PR Updates From Around the World for November 16

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!


Brandware has been selected by Bandago Van Rentals as its public relations agency of record. Article

Liberty Bay Credit Union has hired Jill Amato as vice president, director of corporate communications. Article

PAN Communications has been named one of the Top Places to Work in Massachusetts in the eighth annual employee-based survey project from The Boston Globe. Article

Capstrat has appointed Karen Albritton, currently president, as CEO and president, effective January 1.  Ken Eudy, founder and current CEO, will become chairman. Article

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll announced he has selected French/West/Vaughan (FWV) to team up with Carroll’s current sports management agency, Paradigm Sports Management, to develop his personal brand and maximize his marketing portfolio. Article

Recently installed head of the American Marketing Association (AMA), veteran marketer Russ Klein, is launching a widespread transformation of the country’s leading marketing organization. Article

Public Relations Society of America Dallas honored TrizCom Public Relations with multiple awards at their 2015 Awards Luncheon held at the Irving Convention Center. Article

Amy Brundage is joining SKDKnickerbocker‘s Washington, DC, office as senior vice president. Article

PulsePoint Group has promoted Grant Toups to managing partner, responsible for management of the firm’s day-to-day operations. Article

Warschawski has been hired by GTB: Global Telecom to help revamp its strategic brand positioning. Article

Curley Company has been selected by Rapoza Associates as the strategic communications firm for both Rapoza Associates and the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Coalition. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has added Soren Dayton to the agency’s Washington, D.C., office as a senior vice president. Article

Christina Nicols, senior vice president and director of strategic planning and research at Hager Sharp, was named the Washington Women in Public Relations’ (WWPR) 2015 Washington PR Woman of the Year. Article

Weber Shandwick has been selected as communications agency of record for the Colorado Education Association. Article

Vladimir Jones appointed Matt Ingwalson and Jennifer Hohn to roles as partners and executive creative directors, starting November 1. Article

Airfoil has added several new clients to its roster, including referral marketing platform Ambassador, NH Learning Solutions, Automation Alley, Glance Networks and WorkWave. Article

Los Angeles
John Reilly has been elevated to senior vice president entertainment and multicultural communications at Rogers & Cowan. Article

Ed Chambliss has been named president of Phelps. Article

Llorente & Cuenca has agreed to purchase a 70 percent stake in the Brazilian company S/A Comunicação. Article

BodenPR is introducing Nuestros Emojis (Our Emojis), Hispanic culture-inspired Emojis. Article

npm | pr announced that Founder, Natalie P. Mikolich, was named the 2016 Chair of the Public Relations Society of America Entertainment and Sports Section. Article

ReviveHealth announced the expansion of its Health Technology practice with six new clients. Article

New York
Frontier Communications Corporation has appointed Peter DePasquale as vice president of communications and corporate affairs. Article

BioBlast Pharma has appointed Stacey Jurchison as vice president, investor relations and corporate communications. Article

MWW Public Relations has promoted JP Schuerman to president of its Western region. Article

The Coyne healthcare practice has hired Chris Vancheri as a vice president to oversee the firm’s pharmaceutical and device business. Article

LifeSci Advisors has appointed Bob Yedid as managing director. Article

Julie Martin has been named vice president of public relations at The Halo Group. Article

Renaissance Hotels has selected MGA Media Group to lead public relations efforts in launching its newest property, Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, at 35th Street and 7th Avenue. Article

Gotham Public Relations has added four new agency of record client campaigns for 2016. Article

HL Group has acquired Alice Ryan’s A Company. Article

The World Diamond Council (WDC) has begun a search for PR agency support as it attempts to overcome challenges to its reputation and economic growth. Article

Omnicom is transitioning the Zócalo Group‘s reporting structure from Ketchum to Critical Mass. Article

Carol Cone has launched a New York-based consultancy called Carol Cone On Purpose. Article

Brandstyle Communications announces representation of Dr. Armando Hernandez-Rey, ELOQUII and CEP. Article

Ogilvy & Mather North America announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). Article

Weber Shandwick was named one of the Best Places to Work in Advertising & Media by Advertising Age for the second year in a row. Article

R&J Public Relations announced that it has expanded its service offering and capabilities by acquiring Fifth Room Creative. Article

The O’Hara Project has announced the selection of The Adventure Project as the recipient of their 2016 Pro Bono Client Search. Article

RED PR announced its newest client Louvelle. Article

MediaPost named Mindshare North America winner of one of its 2015 Agency of the Year awards. Article

Julie Jack joins MSLGROUP as senior vice president in the agency’s New York Corporate Practice. Article

Aqua America has hired Stacey Hajdak to lead its communications department. Article

Crafted Communications is expanding its capabilities with the hiring of PR technology industry veteran Molly Mulloy. Article

Bruce Clay, Inc. announced that Duane Forrester joins the BCI team in a newly created position as Vice President, Organic Search Operations. Article

WE has hired Martin Pearce as Senior Vice President of Agency Marketing and Brand. Article

Silicon Valley
Walt & Company has been chosen by Acxiom IT as its agency of record. Article

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has said that the site will use its Safety Check tool more widely, after more than 4m people marked themselves as ‘Safe’ following Paris terror attacks on Friday. Article

Eastwick announced the launch of Digital Brand Lab (DBL), a new group combining the agency’s expertise associated with digital and brand marketing. Article

Los Angeles & New York
Giant Spoon announced that is has promoted four members of its team. Article

Hong Kong
Elaine Chan joins Burson-Marsteller as managing director, financial Communications and is based in Hong Kong. Article

After leading the PR campaign for the inaugural Art Central in 2015, Sinclair Communications has been appointed as agency partner for the 2016 fair. Article

PricewaterhouseCoopers is looking to acquire Fluid. Article

Andrew Kirk is leaving Edelman after three as Hong Kong MD, with senior directors Adrian Warr and Andres Vejarano taking charge until a new MD is found. Article

International trade association ICCO and the UK’s Public Relations Consultants Association have launched a policy unity in conjunction with the #FuturePRoof community, which recently published a book about the future of public relations management and practice. Article

Lee Nugent is stepping down from his role as CEO of Nelson Bostock. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has hired Stuart Macaulay to lead its Abu Dhabi operation. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has a new leadership structure in India that eliminates regional divisions, and is designed to give clients a “one India” solution. Article

Horizon Communication Group has acquired independent communications consultancy Get The MessageArticle

Cannings has appointed Renée Bertuch as managing director. Article

Inshorts has appointed Adfactors PR as its communication partner. Article

SPAG Asia has been awarded a key mandate from the Local Organising Committee to manage the announcement that India is taking over as the official host for FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017. Article

Infosys has consolidated its global PR remit with Lewis in its US and European markets following a review. Article

Cynapsus Therapeutics has appointed Kristen Galfetti as vice president, investor relations and corporate communications. Article

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