PR Updates From Around the World for November 30

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
Strategic Vision LLC has rebranded itself as Strategic Vision PR Group. Article

Media Frenzy Global recently announced its official partnership with Velociti as its public relations and brand communications agency of record for its Facility Services business. Article

Boston
Havas PR North America has won the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation account and hired Linda Descano, CFA, to lead as executive vice president from the Havas office in Providence, R.I. Article

Warner Communications has announced that it has been named public relations agency for O’verlaysArticle

Millennium Integrated Marketing announced the launch of their digital agency’s new website, http://www.mill-im.com. Article

Allison+Partners announced its entry into Boston, expanding the agency’s footprint to 13 cities in the US and 19 worldwide. New York General Manager Anne Colaiacovo has been named Chair, Eastern region to manage the business operations of Boston, in addition to New York and Washington, DC. Article

Charlotte
French/West/Vaughan has hired Carol Lewis as vice president and media director. In addition, Lacie Lindstaedt joins as account supervisor; Debbie Vandiford and Jennie Klahre as senior account executives. Article

Articulon announced today two new account wins within the Professional Services practice group. Article

Chicago
Golin announced it is now opening applications for its second U.S. “Unternship.” Article

Cleveland
Kroger has promoted Kate Ward to director of investor relations. Article

Dallas
Saxum has hired Amy Pyles as vice president of digital to oversee its interactive business. Article

CyrusOne recently partnered with marketing agency M/C/C for planning and management of the global data center company’s integrated media strategies and implementation. Article

DC
The Motion Picture Association of America has named Chris Ortman as vice president, corporate communications, and the association’s chief spokesperson. Article

Kivvit has added former White House digital practitioner Thomas Kelley and former US Department of Energy and Obama Administration official Damian Bednarz to its team. Article

Fenton has named Trish Taylor as managing director of the Washington, DC, office. Article

H+K Strategies has announced that Soren Dayton has joined their Washington, D.C. office as a senior vice president. Article

The Interactive Advertising Bureau has named Dave Grimaldi as the trade organization’s new executive vice president of public policy and head of its Washington, DC, office. Article

Detroit
834 Design & Marketing and Vanguard Public Affairs have announced a strategic partnership that will combine the unique resources and talents of both companies to benefit current and prospective clients. Article

Los Angeles
Kathryn Kranhold has been appointed UCLA‘s associate vice chancellor for university communications and marketing.  Article

Murphy O’Brien Public Relations announced three new clients joining its Travel collection. Article

MLC PR is expanding its presence in the lifestyle PR sector by establishing a new subsidiary company, Conscious Living PR. Article

Minneapolis
Spong founder Doug Spong plans to step down from his role as president emeritus, a few months after appointing Julie Batliner as head of the firm. Article

Nashville
ReviveHealth has been selected as the strategic marketing communication agency of record for Pamplona Capital Partners IV LP. Article

New York
Hilary Smith has been promoted to senior vice president, communications, for NBCUniversal entertainment and digital networks and integrated media. Article

DeVries Global has hired Daniel Maree as vice president, creative intelligence, part of a department that includes strategy, creative content, social media, analytics and research. Article

Carolyn Izzo Integrated Communications has appointed Amy Sedeño as senior account executive. Article

Burson-Marsteller has been named agency of record for NextVR. Article

The Halo Group has been selected by the Toy Industry Association as the primary agency to help rally families and influencers behind their ongoing consumer program, The Genius of Play, which provides families with the information and inspiration to make play an important part of their daily lives. Article

J Public Relations has added two of The Ritz-Carlton properties, Chicago and Washington D.C. to its list of luxury hotel clientele. Article

Renee Wilson is leaving MSLGroup to become president of the PR Council. Article

Margi Booth, chairman of M Booth, is taking on an EVP position at parent company Next 15 to work alongside CEO Tim Dyson on the holding company’s strategic initiatives. Article

Fitz and Floyd has named 5W Public Relations as its PR AOR. Article

Child’s Play Communications announces the launch of The Influencer Initiative, to help companies that target moms reach them across multiple social media platforms. Article

Philadelphia
Delaware Investments has hired Daniela Palmieri as assistant vice president, senior corporate communications manager. Article

Phoenix
Avnet has named Kevin Sellers to the newly created role of vice president of corporate marketing and communications. Article

San Francisco
Nathan Friedman, considered a rising star at Ogilvy PR, resigned from the firm as managing director of Ogilvy West, overseeing operations in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Denver. Article

Seattle
Seth Oster has been named chief communications officer leading marketing and communications for Vulcan. Article

Silicon Valley
Broadcom’s Karen Kahn is now CCO at the new HP which completed its split from the combined Hewlett-Packard entity last month. Article

DC & New York
Burson-Marsteller has formed a strategic partnership with Ridge Global. Article

 Los Angeles & New York
Myriad Marketing has acquired Spring O’Brien. Chris Spring will continue to run the company and operate it as a separate unit within Myriad, with its current staff and clients. Article

New York and Toronto
A new and innovative agency named The Startup Farm, offering a full range of valuable resources under one roof, has launched as an idea-house, incubator and transformative consultancy providing to upstart consumer food and beverage companies services such as brand creation, package design, product formulation, manufacturing guidance, distribution consultancy, work space, operations consultancy and access to early-stage capital. Article

Frankfurt
Caroline Hempstead has been appointed as head of communication, public affairs and sustainable development, of LafargeHolcim, reporting to CEO Eric Olsen. Article

Volkswagen brand communications head Peter Thul has become the latest casualty of the company’s emissions scandal, stepping down after 11 years with the German automaker. Article

Edelman has acquired German independent firm Ergo Kommunikation, in a bid to boost its offering in Europe’s second-largest PR market. Article

 London
Way To Blue has acquired The Project Factory. Article

Chris Lee has launched Silvester and Finch, a new digital consultancy that will work with companies seeking to expand their digital marketing capabilities. Article

Rentokil Initial UK has retained incumbent agency Brands2Life, and hired CubanEight to manage PR for its five UK businesses. Article

Signal has appointed Nelson Bostock Unlimited as its UK PR agency following a competitive pitch. Article

Atomic PR has been appointed by Lengow to promote it in the UK. Article

Anne Villemoes has stepped down from her role as VP of group communications at Danish Crown after a decade. Article

Lewis has rebranded by adding new services, dropping ‘PR’ from its name and redesigning its logo. Article

Paris
Lift World has hired Teresa Figueira as MD in charge of integration. Article

Publicis Groupe has announced a reorganisation of the holding group into four units, which will see PR network MSLGroup sit alongside advertising and digital agencies in the Publicis Communications group. Article

Toronto
Wolf Wörster has launched Kudamm Marketing, a luxury marketing agency that will help celebrities, high-profile individuals, start-ups, and brands reinvent themselves. Article

The Jeff Eller Group and Scout Public Affairs have begun an agency affiliation with the goal of giving clients in-market public affairs and crisis communications expertise in the US and Canada. Article

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