PR Updates From Around the World for October 19-31

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!

Atlanta
Cookerly PR has named Stephen Brown as SVP and chief innovation officer. Article

Nebo was recently selected as a finalist in four categories of the 2015 PR Agency Elite Awards. Article

Austin
TrendKite has raised $10.7 million in a Series C funding, led by Atlanta-based Noro-Mosley Partners with repeat participation from Battery Ventures, Silverton Partners, and Mercury Fund. Article

Boston
Greenough has added several new clients, including WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station; Bridgewell, which supports individuals with disabilities and other challenges through behavioral healthcare and treatment of substance use disorders; The Museum of World War II; The Lowell Institute, one of the nation’s oldest public foundations; and Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a part of the food rescue movement. Article

Co-Communications has acquired marketing and design agency 341 Studios. Article

PAN Communications announced the recent hire of David Saggio. Article

Charlotte
French/West/Vaughan has been selected by Southern Season as its public relations agency of record following a competitive review. Article

Bayer has named Darren Wallis vice president and head of communications for its crop science division. Article

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has announced Robert J. “Bob” Gfeller, Jr. will assume additional responsibility at the medical center. Article

Chicago
Navy Pier announced it has selected Henson Consulting as its Public Relations Agency of Record. Article

VSA Partners has added its newest Associate Partner, Executive Creative Director, Chris Cancilla. Article

Frequency540 has hired veteran creative talent Tom Quish to oversee creative content and campaign development for a number of its ambitious clients. Article

Greentarget Global Group has appointed Brandon Copple Director of Content and Editorial Strategy to lead its growing Content & Publishing practice. Article

Resolute Consulting announced Rob Nash and Anne-Marie St. Germaine are now partners at the firm. Article

Cleveland
BLASTmedia has been selected by Long John Silver’s as its social media agency of record. Article

Dallas
Splash Media Group has hired Steven Campanini as chief communications officer and head of healthcare. Article

Moroch Partners announced it has been selected as the media agency of record for Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. Article

DC
Spectrum has opened an Atlanta office-its second new location this year. Senior vice president and partner Amanda Sellers will head the new office. Article

Peter D. Rosenstein has formed PDR & Associates, a new company with expertise in the non-profit management, staffing, strategic planning, budget development and government affairs and public policy. Article

Engage has brought on Mathew De Luca as VP of digital strategy. Article

Sage Communications announced it has added veteran non-profit marketing expert Scott Greenberg as its newest marketing director. Article

Daly Gray Public Relations announced that Sonia Abdulbaki has joined the firm as vice president. Article

Interel has expanded its presence in the United States through a strategic alliance with the senior principals of four firms in Washington, DC. Article

Lisa Fels has announced the formation of Succession Communications, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-headquartered strategic communications agency. Article

Curley Company has been selected by The McClatchy Company as the strategic event firm for its presidential campaign event and reception in mid-November. Article

Detroit
Franco Public Relations Group has promoted Ann Marie Fortunate to account supervisor, Dan Horn to senior account executive and hired Sasha Reeves as assistant account executive. Article

Los Angeles
21st Century Fox has announced that Jonathan Bing has been named Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. Article

Terry Hines, VP of global comms at Converse, has joined the Lagrant Foundation board of directors as a member of its alumni committee. Article

Research consultancy Kelton Global has hired Brett Davis as COO. Article

Kim Haskell joins Phelps as partner bringing more than 25 years of agency, automotive, consumer and publishing category experience. Article

Visit West Hollywood has selected DKC Public Relations as its public relations agency of record. Article

Kahn Media announced that it has been appointed the public relations agency of record for Weistec Engineering. Article

Miami
Diamond Public Relations has recently added its third Italian property to its client roster with the addition of the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa. Article

Diamond Public Relations announced the addition of Starwood sister properties located in the heart of the Minneapolis arts district, W Minneapolis – The Foshay and Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis. Article

Angela Camacho has joined Newlink as Vice President at the helm of the Reputation Management and Public Affairs practice. Article

Minneapolis

PadillaCRT announced that it has been selected as agency of record for Smart Beer, New York’s first organic beer company. Article

Rose McKinney, founder of Minneapolis strategic communications firm Pineapple RM, has been selected for a top 2014-2015 teaching award at Metropolitan State University. Article

Spong was awarded Best PR Diversity Initiative last week at the Diversity Distinction in PR Awards, sponsored by the PR Council in association with PRWeek. Article

Nashville
The US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance has named Kevin Aandahl as communications director. Article

Scripps Networks Interactive has named media and entertainment industry veteran Dylan Jones as executive vice president and chief communications officer. Article

Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock has hired Aaron Campbell as senior advisor. Additionally, Jarrard has promoted Kim Fox from vice president to senior vice president. Article

New York
Chris Foster has rejoined Burson-Marsteller as worldwide executive vice. Article

We Are Social has named Greg Eckelman and Robb Henzi as senior strategy directors in New York. Article

Rubenstein Public Relations has appointed Dawn Rowan as vice president, director of media relations. Article

George Conboy has joined MSLGroup as SVP and strategic planning director. Article

Hawkins International Public Relations has added six new clients: Dream Downtown, Dream Midtown, John Hall’s Alaska, JW Marriott Venice, Tradewind Aviation, and The Tryall Club. Article

With its 20th anniversary in business fast approaching, Carolyn Izzo Integrated Communications (CIIC) already has much to celebrate. The boutique public relations agency is celebrating the growth of its F&B, Lifestyle and Travel Divisions with the announcement of six new account wins. Article

Coyne has brought on Ann Smith as a Vice President within the Healthcare practice to support the on-going growth and expanded service offerings of the firm. Article

SweeneyVesty announced that it has been named the PR Agency of Record for New York Michelin-starred restaurant Wallsé. Article

ChargeItSpot has selected Feintuch Communications to power its integrated trade, business, and consumer public relations program. Article

The Halo Group has added Manhattan acting school The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts to its client roster. Article

DKC Public Relations announced that Rick Miramontez will be joining the company to create DKC/O&M. Also joining DKC will be O&M Co.’s top executives Andy Snyder (Creative Director) and Molly Barnett (VP, Theatrical Division), along with other key staffers from the firm. Article

Rubenstein Public Relations announced that Alisa Steinberg has joined the agency as Vice President. Article

Brandwatch has raised $33 million through new investor Partech Ventrues and pre-existing backers Highland Europe and Nauta Capital. Brandwatch also recently named David Jones and Amy Collins as CTO and head of product, respectively. Article

Coyne Public Relations has been chosen by Emerald Expositions to provide public relations and special event management for its upcoming winter 2016 edition of NY NOW, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift. Article

Kip-PR announced the latest addition to its beauty client roster Lashes on 5th. Article

Kelton Global has hired Brett Davis as Chief Operating Officer of its operation. Article

Theresa Genovese was promoted to Principal of CetraRuddy Architecture D.P.C. Article

Ximena Rodriguez was promoted to Principal of CetraRuddy Architecture D.P.C. Article

Diana Anderson joined Stantec as Medical Planner. Article

Jon Hibler joined Megalith Capital Management as Acquisitions and Asset Management Associate. Article

David Smith joined One MOBILE as Managing Director of National Sales. Article

Joseph Jebran was promoted to Principal of CetraRuddy Architecture D.P.C. Article

Philadelphia
Kimball Communications has added Mark Ladley as public relations manager, responsible for strategic planning, media relations, social media advising and crisis consulting. Article

Lifespan Care Management, LLC has chosen Swordfish Communications as its public relations agency of record. Article

Flackable has promoted Alexa Miller to account executive. Article

The Fluid Sealing Association has appointed Charli Matthews as its public relations manager. Article

San Francisco
Uber has hired Snapchat’s Jill Hazelbaker as VP of communications and public policy. Article

Bite UK board director Jon Silk is relocating to the agency’s San Francisco office to take on a global SVP role overseeing client strategy. Article

Fineman PR has added two new clients, Pro Ecuador and Zaca Mesa. Article

Silicon Valley
Symantec has hired Jonathan Doros as VP of investor relations. Article

Frankfurt
Waggener Edstrom is on the hunt for new leadership in Germany, following the departure of GM Manuel Hüttl. Article

Hong Kong
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has launched H+K EastWest, a new offer that supports Chinese companies’ investment in Europe and the Americas. Article

The Blueshirt Group announced that it has established a presence in Beijing, China, marking its geographic expansion into Asia. Article

Burson-Marsteller China has been named as the digital partner in mainland China for Asia Miles. Article

Edelman has hired Juliette van der Burgt as director and head of its Singapore consumer marketing business. Article

WE has been appointed by Hong Kong music and arts festival Clockenflap, a brand under Magnetic Asia, for the upcoming event from November 27th until the 29th in the territory’s West Kowloon Cultural District. Article

Angelina Ong has left Cohn & Wolfe after seven months as Asia Pacific president. Article

London
salt has been selected by Kimberly-Clark‘s Depend as lead UK communications agency. Article

Disney has chosen to work with Cohn & Wolfe as it plans to open its first Disney Store in Sweden on November 12. Article

Golin has appointed Gemma Vardon as executive director, creative. Article

Trainline has hired Lorna O’Neill as head of UK public relations. Article

Sebastian Linko has been appointed vice president, marketing and communications at wireless networking company Wirepas. Article

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry has been appointed as UK PR agency for MassChallenge. Article

Teneo Holdings is acquiring Pendomer Communications, a financial and corporate communications firm based in London. Article

Harvard, part of Chime, has been selected by Ricoh Europe after a four-way pitch to lead a corporate communications programme including thought-leadership content, social media and pan-European media relations. Article

Roaring Mouse has been appointed to represent Amplified Robot, a London-based digital development studio specialising in virtual and augmented reality content production. Article

Platform PR announced it has won the inaugural TVBAward for “Best PR, Marketing and Communications Team.”  Article

Paris
MSLGroup chief communications officer Trudi Harris is to launch a new consultancy after leaving the agency at the end of this month. Article

Edit Herczog has joined APCO Worldwide‘s international advisory council. Article

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