PR Updates From Around the World for January 11, 2016

January 25, 2016

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire, Nashville

Each week, Business Wire brings you the latest changes and updates in the PR industry.  To learn more about each news item, simply click the hyperlink.  Have your own update to include?  Let us know!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brandstyle Communications announces its representation of CÜR Music. Article

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thom Hamill joined JCCA as Chief Advancement Officer. Article

Daniel Rhoads was promoted to Executive Director of Adveq. Article

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

Ethan Vogelhut was promoted to Executive Director of Adveq. Article

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeffrey Yu has joined Edelman as CEO in China. Article

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

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

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

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

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

Beattie has appointed Jessica McAndrew as digital communications director. Article

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 6, 2016

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire, Nashville

yay-9389360-digitalEach 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
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 16

November 25, 2015

Each week, Business Wire brings you the latest changes and updates in the PR industry.  To learn more about each news item, simply click the hyperlink.  Have your own update to include?  Let us know!

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Atlanta
Brandware has been selected by Bandago Van Rentals as its public relations agency of record. Article

Boston
Liberty Bay Credit Union has hired Jill Amato as vice president, director of corporate communications. Article

PAN Communications has been named one of the Top Places to Work in Massachusetts in the eighth annual employee-based survey project from The Boston Globe. Article

Charlotte
Capstrat has appointed Karen Albritton, currently president, as CEO and president, effective January 1.  Ken Eudy, founder and current CEO, will become chairman. Article

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll announced he has selected French/West/Vaughan (FWV) to team up with Carroll’s current sports management agency, Paradigm Sports Management, to develop his personal brand and maximize his marketing portfolio. Article

Chicago
Recently installed head of the American Marketing Association (AMA), veteran marketer Russ Klein, is launching a widespread transformation of the country’s leading marketing organization. Article

Dallas
Public Relations Society of America Dallas honored TrizCom Public Relations with multiple awards at their 2015 Awards Luncheon held at the Irving Convention Center. Article

DC
Amy Brundage is joining SKDKnickerbocker‘s Washington, DC, office as senior vice president. Article

PulsePoint Group has promoted Grant Toups to managing partner, responsible for management of the firm’s day-to-day operations. Article

Warschawski has been hired by GTB: Global Telecom to help revamp its strategic brand positioning. Article

Curley Company has been selected by Rapoza Associates as the strategic communications firm for both Rapoza Associates and the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Coalition. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has added Soren Dayton to the agency’s Washington, D.C., office as a senior vice president. Article

Christina Nicols, senior vice president and director of strategic planning and research at Hager Sharp, was named the Washington Women in Public Relations’ (WWPR) 2015 Washington PR Woman of the Year. Article

Denver
Weber Shandwick has been selected as communications agency of record for the Colorado Education Association. Article

Vladimir Jones appointed Matt Ingwalson and Jennifer Hohn to roles as partners and executive creative directors, starting November 1. Article

Detroit
Airfoil has added several new clients to its roster, including referral marketing platform Ambassador, NH Learning Solutions, Automation Alley, Glance Networks and WorkWave. Article

Los Angeles
John Reilly has been elevated to senior vice president entertainment and multicultural communications at Rogers & Cowan. Article

Ed Chambliss has been named president of Phelps. Article

Miami
Llorente & Cuenca has agreed to purchase a 70 percent stake in the Brazilian company S/A Comunicação. Article

BodenPR is introducing Nuestros Emojis (Our Emojis), Hispanic culture-inspired Emojis. Article

npm | pr announced that Founder, Natalie P. Mikolich, was named the 2016 Chair of the Public Relations Society of America Entertainment and Sports Section. Article

Nashville
ReviveHealth announced the expansion of its Health Technology practice with six new clients. Article

New York
Frontier Communications Corporation has appointed Peter DePasquale as vice president of communications and corporate affairs. Article

BioBlast Pharma has appointed Stacey Jurchison as vice president, investor relations and corporate communications. Article

MWW Public Relations has promoted JP Schuerman to president of its Western region. Article

The Coyne healthcare practice has hired Chris Vancheri as a vice president to oversee the firm’s pharmaceutical and device business. Article

LifeSci Advisors has appointed Bob Yedid as managing director. Article

Julie Martin has been named vice president of public relations at The Halo Group. Article

Renaissance Hotels has selected MGA Media Group to lead public relations efforts in launching its newest property, Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, at 35th Street and 7th Avenue. Article

Gotham Public Relations has added four new agency of record client campaigns for 2016. Article

HL Group has acquired Alice Ryan’s A Company. Article

The World Diamond Council (WDC) has begun a search for PR agency support as it attempts to overcome challenges to its reputation and economic growth. Article

Omnicom is transitioning the Zócalo Group‘s reporting structure from Ketchum to Critical Mass. Article

Carol Cone has launched a New York-based consultancy called Carol Cone On Purpose. Article

Brandstyle Communications announces representation of Dr. Armando Hernandez-Rey, ELOQUII and CEP. Article

Ogilvy & Mather North America announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). Article

Weber Shandwick was named one of the Best Places to Work in Advertising & Media by Advertising Age for the second year in a row. Article

R&J Public Relations announced that it has expanded its service offering and capabilities by acquiring Fifth Room Creative. Article

The O’Hara Project has announced the selection of The Adventure Project as the recipient of their 2016 Pro Bono Client Search. Article

RED PR announced its newest client Louvelle. Article

MediaPost named Mindshare North America winner of one of its 2015 Agency of the Year awards. Article

Julie Jack joins MSLGROUP as senior vice president in the agency’s New York Corporate Practice. Article

Philadelphia
Aqua America has hired Stacey Hajdak to lead its communications department. Article

Sacramento
Crafted Communications is expanding its capabilities with the hiring of PR technology industry veteran Molly Mulloy. Article

Seattle
Bruce Clay, Inc. announced that Duane Forrester joins the BCI team in a newly created position as Vice President, Organic Search Operations. Article

WE has hired Martin Pearce as Senior Vice President of Agency Marketing and Brand. Article

Silicon Valley
Walt & Company has been chosen by Acxiom IT as its agency of record. Article

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has said that the site will use its Safety Check tool more widely, after more than 4m people marked themselves as ‘Safe’ following Paris terror attacks on Friday. Article

Eastwick announced the launch of Digital Brand Lab (DBL), a new group combining the agency’s expertise associated with digital and brand marketing. Article

Los Angeles & New York
Giant Spoon announced that is has promoted four members of its team. Article

Hong Kong
Elaine Chan joins Burson-Marsteller as managing director, financial Communications and is based in Hong Kong. Article

After leading the PR campaign for the inaugural Art Central in 2015, Sinclair Communications has been appointed as agency partner for the 2016 fair. Article

PricewaterhouseCoopers is looking to acquire Fluid. Article

Andrew Kirk is leaving Edelman after three as Hong Kong MD, with senior directors Adrian Warr and Andres Vejarano taking charge until a new MD is found. Article

London
International trade association ICCO and the UK’s Public Relations Consultants Association have launched a policy unity in conjunction with the #FuturePRoof community, which recently published a book about the future of public relations management and practice. Article

Lee Nugent is stepping down from his role as CEO of Nelson Bostock. Article

Paris
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has hired Stuart Macaulay to lead its Abu Dhabi operation. Article

Sydney
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has a new leadership structure in India that eliminates regional divisions, and is designed to give clients a “one India” solution. Article

Horizon Communication Group has acquired independent communications consultancy Get The MessageArticle

Cannings has appointed Renée Bertuch as managing director. Article

Inshorts has appointed Adfactors PR as its communication partner. Article

SPAG Asia has been awarded a key mandate from the Local Organising Committee to manage the announcement that India is taking over as the official host for FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017. Article

Infosys has consolidated its global PR remit with Lewis in its US and European markets following a review. Article

Toronto
Cynapsus Therapeutics has appointed Kristen Galfetti as vice president, investor relations and corporate communications. 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 for the Week of May 4

May 6, 2015

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Austin
Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist was voted Best Resource, 2015 Small Business Book Awards. Article

Boston
UK-based Red Lorry Yellow Lorry has expanded its PR team in Boston with the hiring of Michelle Barry as director of technology PR and Justin Ordman as technology PR account manager. Article

Gaffney Bennett Public Relations announced the hiring of Sarah Whitney and Chris Velardi. Article

Cleveland
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has appointed Koch Industries communications director Matt Lloyd as deputy chief of staff for communications and strategies. Article

Dallas
Lewis Public Relations announced that Infomart Data Centers has selected LPR as its agency of record. Article

DC
Crosby Marketing Communications has added Gabrielle Weber as a senior integration manager, handling programs for clients in Crosby’s government practice, including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Article

Houston
On April 23, Ward commemorated 25 years in business with back-to-back educational events and a cocktail reception at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown. Article

Los Angeles
Murphy O’Brien Public Relations announced the newest clients in the firm’s esteemed travel collection: The Venetian, Las Vegas, The Palazzo, Las Vegas, Hotel Jackson and Hunt Valley Inn, a Wyndham Grand. Article

Miami
Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications (CAMC) has been selected to serve as the North American PR agency of record for Four Seasons Resort Nevis. Article

Minneapolis
Gage announced it has hired Reid Gorder as senior developer where he will be working on Gage’s premier brand web applications. Article

Nashville
Walmart‘s Dan Bartlett has hired his former colleague from Hill + Knowlton Greg Hitt as VP of corporate affairs, slated to join Walmart on June 1. Article

New York
Mariella Kapsaskis has been named MINI communications manager by BMW of America. In addition, Rebecca Kiehne and Hector Arellano-Belloc have been named BMW product and technology spokespersons. Article

McGraw Hill Financial has named Courtney Geduldig as executive vice president, public affairs, following the retirement of Ted Smyth, who had led corporate and public affairs since 2009. Article

Overseas Shipholding Group has appointed Brian Tanner as vice president, investor relations and corporate communications. Article

Anita Kawatra has joined Edelman‘s New York office as executive vice president for its health sector. Article

Coyne has appointed Matt Leung as Advertising Account Director. Article
Aspectus has appointed Jed Hamilton as its new Managing Director for North America. Article

Sopexa Group announced the appointment of Benjamin Bourinat to the role of Director of Public Relations, Sopexa USA. Article

The PR Council has named Capstone Hill Search as its first global recruitment premier partner firm. Article

Tony Telloni has departed Golin after almost two years heading the firm’s New York office to join tech firm Sparkpr. Article

Dawn Bridges, EVP of corporate communications at Al Jazeera America, is leaving the network along with EVP of human resources Diana Lee. Article

Edelman’s Global Women’s Executive Network (GWEN) announced a partnership with the International Women’s Forum (IWF). Article

Cohn & Wolfe was named The Holmes Report’s 2015 Best Large Agency to Work For in North America. Article

JONESWORKS announced their representation of Pencils of Promise and nügg Beauty. Article

Ruder Finn announced the official launch of a specialized offering under its broader employee engagement practice, dedicated to helping companies engage with both current and prospective technology-focused employees.  Article

Health Unlimited announced its partnership agreement with New York-based specialist healthcare digital firm, Propeller Communications. Article

IMRE announced the hiring of John Bentz as Senior Vice President for its Consumer practice. Article

CPR Strategic Marketing Communications announced the expansion of its account executive team with the addition of Nathan D. Molinari as account coordinator. The company has also promoted Katelyn Petersen to account director, Joelle Caputa to creative director and Alexis Lignos to account executive. Article

Natalie Guevara has taken on a new in-house role as Senior Communications Officer of online annotation platform Genius (formerly Rap Genius). Article

San Francisco
UK-headquartered Babel PR has appointed Caroline Kawashima as Executive Vice President & U.S. Head for its recently established San Francisco operations. Article

Silicon Valley
Tom Foremski has joined software company Delphix in a newly-created role leading editorial and content. Article

Denver & Minneapolis
Woodruff Sweitzer will acquire Confluence Marketing, effective May 1. Article

Hong Kong
Nick Wheeler has departed Ketchum after more than 12 years with the firm in China, where he was GM of the Beijing office. Article

Ogilvy & Mather China announced the appointment of Thomas Zhu and Juggi Ramakrishnan as Executive Creative Directors at Ogilvy Shanghai. Meanwhile, Chong Kin joins Ogilvy Beijing as Executive Creative Director. Article

Frankfurt
redRobin Strategic Public Relations has won the KRUK Deutschland account, a part of KRUK Group, a leader of the receivables management market in Central Europe. Article

London
Mischief has been appointed to handle public relations and influencer communications for SodaSteam‘s brand proposition: “Water Made Exciting.” Article

Royal Club has assigned Cohn & Wolfe for its new Royal Club Shandy campaign. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has hired Kate Hopper as a director to lead the IHG, Mondelez and TUI accounts. Article

Brands2Life has been appointed by leading password manager and digital wallet Dashlane as its UK communications partner following a competitive pitch. Article

Publicasity has added a new travel client, winning Saint Lucia Tourist Board, following a five-way competitive pitch. Article

Horizon Pharma has named John B. Thomas executive vice president, strategy and investor relations. Article

Swiss hearing aid manufacturer Phonak has appointed Otto Communications as its retained PR agency for the UK. Article

Mobile payments startup MyCheck has hired CCgroup for UK PR support, shortly after securing $5m in backing from Spanish bank Santander. Article

Eddie May is stepping down from his role as joint managing director at Threepipe, 11 years after co-founding the UK firm with Jim Hawker. Article

Bite has hired Michael Gonzalez for a newly-created role as head of influencer relations in the UK. Article

Nick Mulholland is departing Freuds, after 12 years as one of the UK PR agency’s most senior management figures. Article

WPP has invested in fashion and lifestyle website Refinery29. Article

Paris
VMA Group has opened a new Africa operation, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Daniel Munslow has been appointed to the team heading up VMA Group’s Africa practice. Article

Golin is partnering with local PR firm Rekta to launch its presence in Turkey, via an office in Istanbul. Article

Sydney
Walmart has shifted Indian PR duties to Perfect Relations following a competitive review. Article

Tokyo
Ogilvy & Mather Japan and Geometry Global Japan are celebrating major successes at two prestigious, international creative industry awards. Article

Toronto
Citizen Relations Canada has named Amdanda Shuchat vice president as it strengthens leadership in its new i²: Insight & Innovation working group. In addition, Sabrina Kandasamy has been appointed senior director of strategic planning and Morgan Todd has been promoted to manager, analytics. Article

BBC Worldwide North America announced the appointment of Sandra Mackechnie to the position of Vice President, Digital Ad Sales for BBC.com, Canada. Article

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PR Updates from Around the World for the Week of April 27

April 29, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire Nashville

Below are this week’s 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!

Austin
Tanis Communications, Inc. announced the opening of its office in Austin, Texas. Article

Boston
Grain Digital has partnered with non-profit Best Buddies and Boston-based New Balance to create a spot for the upcoming 2015 Boston marathon. Article

HB Agency has hired Alex Jafarzadeh as senior account executive. Article

Charlotte
The Brandon Agency has hired Malorie Pastor as PR and social media manager. Article

S&A Communications has hired Jennifer Casey as graphic designer. Article

DC
Fenton has hired Nicole Schiegg as SVP and Amy Clark as VP. Article

O’Keeffe & Company and 300Brand will host the tech community to come together and celebrate 18 years of business Inside the Beltway and beyond. Article

David Warschawski, CEO and founder of Warschawski, was selected to speak at the 2015 PRSA Maryland Chesapeake Conference taking place on Thursday, June 4 at The John Erickson Conference Center at Charleston in Catonsville, Maryland. Article

Houston
The Point Group announced that it has appointed Kimberly Stoilis to vice president of the agency’s Houston office. Article

Los Angeles
Golin’s digital lead Chris Baccus has joined American real estate giant Caruso Affiliated as SVP of digital marketing. Article

Miami
Schwartz Media Strategies has added Holly Zawyer as vice president. Article

Vine Communications has been named the agency of record for the third consecutive year by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) for the 75th Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show. Article

Minneapolis
The Public Relations Society of America Board of Directors named Jim Lukaszewski, president of The Lukaszewski Group Division of Risdall Marketing Group, as the first Member Emeritus in the 50-year history of the Board of Ethics and Professional Standards (BEPS). Article

Nashville
Infiniti Americas has named Denise Sacre as East region communications manager. Article

New York
Edelman announced the appointment of Jennifer Simon as senior vice president of Business + Social Purpose (B+SP) in the agency’s New York office. Article

DKC has appointed Dusty Bennett as senior vice president, events and production, leading the agency’s event marketing and production arm, DKC Incite. Article

Silicon Valley boutique Highwire PR has opened an office in New York led by former ICR SVP Kim Paone. Article

MaryLee Sachs is expanding the London-based consultancy Brand Pie into the US with former Landor executive Richard Ford as creative director. Article

Ruder Finn announced three new senior hires — Mary Conway, Alice Sofield and Jenn Gordon — to support the agency’s Healthcare practice as it advances a three-year trajectory of double-digit revenue growth. Article

Rubenstein Public Relations has announced that Mitchell Breindel has joined the agency as Vice President. Article

The Martin Group has acquired Buffalo-based AMDG Public Affairs. Article

The Marino Organization announced that Alyson Leiter has joined the agency as a senior account supervisor. Article

San Francisco
Salesforce has handed its marketing cloud business to Nectar displacing Finn Partners and making the boutique firm its primary PR agency in the US. Article

Independent PR firm Lewis has raised $27m from HSBC as it looks to further expand globally and put more resources into its training program Rise. Article

Seattle
Waggener Edstrom has decided on Wunderman’s Kass Sells to revive its fortunes in North America as president of the region, the Holmes Report can reveal. Article

Silicon Valley
PayPal is rethinking its public relations and social media assignments in Asia-Pacific and EMEA, as it prepares to separate from sister business eBay later this year. Article

Hong Kong
MSLGroup has appointed Wendy Loh as director of the corporate practice in Singapore. Article

Grayling has promoted Neelesh Hotwani to director and head of office in Hong Kong. In addition, Holly Axelrad has joined as associate director from London, to lead the Hong Kong consumer practice. Article

FiftyThree has appointed The Hoffman Agency as its public relations agency of record in Asia covering China, Hong Kong and Japan, following a five-way competitive pitch. Article

Shanghai Municipality has appointed RTG Consulting to develop an international branding campaign for Shanghai City. Article

Katie O’Callaghan has been appointed as Regional Talent Director for Asia Pacific (APAC) at Geometry Global. Article

Communications veteran Mary Devereux has joined the Wall Street Journal Asia in the newly-created role of associate director of integrated marketing. Article

Worldwide Sports & Entertainment Ltd (WWSEL) has appointed Cohn & Wolfe to manage and run all PR and social-media activities for the inaugural Players Cup golf event. Article

Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) has partnered with Ogilvy & Mather to launch a film and behavior change campaign created by the agency that calls attention to the plight of domestic workers or ‘maids’ that work for months or years on end with no rest days. Article

Ogilvy & Mather Hong Kong has launched a city-wide campaign for the Hong Kong CleanUp Initiative organized by Ecozine and The Nature Conservancy. Article

Frankfurt
PROI Worldwide has opened an office in Greece by adding Out of the Box. Article

Action Global Communications has opened an office in the Republic of Moldova. The office is led by country director Anna Moghilda. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has promoted Eleni Constantinidi to CEO of its Greek operation, succeeding Petros Constantinidis. Article

London
Nintendo has appointed PrettyGreen as its retained UK PR agency, following a competitive pitch managed by AAR. Article

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has appointed Niall Duffy as its first director of external affairs. Article

Good Relations has appointed Louise Veale as associate director on ITS healthcare team. Article

Rugby union team Bath Rugby has appointed Shine Communications as its retained agency. Article

Grayling has appointed Catherine Griffith-Williams as its new head of Wales. Article

Creston has acquired How Splendid, a London-based digital design and development consultancy. Article

Napier Partnership Limited has been selected by Japanese test and measurement solutions manufacturer Anritsu to increase the company’s presence in the European media. Article

Slack Communications has established partnerships with the Foundation for Social Improvement, through which the firm is now able to offer fundraising services; creative production company Story Culture, which will help tell the stories of brands and people and life through documentaries, films and promos; and Make, a digital agency that will support Slack’s clients with website development and multi-platform campaigns. Article

Things Unlimited has appointed Susie Clark as its first managing director. Article

Ogilvy PR has lured Freuds strategy director Serge Vaezi to lead planning across EMEA, the Holmes Report can reveal. Article

UK train operator First Great Western has consolidated public relations duties with Golin after a competitive review. Article

Golin is launching in Moscow, via a joint venture with longtime local affiliate Comunica. Article

Susan Eastoe has left Edelman, marking the end of her 12-year stint as one of the PR firm’s most senior executives in Europe. Article

IPCN has hired UK PR support as it bids to raise its global profile. Article

Foxconn is seeking marketing communications support as it gears up to launch the Nokia N1 tablet in Europe. Article

Paris
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Caroline De Wolf as account director in its Brussels office. Article

Google has enlisted FTI Consulting for public affairs support as it fights the landmark antitrust charges brought by the EU last week. Article

Sydney
LG Electronics Australia has appointed Nick Ellery as its new head of digital. Article

Aman Gupta, managing director of public relations firm SPAG Asia, has launched D Yellow Elephant, a full service digital agency with a focus on the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. Article

Toronto
Diamcor Mining has retained MZ group as its investor relations adviser. 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


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