PR Updates From Around the World for the Week of July 6

July 10, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire Nashville

Here are 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!

Charlotte
French/West/Vaughan (FWV) has been selected by Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) to provide marketing support for its new charity endurance racing program, Racing to Empower Veterans (REVolution). Article

S&A Communications hired Rachel Sheffield as web designer. Article

DC
SevenTwenty Strategies has named Christine DiGiovacchino as creative director and Megan Blair as senior web designer, and Joe Richards as senior account director. Article

Golf Membership Consultants (GMC) has selected Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group to manage a public relations program and consult on marketing and business strategies to expand GMC’s market presence. Article

The Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) today announced that Mike Zaneis will become the organization’s new President and CEO. Article

Detroit
Airfoil was honored alongside its client Comcast Cable, Heartland Region with the Best of Show distinction at the International Association of Business Communicators Detroit Renaissance Awards ceremony. Article

Miami
Corporate and public affairs expert Stephen Lock is joining Latin America specialist Speyside Corporate Relations to head the firm’s fast-growing Brazil business. Article

Minneapolis
Risdall Public Relations James E. Lukaszewski, APR, has been selected as a Fellow of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). Article

New York
Burson-Marsteller has launched a new Cuba specialty team, a US-based offering that will provide clients with counsel on the political and economic environments in both the US and Cuba, as well as advice and guidance in planning for and communicating effectively about eventual Cuba market entry. Article

Global Strategy Group announced that Dana Yeganian has joined the firm as Senior Vice President. Article

RF|Binder has become part of PROI Worldwide, a partnership of independent agencies with 2014 net fees of $615 million. Article

Deloitte is acquiring substantially all of the assets of LRA Worldwide, a firm that measures customer experience. Article

Vested has announced its formal public launch. Created by senior communications executives Dan Simon and Binna Kim, Vested helps both traditional and new financial firms navigate an increasingly disruptive environment. Article

Butler Associates Public Relations has added Hostelworld Group to its roster.  Article

Horn Group, Inc. announced the promotion of Brian Sinderson from managing director to senior managing director and general manager, New York. In addition, the agency has added two vice presidents: Allyne Mills, formerly senior vice president with Beckerman|Antenna Group and Erica McDonald, who rejoins Horn Group from DiGennaro Communications. Article

Bilingual multicultural marketing communications expert Lissette M. Rodriguez announced the launch of Chic Influence, a new public relations agency specializing in building influence with the powerful U.S. Hispanic market while simultaneously bringing client stories to the mainstream forefront. Based in New York City, the agency launches with two clients-Being Latino, one of the country’s top social media marketing companies targeting Hispanic millennials, and celebrity hairstylist and makeup artist Gabriel Samra. Article

The New York Times Company announced that Clay Fisher will join the company in the new role of senior vice president, consumer marketing. Article

Philadelphia
Swordfish Communications has announced it will offer free services to any retailer presently selling a controversial iPhone case that looks like a realistic handgun. Article

San Francisco
MSLGroup has hired Brian Lake as a vice president focusing on the technology and public affairs practices. Article

Seattle
LANE has kicked off a 25 Commitments for 25 Years (#25for25) year-long campaign in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Article

Austin & Memphis
Archer Malmo has acquired Austin-based Tocquigny. Yvonne Tocquigny and Tom Fornoff will continue to lead the Austin office as chief creative and strategy officer and president, respectively. Article

Frankfurt & London
Travel Lifestyle Network announces it has elected ten new global partners. In addition to announcing new partners, the network has set important steps to accommodate further business growth. Article

Frankfurt
Isabel Kassabian was named deputy managing director for APCO Worldwide‘s Berlin office. Article

Hong Kong
Ruder Finn has acquired the China business of Kyodo Public Relations, including operations in Beijing and Shanghai. Article

London
Grayling has appointed Jonathan Curtis as its new head of public affairs. Article

Tero Huovinen has been appointed senior vice president, communications and corporate responsibility at global chemical company Kemira Oyj. Leena Lie, Kemira’s current head of communications and corporate responsibility, is leaving to become SVP, communications, at Cargotec. Article

Mischief PR has hired Daniella Graham from Metro.co.uk, to the newly created full-time role of news and conversation editor. Article

Keene Communications has taken over the operations of international business-to-business consultancy BondPR. Founder Tom Burgess remains a shareholder in BondPR and will act as a consultant to the group. Based in San Francisco, he will also oversee the development of North American operations. Article

Text100 holding company NextFifteen has acquired the entire issued share capital of IncrediBull, which will be fully integrated into Text100 from January of next year. Article

Mainichi Shimbun and Cxense announced the signing of a deal. Article

Paris
Llorente & Cuenca has secured €6.35 million in funding from French private equity firm MBO Partenaires. Article

Publicis Worldwide CEO Arthur Sadoun is taking over supervision of MSLGroup, meanwhile the agency’s CEO Olivier Fleurot moves into an SVP role at the holding group. Article

Singapore
Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU Singapore) was recently named the In-House PR Team of the Year at PRWeek Awards Asia 2015. Article

Sydney
Coca-Cola has appointed MSLGroup as its partner in India, with a focus on content creation. Article

Tokyo
Toyota‘s PR chief Julie Hamp has resigned after being detained by Japanese authorities on the suspicion of illegally importing a prescription drug from the US. Article

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[DOWNLOAD NOW] Business Wire Launches Let’s Get Visual: Multimedia and the News Release

July 9, 2015

Earlier today, CommPro.biz published a piece outlining the new Business Wire multimedia report Let’s Get Visual: Multimedia and the News Release. This guide offers comm pros best practices for releasing company news that will connect with modern audiences in the digital and mobile age. While the importance of a news release is timeless, the communication landscape is changing and PR and IR teams need to take advantage. Find out how.

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Journey of a News Release

July 7, 2015

We can tell you how a press release develops into breaking news, reaching everyone from industry reporters to regular folks enjoying morning coffee with their tablet. We can also show you the same information with a cool sharable video. What’s the difference? The difference is the same as reading a recipe for the perfect steak or watching Gordon Ramsey prepare one, step-by-step. Visuals relay information that is both unique and engaging and when executed correctly, highly effective.  These are the reasons why we won’t tell you how a news release works – we’ll just show you.

The release of How Your News is Made – An Inside Look at News Releases and News Distribution aims to showcase the steps that a company announcement takes before issuers can celebrate the full results of their communications outreach.

The new media playing field is changing. Taking full advantage of social and mobile platforms, as well as advances in smartMastercard Sample Release technology (even air conditioners seem to be smart these days) can make significant impact in maximizing news release visibility. How does that happen? First a news release needs to be written. Not all releases are written equal and certain actionable tips can go a long way such as crafting a compelling headline, ensuring the first sentence contains key information, inserting calls to action and leveraging well placed hyperlinks to drive inbound traffic.

The next step shows just how much influence the digital revolution has on how people communicate. Once you have crafted your interesting news release, it is time to add in supporting multimedia. The reach of a text-only news release is minor compared to the reach of a release that includes multimedia. An image, an infographic, a video—these assets push your news across the internet and keep audiences engaged while consuming your core messages.

3 times as muchThe reason for multimedia’s success is how easily it relays ideas. Humans process images 60,000 times faster than text. When reading text you try to paint an image of what you’re reading with your imagination. A video offers information in such a way that can’t be misinterpreted, both offering information and explaining it, simultaneously. Business Wire CEO Cathy Baron Tamraz does not hide her confidence in the role multimedia will play in the communications industry.

“My prediction is that multimedia will be a part of every single news release.” – Cathy Baron Tamraz during a conversation with Tim Bahr, CEO of Nextworks.

Once the release has been built and sent to Business Wire, our editorial team reviews the release, suggests edits and distributions to ensure the release meets your goals.  Once edited and approved, the final news release is disseminated across the wire and into the hands of your key constituents.

But you can’t celebrate just yet!  Once the release is out, media outreach performed and online discussions have begun, it is time to measure the results of your work.

Business Wire provides a wide range of measurement and monitoring tools to help you track the impact of your news rulerrelease. Business Wire NewsTrak and NUVI reporting shows not only how much activity your release received, it provides detailed information on social discussion and shares surrounding your news. For more specific data, the Market Impact Report tracks the impact of your release upon your (and your industry’s) stock price.

Your release has been crafted, assets added, received editorial review and feedback, crossed the wire, activated your key and secondary audiences and provided you with data to help craft the next one.

This is the path of a news release.

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Think Globally and Act Locally with Business Wire’s New Multilingual Twitter Feeds

July 1, 2015

By Serena Ehrlich, Director of Social + Evolving Media

Business Wire today increased the visibility of its global news content with the launch of 19 new language-based Twitter feeds. This initiative is a continuation of Business Wire’s thinking globally, acting locally efforts aimed at ensuring our client’s news reaches local audiences around the world.

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Business Wire’s new language-based Twitter feeds will enhance its already strong social media presence, bringing its Twitter news feed presence to a total of 84 accounts.  The new Twitter handles feature tweets based on news releases distributed in the following languages: Chinese (CN), Chinese (HK), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.

Business Wire’s new language specific feeds can be found at the following URLs:

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PR Updates From Around the World: June 30

June 30, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire Nashville

As we come to the end of June, we wanted to share one more PR industry changes and updates blog.  To learn more about each news item, simply click the hyperlink.

Atlanta
ExamMed has selected Trevelino/Keller as its principal integrated PR and marketing agency. Article

Arketi Group has created a new website for Zotec Partners. Article

Austin
AEP Texas has named Andy Heines as director of corporate communications. Article

Boston
Shift Communications has expanded its healthcare practice with the addition of new clients: Decision Resources Group, a provider of high-value data, analytics and insights products and services for the healthcare industry; Medullan, a digital healthcare innovation lab; and Sermo, a leading social network for doctors. Article

PAN Communications has been selected by Drizly. Article

marlo marketing took the top honors at the June 2015 Bellringers’ Awards for the agency’s Community & Consumer Affairs campaign to launch and market The Lawn on D,  Boston’s first-of-its-kind outdoor interactive landscape located on D Street at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC).  Article

DC
Maura Sullivan has been named assistant to the Secretary of Defense for public affairs. Article

The Incite Agency and Fenway Strategies have joined forces. Article

Sage Communications has teamed with Glory Days Grill to co-sponsor the Track and Field competition at the 2015 World Police and Fire Games in Fairfax, VA. Article

Sage Communications announced five new sports and entertainment contract wins through its Brotman|Winter|Fried division. Article

212 Communications LLC announced that Bill Atkinson has joined the firm as partner. Article

Stratacomm LLC announced the hiring of Kristin Ford-Glencross as an account director in the company’s Washington, D.C. office. Article

Detroit
Dan Ponder, CEO of Detroit-based Franco Public Relations Group, was recognized as Michigan State University Broad College of Business Executive MBA Program’s Alumni of the Decade. Article

Los Angeles
JMPR Public Relations announced that it has been named agency of record for Beverly Hills Motoring Accessories (BHMA). Article

The Long Beach Grand Cru has selected Bob Gold & Associates as its official PR agency. Article

Movement Public Relations announced the signing of its newest client, Proof of Concept. Articl

Miami
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications announces the appointment of Robert W. Grupp as director of its Master of Arts in Mass Communication (MAMC) program specialization in Global Strategic Communication.  Article

Nashville
Nissan North America has promoted Brian Brockman to director, internal communications. Article

New York
Heineken USA has promoted Tara Rush to senior vice president of corporate relations. Article

CA Technologies has appointed Jeff DeMarrais as senior vice president and chief communications officer. Article

De’Longhi Group America has named Current as public relations agency of record following a competitive review. Article

The Pollack PR Marketing Group (PPMG) announced that it has been selected by The Center For Client Retention (TCFCR) to lead its integrated marketing and public relations efforts. Article

Magrino has added new international architecture and design client, Rottet Studio. Article

Hotwire is reshuffling its US management as global CEO Brendon Craigie moves stateside to steer the tech agency’s growth in this market. Article

WPP Group is partnering with Snapchat and the Daily Mail on a new content marketing company, Truffle Pig, to be headed by Alex Jutkowitz. Article

J Public Relations expanded its relationship with The Ritz-Carlton brand with the addition of three more properties to its roster, resulting in a total of 14 properties. Article

Krupp Kommunications took home three awards at the 13th Annual American Business Awards (Stevie Awards) at the organization’s ceremony in Chicago on June 22 winning in three different categories. Article

Gramercy Institute announced its roster of winners for its 13th Annual Gramercy Financial Marketing Strategy Awards. Article

DeVries Global announced that Loretta Markevics has joined the agency as Executive Vice President, Global Creative Intelligence. Article

The Content Council announced that four new board members were elected to its board of directors. Article

San Francisco
Allison+Partners has launched All Told, a new division that combines the agency’s research, content, creative, digital and measurement expertise into a centralized offering. Article

Financial comms boutique the Blueshirt Group is moving into healthcare as this sector undergoes an IPO boom. Article

Silicon Valley
Weber Shandwick has upped Bradford Williams to head of global technology. Article

Atlanta, Boston & Chicago
Myelin Communications announced the acquisition of HY Connect, an advertising agency in Chicago, and Dodge Communications, a public relations and integrated communications firm in Atlanta. Rich Levy, CEO of Myelin, will become chairman of both companies. Article

Hong Kong
ICR announced that veteran business journalist Edmond Lococo has joined its Beijing office as senior vice president. Article

RFI Studios, the digital arm of Ruder Finn, has won a competitive pitch for the Audi R8 LMS Cup digital business in China. Article

Terri-Helen Gaynor has resigned as Asia-Pacific CEO at Burson-Marsteller. Article

Frankfurt
AMI Communications has been selected as agency of record by the leading satellite operator SES Astra. Article

London
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has launched the H+K HER (Helping Executives Rise), a program to support female employees. Article

Hello! Fashion Monthly has hired W to handle its PR on a retained basis.. Article

Shine Communications has won the Open’er Festival brief and will lead the UK PR strategy and delivery to raise awareness of the leading European festival through lifestyle press, digital influencers and social media. Article

MediaWorks has appointed Charlotte McLauchlan as group head of communications. Article

Octopus Group has been appointed by Scredible to drive a PR, social and content program. Article

Comeandhireme.com offers candidates and recruitment personnel at both healthcare agencies and pharmaceutical companies a way to connect and match a qualified employee with the right job. Article

ClickTripz.com has called in Turtle PR to maximise its exposure within the online travel industry. Article

Havas Health has acquired Just: Health Communications. Article

TJX has brought in Ogilvy PR to handle European PR duties after parting ways with FleishmanHillard. Article

Sydney
The $4.5 billion Godrej Group has awarded its public relations mandate to Adfactors PR. Article

Toronto
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has created H+K SJR in Canada, drawing on the communication and storytelling expertise of H+K and the audience development, content and digital publishing experience of Group SJR. Article

Hong Kong & Sydney
Burson-Marsteller announced that Margaret Key has been named CEO, Asia-Pacific. Prema Sagar, Principal and Founder of Genesis Burson-Marsteller, takes on the additional title of Vice Chair, Asia-Pacific. Key is based in Hong Kong, and Sagar is based in New Delhi. Article

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PR Tip: How to Work with Global News Agencies: Agence France-Presse

June 29, 2015

Last week, Business Wire presented audiences with an inside view of the global news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) and tips on how to pitch your business news to their global editorial team. AFP is one of the largest newswires in the world, behind Associated Press and Reuters, with regional offices and bureaus covering breaking and business news generated in over 150 countries.

Our panelists included David Williams, deputy editor-in-chief; Amina Ben Cheikh, marketing manager of web and mobile; and Francois Bohn, international sales coordinator. The event was moderated by Raschanda Hall.

The webinar provided listeners with a better understanding of AFP’s international reach and offered best practices in securing news coverage from AFP journalists and staff around the world.

Click here to listen to this discussion: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/7831143293398660097

During the hour-long event speakers shared key figures that depict just how many lives are reached as a result of AFP’s news coverage, including:

  • 5 24-hour regional headquarters in Washington, Montevideo, Paris, Nicosia, and Hong Kong.
  • 200 news bureaus around the world
  • 150 countries covered
  • 1,500 journalists filing news 24/7
  • 2,300 staff covering world news
  • 800 subsequent media subscribers utilize Business Wire’s news feed
  • Partnerships, such as those with CBS
  • AFP mobile app which provides instant access to breaking news, and news releases alike (in fact, news releases happen to be one of the most accessed sections of their English language news app)

In addition to the news agency’s global reach with coverage ranging from sports to business, AFP also has 1.4 million Twitter followers including nearly 400k English speaking followers.

It’s clear that Agence France-Presse has its ears to the ground all around the globe, but how does that translate into news coverage? What is the impact of AFP reporting on the world in a single day? In a single day, AFP is responsible for writing and distributing more than 8,000 pieces of news content.

AFP in a day

What was especially fascinating was the importance of Business Wire to AFP’s corporate news coverage. As Williams noted, every AFP economic news editor is required to monitor Business Wire for breaking company news throughout their day.  Why?

  • Speed: AFP relies on Business Wire’s business news feed because it is fast and efficient, and often times quicker than receiving news via a company’s website. Business Wire feeds are especially important for earnings releases.
  • Accuracy: When it comes to crafting coverage, the most important element of the news coverage for AFP is accuracy.
  • Trusted source: As David Williams noted, company news releases received from approved commercial newswires such as Business Wire provide a level of trust in the shared content.

How BW file appears in AFP

When asked how PR professionals can increase the potential of news release coverage by AFP?

  1. Write compelling news releases
  2. Include a useful, humanized quote
  3. Add compelling multimedia
  4. Distribute news releases over a trusted newswire like Business Wire
  5. Reach out to AFP’s local news bureau (Click here to find the one closest to you: http://www.afp.com/en/agency/afp-in-world/)

AFP news bureaus

The journey of a release starts as news coverage of just a single sentence, later evolving into a several hundred word piece before being developed into a full feature. Afterwards an AFP post, possibly in multiple languages, may follow to offer readers background information. Oftentimes more than one reporter will be covering a story, including translation for distribution in multiple regions.

Why is AFP an important resource for today’s local, regional, national and international communication pros?

When a company makes an announcement, it wants that information to reach the largest interested audience possible. That is the cornerstone of converting a news release into news. With roots dating back to 1835, AFP is a world leader in bringing breaking stories to the public. If you have newsworthy content crossing the wire, make sure to contact the corresponding regional headquarters and bring their attention to the release. Because they have so many journalists regularly checking BW’s feeds, there’s a good chance they’re already on top of it.


PR Updates From Around the World: June 15-24 Edition

June 26, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire Nashville

There were a lot of changes in the PR industry in the last 9 days – below are just a handful of these updates.  To learn more about each news item, simply click the hyperlink.

Atlanta
Brandware has been selected by Sonic Tools USA as its public relations agency of record.  Article

Marketing Inspirations (MI)  announces the addition of GPS Hospitality and Occidental Asset Management, LLC to the agency’s increasingly diversified client roster. Article

Austin
Drumroll announced that it has hired new members of its account group to support ongoing client growth. Article

Independent agency Drumroll announced that it has hired three employees for its creative team. Article

Boston
BlueHive Strategic Environments has hired Amadeus Finlay as director, media and public relations. Article

Cone Communications has hired Lisa Manley as executive vice president of its corporate social responsibility strategy group. Article

Duffy & Shanley‘s public relations team won nine awards at The Publicity Club of New England’s 47th annual Bell Ringer Awards on June 11. Article

PAN Communications was recently selected by Perspecsys to serve as its PR agency of record. Article

Crimson Hexagon has introduced image analysis and detection to its ForSight social analytics platform. Article

marlo marketing announced the acquisition of new Travel & Destination division clients The Mary Jane Group and LimoLiner LLC. Article

Charlotte
S&A Communications won a Grand Award in the category of Print Media, For Profit Large Office at the 2015 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. Article

Argos Therapeutics has added John Menditto as vice president of corporate communications and investor relations. Article

French/West/Vaughan has been selected by Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company as public relations and creative services agency of record following a competitive review. Article

Chicago
Astellas has appointed Tarsis Lopez as associate director, external and digital communications. Article

McDonald‘s has appointed Robert Gibbs as executive vice president and global chief communications officer and Silvia Lagnado as executive vice president and global chief marketing officer. Article

Rhea + Kaiser has added two college seniors from Illinois for its summer internship program. Tori Streitmatter and Madison Williams will be interning at R+K through July 31. Article

3rd Coast PR has added four new clients. Article

Cleveland
Akron General Health System has hired Stephanie York as director of communications and public relations. Article

Paul Furiga, founder and CEO of WordWrite Communications, is the new president of PR Boutiques International. Article

McDougall Communications announced that it will open an office in Indianapolis next month. Firm vice president Angela Howland Blackwell is returning to Indiana with nearly three decades of corporate communications experience to lead the office. Article

DC
GSG announced the promotion of Brandon Smith to the position of Director of Marketing. Article

Hillary Schmidt has joined CLS Strategies as a managing director. Article

Outreach Strategies announced the expansion of its senior team with the hire of Abby Berger as Vice President. Article

Former Burson-Marsteller CEO Mark Penn has departed Microsoft to form a new marketing investment group that has already raised $250m in capital. Article

Dallas
GSG announced the promotion of Brandon Smith to the position of Director of Marketing. Article

DC
Witt O’Brien’s has brought on Russ Williams to serve as Vice President, Crisis Communications. Article

Sage Communications has launched its newly created Sage Employment Marketing (Sage EM) division, which will assist clients in achieving their employment marketing goals by helping source, attract and manage new talent. Article

Warschawski announced the promotion of Michele Tomlinson to Vice President. Article

Denver
Turner Public Relations announced the addition of Waldorf Astoria Park City, a Forbes 4-Star luxury property located in Canyons Resort, to its client roster. Article

Sprint has hired Golin as its lead agency as the American telco giant looks to modernize its network to regain competitive standing. Article

Barnhart Communications recently added the Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board as a new travel and tourism client. Article

Detroit
The North American International Auto Show has named Max Muncey as public relations manager. Article

Land O’Lakes has hired Kim Olson as CCO, effective July 20. Article

Franco Public Relations Group has promoted Sarah Kornacki to Assistant Account Executive. Article

Houston
SenateSHJ has added strategist and writer Liz Alexander as special counsel. Article

Los Angeles
Ketchum has named a new director of the Brand Practice in Ketchum West. Christy Salcido has re-joined Ketchum in the western region out of the firm’s Los Angeles office. Article

Giant Spoon announced that it has promoted Mikael Greenlief to Associate Director, Strategy, from Senior Strategist. Article

Paul Reader has been named VP / Chief Strategy Officer at Andrew E. Freedman Public Relations. Article

Be Inspired Public Relations announced representation of several new clients. Article

BBC Worldwide North America announced the appointment of Susana Voets to the role of Vice President, Communications for BBC Worldwide Productions and Adjacent Productions.  Article

Miami
Former Edelman veteran Ron Mincheff has launched a new public relations consultancy in Brazil that aims to bring a more global level of consulting to the country’s communications market. Article

JoTo PR has signed Actionable Intelligence Technologies as a new client. Article

Minneapolis
Start Fresh Recovery Program has chosen Maccabee Public Relations as its agency for media relations, social media marketing and communications. Article

Nashville
Mercury Labs announced Carrie Trent joined as Account Director. Article

Newport Beach

Laura’s House announced the addition of two new Orange County community leaders, including Hilary Kaye, founder and president of HKA Inc. Marketing Communications, along with Cheryl Osborn, founder and president of Casco Contractors, Inc. Article

New York
The Modern Markets Initiative has named Jim Gorman  as director of communications. Article

Peter Land has joined Finsbury as partner based in New York. Article

Jeremy Jacobs has joined Abernathy MacGregor as managing director. Article

Relevance New York has hired travel industry veteran Danielle Mileno to spearhead its expansion into the hospitality sector. Article

WPP’s Cohn & Wolfe has hired MWW’s David Herrick as president of the US as the agency experiences rapid growth largely driven by this market. Article

JB Cumberland PR announced it is partnering with Architec to launch TSP, its new line of state-of-the-art baking tools. Article

The Decker/Royal Agency is pleased to announce two additions to its client roster, an exclusive European tour company and a noted New York City bridal stylist, as well as a new office location overlooking the iconic Bryant Park. Article

Child’s Play Communications announced the addition of Legacy Games as a client. Article

American Vanadium announced that it has re-engaged the services of Vorticom to provide public relations services to the company, including editorial opportunities in the media, work with ancillary marketing partners and additional marketing communications activities. Article

Edelman announced the appointment of Nadia Damouni as senior vice president in its Financial Communications & Special Situations offering. Article

James E. Arnold, APR, has joined Gould+Partners as a senior counselor. Article

Weber Shandwick has named Chris Perry chief digital officer. Article

Kyle Giunta has joined fast-growing social enterprise technology company Sprinklr as senior director of head of corporate communications. Article

Fran Carpentier has joined the New York media relations practice of FleishmanHillard as a senior vice president and media strategist. Article

DKC has appointed John Singh as vice president in the entertainment division in the agency’s Los Angeles office. Article

Edward Hoffman has joined PadillaCRT as senior vice president and leader of the agency’s Food, Beverage and Nutrition Group. Article

Rubenstein Public Relations has announced that Christian Rizzo has joined the agency as Associate Vice President. Article

King + Company has been retained by Fullstack Academy. Article

Blue Star Jets has named Relevance New York as its public relations agency of record to help build brand awareness and communicate the distinctive features of the private jet company to consumers and media. Article

Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations announced the addition of two new clients: Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach and iStar. Article

Magrino has added a new hospitality client, The One Group, including the STK Restaurants and One Hospitality portfolios. Article

James Arnold, CEO of the Arnold Consulting Group, has joined consulting firm Gould+Partners as a senior counselor. Article

The CHR Group has added US Hispanic advertising agency Orcí. Article

Portland has hired H+K Strategies SVP Sebastian Schwark as the new head of its New York office. Article

MSLGroup‘s head of global digital Stephanie Agresta is stepping down from her post after nearly three years. Article

Ogilvy & Mather chairman and CEO Miles Young will retire in 2016, after 32 years with the agency. Article

Child’s Play Communications has announced the addition of Aurora World as a client. Article

Regina Corso Consulting, a new full service research company focusing on research specifically designed for public release, opens for business today. Article

CRC has been named the agency of record for Perfect Corp. Article

Professional Television Network, LLC recently announced it has officially changed its name to Healthcasts. Article

King + Company announced that it has recently been retained by Fullstack Academy. Article

Brendan Lewis is the latest tech PR exec to join the Pramana Collective to build the consultancy’s New York footprint. Article

Phoenix
air INTEGRATED has been selected to provide a wide range of advertising and marketing services for three new clients representing the healthcare, solar energy and education industries. Article

Magellan Health has hired John Littel as senior vice president of government affairs and communications. Article

Allison+Partners has announced the launch of All Told, a new division that combines the agency’s research, content, creative, digital and measurement expertise into one robust centralized offering. Article

Sacramento
Ogilvy Public Relations has been awarded a three-to-five-year, multi-million dollar contract to continue its work for Covered California. Article

San Diego
KCD PR has expanded its clientele with the addition of Pavia Systems, Inc. and Toppan Vite New York. Article

San Francisco
Scott Monty has parted ways with Shift Communications less than one year after he re-entered the agency world. Article

Trainer Communications announced that it is changing its name to 10Fold. Article

Klick Communications announced the opening of its Honolulu office, bringing the Australian-founded company’s energy, creativity and progressive approach to the Hawaiian Islands. Article

McGrath/Power Public Relations and Communications announced that Derek James has been named a partner and vice president. Article

Seattle
Former Burson-Marsteller exec Heidi Sinclair is rejoining the agency after nearly a decade as a senior strategist. Article

New York & Seattle
Lane has hired Shane Stafford as digital strategist. In addition, the firm has added Erin Tassey Krug as account director, Jason Ginenthal as senior account executive and Samantha Chulick as account executive. Amber Roberts has been promoted to senior vice president; Lisa Heathman, Shannon Brewer Riggs and Jill Williams to vice president; and Rachael Ka’apu to senior account executive. Article

Hong Kong
EON has added Mori Rodriguez to its executive committee as managing director for DiG, its digital arm. Article

Philips has appointed a new head of communications for ASEAN Pacific. Article

The Hoffman Agency has been selected by TeamQuest to drive its public relations program as it seeks to build its brand presence in Asia. Article

Edelman has reached an agreement with Special Olympics East Asia to provide pro bono public relations services for SOEA’s annual unity fundraising gala dinner and its involvement in the 2015 LA Special Olympics World Summer Games. Article

Malaysia Airlines has appointed Faridah Hashim as head of corporate communications. Article

Alipay has commenced talks with international PR firms has it attempts to step up its growth in overseas markets. Article

London
Weber Shandwick has appointed Louise Watson as executive vice president and chair of the firm’s consumer marketing practice in EMEA. Article

Waggener Edstrom UK has made three new hires to support its planning and creative teams. Paul Taylor and James Crabbe have been appointed to senior designer and junior designer roles respectively and David Lang has joined as planner/digital strategist. Article

HoMedics has appointed Kaizo to promote its lifestyle brands in the UK. Article

Focus PR has been appointed by leading licensed children’s fashion e-tailer LamaLoLi.com. Article

James Leviton has returned to Finsbury after a two and half year stint as managing partner of Teneo Strategy in the UK. Article

Weber Shandwick has hired Louise Watson to chair its consumer marketing practice across EMEA. Article

Lewis has hired Kevin Braim as the firm’s chief information officer. Article

Frank Radice will soon be joining creative agency Definition 6‘s London office  to advise on marketing and media strategy. Article

Vauxhall Motors has appointed Kaper to handle its lifestyle PR. Article

Hope&Glory has been appointed to devise and implement a national communications plan for Glasgow City Marketing Bureau following a competitive pitch. Article

Inchcape Shipping Services has appointed Amanda Çetin as head of corporate communications. Article

Ogilvy & Mather Group UK has launched Ogilvy Pride, which delivers insight into the LGBT community, a consumer group valued in excess of $3 trillion dollars globally. Article

Octopus Group has been appointed by Capita Resourcing for an ongoing marketing and lead-generation programme. Article

EMG has been appointed by Trelleborg industrial tires operations to develop and manage its media relations programme in the EMEA. Article

Anytime Fitness has appointed Threepipe to further build its corporate and consumer profile. Article

Aspectus has expanded the services it offers to clients across the energy, engineering, financial services and technology industries. Article

CitySavvy has been selected to advise Zettabox on communications globally following a competitive pitch. Article

Pernod Ricard‘s travel retail business has handed global PR duties to Talk PR. Article

Olympic champion Mo Farah has called in Freuds for crisis PR counsel. Article

Worldpay has named Finsbury as its corporate and financial PR firm ahead of a £6bn stock market listing. Article

Grayling UK and Ireland CEO Alison Clarke is exiting her role, bringing an end to a 13-year relationship with parent company Huntsworth. Article

Havas Worldwide has launched Chandos Communications, a new financial communications firm that will operate alongside Maitland, a well-established UK-based sister agency. Article

Paris
PROI Worldwide has added PROI-Mahogany Consult in Ghana to its partnership, just a week after opening a PROI Worldwide office in Kenya. Article

Etihad Airways has appointed Philippe Eydaleine as head of public affairs in Europe. Article

Ketchum Raad has named new leadership following the departure of Nicola Gregson to Grayling last month. Article

Sydney
Rob Lowe, PR director at Whybin\TBWA Group’s Eleven PR, and Matt Holmes, creative director at Magnum PR, are joining forces to launch a new communications agency called Poem. Article

Christoph Horn is joining auto component manufacturer ZF as its new head of communications. Article

Weber Shandwick has appointed Megan Rosier to lead its technology practice in Australia and head up its Melbourne office as general manager, and Darragh Brennan as senior corporate communications specialist, based in Sydney. Article

Impact PR has been named the exclusive New Zealand partner for German public sector PR specialist media consulta, which operates a network of 84 agencies around the world. Article

Atul Ahluwahlia has departed Weber Shandwick India, after more than two decades with the business, including a lengthy stretch as its leader. Article

Genesis Burson-Marsteller has created two new centres of expertise: GBM Issues & Crisis Group and GBM Client Studio. GBM Issues and Crisis Group offers a complete range of crisis readiness, response and recovery capabilities, while GBM Client Studio trains corporate leaders and gives them coaching on specific communications needs. Both groups will be led by Sheena Sharma, who brings more than 20 years of communication training and public relations experience, having worked for Genesis BM since 1994. Article

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