PR Updates From Around the World for the Week of January 18

February 1, 2016

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!

PR Industry Updates

Boston
Natixis Global Asset Management has hired Ted Meyer as senior vice president of global public relations and communications. Article

Hollywood Public Relations has added new clients including: NorthPage, a leading digital marketing intelligence company; BoardProspects.com, a board recruitment network; and HBX, a digital learning initiative from Harvard Business School. Article

RF|Binder announced it has appointed Scott Beaudoin as Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Managing Director of Corporate & Brand Purpose. Article

Charlotte
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated has named Kimberly Kuo as senior vice president of public affairs, communications and communities. Article

Communications professionals in the West Virginia Tri-State area now have a professional organization of their own to call home. The Public Relations Society of America-River Cities Chapter was formed in December 2015. Article

Chicago
C Henson Consulting has named agency veteran Kris Garvey as Senior Strategist and Director of Operations. Article

United has hired James Olson to lead communications. Article

Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets has named Zapwater Communications as its Public Relations Agency of Record. Article

Frequency540 (FQ540) has hired Larry Byrne to lead the digital agency’s production practice. Article

Northern Illinois University announced the appointment of Lisa Miner to the position of Director of Institutional Communications. Article

Cleveland
An Indiana-based marketing group has announced the launch of a totally new concept in restaurant marketing. Known as The Restaurant Marketing Department (TRMD), restaurant owners will now be able to have a professional marketing department for as long or as little as they need one, without the costs associated with hiring a full-time staff. Article

Dallas
The Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (GFWPRSA) has named its officers and board of directors for 2016.  Article

DC
JPA Health Communications is positioned to continue strong growth with the addition of Michael O’Brien as executive vice president and head of its Washington, D.C. office. Article

Susan Davis International has named Daniel Gregory as vice president. Article

Joe Lockhart has joined the National Football League as executive vice president of communications. Article

Linda Roth Associates, Inc. announced this month the expansion of its client portfolio with new, notable clients in the agency’s hospitality, special events, and real estate practices. Article

Philippe P. Bartholin has joined Global Communicators as senior account executive. Article

Los Angeles
ANTHEMIC announced that Haufe has tapped its PR division as their agency of record. Article

Castillo & Ruig Communications has been appointed to lead the strategic public relations campaign for Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts in the Unites States and Canada. Article

Ek & Sunkin has added a new partner, Matt Klink, owner of public affairs and political consulting firm Klink Campaigns. The new firm, Ek Sunkin & Klink, will offer clients a full suite of public affairs, public relations and government advocacy services. Article

PMK*BNC execs Joseph Assad and Lewis Kay have started a new firm – Kovert Creative – in partnership with WME-IMG, that offers marketing, branding and digital, and publicity services. Article

Mirrored Media announced the addition of Syfy to its roster across multiple marketing services. Article

Miami
Cohn & Wolfe has acquired a majority stake in Grupo Máquina, one of Brazil’s largest independent PR firms. Article

Hemsworth Communications announced it has been selected to handle trade and development public relations for Best Western Hotels & Resorts. Article

Nashville
FleishmanHillard has promoted J.J. Carter to the role of global chief operating officer and Americas president. Article

Newport Beach
Driven Public Relations has formed a strategic partnership with StockPKG. Article

Powerhouse Public Relations has opened its doors in Santa Ana. Formerly operating as Morgan Marketing & Public Relations, the agency’s clients, along with its 25 years of resources transitioned to Powerhouse Public Relations. The change took effect on January 1, 2016. Article

New York
Intermarket Communications has added Michael Kingsley as a senior account supervisor. In addition, Eleis Brennan has taken on the role of senior account executive and Benjamin Sheng joins as an assistant account executive. Article

M Booth has added two food clients to its roster: Vega, recently acquired by WhiteWave Foods and a leader in plant-based natural health and performance products; and House Foods America, one of the largest makers of tofu in the US. Article

Nancy J Friedman Public Relations has been named the agency of record for Proper Hotels in Los Angeles, California and The Plymouth Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. Article

Magrino announced a new client, Barton & Gray Mariners Club. Article

Stephanie Gotch PR has been selected to represent Overthrow NYC. Article

Heyman Associates has promoted Jessamyn Katz and TR Straub, both to the position of senior vice president. Article

Publicis Worldwide New York has promoted Carla Serrano to CEO, effective immediately. Article

Active International announced it has named Lou LaTorre to lead a new global agency advocacy group. Article

Doug Satzman joined Le Pain Quotidien as US CEO. Article

Alice Rutkowski joined SAGIN LLC as EVP Communications. Article

Philadelphia
M studio announced it has been awarded the 12-month integrated marketing contract for Troy Container Line for the fifth year in a row. Article

Slice Communications announced that it has promoted Victoria Lee and hired Scott Kessler and Nick Ricci as its newest members of the team. Article

Phoenix
Caesars Entertainment Corporation has appointed Richard Broome as executive vice president of public affairs and communications. Article

Scientific Games Corporation has named Susan Cartwright vice president of corporate communications. Article

Sacramento
Sierra-at-Tahoe announced Steven Hemphill as the new Director of Marketing and Sales as of January, 2016. Article

San Francisco
Edelman‘s US Western region COO Kristine Boyden has been named president of the region. Article

Fineman PR has promoted Travis Taylor to executive vice president. Article

Seattle
Rocket Fuel announced the appointment of Eric Duerr as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer. Article

Frankfurt
Travel Lifestyle Network has added three new members: Girafe Communications in Quebec, which will represent the network in Canada’s French-speaking markets; B4TComm, which has offices in both Brazil and Chile; and Travel Studio in Mexico. Article

Hong Kong
Golin has been appointed by Nespresso Singapore on a retainer basis for a period of one year. Article

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has appointed Camilla Chiam as vice president of PR and communications for Asia Pacific. Article

London
Ketchum has signed an exclusive affiliation agreement with RED Communications, a leading communications agency in Azerbaijan. Article

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has appointed Threepipe to help drive social reach and engagement around key consumer facing campaigns. Article

Burger & Lobster has brought in Manifest London to help educate customers about the provenance of its products and establish the brand internationally. Article

Olio has appointed Marlin PR to help drive brand awareness as the company looks to grow its user base. Article

Liberty Communications announced that is has been selected by CloserStill Media to launch Smart IoT London, the world’s largest IoT event, taking place on April 12-13, 2016. Article

Narrative Integrated Communications has won more than £250,000 of work across its core service areas, which include PR, creative work, advertising, digital media and marketing strategy. Redcar & Cleveland College has called upon Narrative to create and implement a social media campaign; recruitment firm TechConsult and business skills specialist KF Training have been added to the PR client portfolio; and a media buying campaign for Reds Hair and Beauty Salon is now underway. Article

Weber Shandwick has been appointed by British Gas as its new retained agency for consumer and B2B PR, following a keenly-contested pitch. Article

AkzoNobel is restructuring its global communications approach, as part of a broader transformation that is underway at the €15bn Dutch MNC, which owns Dulux along with numerous other paint, performance coating and chemical brands. Article

Teneo has been appointed to advise Australian retail giant Wesfarmers on its proposed £340m acquisition of UK DIY chain Homebase. Article

Paris
TRACCS has appointed Stephen Marney as vice president of strategy and development. Article

EUROPEN appointed Gwendoline Riou as its EU public affairs and communications manager. Article

AMEC will provide an advisory service for the research and measurement categories of the PR Lions awards, part of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Article

Wix.com has revealed more details about the creative direction of its second Super Bowl spot that will air during CBS’ broadcast on February 7th. Article

Sydney
WPP-owned Professional Public Relations Worldwide has launched in India, with offices in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. The PPR team will be led by Vandana Sandhir, country lead; Bhuvnesh Chawla, business lead; and Mona Puri, managing partner – North. Article

MSL has appointed Srinivas Krishnan as senior advisor to its auto practice. Article

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PR Updates From Around the World for January 11, 2016

January 25, 2016

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
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has named Michael Torres Vice President of Corporate Communications, The Americas. Article

Brandware Public Relations announced the appointment of Ryan Deal as senior vice president of strategy and content. Article

Austin
Caitlin Rourk has launched Dynamis Strategies, a communication consulting firm. Article

Boston
Solomon McCown has launched a new government relations practice, a natural extension of the firm’s public affairs expertise, and has hired Daniel F. Cence as Senior Vice President to run the practice. Article

Tier One Partners announced communications veteran Sarah Mees has joined the agency as senior account director. Article

Charlotte
I Heart Keenwah announced its partnership with Groundswell Public Relations to oversee their media relations and strategically drive editorial content in the natural product and active lifestyle arenas. Article

919 Marketing celebrates its 20th anniversary this month with a series of milestones that accentuate the firm’s success with clients across a broad range of industries. Article

Chicago
Gagen MacDonald has promoted Sherry Scott to president, effective immediately. Article

Cleveland
P&G has concluded its extensive global PR agency review, consolidating PR support for all of its brands with five global agency groups: MMK+ (Omnicom), MSLGroup (Publicis), Citizen Relations (Blue Focus), DeVries Global (Interpublic) and H+K Strategies (WPP). Article

Dallas
Richard Maxwell has joined the staff of PAVLOV Agency. Article

DC
The Glover Park Group has added Jim Bognet as a senior vice president in the strategic communications practice. Article

The Society of Satellite Professionals International‘s Awards Committee has selected Penelope Longbottom, founder of Longbottom Communications and most recently president of Sage Communications‘ satellite division, to be inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame. Article

Denver
Stephanie Stover has joined Greteman Group as a brand manager. Article

Meghan Smith, a graphic designer at Greteman Group, has been promoted to art director. Article

Northrop Grumman Corporation recently announced that its board of directors has elected Lisa R. Davis to take the role of Corporate Vice President, Communications, effective Feb. 29, 2016. Article

Los Angeles
Barry Ziehl has been named senior vice president, public affairs and strategic initiatives for Warner Bros. Entertainment. Article

Triple 7 Public Relations has been selected to represent Tami Pardee, owner and principal broker of Pardee Properties. Article

USC Annenberg and USC Viterbi are teaming up in a transformative, interdisciplinary partnership to launch programs that will shape new kinds of communication and technology professionals for the 21st century – equipped with education and training that combines the strengths of their fields. Article

1105 Media announced that Anne Armstrong has been honored at the CES Government Conference in Las Vegas. Article

Miami
Porter Novelli (PN) announced that Verónica González has joined its Mexico City office to lead the local Health and Wellness Practice. Article

Minneapolis
Tunheim has added Don Ness to its roster of strategic partners, helping the firm relationships with stakeholders and community leaders in the corporate, academic and non-profit sectors. In addition, Ness also announced the founding of Hillside Ventures, which will specialize in business and economic development, executive strategies, organizational development and public affairs messaging. Article

Clarity Coverdale Fury hired six new employees, including an Assistant Art Director (Becca Dietz), an Account Coordinator (Madeline Hasler), an Assistant Media Planner (Walter Kaplan) and Media Planner (Max Forster), Brand Development Supervisor (Robin Pfeifer) and Director of Business Development (Karen Schultz). Article

New York
SITO Mobile has appointed Joseph Wilkinson as senior vice president of investor relations. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies announced Nancy Fitzsimmons joined the firm this week as a senior vice president in the corporate and crisis practice. Article

Porter Novelli (PN) has appointed four new partners to the firm. Article

CRC has been named the agency of record for BeYu. Article

Investopedia has selected Vested as agency of record to manage its global communications. Article

Scott Beaudoin has joined RF|Binder as chief strategy officer and executive MD of corporate and brand purpose. Article

Bret Werner has joined MWW as chief client officer and EVP. Article

Brandstyle Communications announces its representation of CÜR Music. Article

Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR has been tapped as the new PR firm for online beauty retailer Beauteque. Article

WorldatWork announced Hill+Knowlton Strategies U.S. has earned its Work-Life Seal of Distinction for 2016, recognizing employers that demonstrate leadership in creating a culture that supports employees at work and at home. Article

Brodeur Partners announced that Beth Kwon has joined the firm as Vice President.  Article

ICR announced the appointments of Rob Sharp, Co-CEO and owner, Ramy Brook, and Joseph B. Kennedy, Managing Partner, Crystal Lake Capital, as the first members of ICR’s newly created advisory board. Article

Melissa Gliatta was promoted to COO, North America of Thor Equities. Article

Debra Hyman joined Greatist as SVP of Marketing and Partnerships. Article

Sean Gardner joined William Blair as Director in financial sponsors group. Article

Andrew Levine joined Blue Latitude Consulting LLC as Managing Director. Article

Thom Hamill joined JCCA as Chief Advancement Officer. Article

Daniel Rhoads was promoted to Executive Director of Adveq. Article

Henry Johnson joined Northern Trust as Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman. Article

Ethan Vogelhut was promoted to Executive Director of Adveq. Article

San Francisco
Resound Marketing announced it has been selected as the 2016 agency of record for Palo Alto Software. Article

Current Marketing announced that Erica Archambault McCabe has joined the agency as an executive vice president. Article

George Pollington has launched a new, global event consultancy, RGE. Article

Sitecore announced that it awarded its US PR account to Eastwick as the company continues to promote its context marketing point of view which launched in October of 2015. Article

Denver & Minneapolis
Woodruff Sweitzer (WS) recently announced the addition of Lindsey Woolsey and Brandon Thomas to its Kansas City, Missouri, office, Cynthia Kotovsky to its Columbia, Missouri, office and Halli Kubes to the agency’s Red Wing, Minnesota, office. Article

Hong Kong
Burson-Marsteller has named Ruby Fu as the PR firm’s new CEO in China. Article

Jeffrey Yu has joined Edelman as CEO in China. Article

Geometry Global Malaysia has revealed key appointments in core divisions across the agency. Effective immediately, Jayesh Vyas has taken the role of Chief Finance Officer, Sean Lim has been promoted to General Manager for Brand Activation while counterpart Leong Siew Yee will head up the Shopper Marketing division as General Manager.  Article

London
Zoopla has appointed Brands2Life to handle its consumer PR. Article

StockWell Communications Group and Pendomer Communications have fully rebranded as Teneo Strategy. Article

John Morris joins Freshwater‘s London team bringing experience in stakeholder engagement, political communications and public affairs. Article

Ryanair has appointed Matthias Wenk as marketing operations director, overseeing all advertising, brand communications and sales and marketing functions. Article

Beattie has appointed Jessica McAndrew as digital communications director. Article

Bacardi has begun a review of PR agency support for key brands across Europe. Article

Adidas has hired Hope&Glory to work on its running and women’s performance categories in the UK. Article

Pepsico is reviewing its consumer PR agency roster across Europe. Article

The Academy is merging with Shine Communications, with Mitchell Kaye and Daniel Glover taking a majority stake in the new venture. Article

Huddle as brought in CCgroup as its first UK PR firm, as the UK startup steps up its growth plans. Article

Kinetic Worldwide has partnered with Endeavour Media to offer clients a brand new OOH opportunity: customizable interaction with all OOH inventory, both traditional and digital. Article

Paris
The International Olympic Committee has appointed Philip French as director of its public affairs and social development. Article

FTI Consulting has appointed Sir Philip Lowe as senior advisor in the public affairs practice. Article

Alessio Vinci has been named as senior vice president for corporate communications at Alitalia. Article

Sydney
Vistara has shifted its PR mandate after 18 months with IPAN H+K Strategies. Article

Toronto
Ireland + Hall Communications has added skin care brand Elabloom and renewed its contract with organic frozen food provider füdi, by DMR Foods. Article

Teneo Holdings has expanded to Canada, hiring three senior executives to lead its new operation in Toronto. Article

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PR Updates From Around the World for the Week of January 4, 2016

January 15, 2016

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 PR Group has launched its Velocity PR Program designed for emerging companies and start-ups. The program provides traditional public relations, social media, and branding services at an accelerated pace, designed to meet the needs of emerging companies. Article

Porter Novelli (PN) announced that Melissa Kraus Taylor has been named managing director of the agency’s Atlanta office. Article

Austin
Drumroll announced that it has partnered with My Fit Foods to deliver outstanding customer experiences that play a key role in helping busy people lead healthy lives, to evolve the brand’s style and experience to reflect the evolution of the company. Article

Charlotte
DFPR announced that Hickory Tavern has joined its agency roster of partners. Article

Chicago
Cushman & Wakefield has hired Stefanie Murphy as vice president, global public relations. Article

Zapwater Communications announced that Visit Finland has appointed the agency as USA public relations agency of record. Article

Radio Flyer has named Current as public relations agency of record following a competitive review. Article

Olson Engage has named Jeff Olson to a newly created executive vice president role. Article

Cleveland
Gatesman+Dave has announced the addition of Emily Eischeid as Senior Media Planner and Buyer. Article

Dallas
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
Northrop Grumman has named Lisa Davis corporate vice president, communications, effective February 29. Article

Airlines for America has named Penny Kozakos as vice president, communications. Article

Agenda announced national energy policy expert Jeff Crater as its new Senior Energy Advisor. Article

GYMR Public Relations announced internal promotions and new hires in its Washington, D.C. office. Article

Denver
Chipotle Mexican Grill has parted ways with Edelman and is currently searching for new PR agency support. Article

Los Angeles
JMPR Public Relations has been named agency of record for Los Angeles Modern Auctions. Article

DKC Public Relations, Marketing & Government Affairs announced the appointment of Chris Regan as Senior Vice President, Film & Digital, joining the agency’s entertainment division. Article

Miami
JeffreyGroup has named Asher Levine as managing director at the firm’s Miami headquarters. Article

O’Connell & Goldberg (O&G) public relations announces the promotion of Sofia Garcia to senior account executive. Article

Minneapolis
Martin Williams Advertising was named agency of record for Horton, Inc. Article

Nashville
Weber Shandwick has expanded its healthcare capability by acquiring ReviveHealth. Article

New York
Eileen O’Connor has been appointed vice president for communications at Yale University. Article

Exposure America announced that it has been named public relations agency of record for Herschel Supply. Article

Child’s Play Communications has signed Insensi as its newest client. Article

CRC has been named the agency of record for House of Matriarch. Article

Evoke Marketing has signed Mochidoki as a new client. Article

Schafer Condon Carter has been retained by Stetson Dress Hats to handle all PR strategy, content development and media outreach. Article

M2M PR & Partnerships celebrates its five-year anniversary with the launch of a new production division. Article

Ray Kotcher is stepping down from his role as chairman of Ketchum, after 32 years. Article

Tom Johnson has been named chief executive officer of Abernathy MacGregor. Article

ELR Media Group announced it is representing Yumi Kim. Article

Taft and Partners announced that it has opened a new office in Newark, New Jersey. Article

Parasol announced the appointment of Sasa Nikolic to its executive management team. Article

Buzz Media Solutions announced the appointment of two prominent Capital Region business leaders, Gary Hughes and Dr. Clinton Ballinger, to the company’s newly created strategic advisory group. Article

IBT Media announced that Daniel Goodman has joined the marketing team as VP, Director of Marketing Operations. Article

Phoenix
Amendola Communications has added two health information exchanges to its client roster. Article

San Francisco
Abernathy MacGregor has named managing director Heather Wilson as head of its San Francisco office. Article

Michael Busselen, Seagate’s VP of corporate communications, has left the data storage company for ServiceMax, a late-stage software startup, also based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Article

Los Angeles & Seattle
DNA Response and Marketing Maven announced their strategic partnership to enhance revenue for consumer brands selling products on leading e-commerce marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay and Sears.com through the execution of public relations and social media marketing. Article

Hong Kong
Sinclair Communications has been re-appointed as agency partner for Singapore Tourism Board on a retainer basis. Article

Huawei has brought in WPP PR firms Ogilvy PR and H+K Strategies to work on consumer PR support for its fast-growing mobile device business, following a global review that took place last year. Article

Jessica Lee has departed her role as chief communications officer at McDonald’s Greater China to become Netflix‘s first regional director of corporate communications in Asia. Article

Ruth Rowan has moved into a global marketing job for Dimension Data. Article

London
Ed Davey will be joining MHP Communications to provide senior counsel to MHP and across the firm’s UK and international clients on sectors including energy, infrastructure and logistics. Article

Ryanair has appointed Cristian Samoilovich as its first head of public affairs. Article

Four Communications Group has launched Four Consulting, a proposition aimed at delivering key services for clients based on the need for “preparedness.” Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has been appointed strategic PR partner for Skipton Building Society following a competitive pitch process. Article

MAG has appointed Graeme Elliott as group public affairs director. Article

Cytec Industrial Materials has appointed EMG to raise its profile in the German and pan-European automotive and materials market. Article

Blue Rubicon has hired Jon Priestley to join its digital team as an associate director. Article

Good Relations has appointed Jesscica Schon as senior associate director in its corporate team. Article

Dynamo PR has launched a dedicated virtual reality PR division and has signed leader in visual computing NVIDIA as a founding client. Article

Lewis has been chosen to handle the PR for Dutch lifestyle brand HEMA, which has nearly 700 stores in seven countries. Article

Tancredi has been appointed corporate and financial communications adviser to Turquoise Partners, a leading investment bank in Iran. Article

Ali Perkins has joined AstraZeneca as global head of communications for the pharma giant’s R&D units. Article

InterDigital has handed international PR duties to CCgroup. Article

Sydney
Genesis Burson-Marsteller has named Ajit Sahi as director, public affairs; Sanjay Arora as practice chair, corporate and financial; Piyal Banerjee as managing partner, telecom and technology (consumer); Shivaram Lakshminarayan as managing partner, telecom and technology (B2B) and corporate and financial (South). Nikhil Dey‘s role has expanded as president, public relations and public affairs and Atul Sharma is promoted as chief operating officer. Article

Toronto
Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada has acquired Acertys. Article

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PR Updates From Around the World for December 21 – January 3

January 6, 2016

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire, Nashville

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Atlanta
Joseph M. A. Ledlie, a longtime Atlanta public relations executive, died on Christmas Day. He was 72, AJC.com reports. Article

Austin
Salt and Company rings in 2016 with a new name to reflect the evolution of this nearly four-year old company specializing in agriculture, food and lifestyle clients. Rebranding as Wild Hive, the name captures the essence and style of the group and how they approach working with clients: curating a customized selection of experts with different specialties to create the strongest team. Article

Chicago
Public Communications Inc. has named Wendi Koziol its newest senior vice president. Article

DC
1105 Media and the Professional Services Council (PSC) announce a strategic partnership with PSC as the Founding Partner of the ACQUIRE Show, a new two-day educational conference and tradeshow for government acquisition and management professionals produced by 1105 Media, Inc. Article

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers announced that David Schwietert has been hired as Executive Vice President of Federal and Government Relations and Public Policy. Article

Los Angeles
BLAZE announced the addition of California Frozen Poppers to its list of clients. Article

Allison+Partners announced that after a competitive review, it has been named the lead consumer agency for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Article

Miami
Rose Marketing will launch its services in Havana, with plans to expand into a full service public relations, advertising, media and marketing services group. The operation is led by general director Galina Savina, supported by a local Cuban team. Article

Minneapolis
Cognate Nutritionals and its coconut oil beverage, Fuel For Thought, have retained PadillaCRTArticle

Nashville
McKenzi Loid has been promoted to account manager at Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations. Article

Newport Beach
Driven Public Relations has been retained by international supplier of premium beauty products rachel john. Article

Global Results Communications (GRC) announced the addition of Australia-based Maestrano to its client roster. Article

New York
Carolyn Izzo Integrated Communications has been named the PR agency of record for Thanks Again. Article

North 6th Agency (N6A) announced the introduction of its 2016 ‘Year of the Customer’ program. Article

Weber Shandwick will be the first global PR firm to pilot Facebook’s enterprise collaboration platform, Facebook at Work. Article

Philadelphia
The Lubetkin Media Companies produced a signature series of podcasts for longtime client NJSpotlight.com, from the news and public policy reporting website’s groundbreaking all-day conference, Spotlight on Cities, held in Newark, NJ in October. Article

 San Diego
Stalwart Communications announced it added MedaPoint, Inc. to its client roster. Article

DC & New York
Burson-Marsteller today announced that Karen Doyne, Managing Director, U.S. Crisis Practice, was named “Crisis Manager of the Year” in PR News’ 2015 PR People Awards, and that Sharron Silvers, Senior Director, U.S. Corporate and Financial Communications, was named to PR News’ 2015 Top Women in PR list. Article

Hong Kong
Porter Novelli (PN) announced that Dan Benelisha has joined its Singapore office as senior vice president and managing director. Article

Sydney
Uber has brought in MSLGroup to handle PR support in India, which is fast becoming one of its biggest markets outside the US. Article

Genesis Burson-Marsteller (GBM) has expanded Nikhil Dey‘s leadership role, one of several appointments at the Indian PR firm. Article

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PR Updates From Around the World for December 20

December 23, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire, Nashville

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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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PR Updates From Around the World for November 30

December 8, 2015

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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PR Updates From Around the World for November 23

December 2, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire, Nashville

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Boston
CGPR named Nicole Kieser as senior vice president. Article

Chicago
Spalding has named Walton Isaacson agency of record following a competitive pitch. Article

Wilks Communications Group (WCG) announced the appointment of two senior communications professionals to help lead the firm in its next phase of growth. Article

Cleveland
P&G is aiming to consolidate global PR support for all four of its key business units, as part of the FMCG giant’s overall effort to simplify operations and slash agency costs. Article

Dallas
Transformance, Inc., formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) of Greater Dallas, has named TrizCom Public Relations as its agency of record. Article

 Denver
Barnhart recently added the Town of Parker as a new client. Article

Los Angeles
MWW Public Relations announced that JP Schuerman has been promoted to president of MWWPR’s Western Region. Article

Miami
Weber Shandwick has launched in Brasilia, marking its fourth operation in Latin America’s biggest economy. Article

Nashville
Nissan has named Kristina Adamski director, Group Communications, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) effective Dec. 1, 2015. Article

New York
RoseComm announced it added three new members to its team: Laurie Petersen as vice president, Shwetha Ramani as senior account executive and Stephanie Shaw as assistant account executive. Article

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has appointed Mary Caraccioli as its Chief of Public Relations and Media Strategy. Article

Portland
Maxwell PR + Engagement was the recipient of a Pearl Award from the Content Council for creating video content for Dave’s Killer Bread. Article

San Francisco
Praytell today announced its expansion into San Francisco. Article

Silicon Valley
Oracle is shaking up its corporate communications leadership with the hire of Mike Moeller to oversee global PR and social media. Article

Frankfurt
Telekom Austria has appointed Ingrid Spörk as director of corporate communications and sustainability. Article

Cohn & Wolfe has won the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie account. Article

Hong Kong
Darby Doll has left his role as senior advisor, international communications and digital media at Telstra in Hong Kong to return to Taiwan and launch his own independent consultancy. Article

Delicia Tan has been appointed senior director and lead client strategist for major client engagements for Edelman in Singapore. Article

Daylight Partnership has launched a new content creation unit, Daylight IS (Immersive Storytelling), devoted to creating compelling, engaging visual content designed for a multi-screen world. Article

Daylight Partnership has added new clients and services, two years after being launched by former WagEd Asia-Pacific head David Ko. Article

London
Cicero Group and BritainThinks have launched a partnership offering research, polling and political analysis to help businesses prepare for the UK’s European Referendum. Article

Four Broadgate has been appointed as the retained agency of Seneca Investment Managers. Article

Beattie has launched a content marketing business, Only Content. The new business offers three basic services: content strategy, content creation and content placement. Article

Firefly Communications has appointed Christian Sharp as senior account director. Article

Paris
LifeSci Advisors has appointed Chris Maggos as managing director, Europe, to spearhead the expansion of the company’s services to European clients. Article

Café de Costa Rica (Icafé) announced that it has selected Sopexa as its public relations agency in the United States. Article

Sydney
Edelman has hired H+K Strategies veteran Vinod Moorthy to lead its critical Tata business, which the firm manages in conjunction with ad agency Rediffusion Y&R. Article

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