PR Updates From Around the World for the Week of October 12

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire, Nashville

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Each week, Business Wire brings you 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!

Charlotte
S&A Communications received five 2015 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Excellence in Communication from the Raleigh Public Relations Society (RPRS). Article

Chicago
Zapwater Communications announced the addition of Thread Experiment to the agency’s portfolio. Article

ASGK Public Strategies and M Public Affairs announced that the two firms have merged and rebranded as Kivvit. Article

A new website developed by Rhea + Kaiser, FSnutrientmanagement.com, is helping agriculture and energy retailer FS better connect with their customers on the benefits of nutrient management. Article

Frequency540 announces it has been selected by Lincoln Park Zoo as agency of record. Article

The Word of Mouth Marketing Association announces it is inducting Spredfast’s Virginia Miracle, Brains on Fire’s Geno Church and Zócalo Group’s Paul M. Rand into the Word of Mouth Marketing Hall of Fame. Article

DC
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has added to its political and media credentials in Washington with the hiring of Senate veteran and former news anchor/commentator Matthew Felling, and Patrick Ryan, previously with the Fox Business Network and CNBC. Article

Grayling has partnered with the Women’s High-Tech Coalition (WHTC) to elevate the organization’s profile in the media, the member community and other tech influencers. Article

Warschawski announced the addition of Sam Ruchlewicz to the agency’s team. Article

Denver
Molly Biwer has been named senior vice president of public affairs and communications of Hallmark Cards. Biwer will replace Steve Doyal who is retiring at year end after 41 years at Hallmark. Article

Barnhart recently added Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning as a new client. Article

Los Angeles
South Coast Botanic Garden has chosen full-service public relations agency Bob Gold & Associates to lead the publicity efforts for the arrival of the garden’s newest attraction: a collection of nature-themed sculptures. Article

Cutler PR has announced that it has been named PR agency of record for Silicon Valley-headquartered website-building platform Duda and Australian-based marketing tech company Oomph. Article

Miami
Uber has chosen Newlink Communications as agency of record for communications efforts in Latin America. Article

Balsera Communications received two national awards during the 2015 Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) ¡Bravo! Awards in New York. Article

Carma PR has been selected as PR agency of record for the Fall 2015 edition of FUNKSHION Fashion Week Miami Beach. Article

The CMO Club announced the winners of the 2015 CMO Awards in the categories for Content Engagement, Creativity and Story Telling, Customer Experience, Growth, Leadership, Marketing Innovation, Officers, Rising Star, Social Responsibility, and President’s Circle. Article

Minneapolis
Comcast has named Jill Hornbacher director of external communications for the company’s Twin Cities region. Article

New York
BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) has hired Jodie Thomas as executive director, corporate communications and media relations. Article

GCI Health announced that the agency has promoted Kristin Cahill to President, North America. Article

Makovsky has hired Megan Thomas as senior vice president, health practice. Article

Finn Partners announced that Kristie Kuhl has been appointed senior partner, Health. Article

Christine Heenan has joined Burson-Marsteller as a member of its US-based creative council. Article

Publicis Groupe has agreed to pay a $2.9m settlement in a class-action gender discrimination lawsuit against MSLGroup that has been ongoing since 2011 and initially sought $100m in damages. Article

Bullfrog + Baum has been named the agency of record for Aretsky’s Patroon. Article

Magrino announced new client, Matthew Kenney Cuisine. Article

The PR Council announced the election of its new officers and directors. Article

Spark named Faith Paris and Nicole Bestard as Managing Directors to its expanding New York office. Article

The Stevens Group (TSG) has named Rich Jachetti Senior Partner. Article

Philadelphia
Slice Communications announced that Brandon Mendelson (B.J.) and Krista Neher will be the official keynote speakers for Social Media Day Philadelphia 2016 on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Article

San Francisco
MSLGroup has appointed Curt Kundred as managing director for its Western region as well as global head of strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Article

Evident.io announced it has appointed Anthony Freed as director of corporate communications. Article

Seattle
Metia Group has promoted Seattle-based J. Paul Anderson from regional vice president to vice president, and Amber Whiteman from director of client services to vice president. Austin-based Daniel Brooks has been promoted from regional vice president to vice president. Article

Silicon Valley
PayPal’s VP of global brand and communications Christina Smedley is departing the payments company to take a senior post at Facebook. Article

Frankfurt
Andreas Winiarski is joining German PR giant Hering Schuppener. Article

Hong Kong
Vero has formed a strategic partnership with All Public Relations, The collaboration will provide Vero clients with access to All PR’s services in Cambodia. Article

A triumphant sweep of 39 awards at the recent 2015 PMAA Dragons of Asia Awards Gala positions Geometry Global as the most successful agency in Malaysia for marketing effectiveness. Article

Ogilvy Public Relations Indonesia has been appointed the official agency of record for Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism, following a highly competitive pitch. Article

Text100 has been appointed as agency of record in Asia Pacific for Zebra Technologies Corporation. Article

London
Katja Hall has been named group head of public affairs, a new position, at HSBC. Article

Four Communications Group has appointed John Farrell as its new chairman. Article

Citigate Dewe Rogerson has been selected by Boao Forum for Asia as the PR agency supporting partner of the November Boao Forum for Asia Financial Cooperation Conference in London. Article

Huntsworth has appointed Neil Jones as chief financial officer. Article

Knight Frank has brought in Teneo Group consultancies StockWell and Blue Rubicon following a competitive pitch. Article

Good Relations has won a new brief with train operating company c2c to develop an integrated communications campaign that maximises awareness around the launch of c2c’S new 2015 timetable. Article

Vauxhall has selected Weber Shandwick to handle social media duties in the UK, following a competitive pitch. Article

Sydney
MSLGroup India has appointed Manish Thirumulpad as vice president and head of its Bengaluru office. Article

Toronto
Yulu Public Relations has become the first Canadian PR company to become a certified B Corporation. Article

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