. Article

Austin
Umbel has hired Lisa Pearson as chief marketing officer. Article

Salt and Company has named Meghan Flynn as EVP. She is also principal at Meghan Flynn PR. Article

Vacation rental website HomeAway has enlisted Kwittken as competition and regulatory battles within the ‘sharing’ economy heat up. Article

Boston
CÜR Media announced the hiring of Marcy Polanco as Vice President of Marketing, Public Relations and Social Media. Article

Viber has selected Allison+Partners for public relations. Article

Calypso Communications today announced that JMD Industries has selected the agency to develop comprehensive marketing campaigns and build public and media support for JMD’s long-term strategic business development goals. Article

Shift Communications has added entertainment destination Foxwoods Resort Casino to its Boston-based consumer lifestyle practice. Article

Warner Communications announced it has been selected as the agency of record for the All Stars Project, Inc. Article

March Communications has closed the second quarter by adding seven new clients to its roster. Article

Charlotte
Dr. Bruce W. Jentleson has joined APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council (IAC) as APCO’s office in Raleigh continues to expand. Article

Steele Rose Communications (SRC) this week opened its new headquarters in Chapel Hill, NC. Article

Chicago
Golin has hired Laura Sutphen to head the firm’s work in social purpose, corporate responsibility, and sustainability. Article

Exposure & Co. opens new office in Milwauke. Article

Resolute Consulting recently received six awards from three different public relations award ceremonies, including four awards from the Publicity Club of Chicago (PCC) Golden Trumpet Awards, the most prestigious awards program in the Midwest. Article

Burson-Marsteller announced Jane Madden has joined the firm as Managing Director, Head of Corporate Responsibility. Article

In the past five months, the client roster at Henson Consulting has significantly expanded to include 13 new locally and nationally prominent brands in the hospitality, corporate, education, technology and not-for-profit sectors. Article

The staff at Chicago-based boutique public relations agency Henson Consulting has expanded to include seven new hires who provide strategy and support for the consumer, hospitality, corporate, creative services and new business teams. Article

Cleveland
Fahlgren Mortine was selected as the public relations agency of record for the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Tourism Division. Article

Hocking College appointed Michael M. Brown as its new executive director of public relations, marketing and community relations. Article

Communication AMMO has added an innovative, proven manager communication training program to its portfolio of services. Article

Dallas
The Point Group announced the acquisition of Dallas-based Forté. Article

Nuñez PR Group announced it has rebranded as TruePoint Communications. Article

Halliburton Investor Relations honored the firm’s founder and chairman, Alan Halliburton, at a 25-year celebratory dinner last month. Article

DC
Hager Sharp has announced that Jennifer Wayman has accepted their offer to become President and Chief Executive Officer. She will begin September 8, 2015. Article

Home Front Communications welcomes Wyatt Queener as Vice President and Director of its Interactive team. Article

Jason Kravitz has been appointed Director of Strategic Communications and Senior Advisor in the Office of the President at the Johns Hopkins University. Article

Abt Associates has named Selena Ramkeesoon as a Vice President within Abt’s U.S. Health division. Article

APCO Worldwide launched its global emergency response offering, APCO ER, to better serve clients facing significant crisis events that require dedicated and immediate emergency response capabilities. Article

Cassidy & Associates has named Russell Thomasson as EVP. Article

Planned Parenthood has hired crisis communication firm SKDKnickerbocker to help it deal with fallout from a series of undercover sting videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress, Breitbart reports. Article

Rami Sharaf, CEO of WorldBridge International Group and member of the board of governors for AmCham Cambodia, joined APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council (IAC). Article

The 38 North Solutions team has announced an expansion our services to include communications and public relations expertise through a collaboration with RENEWPR. Article

Edelman has named Bob Knott global chair of its Business + Social Purpose (B+SP) practice. Article

Warschawski announced the promotion of Allison Beers to Senior Designer. Article

Denver
AAR Partners has added a Midwest office location to its New York headquarters and Los Angeles office. The new Kansas City office is launched in partnership with two advertising industry professionals, George Weyrauch and Jay Liebenguth, with 45 years of combined experience. Article

StartingDot Ltd. announced two Colorado companies as Agency of Record leading up to the September 8th launch of the world’s first top level domain for anyone with a passion for snow sports. Scream Agency will be spearheading PR and event relations, while partnering with Native Rank to tackle digital aspects of the campaign. Article

WordenGroup Public Relations has recently added Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools and WRJ Design to its client roster. Article

Detroit
Lambert, Edwards & Associates announced the promotions of Tiffany Jones to Senior Director, and Amanda Passage and Renee Ketels to Director. Article

Airfoil has officially announced its headquarters will move to downtown Royal Oak, Mich. in fall 2015. Article

Los Angeles
Retailer Toms has hired BWR Public Relations for editorial, entertainment marketing, special events and social media for both the brand and its founder Blake Mycoskie. Article

Haley Miranda Group has expanded its capabilities to include full public relations and social media services. Ashton Spatz has been appointed director, social media and public relations. Maggie Waters joins as senior manager, public relations and Sarah Ledesma joins as social media manager. Article

PMBC Group has promoted Maura White to director, taking on additional new business development and agency management responsibilities. In addition Lisa Inouye has been promoted from senior account manager to media strategist and Andrew McCrea has been promoted to account coordinator. Article

Two new clients have joined Murphy O’Brien Public Relations‘ Real Estate collection: Laurus Corporation and QUIGG. Article

Giant Spoon announced that is has hired Veronica Brothwell as Senior Strategist. Article

MWW Public Relations announced it has been retained by Digiboo for public relations services. Article

The Lagrant Foundation has appointed Raul Reis to its board of directors. Article

NRPR Group announced its newest client, DeLon, a hip-hop artist, producer and DJ from Los Angeles, with a strong international following. Arti cle

ANTHEMIC Agency announced its partnership with DTS, Inc. Article

4 Two Life is a newly-established multidisciplinary communications agency that hustles and grinds 27/7 for its clients, right down to the last drop. Article

Universal Pictures has named Teri Everett as EVP of global communications, effective August 17. Article

A team of nationally renowned PR specialists, journalists, legal analysts and victim advocates announced that they’ve banded together to create Cavalry Public Relations. Article

Miami
Edelman has made Carlos Correcha-Price the GM of its Miami office. Article

La Cita de las Americas named Vine Communications its PR agency of record for all media outreach in North America. Article

JoTo PR has BodyHealth as a new client for its healthcare PR unit. Article

JoTo PR moves to complete remote workforce. Article

C.Suite Communications recently added Lauren Opelt to the account service team as a senior account manager. Article

Oracle has handed its Latin America PR brief to Burson-Marsteller, adding to the global product PR work the agency secured earlier this year. Article

Brandstyle Communications today announced the opening of a Miami office. It will be headed by marketing and PR veteran, Michelle Aristondo Chereque. Article

The Public Relations Society of America Sunshine District honored Curley & Pynn Public Relations and Marketing Communications with one of its 2015 Radiance Awards, recognizing the best public relations programs and tactics in the state. Article

Red Banyan Group announced the appointment of Robbin Lubbehusen, MBA, as its new Vice President of Operations and Marketing. Article

The University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications named Robert Norberg as Director of Strategy and Research at student-run The Agency effective immediately. Article

Vine Communications announced the addition of Christine Siervo as the new Senior Account Executive. Article

Balsera Communications has announced that it has promoted Sonia Diaz to Director of Public Relations and Digital Strategies, effective immediately. Article

Llorente & Cuenca has entered the US market with the opening of an office in Miami. Alejandro Romero, managing partner and CEO for Latin America, will lead the Miami office. Article

WorldWise PR Affiliates announced that SGR Comunicaciones of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Sabina Covo Communications of Cartagena, Colombia have joined its global alliance of independent public relations firms. Article

Diamond Public Relations expanded its hotel and resort client roster with the addition of CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. Article

Minneapolis
PadillaCRT has added Anastasia Lopez as vice president of social media in the firm’s New York office and Matt Fairchild as vice president of technology and innovation, leading digital strategy, user experience and development teams from the Minneapolis headquarters. Article

Tunheim has been selected to manage bid submission for Copper Peak Ski Area as it aims to host FIS (International Ski Federation) world competitions.  Article

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever announced Anthony Hauck as the organization’s director of public relations. Article

Nashville
Oncologix Tech announced the appointment of Nikole Jessie as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Article

New Orleans
Deveney continues to grow its dynamic team, recently hiring Creative Director Rachel Wilson to take the helm of the firm’s creative department. Account Executive Savannah Urban and Senior Account Coordinator Brittany Cruickshank are new additions to the account services team. Article

Newport Beach
Bravo Brio Restaurant Group has appointed Morgan Marketing & Public Relations as agency of record representing its Southern California BRIO Tuscan Grille locations at the Irvine Spectrum Center and Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga. Article

Copernio announced that it is a multiple award recipient in the 2015 Hermes Creative Awards for outstanding public relations work. Article

New York
Paul Newman has left the Publicis-owned MSLGroup 18 months after joining as president of North America. Article

The Confederation of North, Central America & Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) has engaged Global Strategy Group to assist with public affairs and communications regarding the Confederation’s reform efforts. Article

MDC Partners agency Kwittken has launched KFF, a new lifestyle and entertainment “agency-within-an-agency,” specializing in high-impact publicity, consumer and media events, celebrity influencer engagement and brand partnerships. It will be led by director Michelle Aselta. Article

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics has named Kristie Bouryal as chief corporate brand and communications officer. Article

Darrow Associates has hired Tad Gage as a managing director. Article

GCI Health has begun working with InVivo Therapeutics and Neuraltus Pharmaceuticals. Article

Crossmedia announced that it has been named media agency of record for the NBA Phoenix Suns and WNBA Phoenix Mercury. Article

Glass Lantern PR and SGC have announced a strategic partnership tailored for the marketing/development needs of the broadcast industry. This partnership offers a single source business solution for high impact results, designed to propel start-ups and known brands alike to that next level of success. Article

Tiffani Cailor joins Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) as director of public relations and content development. Article

The American Heart Association (AHA) announced its Founders Affiliate board officers for the 2015-2016 fiscal year beginning July 1st. Gil Bashe, Managing Partner, Health, Finn Partners, has been named Affiliate chair. Article

DraftKings has named United Entertainment Group as its communications agency of record. Article

MWW Public Relations announced it has been retained by Digiboo for public relations services. Article

As Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR (BPMPR) continues to expand their global reach, the public relations firm has been contracted by the legendary French cabaret, The Moulin Rouge, for their highly anticipated debut in the United States this coming fall. Article

DeVries Global has recently been named US public relations agency of record for Los-Angeles based cosmetics brand wet n wild, a division of Markwins Beauty Products. Article

Lou Hammond & Associates has added five new clients for public relations, digital marketing and positioning. Article

Issa PR has added Bloom + Grace to its list of clients. Article

Edelman and United Entertainment Group have expanded their Olympic marketing and communications offering in advance of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Article

Relevance New York announced the relocation of its Midtown headquarters. Article

Stern + Associates and Stern Speakers announced the firms’ rebranding as Stern Strategy Group. Article

Didit has acquired the Manhattan-based, public relations firm, JB Cumberland PR. Article

G&S Business Communications has appointed Kevin Pchola as vice president to accelerate the agency’s expansion in consumer categories, including home and lifestyle, as well as building and construction segments. Article

Among new senior staff hires for MMC, Matthew Anderson has been named the agencies first CMO. Reporting to Anderson is Annie Fileta, Vice President, Marketing, who will partner with him on agency marketing. Article

MDC Partners public relations agencies expect “business as usual” following the departure of holding company chief executive Miles NadalArticle

After the New York Post reported that former Democratic lawmaker Anthony Weiner was hired by MWW, the firm issued a statement “clarifying” that Weiner will serve as a member of its board of advisors. Article

Seton Hall University is launching a College of Communications and the Arts. Professor Deirdre Yates will serve as interim dean of the college, and the search for a new dean will begin this fall. Article

Two prominent New York nonprofit organizations, Children of Promise, NYC and the New York Society for Ethical Culture have retained Momentum Communications Group. Article

Finn Partners has been awarded the North American public relations account for Crystal Cruises. Article

Babbler has tapped Emerging Media as its Agency of Record. Article

MWW Public Relations announced it is “pearing” up with Harry & David to serve as its official public relations agency. Article

A team of entrepreneurs in the marketing field have found an effective way to compete with corporate America for big business. The NYC Marketing Resource Group is a marketing collaborative comprised of fifteen entrepreneurs each specializing in different fields within the marketing arena. Article

The Animal Medical Center (AMC) announced the appointment of Jennifer Petrisko to the position of Executive Director of Marketing Communications. Article

Phoenix
Serendipit Consulting announced it has retained 13 new clients and several student housing projects to its lineup since the start of 2015. Article

San Francisco
The popular workplace tool Slack has brought on Julia Blystone to lead communications. Article

Waggener Edstrom Communications (WE) brought on Miranda Duncan as Senior Vice President to join the rapidly growing Healthcare team. Article

Allison+Partners announced the addition of Henk Campher as executive vice president, Social Impact. Article

Harden Communications Partners announced Cindi Goodsell has joined as a director of the firm. Article

Seattle
Thompson & Co. Public Relations added experience to its Anchorage, Alaska, office with the addition of Abby Cooper as account executive and Sydney Brusewitz as account coordinator, as well as the promotions of Nikkie Viotto and Emily McLaughlin to junior account executives. Article

R2C Group announced that it has been selected as the TV creative and media agency for Blinds.com. Article

Silicon Valley
Singularity University has enlisted Ogilvy PR‘s startup division amid reports the university is planning to convert from a non-profit into a for-profit corporation by the end of the year. Article

Networking and storage giant Brocade is looking to consolidate its global PR efforts as the company evolves its positioning to include more software services. Article

Chicago & Cleveland
Rhea + Kaiser has added two recent college graduates as full-time staff. Article

Minneapolis & New York
Anastasia Lopez joined PadillaCRT as vice president of social media. Matt Fairchild joined the agency as vice president of technology and innovation, leading PadillaCRT’s digital strategy. Article

Hong Kong
Lewis PR has appointed Scott Pettet senior vice president, Asia Pacific. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Pamela Teo as regional HR director for Asia Pacific. Article

Zeno Group Asia has appointed Tony Ray Pereira as executive creative director for its Singapore office. Article

SERMO has signed a new agency partner in China. Article

Text100 announced that it is now working with audio and entertainment systems provider Pioneer and creative technology company iQNECT. Article

London
The Associated Press has hired W Communications to handle the launch of two AP and British Movietone YouTube channels that feature more than one million minutes of digitized film footage. Article

Geoff Beattie has joined APCO Worldwide as executive director. Article

Edelman has named Naheed Mehta as head of its global government communications office. Article

Grayling has been appointed as Mitel‘s agency of record across EMEA, following a competitive pitch earlier this year. Article

Canary Wharf Group has appointed Brands2Life to handle consumer and lifestyle PR. Article

Victor Benady, previously global head of digital at Grayling, has been promoted to the newly created position of global creative director, with a seat on the firm’s global board. Jan Mikulin takes the digital role vacated by Benady and has been promoted to global head of digital marketing, a new role focused on supporting the Grayling network in delivering digital marketing services. Article

Guardian Industries‘ glass group in Europe has selected EMG as its lead media relations and marketing communications agency in the region, including Russia and the CIS. Article

Belmond has appointed Maria Kuhn as corporate director of communications. Article

Four Communications has received a £10 million investment of equity finance from BGF (Business Growth Fund). Article

Cohn & Wolfe has appointed Kate Joynes-Burgess as its new head of digital and integrated marketing for the UK and EMEA. Article

Tina Woods has joined Lansons as a board director to launch Lansons Health, a start-up helping healthcare clients navigate disruption. Article

Stir PR has added French regional wine denomination Pays d’Oc IGP to its client roster. Article

Brad Fishman has partnered with UK franchise industry experts Sally Anne Butters and Lucy Maisey to form Rev PR. Article

Andy Annett has been appointed as Managing Director of TODAY Ogilvy & Mather Myanmar. Article

Tim Sutton is returning to London to expand his international leadership duties at Interpublic Group, adding chairman of Weber Shandwick EMEA to his existing role as chairman of the firm’s Asia-Pacific operations. Article

Paris
Etihad Airways has appointed the Cheil Network to handle its global digital and social marketing activities following a competitive pitch process. Article

InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed Cicero Group to provide retained public affairs advice in London and Brussels after a competitive pitch process. Article

DUO Marketing + Communications has signed a partnership with Procre8 in Dubai to become their exclusive service channel for PR clients wanting to expand into Africa. Article

Sydney
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has hired the MSLGroup as the organization looks to work with Indian governments to ensure access to health services. Article

Mullen Lowe Lintas Group has announced leadership for its newly launched creative agency Mullen Lintas. Article

Volkswagen Passenger Car has appointed Nitisha Agrawal as head of public relations. Article

DEC Communications has been appointed by Mirvac to support its residential portfolio. Article

WPP is partnering with the Indian School of Design & Innovation on the establishment of the ISDI WPP School of Communication. The partnership will help create a three-year undergraduate diploma program in communication based on a work-study model that brings together an academic curriculum and practical application. Article

Zeno Group India has made several new additions to its leadership. Article

Toronto
Ireland + Hall Communications has expanded its health and wellness roster with two new clients. Article

National Public Relations has bought Equicom from TMX Group. Article

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