PR Updates From Around the World for November 2

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire, Nashville

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
Brett Jewkes has been named senior vice president – chief communications officer for AMB Group. Article

Boston
PAN Communications was recently ranked on Entrepreneur’s Top Company Cultures list. Article

marlo marketing announced the acquisition of two new clients in its professional services division. Article

Chicago
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has named Candace Mueller as vice president of global communications. Article

Cleveland
The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has hired Scott Sedmak as the Chamber’s new Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications. Article

Dallas
Magnacom Worldwide announced the opening of its fourth agency location globally and third domestic office, in Dallas, Texas. Article

Moroch Partners has announced that it has acquired MEplusYOU. Article

PAVLOV has expanded its staff with the hiring of three new team members. Article

DC
Spectrum Science Communications has hired Leslie Wheeler and Robert Oquendo as executive vice presidents; Denise Chappell and Susan Neath Francis as senior vice presidents; and Julie Piszczor Welch as vice president. Article

Crosby Marketing Communications has added Anna Zawislanski as an Executive Vice President and Senior Strategist. Article

Sage Communications announced that COO and co-founder David Gorodetski will be awarded the DC Jazz Festival’s (DCJF) John Conyers, Jr. Jazz Advocacy Award at its annual Trustee Gala on Monday, November 9 at The Hamilton Live in downtown Washington, DC. Article

Denver
NioCorp Developments has appointed Jim Sims as vice president for external affairs. Article

Jordan Walker has joined Greteman Group as a digital director. Article

Detroit
Tony Cervone, General Motors’ senior vice president of global communications, will assume responsibility for the GM Foundation and corporate giving activities in addition to his communications responsibilities. In addition, Craig Glidden, executive vice president and general counsel, will assume responsibility for global public policy and corporate sustainability. The moves follow the departure of Bob Ferguson, senior vice president, GM global public policy, and chairman of the GM Foundation. Article

Los Angeles
Universal Music Group has appointed Eric Berman as executive vice president of public affairs. Article

Rogers & Cowan has named Mark Owens CEO. Article

SQAD LLC announced that it has appointed Marc Krigsman as Chief Executive Officer. Article

Grayling announced that Andrew Reynolds has been promoted to Managing Director of the Los Angeles office. Article

Miami
O’Donnell Agency will launch a free workshop series in November called Social Hour. The format will consist of a 25-minute cocktail reception followed by 35 minutes of content focused on what’s new in the social and digital media space over the last 30 days. Article

Landis Communication recently doubled its staff, to two. Senior Account Executive Brigitta Shouppe comes to Landis Communication with a decade of experience in public relations and strategic communication. Article

Minneapolis
Gage announced it has hired Bryan LaSell as a senior software developer. Article

Nashville
FleishmanHillard has named John Saunders to succeed Dave Senay as president and chief executive officer. Article

Mark McNeely, owner and senior partner of McNeely Pigott and Fox, received the 2015 Donald G. Hileman Alumni Award from the University of Tennessee College of Communication and Information at its awards and scholarship donation appreciation banquet at 6:30 p.m. on November 6. Article

Newport Beach
Drybar announced the promotion of Brittany Driscoll to Vice President of Marketing. Article

HKA, Inc. Marketing Communications has won the 2015 National Philanthropy Day Orange County award in the small business category. Article

New York
Condé Nast has appointed Cameron Blanchard executive vice president of corporate communications. Article

ABM has hired Anthony Piniella as chief communication officer. Article

Carmen Widman is joining Marathon Strategies as senior vice president of media relations. Article

Peppercomm has hired former Wall Street Journal financial reporter Joe Checkler as a media and content specialist. Article

Stacey Staaterman has joined Falcon & Wolf as a partner to lead marketing strategy and leadership coaching practices. Article

ICR announced the launch of ICR Capital LLC, a subsidiary that provides a suite of capital markets advisory services designed to help financial sponsors and issuers achieve key transaction objectives. Article

Dukas Public Relations has changed its name to Dukas Linden Public Relations. Article

Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR has added two new divisions in its New York City and London offices: full event production services for fashion shows, fashion events, and fundraisers, as well as full in house digital and social media services. Article

Grayling has undergone its third rebranding in five years as the agency looks to reverse its fortunes amid substantial change. Article

Ruder Finn announced that it has been named public relations agency of record for LAFCO – Luxury Articles and Fragrance Co. Article

JG Black Book broadens its collection within the luxury travel sales, marketing and public relations industries with Le Quartier Français, located in South Africa’s Western Cape. Article

Rubenstein Public Relations (RPR) announced that Charles Rutenberg, LLC has selected RPR as its official public relations partner. Article

Assembly announced that it has won the Travelocity account, awarded without a review.  Article

Allan Freedman joined Peter C. Alderman Foundation as Executive Director. Article

Keith Hochstin was promoted to Vice President of Strategic Client Development of MetTel. Article

Bert Fink joined Music Theatre International as Chief Creative Office for MTI Europe. Article

Jeff Horvath joined Fitch Ratings as Chief Compliance Officer. Article

Trusted Media Brands, Inc. (formerly known as Reader’s Digest Association) has announced that Alec Casey has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer. Article

DKC Public Relations, Marketing and Government Relations announced 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

Philadelphia
Equity Concepts has hired Flackable as its integrated communications agency of record. Article

Slice Communications announced that it has promoted Anthony Stipa and hired Ryan Beletz, Darby Rowe and Victoria Lee as its newest members of the team to help service the agency’s rapidly expanding client base. Article

Atlanta & Los Angeles

Allied Integrated Marketing has acquired Marketing Inspirations. Article

New York & Seattle
Lane has hired Erik Moser as account director in its Portland office. Article

Frankfurt
We Are Social has launched in Berlin, with Reebok as its founding client. We Are Social in Berlin launches with a team of four, including senior strategist Jason Rieff, who joins the agency from Publicis Groupe in Munich, where he was a senior digital creative. Article

London
Scott McKenzie, director and head of change and employee engagement at Lansons, has been promoted to the management board. Article

Cohn & Wolfe has been appointed by Global Blue to support the planning and implementation of a global PR program to increase awareness and understanding among retailers and consumers. Article

Opun has selected Threepipe to run its paid social, search and display marketing campaigns.  Article

Mischief has been appointed as the UK consumer PR agency for innovative snacking brand popchips, following a competitive pitch process. Article

6SigmaET has appointed technology PR agency Wildfire to raise awareness of its tool among designers of electronic components and products. Article

We Are Social has expanded its creative team with the appointments of David Feldman and Pat McCaren join the agency as associate creative directors. Article

Freshwater has appointed Saffron Pineger to lead its healthcare team and provide senior specialist advice to clients in the NHS and more widely. Article

Aegis Data has appointed Spreckley as its retained PR agency in the UK. Article

Cognito has appointed Mike Almandras as its new Finance Director and Company Secretary. Article

Wildfire has promoted Debby Penton to the position of managing director, with former MD and founder Richard Parker taking on the role of CEO. Article

Jenny Åstrøm has rejoined H+K Strategies to become CEO of the firm’s Swedish operation. Article

Omnicom PR firms FleishmanHillard and Fishburn are to merge, creating a 200-person operation in London. Article

Farzana Baduel, Managing Director and Founder of Curzon PR, was presented with the Women of Colour Achievement Award by the Women Presidents’ Organisation, in association with the 100 Black Men of London, on Thursday 29 October 2015.  Article

Aspectus has released a white paper aimed at identifying the communications strategies that can make the difference between success and failure for businesses of every size and stage of development, from bleary-eyed startups, to champagne toasts at exit. Article

Paris
Llorente & Cuenca has completed the acquisition of Impossible Tellers. Article

Eugenio Simioni has been named senior vice president and director of corporate communications at Nestlé. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has hired Alain Berger as executive strategy director in its Brussels office. Article

The International Communications Consultancy Organisation has appointed Elise Mitchell, CEO of Mitchell Communications Group and Dentsu Aegis PR Network, as its new vice president. Article

Edit Herczog, former member of the European Parliament from Hungary with more than 30 years of experience in corporate communications, public affairs and government relations, has joined APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council (IAC). Article

Sydney
Edelman has named Steven Spurr as CEO of Edelman Australia, replacing Tim Riches who has resigned after one year in the role. Article

Tokyo
Samsung Electronics is reviewing global PR duties for its mobile business, which remains locked in a fierce battle with Apple for leadership of the sector. Article

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