PR Updates From Around the World for December 20

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!

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Atlanta
Brandware has been selected by Ashton Woods as its public relations agency partner. Article

communications 21 (c21) has hired Jaclyn McDougal as senior account manager to join the c21 team. Article

Boston
BOND announces the hiring of Deana Martin as its new Director of Marketing. Article

Chicago
Grisko has launched an integrated marketing communications campaign to promote the debut of the new Chicago-region Ventra Mobile App, the first-ever transit payment app of its kind in the nation. Article

Frequency540 has hired creative talent Suzanne Michaels to oversee its creative department. Article

Finn Partners Chicago named One of the City’s “50 on Fire” by Chicago Inno. Article

Dallas
Halliburton Investor Relations & Communications (HIR) announced the election of Hala Elsherbini onto the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) National board of directors. Article

DC
Elly Spinweber Burke has joined The Glover Park Group as a vice president in the strategic communications division. Article

President Obama has appointed John Kirby as assistant secretary for public affairs, Department of State. Article

The International Coach Federation (ICF) named Stanton Communications its global public relations agency of record. Article

Crosby Marketing Communications has won four awards in the 2015 Best in Maryland awards competition of the Maryland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Article

Catherine Melquist, senior vice president of Sage Communications‘ Satellite division, was recently selected to be the new Mobile Satellite Users Association president. Article

Warschawski announced that it has hired John Devor as a Senior Developer. Article

BitFury Group announced Jamie Smith joined the team as Global Chief Communications Officer. Article

Detroit
Vanguard Public Affairs has announced the addition of Andrew Heller. Article

Los Angeles
Laura Ackermann is now launching Advantage Public Relations effective December 15. Article

Myriad Marketing announced it has acquired Spring O’Brien. Article

Farmers Insurance announced it selected Leesa Eichberger to lead its Brand and Sponsorships unit. She will begin in her new role on January 4, 2016. Article

Miami
Llorente & Cuenca has acquired 70 percent of US firm EDF Communications. Article

Diamond Public Relations is now working with Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Article

República announced that it was selected by PR News as one of the “Top Places to Work in PR.” Article

Minneapolis
General Mills has hired Mary Lynn Carver as vice president of global corporate communications and chief communications officer. Article

RiverMend Health has chosen Maccabee Public Relations as its agency for media relations, social media marketing and corporate communications. Article

Pineapple RM announced it has promoted Cassie Roman to account executive. Article

Ralph Crosby, Founder and Chairman of Crosby Marketing, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Public Relations Society of America Maryland Chapter. Article

Gage announced it has hired Dan Hellerich as tech lead and Lauren Johnson as engagement manager. Article

Nashville
Heather Husek has joined McCarthy Holdings as vice president, corporate communications. Article

Brian Bartow, a member of the St. Louis Cardinals‘ communications department since 1987, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence. Article

Newport Beach
Morgan Marketing & Public Relations has been sold by founder and president Melinda Morgan Kartsonis to Kristin Daher. All current employees and clients will remain with the firm. Article

New York
Chris Albert has been named senior vice president of digital and social research and analytics at Ketchum. Article

HL Group announced has promoted Kimberly Flaster to senior vice president of fashion. Article

Ogilvy PR has formed a new board to advise CEO Stuart Smith and the newly expanded executive committee on strategies related to growing talent, innovation and digital capabilities. Article

Project: WorldWide has appointed Jennifer Comiteau as executive director of corporate communications, a new role. Article

Lou Hammond & Associates has added seven new clients for public relations, digital marketing and positioning. Article

Vested has added clients including financial services companies Bloomberg, Citadel, Tabb Group, and Broadridge as well as financial publishing companies Investopedia and Institutional Investor. The firm has also appointed Ali Wells as its chief creative officer. Article

WPP’s Palisades Media Ventures has formed a strategic partnership with A Plus. Article

Brand Connections announced the recent launch of their newest division, FEED Public Relations. Article

Julie Livingston has launched PR Video Boost, a video service offering affordable video packages using remote production. Article

Magrino Digital has expanded its roster of clients to include digital marketing services for Chateau d’Esclans, The Ranch at Live Oak, Highland Dallas and Windsor Properties. Article

Afimilk has selected LP&M Advertising to implement a public relations and education campaign for the dairy industry in North America. Article

Falcon + Wolf today announced the launch of the FalconWolf Content Lab. Article

Visioneer, Inc. has selected Feintuch Communications as its public relations agency of record. Article

Havas PR North America has won the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation account. Article

PebblePost announced the hiring of Elke Wong as Vice President of Customer Success and Jacquelyn Goldberg as the company’s first Director of Sales. Article

Newsweek announced that Margarita Noriega has joined the team as Director of Social Media. Article

Larry Bernard is now director of communications for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). Article

Guinness World Records and D S Simon Media have today announced a new joint marketing initiative in the USA. Article

Prosek Partners has been certified as a Woman-Owned Business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Article

Burson-Marsteller today announced a strategic partnership with Ridge Global. Article

Philadelphia
Temple Emanuel has launched a visioning and fundraising campaign, “Emunah,” that incorporates a video produced by Lubetkin Media Companies (LMC). Article

Flackable has expanded its team by adding Amanda Coyle and Megan Healy as account coordinators. Article

Sacramento
The Dewey Square Group (DSG) has announced that Erin Campbell Boltz will join the firm as General Manager of DSG’s California office and as leader of DSG’s California Public Affairs Practice. Article

San Diego
Dan Pfeiffer has joined GoFundMe as vice president of policy and communications. Article

San Francisco
Pan Communications has acquired Vantage PRArticle

MSR Communications announced it has been named one of the Top Places to Work in PR by PR News. Article

Eastwick announced that marketing executive Phyllis Grove will partner with the company to offer her marketing expertise to Eastwick clients via the CMO-in-Residence (CIR) program. Article

Silicon Valley
Tanis Communications has appointed Michele Landry as executive vice president to lead and grow the public relations and employee communications practices. Article

DC & New York
Cohn & Wolfe announced the addition of three senior executives to its growing U.S. healthcare practice. Joining the agency are Mary Conway, in a newly created role as Managing Director of Healthcare Media, U.S.; Alice Sofield as SVP, Healthcare Media, U.S.; and Jenn Gordon as VP, Healthcare Media, U.S. Article

London & New York
Pascale Communications (PC) announces the formation of PCGlobal, a business unit specially designed to assist international clients with professional, mainstream and digital campaigns. Article

 Frankfurt
Schwartz PR has won the PR account for Weebly. Article

Hong Kong
Edelman has appointed Daniel Yang as business director in Beijing and Mikko He as creative director in Shanghai as part of Edelman Digital’s cointinued expansion. Article

The Prudential Eye Awards has appointed W Communications to handle the consumer communications for its forthcoming awards and exhibition in Singapore in January. Article

Ogilvy Public Relations Singapore has promoted Emily Poon to deputy managing director. Article

H+K Strategies has strengthened its senior team in China by hiring four new executives as it seeks to step up integration across digital and technology. Article

Golin has significantly expanded its offering in China by acquiring local partner Magic Group, creating a 150-person firm called GolinMagic. Article

Herbalife has tapped Tod Gimbel to lead government affairs in Asia-Pacific. Article

Cohn & Wolfe has opened in Guangzhou, after being named PR agency of record for Colgate in China. Article

Netflix is talking to agencies about building its presence in Asia through social media. Article

Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) has announced the promotion of Anthony Wong as Worldwide Effectiveness Director, effective January 4, 2016. Article

London
The three-strong senior management team from creative agency Diamond Conspiracy is joining Four Communications Group. Client services director Piers Bracher, creative director John Scully, and creative services director Jonny Campbell will all take senior roles in Four’s creative and digital practice. Article

Brands2Life has expanded its management team with the addition of Claire Rudall as managing director, corporate. Article

Maitland has appointed Al Loehnis as a partner in the firm, head of its TMT Industries advisory team and head of digital media. Article

London Union appointed Headland to advise on corporate and financial communications as it launched a significant crowdfunding campaig to build a flagship street food market in central London. Article

Dynamo PR has been brought in by Canonical to promote Ubuntu, a leading OS for PC, tablet, phone and cloud. Article

Oracle has extended its relationship with Burson-Marsteller into EMEA, after earlier consolidating work with the WPP PR firm in North America and Latin America. Article

Slack has brought in Marlin PR to oversee PR in the UK and Europe amid continued growth. Article

Activision Blizzard has hired Blue Rubicon to lead corporate PR across Europe following a competitive pitch. Article

Arent Jan Hesselink is to leave Philips to become GM of Edelman Netherlands. Article

Grayling is merging its UK brand practice with Huntsworth sibling firm Atomic. Article

ECCO has appointed Ketchum as its sole UK press office agency. Article

Henkel Transport & Metal has chosen EMG to spearhead the brand PR strategy activities of its European automotive business. Article

Amnesty International has awarded Commetric a contract for multi-market media analysis and evaluation to aid communications planning for human rights campaigns. Article

Beazley and CNC – Communications & Network Consulting have formed a global partnership designed to help organisations protect and insure themselves from the reputational impact of a data breach. Article

Ketchum has hired Andrew Ferguson as director of strategic and creative planning. Article

Next 15 has acquired UK digital agency ODD, after raising almost £8m via a share placing. Article

Catherine Warne has left her position as chief executive of Creston Health Unlimited. Article

Priority Software has brought in UK PR support as it expands operations in the country. Article

Unilad has brought in Manifest London to help it build on its success in reaching Gen-Y males. Article

Paris
Steinreich Communications has appointed Daniel Seaman as its managing director of its Israel office. Article

Heather Knox has joined Groupe Renault as vice president of external relations. Article

Rossella Carrara joined APCO Worldwide as deputy managing director of APCO’s Rome office. Article

Wix.com announced today that following the success of its 2015 Super Bowl campaign, it will return to Big Game marketing by airing a new spot during the CBS broadcast of Super Bowl 50. Article

Sydney
Meenu Handa is leaving Amazon to become communications head at Google India. Article

DEC PR has added new clients including RaboDirect and Perform. The agency also added Stuart Terry and welcomes back account director Joanne McIntosh. Article

Toronto
Kim West, National Public Relations‘ director of integration, has been promoted to chief client officer for National in Toronto. Article

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