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 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 From Around the World: August 31 – September 20

September 28, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire

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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Austin
Cooksey Communications recently announced that Michelle Frith Hargis is rejoining the team to establish the firm’s Austin presence. Article

Crosswind Media & Public Relations announced its ranking as the top agency in Texas for healthcare clients, according to the O’Dwyer’s  annual survey of U.S. PR Firms. Article

Boston
HB Agency will combine with Eric Mower + Associates to create integrated agency with more than 250 professionals and estimated 2015 capitalized billings approaching $250 million. Article

Duffy & Shanley has added jewelry brand Luca + Danni to its client roster. Article

3BL Media announced the acquisition of ReportAlert, a corporate responsibility and sustainability report announcement and dissemination service founded in 2005. Article

marlo marketing announced an array of new food and beverage clients. Article

PARTNERS+simons announced the strategic hires of Jessie Cross and Elizabeth Giuggio as Associate Creative Directors. Article

March Communications has expanded its team of professionals in the Boston office. Article

Charlotte
French/West/Vaughan has been selected by K4Connect to provide public relations support for its debut platform, K4Community. Article

French/West/Vaughan has acquired a 50 percent interest in Hispanic PR, marketing and branded content agency RGAA PR, which was started by PR industry veteran Raul Gonzalez in 2011. Article

Chicago
Astellas Pharma has named Jamie McGarvey as senior manager, employee communications, within the corporate affairs department. Article

Rob Palmer is the new vice president of government relations at WPS Health Solutions. Article

Henson Consulting is now nationally certified by The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Article

Marvin Windows and Doors has named VSA Partners its new marketing and advertising agency of record. Article

Cleveland
The Kroger Co. has named Jessica Adelman as group vice president of corporate affairs. Article

CareSource has named Jenny Michael as Vice president, marketing and corporate communications. Article

Tyler Durbin has been named Geben Communication‘s new director of business strategy. Article

Dallas
The Frisco Consulting Group has launched to help business owners avoid marketing pitfalls and grow. Article

DC
Denise Hill, an assistant professor in Elon University‘s School of Communications and the former vice president of communications at Delhaize America, joined APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council (IAC). Article

Veteran producers Marcela Salazar and Ben Geldon and communications specialist Emma Shapiro have joined SKDKnickerbocker to support the firm’s corporate and non-profit clients. Article

GYMR Public Relations has added several new clients, including The Advisory Board Company, Child Life Council, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Physician Advocacy Institute, and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. Article

The United States Pharmacopeial Convention has named Anthony Lakavage senior vice president, global external affairs. Article

The Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA) announced that Ted Godbout has joined DCIIA as Director of Communications and Public Relations. Article

The Glover Park Group has added Jocelyn Moore to its government relations practice as a managing director. Article

Crosby Marketing Communications has been selected by Sheppard Pratt Health System to provide strategic marketing services and help build the awareness and impact of its growing continuum of specialized mental health services. Article

Ketchum has begun work on a $400k PR assignment to improve the beleagured Honduras‘ government’s global reputation. Article

The Beer Institute has hired Denise Dunckel as vice president, public affairs. Article

GYMR Public Relations has promoted Mike Warner to senior vice president. In addition, Amy Martin Vogt has been promoted to vice president; Lauren Musiol and Haydn Bush have been promoted to managing supervisor; and Frank Walsh has been promoted to account supervisor. Article

Stanton Communications has promoted Lori Russo to president. Article

Bully Pulpit Interactive has brought on Ann Marie Habershaw as COO. Article

ConnellyWorks announced that the company has moved its headquarters to the Courthouse area of Arlington, Virginia. Article

Consumer Reports has hired Daniel Cluchey as Executive Speechwriter and Advisor. Article

TVP Communications has promoted Kyle Gunnels to Assistant Vice President. Article

Denver
Grayling has hired Roy Palmer as senior advisor to the state and federal government affairs practice. Article

Los Angeles
Kathy Savitt has been named president of digital media at STX Entertainment. Article

Skydance has named Shannon Olivas as senior vice president of corporate communications. Article

NATPE has appointed Matt Palmer to the newly created position of chief marketing officer. Article

Golin CEO Fred Cook has been named director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s Strategic Communication and Public Relations Center (SCPRC). Article

BLAZE announced the addition of Yuneec‘s E-GO electric skateboard to its roster. Article

Murphy O’Brien Public Relations announced three new clients joining its Travel collection: The St. Regis Monarch Beach, Hotel Zephyr and HKS Hospitality Group. Article

Guitar Center announced the appointment of Frank Crowson to the position of Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Guitar Center brand. Article

Audi of America announced that Bianca Bucciarelli has joined the company as West Coast Lifestyle Communications Manager. Article

Shout! Factory has promoted four veteran Shout executives: David McIntosh to senior vice president of business affairs and digital distribution; Melissa Boag to senior vice president of kids & family entertainment; Jordan Fields to vice president of acquisitions; and Tom Chen to vice president of publicity. Article

PMK*BNC announced the promotions of Daniel Martinez to Executive Vice President, Brand and Entertainment Marketing, as well as Joanne Melzer to Senior Vice President, Insights & Analytics. Article

Miami
JeffreyGroup has named Brian Burlingame as its new CEO.  Article

Fish Consulting has added four new clients to its growing roster, including Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies, World of Beer, Great Clips and Tin Drum Asiacafé. Article

rbb Public Relations is changing its name to rbb Communications. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has acquired Brazilian public relations, advertising, digital and content firm Ideal, while H+K’s WPP sister agency Ogilvy Public Relations has acquired a majority stake in ConceptPR, a Brazilian public relations and digital content firm. Article

JeffreyGroup has opened its seventh wholly-owned office in the Brazilian capital city of Brasilia. Article

3AWORLDWIDE recently named Brenda Sandoval the company’s new Director of Agency Alliances. Article

Minneapolis
Jason Sprenger, president of the Minneapolis-based PR agency Game Changer Communications, announced the public debut of his new Umbrella Model of Public Relations-an innovative way for anyone inside or outside the PR industry to visualize, describe and apply principles of public relations. Article

Gage announced today the hiring of Alisia Davis and Kasey Wellman who will both work on projects for Microsoft. Article

Nashville
Ackermann PR has hired Tommy Smith as vice president of marketing strategy. Article

FleishmanHillard has expanded its crisis communications practice with the launch of FH 2020, a digital media crisis management solution designed to help businesses prepare for, anticipate, detect and mitigate crises in real-time through a combination of people, processes and technologies. Article

Newport Beach
TVGear has selected Bob Gold & Associates to lead its PR activities and help launch its new site, TVGear.com. Article

New York
Amy Palladino has been named senior director of corporate communications by Heineken USA. Article

Debra Forman has been promoted to president of Ketchum Digital. Article

Makovsky has appointed Lee Davies, senior vice president, as director of client services, health practice. Article

MWW Public Relations announced that Matthew Holland has joined the firm’s New York office as senior vice president, corporate healthcare practice. Article

Robin Bigelli will join Falcon & Wolf as senior vice president, brand programs. Article

Lexington Realty Trust has named Claire Koeneman, executive vice president and head of the US central region at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, to its board of trustees. Article

Kwittken has been named North American public relations agency of record for Pantone. Article

Corbin-Hillman Communications announced that the agency has added three new clients to its AOR roster: GoViral, Inc.‘s Diply.com, Zazen Bear and Tommy John. Articl

CRC has been named the agency of record for Nicole Andrews Collection. Article

NBCUniversal has named Caley Gray to the newly created position of vice president, communications, in the NBCUniversal Content Distribution Group. Article

Zeno Group has named John Kerr as its first chief digital officer. Article

Global Strategy Group has hired Glen Caplin as senior vice president. Article

Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations has been named agency of record for Canyon Ranch. Article

Bullfrog + Baum has been named agency of record for Washington, DC-based restaurants Ripple and Roofers Union. Article

Chic Influence has signed celebrity fashion stylist Irma Martinez. Article

Feintuch Communications and Roher Public Relations have joined forces to offer clients expanded senior talent and breadth of services.  Article

Finn Partners has acquired Horn Group. Article

MSLGroup has hired Edelman’s Ron Guirguis as CEO of its US operation.  Article

Ogilvy Public Relations has expanded its executive committee and is creating a new world-wide board. Article

Giorgio Armani has promoted Garine Zerounian to the role of senior vice president of communications for North America, replacing Rod Manley, who recently took up a new role as executive vice president, global communications, for Calvin Klein. Article

The Glover Park Group has hired Paul Hicks as a managing director in the firm’s New York office. Article

Ogilvy Public Relations has named Kerry Sette executive vice president/research director of the research group, based in New York. Article

Porter Novelli’s AIM Sports Reputation Management has introduced a suite of services to help collegiate and professional football players engage on social media without unintended reputational damage to their team’s image. Article

General Electric has named longtime public relations and marketing executive Beth Comstock as company vice chair leading GE Business Innovations. Article

Leslie Campisi has joined the Publicis-owned MSLGroup to lead its digital practice in New York. Article

The Associated Press has launched a division to help brands promote their content and services. The AP Content Services group will offer content-creation and delivery services with the goal of boosting brand awareness and enhancing engagement, it said in a statement. Article

Ruder Finn announced the hire of Sarah Anderson as Executive Vice President and Head of the U.S. Consumer Practice. Article

Madison County Tourism has selected Keegan Associates Marketing & Communications to provide marketing and public relations support for a three-year period beginning in 2015, the Madison County Courier reports. Article

Prosek Partners has been named “Best North American Public Relations Company” by Hedgeweek. Article

The O’Hara Project is searching nationwide for a nonprofit organization to add to their pro bono client list. Article

JONESWORKS announced their representation of Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity. Article

Brandstyle Communications has recently announced representation of Fashion to Figure. Article

Didit announced the acquisition of the marketing and advertising firm Berwald Creativet. Article

London Misher Public Relations announces that Samantha Wenig has been named Vice President. Article

Philadelphia
Local Life Agents (LLA) has hired Flackable as their integrated communications agency of record. Article

Managing Editor Inc (MEI) announced today the promotion of Mark Leister to senior vice president and managing director. Article

Cohn & Wolfe announced the appointment of Laura Ryan as Managing Director of the agency’s U.S. Corporate Practice. Article

Phoenix
Sierra Nevada Corporation has hired Brooke Salkoff as corporate director of communications. Article

Ferraro Group has hired Rachel Wright as a public relations account executive. Article

Blue Global Media announced the promotion of Evette Cecena to director of marketing. Article

San Diego
Jessie Knight, executive vice president of external affairs for Sempra Energy and chairman of Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric, will retire November 1.  Steven Davis has been elected to succeed Knight as executive vice president of external affairs and corporate strategy for Sempra Energy. Article

San Francisco
The Blueshirt Group announced that Sarah Segal has joined as Director, Media Relations and Corporate Marketing.  Article

Landis Communications, Inc. announced the addition of several new clients. Article

Access Communications and Emanate PR are to merge, creating a $35m operation that aims to shake up the midsize agency sector. Article

Vevo has named Jon Carvill as vice president of communications. Article

Fineman PR has promoted two company executives to senior leadership positions: Karmina Zafiro to vice president and Serene Buckley to senior director of content strategy. Article

FoodMinds has opened a third office located in San Francisco, to be led by Laura Cubillos. Article

Luxe announced that Stephen Rocco Rodi has joined the firm from Edelman, as its first Director of Communications. Article

Silicon Valley
Coherus BioSciences has appointed Juliana Reed as vice president, government affairs. Article

Austin & New York
Good Scout Group has appointed Erin Dawkins as Managing Director of the organization and Jessica Kirkwood as Senior Strategist. Article

DC & New York
Imre has hired Damian Rintelmann as senior vice president and digital lead. In addition, Jason Burelle has been named associate creative director in the firm’s recently-opened New York office. Article

DC & San Francisco
Chase Communications announced the hiring of former San Francisco Business Times events director Felicia Brown, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s former communications director Jonathan Amar, and communications professional Jill Mierke. Article

 Los Angeles & New York
Ephraim Cohen has been named the general manager of the New York office of FleishmanHillard and Mitch Germann has been named GM for Los Angeles. Article

Frankfurt
MSLGroup Poland CEO Sebastian Hejnowski has been promoted to a newly-created role as CEO of the PR network’s operations across Central and Eastern Europe. Article

SEC Relazioni Pubbliche e Istituzionali, has signed an agreement to acquire a 75 percent stake in Kohl Pr – und PartnerArticle

Hong Kong
FleishmanHillard has appointed Khoo Yin as the new general manager of its Singapore office. Article

The World Economic Forum has selected Ogilvy Public Relations, Beijing, as the official PR partner of its Annual Meeting of the New Champions for the ninth consecutive year. Article

Text100 has been selected by OMRON to provide content marketing services to raise awareness, educate the market and generate leads. Article

Rice Communications has been appointed by the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE) as its public relations agency of record. Article

FleishmanHillard has appointed Magdalene Lee as general manager of its Malaysia office. Article

EON has expanded its service offering and rebranded as EON The Stakeholder Relations Group, designed to reflect its broader mandate as well as its tradition of thought leadership in the stakeholder relations space. Article

Kreab has named Martin Alintuck as managing partner of its Singapore operation. Article

London
Cicero Group has appointed Iain Anderson as its new executive chairman. Article

We Are Social has appointed Lise Pinnell as head of strategy. Article

Bite has appointed Matt Whiting as its new head of digital, and Steve Gradidge as digital and social media consultant. Article

Dr Paul Ballman and I AM Self Publishing have retained Literally PR to support the launch of Ballman’s new book, Red Pill: The Truth About Leadership. Article

AMEC, the International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication, has signed an agreement with Gorkana as the headline sponsor of its International Measurement Summit, to be held from 15-16 June 2016 in London. Article

Ogilvy PR has elevated Michael Frohlich to CEO of its EMEA region. Article

Drayson Technologies has appointed five agency partners to launch its latest venture: CleanSpace, a technology-enabled movement for better air quality. Article

Suzanne Ellis has joined Lansons as a senior consultant to help build on the consultancy’s growing change and employee engagement services. Article

Construction Industry Solutions (COINS) has appointed technology PR specialists Firefly Communications to handle international public relations promoting the COINS Construction Industry Grand Challenge. Article

New Sparta Asset Management has appointed Montfort Communications as its communications adviser. Article

One Green Bean has taken over sister firm Havas PR London. Article

The International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) has unveiled a new international framework for measuring communications performance, the Barcelona Principles 2.0. Article

Audi has appointed We Are Social as its retained strategic and creative social media agency in the UK. Article

Cicero Group has appointed Kate McAndrew from Sky News as senior counsel to work across the agency’s corporate and public affairs practices. Article

Stonehage Fleming Family & Partners has appointed Montfort Communications as communications adviser after a competitive pitch. Article

Battenhall has appointed three new consultants to its London team, including Bradley Tubb, Dom Whitehurst and Jonny Atter as account manager. Article

Reputation Institute has launched its new Reputation Tracker service in the United Kingdom, providing companies with continuous measurement and quarterly reports on their corporate reputations. Article

Four Communications Group has acquired financial and professional services public relations agency Broadgate Mainland. Article

Paris
Hanover has hired Claudia La Donna to head its digital policy offering in Brussels. Article

Llorente & Cuenca has acquired 60 percent of Cink, a digital innovation consultancy. Article

Sydney
InsideOut Public Relations has been elected a partner in IPREX. Article

Dheeraj Realty has appointed DDB Mudra Group for its creative mandate, GolinOpinion (formerly known as LinOpinion GH) for online and offline PR, and Activ Eight Dimensions for media planning. Article

Edelman has completed its acqusition of Dubai firm Dabo & Co. Article

Talent International has appointed Sefiani as communications agency for the 2015 Talent Unleashed Awards, held in Sydney on 11 September. Article

Etihad Airways has named Hareb Al Muhairy as its new senior vice president, corporate and international affairs. Article

GCC Board Directors Institute has appointed Hill+Knowlton Strategies as content partner for a period of three years. Article

Tokyo
MSLGroup has appointed Sei Naganuma as digital lead and Takakazu Nozumi as consultant in Japan, strengthening the firm’s digital and planning. Article

Toronto
InfiniteLatitude has added a presence in Canada with the addition of ps creative communications in Toronto. Article

Strategic Objectives has been named PR agency of record for DMTI Spatial. Article

International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) has retained Shinn Communications Canada as its Public Relations Agency of Record for both Canada and the U.S. Article

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PR Updates From Around the World for the Week of September 1

September 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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Austin
InfiniteLatitude is expanding its US ranks, adding Jo Communications as a new partner. Article

gShift announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SiteCondor. Article

Chicago
ProPRcopy has continued its rapid expansion by adding more than a dozen skilled writers to its team in the past month. Article

Dallas
Razberi Technologies has selected integrated marketing communications firm M/C/C as its agency of record. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies announced that Mark Edgar will join the firm’s Dallas office as a senior vice president on Sept. 1. Article

DC
Kate Bedingfield has been appointed communications director for Vice President Joe Biden. Article

Los Angeles
Hill+Knowlton Strategies announced veteran public affairs and public relations strategist and agency leader Larry Krutchik will join the firm Aug. 31 as a senior vice president. Article

Marie Moore has joined Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. as vice president of communications for TBS and TNT. Article

Minneapolis
Hanser & Associates has named C. Ryan Hanser as president and principal. Bonnie Hanser, chief operating officer and principal since 1996, will retire December 31, 2015. Article

Nashville
A new advertising campaign produced by Peter Mayer Advertising for the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) recently launched with a series of new TV spots and a brand video.  Article

Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC) hired Mercury Labs to advance the organization’s marketing communications efforts. Article

Newport Beach
Morgan Marketing & Public Relations is celebrating its 20th anniversary as the PR agency of record for Wienerschnitzel. Article

New York
The Blue Focus-owned We Are Social has a new US leader, Rob FitzGerald. Article

Blue Fountain Media has picked Feintuch Communications to implement an integrated public relations program. Article

Steinreich Communications Group has expanded its capabilities in the travel and hospitality sector with the acquisition of Montgomery Communications. Virginia Montgomery been named vice president and group director of the travel and tourism group of Steinreich Communications. Article

Sugru has selected Manifest to boost profile of Sugru inventor and CEO Jane ni Dhulchaointigh. Article

Southard Communications continues to grow its consumer practice with the addition of seven new accounts. Article

GLOSSYBOX is relying on up-and-coming CLY Communication to handle public relations and events also in North America. Article

Glass Lantern PR announced today the launch of their PR Timeshare program. Article

Access Communications has recently been chosen Agency of Record for BlackBerry, MongoDB, Ooma and VCE. Article

5W Public Relations has been named PR Agency of Record by OneJet. Article

Healthcasts has announced the appointment of Denis Wyrwoll as Senior Director of Market Research. Article

Marketing Maven announced the appointment of Andrea Pass to the position of Vice President, Media Relations. Article

Edelman has named Ted Smyth vice chair and chief of staff to Richard Edelman, president & CEO. Article

The Marino Organization (TMO) has announced that Michelle Friedman has joined the agency as an account director. Article

Nicole Giantonio joined Patina Solutions as Managing Director. Article

Philadelphia
Slice Communications announced that it has hired Tyler Cameron, Mason Luvera, Alisa Gross and Renee Stanzione as their new account managers to help service the agency’s rapidly expanding client base. Article

San Diego
Caroff Communications celebrates 20-year anniversary. Article

San Francisco
Lynn Fox is joining W2O Group to become a tech lead, as the holding group acquires her boutique shop Fox Communications. Article

Sparkpr is packaging a new suite of services deemed “Agile Narrative” intended to help companies build and integrate narratives. Article

Fineman PR announced the addition of HealthRIGHT 360 and Renteria Wines as new clients. Article

Spark PR announced that it has hired Toby Trevarthen as its first ever Chief Narrative Officer, starting October 1. The agency also appointed Tim Donovan to the role of Executive Narrative Strategist. Article

Silicon Valley
Interprose announced Cathy Palmen has been named president of the company, with founder Vivian Kelly serving as chief executive officer. Article

Frankfurt
Ketchum Pleon has been selected to handle communications for the US tech startup Hashplay and its live streaming platform #Play, which enables live streaming of gameplay content on mobile and virtual reality devices. Article

Hong Kong
Ogilvy Malaysia has appointed John Deschner as its Chief Executive Officer. Article

Ketchum has announced the appointments of two senior level executives at the company’s office in Singapore, as well as the launch of its specialty change management unit in the region. Article

London
GCI Health has appointed Cally Clarkson as its first director of medical education. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has strengthened its sports and entertainment capabilities with the addition of Adam Paris and Emma Wright. Article

Kingsland Drinks has appointed food, drink and lifestyle agency Stir PR as its retained public relations agency. Article

Buman Media has been selected by App Annie. Article

Cxense announced an extensive list of new and expanded customer relationships across the world during the second quarter of 2015. Article

The Utah Office of Tourism, Film and Global Branding has appointed KBC to implement an integrated marketing and public relations program in the UK. Article

Paris
PlasticsEurope has appointed Leonor Garcia as director public affairs. Article

Niamh Keohan has been appointed director of marketing and public relations at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in Dubai. Article

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PR Updates From Around the World for the Week of August 17

August 20, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire Atlanta

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

Atlanta
The Gathering Spot has selected Trevelino/Keller as its integrated PR and digital marketing agency of record. Article

Arketi Group has been selected by Path-Tec to relaunch its brand identity and website, with the goal of positioning Path-Tec as a leader in specimen management technology. Article

Boston
LaVoieHealthScience has promoted David Connolly to senior vice president, client services, and appointed Ron Aldridge as account director, investor relations, and Lindsay LeCain as account supervisor, public relations. Article

Charlotte
Derek Farley Public Relations (DFPR) announced that Linsey Beford will join its team as Senior Business Development Specialist, effective August 17, 2015. Article

Chicago
Emerald-Jane Hunter has joined Henson Consulting this week as the agency’s new Director of Media and Content Development. Article

FoodMinds has hired registered dietitian Jackie Schulz. Article

Cleveland
Martin Public Relations has changed its name to Atlas Marketing. Article

Dallas
Halliburton Investor Relations announced the launch of its newly redesigned website. Article

DC
JPA Health Communications has added Patrick Brady as a senior vice president in its Washington, DC, office. Article

Hilton Worldwide has appointed former FedEx CCO William Margaritis as executive vice president of corporate affairs, starting in late August. Article

Marriott International has appointed Tricia Primrose as global chief communications & public affairs officer. Article

Maroon PR announced the firm is working with Feherty’s Troops First Foundation as its agency of record. Article

Warschawski announced that Mark Ludwig has been promoted to Director of Design Development. Article

Denver
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust has named Lesley Robertshaw as manager of investor relations. Article

Detroit
Airfoil has appointed Jon Gunnells as social and digital media manager. Article

Bianchi Public Relations celebrates 23rd birthday. Article

Eisbrenner Public Relations has promoted Andrew Rickerman from account coordinator to assistant account executive. Article

Los Angeles
ANTHEMIC Agency announced the addition of new public relations client Lucky Strike Entertainment. Article

Trendy Butler has selected PMBC Group as its agency of record. Article

Miami
JoTo PR has added accounting firm Tampa Bay Accounting & Associates as a new client. Article

Nashville
Joe Arnold has been named vice president of strategic communications for Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives. Article

Newport Beach
The Weatherbee Talent Group has launched, specializing in placing top marketing, digital and PR professionals throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Article

Veteran PR practitioner Barbara Caruso is expanding her private practice with the launch of a new boutique public relations and communications firm, C-Squared PR, Inc. Article

New York
Burson-Marsteller has hired Brett Pulley as a senior advisor. Article

Nancy Goldstein joined Ogilvy Public Relations as a Vice President in the Corporate Practice. Article

MDC Partner agency Kwittken has hired its first-ever managing director for its New York office Shanee Goss. Article

Laura Davidson Public Relations has been appointed the public relations agency of record for Travel Portland, Oregon. Article

Brandstyle Communications announced representation of Handsome Brook Farm. Article

Grey New York announced the appointment of two Creative Leads to its Activation & PR team. Oliver Handlos and Elizabeth Valleau are joining as Co-Creative Leads. The new hires come on the heels of Andreas Dahlqvist joining Grey New York as Chief Creative Officer. Article

SundanceTV announced that Denielle Webb has joined as vice president of public relations and marketing. Article

DKC Public Relations is expanding its entertainment division in the New York office with two new hires. Article

Independent full service communications planning and media services agency Crossmedia announced that it has hired Aaron Lewis as its first Chief Financial Officer. Article

The Marino Organization (TMO) and the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering announced an agreement to provide public relations services for startups that are members of the school’s incubator program. Article

Burson-Marsteller announced that Thomas Gensemer, U.S. Chief Strategy Officer has been named to PRWeek’s annual “40 Under 40” list. Article

Philadelphia
Slice Communications has reached separate agreements to work with five new companies: StratIS, the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE), JBGR Retail, Atlas Bronze and Sisters of Saint Francis. Article

San Francisco
Sway Group is honored to announce its ranking at number 466 on the 34th Annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Article

Manifold just launched its brand new website. Article

Silicon Valley
Former Blanc & Otus CEO Josh Reynolds has joined an on-demand insights platform for brands Quantifind.    Article

Los Angeles & New York
Hill+Knowlton Strategies announced the appointment of two new senior vice presidents in the firm’s growing MarComms practice. Article

Minneapolis & NY
Anastasia Lopez joined PadillaCRT as Vice President of Social Media, leading the agency’s social media efforts from PadillaCRT’s New York office. Matt Fairchild joined the agency as Vice President of Technology and Innovation, leading PadillaCRT’s digital strategy, user experience and development teams from the agency’s Minneapolis headquarters. Article

London
Last-minute hotel booking app HotelTonight has enlisted Dynamo PR to help with its UK growth. Article

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PR Updates From Around the World

January 29, 2015

 By Serena Ehrlich, Director of Social + Evolving Media , Business Wire

Every day, Business Wire reads and shares a wide range of PR related news.  Starting in 2015, we will also be sharing Public Relations industry news from publications such as PRWeek, The Holmes Report, and Bulldog Reporter’s Daily ‘Dog and others from around the globe.

We hope you enjoy this segment as much as we liked putting it together!  To learn more about each news item, simply click the following hyperlink.

Atlanta

  • Great Wraps announces its partnership with Trevelino/Keller as its public relations agency of choice. Article

Austin

  • Konnect Public Relations started the new year with the opening of a new agency location in Austin, Texas and a completely redesigned website. Article

Boston

  • People Making Good PR announced the addition of two new associates in its Boston, Mass., office: Claire Storrs and Michelle Juralewicz. Article
  • Pierce-Coté Advertising has named Bradford Schiff as the company’s new President. Article

Charlotte

  • French/West/Vaughan has announced the hiring of Abigail Quesinberry as social media strategist. Article

Chicago

  • Airfoil announced that in the fourth quarter of 2014 it closed nearly $1 million in new business. Article
  • Stevens & Tate Marketing has been named the agency of record for Genieco, Inc Article
  • KemperLesnik announced the promotion of Cybil Rose to vice president. Article
  • Franco Public Relations Group is celebrating its 50th anniversary with its biggest growth spurt in a long time. Article

Dallas

  • Matt Burns is returning to UnitedHealthcare as vice president of communications for the company’s $40 billion Medicare business. Article

DC

  • The Association of Public Television Stations has promoted Kate Riley to vice president, government and public affairs. Article
  • Ben Finzel has launched RenewPR, an energy and environmental communications consulting firm. Article
  • The Hill has named Neetzan Zimmerman as senior director of audience and strategy. Article
  • JDA Frontline has hired Kelly Cushman as EVP and Laurie Rossbach as VP. Article
  • Sustainable energy technology company Abengoa has named Ignacio Garcia Alvear as co-CFO. Article
  • Podesta Group has hired Josh Lahey from McBee Strategic.  Article
  • Portland expanded its recently established Washington office; appointing digital diplomacy and strategic communications expert, Scott Nolan Smith, as an Associate Director. Article
  • Clients of kglobal have yet another new creative resource to call upon as public relations and issues management veteran Gene Grabowski joins the team as Partner. Article

Houston

  • Saxum has opened an office in Houston and has hired agency veteran Teresa Henderson to serve as senior vice president of client development. Article

Los Angeles

  • Universal Music Group has named Andy Fixmer as VP of global communications. Article
  • PMK-BNC has promoted Taj Sullivan to SVP of experiential marketing. Article
  • toppragencies.com has named MediaWorks Resource Group as the best celebrity public relations company for December 2014. Article
  • The Pollack PR Marketing Group announced that it has been selected by ESI Ergonomic Solutions (ESI) to lead its integrated public relations and national brand marketing efforts. Article
  • Long Beach City College (LBCC) has named Stacey Toda as its new associate director of public relations and marketing. Article

Miami

  • Inforpress has opened a new office in Quito, Ecuador. The new office is led by Elena Fernández. Article
  • ASGK Public Strategies has opened a South Florida office in Miami. Kelly Penton Chacon will join as a director in the Miami office. Article
  • Hill+Knowlton Strategies has hired Daniel Karam as president and MD of its Mexico office. Article
  • The Miami Dolphins named Jeremy Walls and Jason Jenkins as SVP and CMO and SVP of communications and community affairs, respectively. Article
  • TNT Communications Group has welcomed veteran public relations professional, Geo A. Ropert, APR to its team. Article

Nashville

  • Nashville-based communications firms DVL Public Relations & Advertising and Seigenthaler Public Relations are merging as part an acquisition by Finn Partners. Article

New York

  • Cohn & Wolfe has appointed Jim Joseph as chief integrated marketing officer and president of the Americas. Article
  • Hill+Knowlton Strategies is participating in the Environmental Defense Fund‘s Climate Corps initiative to help control costs and carbon emissions through improved energy management. Article
  • Cablevision Systems Corporation has appointed Cindi Buckwalter as senior vice president, investor relations. Article
  • Yappn Corp. has named Jeanny So as vice president, corporate communication. Article
  • Julie Livingston has launched Livingston PR, which will offer marketing and communications services, as well as assist in business development and strategic partnerships. Article
  • Wakeman Agency is expanding its offerings to include public relations services for social change films. The new initiative, called Films for Change, will create awareness for films that focus on social issues as well as to generate interest in social change efforts. Article
  • Hotwire‘s US managing director Leslie Campisi has parted ways with the firm after three years building the UK-based agency’s presence in the US market. Article
  • After more than 15 years in the senior corporate communications role at Honeywell, Tom Buckmaster is retiring. He will be succeeded by Mike Bennett, currently vice president of marketing communications for the company’s automation and control solutions business. Article
  • Rubenstein Public Relations has been named AOR for Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment‘s production of Rent in Havana, Cuba. Article
  • Business Wire has promoted Kim Deonanan to regional VP for Northern and Central Europe. She joined Business Wire’s London office in 2002. Meghann Johnson was promoted to regional manager. Article
  • Lumentus has hired Christine Bertinelli as a senior partner. Article
  • King + Company announced that in the past six weeks it has been retained by full-service villa rental organization Luxury Retreats and post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term specialty carefirm Alaris Health. Article
  • Access Communications today announced the formation of Access Studio, a content creation and distribution division designed to help companies elevate their most compelling stories, expand their reach and measure their impact. Article
  • Weber Shandwick announced that it has been named global agency of record across multiple marketing services disciplines by Sealed Air Corporation. Article
  • 5W Public Relations announced the addition of Strike Ten Entertainment to its roster of Consumer and Lifestyle brands. Article
  • Voya Financial announced that Paul J. Gennaro has joined the company as senior vice president, Corporate Communications, and chief communications officer. Article

Phoenix

  • Graphic-solution provider ChyronHego has hired Wall Street Communications as its exclusive media relations and content marketing agency. The firm will work to boost ChyronHego’s visibility. Article

Seattle

  • R2C Group announced the launch of a new campaign for ChristianMingle.com, an online community for Christian singles. Article

Hong Kong

  • Singapore-based Rice Communications is opening of Rice Communications Myanmar with anchor clients including Hughes and Bosch.  Article
  • The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society has appointed Strategic Communications Consultants to manage its public relations communications efforts in Hong Kong for a third consecutive year. Article
  • Waggener Edstrom has promoted Henry Wood to head of Studio D, Asia Pacific.Article
  • Racepoint Global has expanded its RPG Studios offer across the Asia region with the addition of three key positions: Noel Wong has been named senior art director, tasked with leading creative integration across the region; Jennifer Russell joins Racepoint’s Hong Kong office as a multimedia specialist, responsible for video content; and Cassie Feng joins Racepoint’s Shanghai office as a multimedia associate and will support creative strategy. Article

Frankfurt

  • The UN organization dedicated to gender equality has called in Havas PR to support the next phase of its #HeForShe campaign, which was launched today by actress Emma Watson in Davos. Article

London

  • Misha Dhanak and Joe Sinclair, who resigned from leadership roles at Citizen Relations UK last year, have started a new agency with the backing of advertising agency Mother. Article
  • Investigative journalist May Linn Gjerding has joined Geelmuyden Kiese as senior analyst to head the firm’s research and analysis group of eight people. Article
  • Hope&Glory has won a new brief for leading community-driven hospitality company Airbnb following a competitive pitch. Article
  • Marston’s Beer Co. has appointed Shine Communications as its new digital agency following a competitive pitch. Article
  • Social insights and analytics business Crimson Hexagon has appointed Lansons to run its UK public relations program following a four way pitch. Article
  • Kaizo has been appointed by NetSuite to provide corporate communications and trade PR in the UK. Article
  • Chameleon has been selected by App Annie to provide communications strategy and public relations support in the UK. Article
  • Senior MD Malcolm Gooderham has departed FTI Consulting, just 12 months after he joined the firm to lead its EMEA thought leadership practice. Article
  • HSBC‘s Pierre Goad has taken on leadership of the bank’s human resources function, in a new role that retains oversight of communications. Article
  • Grayling CEO Pete Pedersen has resigned after two years in the role. Article
  • Ketchum has promoted European digital director Stephen Waddington to the newly-created global role of chief engagement officer. Article

Paris

  • Weber Shandwick has promoted Svetlana Picou to executive vice president, CIS and Central and Eastern Europe. Article
  • Paris-based ALIZE RP announces the launch of its new website: www.alizerp.com. Article
  • The Cline Group International announced the appointment of Ari Applbaum as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Israel/EMEA. Article

Sydney

  • JSW Cement has awarded its PR and media relations mandate to i9 Communications, which is a part of Comniscient Group (parent to Blue Lotus, Blue Bytes, Trust Research Advisory). Article

Tokyo

  • Ogilvy & Mather Japan has announced major changes to its senior management team with the appointment of Aki Kubo as Chairman and Todd Krugman succeeding him as President. Article
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