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 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 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

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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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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PR Updates and Changes for the Week of March 16 and 23

April 1, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire Nashville

Welcome to the March 31 edition of recent account wins and job changes within the public relations industry.  Do you have news you would like us to include, just let us know!

Atlanta
Marketing Inspirations was recently recognized for five campaigns during two of the most prestigious marketing and advertising celebrations for the southeastern region – the 2015 Atlanta Marketer of the Year (AMY) Awards and the American Advertising Awards (ADDY) for Atlanta chapter members. Article

Boston
Greenough is now the agency of record for Inovalon. Article

PreparedEx has introduced a scalable version of its crisis simulation application called LaunchPad, which enables small-to-medium-size organizations to cost-effectively conduct realistic crisis exercises. Article

HB Agency took home top honors for Best Animation video at the 2015 In2 Sabre Awards. Article

Charlotte
The McDonald’s Triad Co-op that is made up of 26 individual owners and operators of the North Carolina Triad-area McDonald’s 92 restaurants has contracted with full-service marketing agency Bouvier Kelly to provide ongoing public relations. Article

S&A Cherokee has expanded its offerings and rebranded itself as S&A Communications. Article

Complete Public Relations was named the Greenville, S.C. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Month, Greenville Business Magazine reports. Article

French/West/Vaughan has been selected to partner with two top outdoor and sporting goods retail brands – Cabela’s and Fleet Feet Sports. Article

Chicago
Brooke Anderson has landed a new gig at Uber as communications lead/Midwest. Article

Two new employees join Henson Consulting as the boutique Chicago public relations firm expands both its office space and staff in 2015. Michelle Mekky has joined HC as a Senior Strategist and Director of New Business Development. Kendra Smith also recently joined HC as an Account Manager to help lead the agency’s growing roster of Kraft Foods coffee business. Article

Dean Potratz has launched PeAk Strategic Communications. Article

Cleveland
Falls Communications has hired Mark Koznarekas senior capital markets strategist. Article

Dallas
Moroch Partners has hired Cody Bailey as director of digital and social strategy. Article

DC
Edelman has concluded a lengthy search to identify the new head of its global corporate practice, hiring former Hilton Worldwide communications head Kathryn Beiser to the key global role. Article

MWW Public Relations has announced that Bob Knott has joined the firm as senior managing director for market leadership and issues management. Article

Resilience Action Partners, a joint venture between Ogilvy Public Relations and emergency mitigation planning firm Michael Baker International, has been awarded a $130 million contract to provide risk communication and mitigation planning services to the US Federal Emergency Management Agency over the next five years. Article

CTIA-The Wireless Association has added Stephanie Mathews O’Keefe as senior vice president and chief communications officer. Article

Chris Hassall has joined APCO Worldwide as a member of the firm’s international advisory council. Article

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) has appointed Jeff Martin as the Association’s new director, communications and public affairs. Article

NACS Public Relations has published a new Public Relations Toolkit to help retailers launch their own publicity efforts in their communities-from how to write a press release and craft talking points to how to pitch an interview and elicit great media coverage. Article

Warschawski announced the addition of Lauren Scheib to the agency’s growing team. Article

Finn Partners has announced the appointment of Chris Lawrence as the agency’s Director of Research. Article

Denver
Quest Diagnostics‘ Midwest region has hired Wilson Lass Brandon for marcomms assistance for the company’s rebranding efforts. Article

Pulse8 PR has launched with Wendie Larkin and Paul Lonnergren as founders. Article

Detroit
Lambert, Edwards & Associates announced that it will be providing investor relations counsel and services to support Peak Resorts, Inc. Article

The Downtown Detroit Partnership has named Lambert, Edwards & Associates its PR and social media AOR. Article

Shaun Wilson is the new senior vice president at Detroit-area communications firm Truscott Rossman. Article

Art Van Furniture has promoted Diane Charles to vice president of corporate communications. Article

Houston
Saxum has hired Kristi DesJarlais to serve as senior vice president and general manager of the agency’s Houston office. Article

Los Angeles
Envivio has selected Bob Gold & Associates to lead its global communications program. Article

Tony Cervone, SVP of global communications at General Motors, has joined the board of the Lagrant Foundation. Article

The University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering has selected Los Angeles technology public relations firm PMBC Group as its agency of record. Article

Chatterbox Public Relations, Ink announced the addition of Business Productivity Coaching to its core line of services. Article

PMBC Group has hired Chantal LeBoulch and Maura White as senior account managers.  Article

MPRM Communications announced the addition of two new account supervisors as well as four promotions. Courtney Dolliver joins the Home Entertainment practice while Melissa Mills becomes part of the Digital Media and Technology team. Leif Helland becomes executive director, Caitlin McGee and Guido Gotz are both promoted to director and is now an account supervisor. Article

Miami
Kip Hunter Marketing is pleased to announce that it has doubled its office space at 888 East Las Olas Boulevard in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. The firm has also expanded its public relations department by hiring Michelle Rodrigues Hawthorn as Director of Public Relations and Melissa Sweredoski as Public Relations Manager.  Article

Diamond Public Relations has started 2015 off strong with the addition of four new clients to its award-winning roster: Circa 39 and The Palms Hotel & Spa Miami in Miami Beach, FL; Ecoventura Galapagos Network in the Galapagos Islands; Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort; and Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel in Haiti, a pro bono project for the agency. Article

Uproar PR has added two new clients in the health and wellness industry: Hyperice, creators of dynamic fitness tools, and myHealthSphere, an innovator in workplace wellness. Article

AboveWater Public Relations & Marketing has been retained by the American Association for Nude Recreation. Article

Minneapolis
Elisa Bernick has joined Brandpoint as Managing Editor. Article

Swanson Russell announced the addition of Dave Maas to the public relations department of its Lincoln office. Article

Nashville
FedEx is reviewing global PR duties, with longtime agency partner Ketchum among the several agencies vying for the sizable business. Article

The Tennessee Public Relations Alliance has added a new member: Q Strategies of Chattanooga. Article

Natasha Pierre-Louis has joined the staff of Tupelo-based marketing consulting, advertising, marketing and public relations agency Robinson and Associates as an account executive. Article

FleishmanHillard has launched a global practice on privacy and cyber risk, which will provide clients with a complete range of services to help them cope with data security and privacy challenges. Article

Newport Beach
Mojo PR Group recently launched with a full and diverse client roster, and new offices in the heart of downtown San Clemente.  Founded by Joanne Forster, Mojo PR Group is a rebrand and re-launch of Forster’s public relations firm, The Forster Group PR, which was based in Los Angeles and Orange County. Article

New York
GE veteran Gary Sheffer plans to step down from his position as chief communications officer at the end of the year as senior director of external communications Deidre Latour takes over. Article

Golin has hired Ashley Hurst and Jon Silver as digital directors based in the New York office. Article

The North Shore-LIJ Health System has appointed Ramon Soto as SVP and chief marketing and communications officer. Article

M Group Strategic Communications has released a proprietary integrated issues-management platform, which will help it track developing issues, target industry influencers, and affect grassroots change, the firm said in a statement. Article

Bill Blass Group has appointed Exposure America and Wondersauce as its PR and digital creative agencies, respectively. Article

Servcorp is accelerating its New York City expansion, tapping The Marino Organization (TMO) to drive its New York City public relations efforts. Article

Blythedale Children’s Hospital announced it has selected Golin to develop its integrated public relations strategy. Article

Chris Hassall joined APCO Worldwide as a member of the firm’s International Advisory Council (IAC). Article

Dave Buchko is assuming a new role as communications manager, West, at BMW of North AmericaArticle

Emotional Escapes has retained Conundrum as its public relations agency of record. Article

CRC has been named the agency of record for Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, a New York City board-certified dermatologist who specializes in cosmetic and general dermatology. Article

The Reputation Institute has named Stephen Hahn-Griffiths as vice president of US strategy consulting and Scott Upham as vice president of US measurement consulting. Article

Samsung is seeking PR agency support for a seven-figure US corporate brief, amid the technology giant’s ongoing smart TV spying controversy. Article

Tsu has hired Diffusion as its PR agency of record. Article

5W Public Relations announced the re-launch of its website, http://www.5wpr.com, showcasing a refreshed look and feel as well as a new user-friendly layout. Article

Golin has appointed Dawn Langeland to the newly-created role of deputy managing director of New York and will lead the office’s consumer practice and Catalyst and Creator communities. Article

Rubenstein Public Relations has announced that Lauren Sachs has joined the agency as a Media Relations Manager. Article

The Marino Organization announced it has promoted two members of its team to vice president. Article

Burson-Marsteller has hired Jon Wentzel as executive vice president, US chief client officer. Article

Dina Cappiello has joined Edelman‘s global energy sector as vice president based in Washington, DC. Article

Evins Communications has appointed Drew Tybus vice president and director of the agency’s food, wine and spirits division. Article

Magrino has re-hired Phil DiIanni as senior vice president. Article

Lou Hammond & Associates has added four new clients for public relations, digital marketing and positioning:  The Beach Company, known for real estate development in the Southeast;  Halls Hospitality, which operates restaurants in South Carolina; High Country Rugs, which designs and manufactures custom oriental rugs; and Domestic Estate Management Association, a worldwide educational association for the private service community. Article

Philadelphia
Bravo Group has hired Jeffrey Logan as environmental and regulatory practice lead. Article

D4 Creative has appointed accomplished marketing veteran Michael Snyder as chief strategy officer and SVP of account services. Article

Buchanan Public Relations is pleased to announce three internal promotions. Article

Flackable has expanded its team by adding PRSSA Illinois State standout Hailey Lanier as an account coordinator. Article

Sarah Larson, Vice President of Public Relations for integrated marketing and public relations agency Furia Rubel Communications, will serve as a panelist for Bucks County Community College’s 2015 Media Day. Article

Avanti Markets has selected Schubert b2b to provide strategic marketing communications consultation, services and creative work. Article

Dan Soulas has formed a new market intelligence and communications insights consultancy, Market Intel Group. Article

Phoenix
Vista Outdoor has named Michael Pici as VP of investor relations. Article

Adduco Media announced its purchase of Trafficado. Article

San Francisco
Horn Group announced that Debra Raine has been promoted to partner. Article

Full Court Press Communications announced that Sarah Hersh will now hold the title of Vice President. Article

Allison & Partners has made Jonathan Heit its first president of Americas overseeing the firm’s expansion into South America. Article

Karbo Communications announced that it has achieved record growth over the last year with the addition of clients in both the enterprise and consumer technology markets. Article

Seattle
Weber Shandwick’s former global tech lead Tim Fry has resurfaced with his own consultancy – 468 Communications. Article

The head of Waggener Edstrom‘s Microsoft business Dawn Beauparlant is taking on a broader role overseeing the firm’s technology practice. Article

Atlanta, Chicago & San Francisco
Blink has opened its doors, focusing on “crisis management services affecting every aspect of the food chain from turf to table,” said principal and co-founder Laurel Kennedy. Article

Chicago & San Francisco
Olson Engage has promoted Tricia Ewald to executive vice president, director of account management, from senior vice president.  The agency also elevated vice presidents Brian Flad, Matt Hargarten and Russin Royal to SVP roles, and tapped vice president Charlie Witkowski as the new general manager of the agency’s San Francisco office. Article

D.C, New York, Hong Kong, London & Paris
Brunswick Group announced that the firm has promoted 14 Directors to its partnership. Based in six offices across Europe, Asia and the United States, the new partners further strengthen the firm’s cross-border capabilities. Article

Los Angeles & New York
Allison+Partners announced the promotion of two senior executives who will help guide the agency’s continued global expansion. Jonathan Heit has been elevated to president, Americas. Matthew Della Croce has been elevated to president, Europe and Global Corporate. Article

Seattle & Sydney
Global digital/direct marketing agency HackerAgency announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with FCB New Zealand. Article

Hong Kong
Golin has hired Burson-Marsteller’s Calvin Wong for a newly-created role overseeing research and analytics in Asia. Article

Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific will be the host of this year’s prestigious ADC Portfolio Night 13 in Greater China, with Bates CHI&Partners staging the event in Singapore – all on the same day – Wednesday 20 May. Article

Cohn & Wolfe has named Angelina Ong as president of its Asia-Pacific operations. Article

Ogilvy Indonesia has appointed Anton Reyniers as Group Strategy Director, further strengthening the management lineup. Article

Brunswick Group has promoted several directors to its partnership, including Ginny Wilmerding, who advises on financial and corporate communications, transactions, crisis, strategic positioning and stakeholder engagement; Patrick Eastwood of the creative communications unit MerchantCantosl and Will Carnwath, who focuses on corporate reputation, investor relations and crisis in the firm’s Singapore office. Article

Piaggio Asia Pacific has engaged The Hoffman Agency to be its agency of record for public relations covering the Asia-Pacific region. Article

Bell Pottinger has appointed Adeline Goh as partner. Article

The Hoffman Agency has won a three-way competitive PR pitch to serve Alexander Mann Solutions. Article

London
Nelson Bostock chairman Martin Bostock is to retire from the business he founded with Roger Nelson in 1987.   Article

Cake has secured consumer PR duties for Virgin Atlantic, extending a relationship that saw the firm handle a six-month project for the airline last year. Article

Mischief CEO Frankie Cory has bolstered her management team with two associate director hires, including Tesco consumer PR head Jess Buttress. Article

W has strengthened its senior leadership team, promoting director Richard Tompkins to managing director and bringing Holly Maguire on board as a director from ad agency Anomaly. Article

Golin has been appointed by management consultancy Baringa Partners to deliver corporate communications services. Article

M&C Saatchi PR has appointed Gary Wheeldon-Doyle to the newly created role of global managing director. Article

Hassle.com has appointed Threepipe to run its digital marketing campaigns, starting with paid search campaigns across key UK cities and in Paris and Dublin. Article

CubanEight has been appointed to manage the regional PR campaign for housing developer Dorchester Living following a competitive pitch. Article

Berkeley PR has been appointed lead agency by Epicor Software Solutions  its UK and EMEA coordination following a four-way competitive pitch. Article

Former M&C Saatchi director Hew Leith has launched a new agency, 10x. Article

Jonathan Fraser has joined Exposure Digital as chief strategy officer, and will act as strategic lead for the entire agency’s digital and social media business. Article

Edelman UK corporate and financial MD Jamie Lundie is departing the firm after a decade for a senior in-house comms role with Barclays. Article

Richard Kanareck has joined fast-growing UK energy company OVO Energy as its first chief communications officer. Article

LogicNow has selected independent PR agency network GlobalCom to handle its PR duties across a range of countries. Article

Chipmaker AMD has consolidated global PR duties with Edelman after shifting its key EMEA comms assignments to the firm. Article

SurveyMonkey has hired Bite as its first UK communications agency, as the survey platform steps up global expansion plans. Article

Gemalto has appointed Brands2Life as its corporate and lead social media agency of record following a three-way pitch process. Article

Mischief has been appointed as the retained UK consumer PR agency for premium dessert brand . Article

Exterion Media has appointed Bite as its UK and group PR agency to boost its profile and brand. Article

Shopa has appointed Shine Communications to launch the brand and deliver an annual programme to target bloggers, key influencers and top tier media. Article

Encompass Corporation has engaged The Whiteoaks Consultancy to deliver a PR launch programme to catapult it into the UK market. Article

Edmiston has appointed W to handle its corporate and consumers communications on a retained basis. Article

RM Results has selected The CommsCo to drive a new content marketing and social media program that will increase thought leadership-based content across its digital channels.  Article

Invenio Business Solutions has appointed Octopus Group to support growth in its application managed services offerings. Article

University of Westminster has appointed Publicasity to handle PR and social media for the launch of Regent Street Cinema, following a competitive pitch. Article

Paris
The Qatar Foundation is reviewing its multimillion-dollar global PR mandate, amid continued concerns over the country’s global reputation. Article

Grayling has launched a new office in Muscat, Oman, following the creation of a partnership between its parent company, Huntsworth, and local Omani company Al Reem Creative. Article

Instinctif Partners has won the global communications brief for the Oman Tank Terminal Company (OTTCO). Article

GE Oil & Gas has hired H+K Strategies to handle public relations duties in EMEA, following a competitive review. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has launched an operation in Nigeria to keep pace with burgeoning client demand in the country.  Article

Sydney
Perfect Relations has hired former Shell India corporate affairs chief Deepak Mukarji as a group advisor for its oil and gas practice. Article

Text 100 has launched a new agency brand in India following its merger with Next 15 sibling Bite last year. Article

Cheil India has appointed Vaarunya Bhalla as senior brand manager. Article

Tokyo
Rakuten has hired new PR support as it attempts to build a stronger global brand. Article

Toronto
Pure Energy Minerals has retained Brisco Capital Partners to provide investor relations services. Article

OpenTable has engaged StrategicAmpersand as its agency of record for Canada. Article


PR Updates for the Week of March 9

March 11, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire

Welcome to this week’s edition of recent account wins and job changes within the public relations industry.  Have news you would like us to include, just let us know!

Atlanta
Mini-hamburger chain Krystal has formalized its agency roster. Ink Link Marketing will handle PR and promotions as AOR, while22Squared was named creative AOR. NewFire Media is serving as digital AOR, while The Johnson Group is co-op and media buying AOR.Article

LED Medical Diagnostics has retained MZ Group as its investor relations adviser. Article

PM Publicidad has relaunched as PM3, a full service marketing solutions firm with deep understanding of the multifaceted Total Market Approach, driven by the realization that the face of America is changing. Article

Austin

Drumroll announced that it has hired two new employees to the team. Article

Boston
Ovuline has named Hollywood PR as its AOR. JMATEK North America also recently hired the firm. Article

Stormy Kromer announced the selection of Pale Morning Media as its national public relations partner. Article

Charlotte
French/West/Vaughan has been selected by the award-winning BRAND Napa Valley winery as agency of record for integrated marketing initiatives including brand strategy and positioning, communications and creative execution. Article

Chicago
Edelman has named Will Collie as GM of health in its Chicago office, effective immediately. Article

Detroit
Cooper-Standard Holdings has appointed Roger Hendriksen as director of investor relations. Article

Eisbrenner Public Relations has hired Jennifer Biter as account coordinator. Article

Dallas
The Richards Group has been selected as the agency of record for Schwab’s Trading Services business. Article

Ketchum has named Sean Fitzgerald director of its North America corporate and public affairs practice. Article

DC
Global Bridges Healthcare Alliance for Tobacco Dependence Treatment-a partnership between Mayo Clinic and the American Cancer Society-has selected JPA Health Communications to manage its digital presence and network communications. Article

Gary Duke has joined Wild Blue Yonder as partner and chief talent officer. Article

RedPeg Marketing has promoted David Shackley to president, effective immediately. Article

Telluride Ski & Golf Resort has selected Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group to direct golf-focused public relations for its breathtaking mountain course and associated memberships, stay-and-play packages, and instruction programs. Article

Sage Communications recognized Chloé Kerr for her recent NASCAR Diversity Internship Participant Award. Article

Denver
MJPayment has hired Wilson Lass Brandon to raise awareness of its integrated cash-management service for the legal marijuana industry.Article

Houston
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has elevated Michael Kehs, head of the firm’s U.S. energy practice and Houston office, to the role of global energy practice leader. Article

Los Angeles
Amy Levy Public Relations has signed Premium Gold Flax Products and its Debbie Kay Baking Mixes; Rosewood Pantry gluten-free cookies; and You Are Loved Foods‘ paleo-friendly sweet snacks. Article

The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Bureau has named Jamie Foley to the role of VP of global communications. Article

Music equipment maker Roland Corporation has appointed Clyne Media Inc. as its AOR. Article

Health Net has named Peter O’Neill as VP of investor relations and corporate communications. Article

JMPR Public Relations announced that it has been retained by leading children’s toy manufacturer and distributor, Funrise, Inc., to handle media relations duties for its TONKA branded products under license from Hasbro. Article

Miami
Claudia Gioia is joining Hill+Knowlton Strategies as head of the firm’s Latin American region. Article

Husebo Advertising and Public Relations has moved from Leesburg, Fla. to Mount Dora’s Renaissance building, the Daily Commercial reports. Article

Minneapolis
Starting 2015 off on a charitable note, healthcare marketing firm StoneArch will conduct its annual RedEye Rebrand on March 5. Now entering its third year, the 24-hour marathon of collaboration, creativity and caffeine provides a local nonprofit with creative and strategic resources to build its brand. Article

Nashville
The National Association for Female Executives has named FleishmanHillard as one of its “Top Companies for Executive Women.” Article

New York
M&C Saatchi PR has hired brand marketing veteran Laura Hall as the firm’s first dedicated managing director in the US. Article

NBCUniversal has promoted Ndidi Oriji to SVP of advertising standards. Article

International Data Group has named Josh London to the newly created position of CMO for IDG Communications. Article

NBCUniversal has named Katherine Nelson as SVP of communications for Syfy and Chiller. Article

EVC Group has hired Rob Swadosh as MD and lead of its integrated communications practice. Article

Hubbell has appointed Maria Lee VP of corporate strategy and investor relations. Article

SecureAuth has hired SpecOps Communications as its PR AOR. Article

Designer footwear brand Stuart Weitzman has tapped agency Karla Otto to oversee PR initiatives in the digital realm. Article

Warner Music Group has promoted James Steven to EVP for communications and marketing. Article

M Group Strategic Communications announced that its New York headquarters, formerly JMR Worldwide NY, has completed a yearlong agency transition and rebranding process as the firm expanded its global reach, strengthened the leadership team and magnified scope of services. Article

SpecOps Communications announced that The Grilled Cheese Truck Inc. has retained the firm as its public relations agency of record.Article

Laura Davidson Public Relations has been appointed the public relations agency of record for a variety of new accounts, from one of Scotland’s most luxurious resorts, to new and refreshed properties in New England and a leader in extended stay lodging. Article

AirPR has sold its PR marketplace to marketing agency The CHR GroupArticle

MWW Public Relations announced today that registered dietitian Sarah Lewis has joined MWW as manager of nutritional communications in the firm’s consumer practice. Article

Matt Kirdahy brings the dual insight of a seasoned communications professional and veteran journalist to Water & Wall‘s client programs.Article

Caroline Andrew and Agatha Capacchione were promoted to Senior Vice President, from Vice President, at Mfa, Ltd. Article

Rooney & Associates Communications announced that Len Costa has joined the firm as Managing Director and will lead the social and digital media practice. Article

The Association of Business Information & Media Companies (ABM)  named SourceMedia CEO Douglas J. Manoni as Chairman of its board. Manoni will begin his term immediately, succeeding current Chair Neal Vitale, Director and former CEO of 1105 Media. Article

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution announced a new hire in furtherance of its efforts to serve CPR membership, provide the highest quality administered and non-administered offerings and drive global adoption of alternative dispute resolution.Article

Phoenix
The spr agency has added a new junior account executive to its agency. Leilani Young joins the Scottsdale-based digital marketing agency as an junior account executive. Article

San Diego
Havas Formula has added Monoprice to execute a strategic PR program. Article

Lewis PR has acquired Piston, a 50-person digital agency based in San Diego. Article

San Francisco
Twitter‘s consumer division is working with M Booth for an assignment centered around using the platform for holidays and events.  Article

Seattle
R2C Group has appointed Mark Toner as its first CMO. Article

DC & Houston
FTI Consulting has expanded its North American energy and natural resources industry team in its strategic communications group by hiringKristina Moore as MD in Washington, DC, as Brian Grove as MD in Houston. Article

Hong Kong
Chinese technology giant Huawei has brought in new global PR support to handle an ambitious consumer remit that sees it attempt to rival such companies as Apple and Samsung for consumer affections. Article

Cohn & Wolfe has named Harriet Gaywood as the firm’s new managing director for Mainland China. Article

Ogilvy Hong Kong creates optical illusions for Smart CarArticle

Frankfurt
FischerAppelt has expanded its content creation capabilities with the acquisition of AtkonArticle

Grayling has been appointed as international PR partner for the Croatian National Tourist BoardArticle

PROI Worldwide has added Germany’s Klenk & Hoursch Agency to its global partnership. Article

London
Kate Cleevely will join Hudson Sandler as a director in the brand and corporate team. Article

Stéphanie Bunten and Lee-Ann Cameron, both formerly of Tonic, have joined forces to launch a new boutique health and wellness communications agency. Iris Life Communications will provide international and domestic public relations, medical communications for both ethical and consumer health clients. Article

The Academy has hired Nicky Law as managing director. Article

Clarity PR has been appointed by Paris-based data agency fifty-five to handle its UK communications following a competitive pitch process.Hopscotch will continue to serve as fifty-five’s global and French market PR agency. Article

All Street has appointed Cicero Group to boost its own crowdfunding campaign. Article

Grind & Co. has appointed W to handle launch activity to support its 2015 expansion. Article

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has hired former Microsoft communications director Pete Devery as head of PR in the UK, amid rapid growth of the technology service provider’s operations in Europe.  Article

William Grant & Sons has called in Salt to handle its UK PR mandate following a competitive multi-agency review. Article

Salesforce.com has consolidated UK and EMEA public relations duties with BlueCurrentArticle

PayPal is seeking a new EMEA comms head following the departure of Lee BrookeArticle

Paris
FleishmanHillard and Ketchum are partnering to support the communication strategy of the USA Pavilion 2015Article

Tetra Pak has commenced a search for global PR support. Article

PubMatic has debuted programmatic native advertising on its One Platform for publishers. Article

Sydney
LinOpinion GH has picked up the PR mandate for INOX Leisure LimitedArticle

Ogilvy PR Australia has appointed Nino Tesoriero as director, Ogilvy corporate. Article

The Indian School of Communications & Reputation (SCoRe), India’s first post-graduate school dedicated to strategic communications and reputation management, is opening in Gurgaon. The school will be led by Amith Prabhu as founding dean, with NS Rajan, global partner and managing director of Ketchum Sampark will be the chief mentor to the founding team. Article

H+K Strategies has hired former Weber Shandwick deputy MD Carolina James Bajaj as VP of its Western Region and marketing communications practice lead. Article

Tokyo
PRAP Japan Group has become a partner agency in PROI Worldwide.Article

Julie Hamp has been promoted to managing officer and chief communications officer of the Toyota Motor Company, making her the first woman to hold these positions globally. Article

Toronto
Urban Communications has brought on Elina Chow to provide investor relations services as director of IR. Article

Orbis Canada has selected Shine to manage its Plane Pull for Sight campaign. Article


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