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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Seattle Journalists Offer Insights; Pitching Advice at Media Roundtable

January 20, 2016

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by Matt Allinson – Media Relations Manager, International Markets

Seven superb Seattle journalists assembled downtown on a gray December day for Business Wire Seattle’s media “speed dating” event. The event provided an opportunity for those who work with the media and/or who are interested in the media to have small group discussions with the journalists who matter to them most. The goal, as always, was to foster education and understanding between the media and PR/IR community (as well as with the public at large).

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From L to R: Garrett Rudolph (Editor – Marijuana Venture Magazine); Taylor Soper (Reporter – Geekwire.com); Michelle Flandreau (Producer – KING5); Lauren Mang (Digital Editor – Seattle Magazine); Roger Nyhus (Moderator – President & CEO of Nyhus Communications); Sara Lerner (Reporter – KIRO Radio); Ashley Stewart (Reporter – Puget Sound Business Journal); Rachel Lerman (Reporter – The Seattle Times)

The journalists varied widely in terms of the media they work for, the industries and companies they cover, and the way they do their jobs. We had a marijuana industry magazine editor; a tech reporter for a start-up; a long time public radio reporter who recently switched to commercial radio; a television producer; a digital editor; a finance reporter; and a tech reporter from the state’s biggest paper.

The journalists offered many excellent tips for interacting with media and pitching stories. Here are some you should remember:

  • Press releases are great … particularly those that include multimedia … but a personalized email pitch or a follow-up call that comes with it can make a big difference.
  • Know who you’re pitching and what they write … take the time to form a relationship if you want the reporter to cover you now or in the future.
  • Taylor Soper of Geekwire.com pulls two to three stories a week from Twitter. It’s increasingly becoming one of his favorite ways to find story ideas.
  • Radio interviews … Sara Lerner of KIRO Radio always prefers an in-studio interview, but recognizes that short notice can make that difficult. A great alternative, she says, is to use Skype, because you don’t need a microphone and it resolves the problem of cell phone quality and the scarcity of landlines.
  • If you live in a marijuana-friendly state, take note of the publications focusing on that industry. Marijuana Venture Magazine editor Garrett Rudolph said his magazine started as a 8-page black and white publication in the spring of 2014 and is now a 120+ page glossy.
  • How does the Seattle Times‘ tech reporter Rachel Lerman find stories? For one, she scans Business Wire’s daily PressPass feed. She also has various alerts set up on all the companies that she covers.Rachel
  • A major pet peeve amongst several of the journalists in attendance was lack of an available contact. Too many times, they say, have they received an interesting press release only to call the contact number on the bottom and get no answer. Lack of availability will often lead to a lack of coverage.
  • One way to ensure reporters always have access to additional information, images and company contacts is to include a link to your organization’s online newsroom. These sites are crucial for reporters, as well as analysts and other decision makers when looking for more information about your brand.

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PR Updates From Around the World for December 20

December 23, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire, Nashville

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

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Atlanta
Brandware has been selected by Ashton Woods as its public relations agency partner. Article

communications 21 (c21) has hired Jaclyn McDougal as senior account manager to join the c21 team. Article

Boston
BOND announces the hiring of Deana Martin as its new Director of Marketing. Article

Chicago
Grisko has launched an integrated marketing communications campaign to promote the debut of the new Chicago-region Ventra Mobile App, the first-ever transit payment app of its kind in the nation. Article

Frequency540 has hired creative talent Suzanne Michaels to oversee its creative department. Article

Finn Partners Chicago named One of the City’s “50 on Fire” by Chicago Inno. Article

Dallas
Halliburton Investor Relations & Communications (HIR) announced the election of Hala Elsherbini onto the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) National board of directors. Article

DC
Elly Spinweber Burke has joined The Glover Park Group as a vice president in the strategic communications division. Article

President Obama has appointed John Kirby as assistant secretary for public affairs, Department of State. Article

The International Coach Federation (ICF) named Stanton Communications its global public relations agency of record. Article

Crosby Marketing Communications has won four awards in the 2015 Best in Maryland awards competition of the Maryland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Article

Catherine Melquist, senior vice president of Sage Communications‘ Satellite division, was recently selected to be the new Mobile Satellite Users Association president. Article

Warschawski announced that it has hired John Devor as a Senior Developer. Article

BitFury Group announced Jamie Smith joined the team as Global Chief Communications Officer. Article

Detroit
Vanguard Public Affairs has announced the addition of Andrew Heller. Article

Los Angeles
Laura Ackermann is now launching Advantage Public Relations effective December 15. Article

Myriad Marketing announced it has acquired Spring O’Brien. Article

Farmers Insurance announced it selected Leesa Eichberger to lead its Brand and Sponsorships unit. She will begin in her new role on January 4, 2016. Article

Miami
Llorente & Cuenca has acquired 70 percent of US firm EDF Communications. Article

Diamond Public Relations is now working with Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Article

República announced that it was selected by PR News as one of the “Top Places to Work in PR.” Article

Minneapolis
General Mills has hired Mary Lynn Carver as vice president of global corporate communications and chief communications officer. Article

RiverMend Health has chosen Maccabee Public Relations as its agency for media relations, social media marketing and corporate communications. Article

Pineapple RM announced it has promoted Cassie Roman to account executive. Article

Ralph Crosby, Founder and Chairman of Crosby Marketing, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Public Relations Society of America Maryland Chapter. Article

Gage announced it has hired Dan Hellerich as tech lead and Lauren Johnson as engagement manager. Article

Nashville
Heather Husek has joined McCarthy Holdings as vice president, corporate communications. Article

Brian Bartow, a member of the St. Louis Cardinals‘ communications department since 1987, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence. Article

Newport Beach
Morgan Marketing & Public Relations has been sold by founder and president Melinda Morgan Kartsonis to Kristin Daher. All current employees and clients will remain with the firm. Article

New York
Chris Albert has been named senior vice president of digital and social research and analytics at Ketchum. Article

HL Group announced has promoted Kimberly Flaster to senior vice president of fashion. Article

Ogilvy PR has formed a new board to advise CEO Stuart Smith and the newly expanded executive committee on strategies related to growing talent, innovation and digital capabilities. Article

Project: WorldWide has appointed Jennifer Comiteau as executive director of corporate communications, a new role. Article

Lou Hammond & Associates has added seven new clients for public relations, digital marketing and positioning. Article

Vested has added clients including financial services companies Bloomberg, Citadel, Tabb Group, and Broadridge as well as financial publishing companies Investopedia and Institutional Investor. The firm has also appointed Ali Wells as its chief creative officer. Article

WPP’s Palisades Media Ventures has formed a strategic partnership with A Plus. Article

Brand Connections announced the recent launch of their newest division, FEED Public Relations. Article

Julie Livingston has launched PR Video Boost, a video service offering affordable video packages using remote production. Article

Magrino Digital has expanded its roster of clients to include digital marketing services for Chateau d’Esclans, The Ranch at Live Oak, Highland Dallas and Windsor Properties. Article

Afimilk has selected LP&M Advertising to implement a public relations and education campaign for the dairy industry in North America. Article

Falcon + Wolf today announced the launch of the FalconWolf Content Lab. Article

Visioneer, Inc. has selected Feintuch Communications as its public relations agency of record. Article

Havas PR North America has won the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation account. Article

PebblePost announced the hiring of Elke Wong as Vice President of Customer Success and Jacquelyn Goldberg as the company’s first Director of Sales. Article

Newsweek announced that Margarita Noriega has joined the team as Director of Social Media. Article

Larry Bernard is now director of communications for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). Article

Guinness World Records and D S Simon Media have today announced a new joint marketing initiative in the USA. Article

Prosek Partners has been certified as a Woman-Owned Business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Article

Burson-Marsteller today announced a strategic partnership with Ridge Global. Article

Philadelphia
Temple Emanuel has launched a visioning and fundraising campaign, “Emunah,” that incorporates a video produced by Lubetkin Media Companies (LMC). Article

Flackable has expanded its team by adding Amanda Coyle and Megan Healy as account coordinators. Article

Sacramento
The Dewey Square Group (DSG) has announced that Erin Campbell Boltz will join the firm as General Manager of DSG’s California office and as leader of DSG’s California Public Affairs Practice. Article

San Diego
Dan Pfeiffer has joined GoFundMe as vice president of policy and communications. Article

San Francisco
Pan Communications has acquired Vantage PRArticle

MSR Communications announced it has been named one of the Top Places to Work in PR by PR News. Article

Eastwick announced that marketing executive Phyllis Grove will partner with the company to offer her marketing expertise to Eastwick clients via the CMO-in-Residence (CIR) program. Article

Silicon Valley
Tanis Communications has appointed Michele Landry as executive vice president to lead and grow the public relations and employee communications practices. Article

DC & New York
Cohn & Wolfe announced the addition of three senior executives to its growing U.S. healthcare practice. Joining the agency are Mary Conway, in a newly created role as Managing Director of Healthcare Media, U.S.; Alice Sofield as SVP, Healthcare Media, U.S.; and Jenn Gordon as VP, Healthcare Media, U.S. Article

London & New York
Pascale Communications (PC) announces the formation of PCGlobal, a business unit specially designed to assist international clients with professional, mainstream and digital campaigns. Article

 Frankfurt
Schwartz PR has won the PR account for Weebly. Article

Hong Kong
Edelman has appointed Daniel Yang as business director in Beijing and Mikko He as creative director in Shanghai as part of Edelman Digital’s cointinued expansion. Article

The Prudential Eye Awards has appointed W Communications to handle the consumer communications for its forthcoming awards and exhibition in Singapore in January. Article

Ogilvy Public Relations Singapore has promoted Emily Poon to deputy managing director. Article

H+K Strategies has strengthened its senior team in China by hiring four new executives as it seeks to step up integration across digital and technology. Article

Golin has significantly expanded its offering in China by acquiring local partner Magic Group, creating a 150-person firm called GolinMagic. Article

Herbalife has tapped Tod Gimbel to lead government affairs in Asia-Pacific. Article

Cohn & Wolfe has opened in Guangzhou, after being named PR agency of record for Colgate in China. Article

Netflix is talking to agencies about building its presence in Asia through social media. Article

Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) has announced the promotion of Anthony Wong as Worldwide Effectiveness Director, effective January 4, 2016. Article

London
The three-strong senior management team from creative agency Diamond Conspiracy is joining Four Communications Group. Client services director Piers Bracher, creative director John Scully, and creative services director Jonny Campbell will all take senior roles in Four’s creative and digital practice. Article

Brands2Life has expanded its management team with the addition of Claire Rudall as managing director, corporate. Article

Maitland has appointed Al Loehnis as a partner in the firm, head of its TMT Industries advisory team and head of digital media. Article

London Union appointed Headland to advise on corporate and financial communications as it launched a significant crowdfunding campaig to build a flagship street food market in central London. Article

Dynamo PR has been brought in by Canonical to promote Ubuntu, a leading OS for PC, tablet, phone and cloud. Article

Oracle has extended its relationship with Burson-Marsteller into EMEA, after earlier consolidating work with the WPP PR firm in North America and Latin America. Article

Slack has brought in Marlin PR to oversee PR in the UK and Europe amid continued growth. Article

Activision Blizzard has hired Blue Rubicon to lead corporate PR across Europe following a competitive pitch. Article

Arent Jan Hesselink is to leave Philips to become GM of Edelman Netherlands. Article

Grayling is merging its UK brand practice with Huntsworth sibling firm Atomic. Article

ECCO has appointed Ketchum as its sole UK press office agency. Article

Henkel Transport & Metal has chosen EMG to spearhead the brand PR strategy activities of its European automotive business. Article

Amnesty International has awarded Commetric a contract for multi-market media analysis and evaluation to aid communications planning for human rights campaigns. Article

Beazley and CNC – Communications & Network Consulting have formed a global partnership designed to help organisations protect and insure themselves from the reputational impact of a data breach. Article

Ketchum has hired Andrew Ferguson as director of strategic and creative planning. Article

Next 15 has acquired UK digital agency ODD, after raising almost £8m via a share placing. Article

Catherine Warne has left her position as chief executive of Creston Health Unlimited. Article

Priority Software has brought in UK PR support as it expands operations in the country. Article

Unilad has brought in Manifest London to help it build on its success in reaching Gen-Y males. Article

Paris
Steinreich Communications has appointed Daniel Seaman as its managing director of its Israel office. Article

Heather Knox has joined Groupe Renault as vice president of external relations. Article

Rossella Carrara joined APCO Worldwide as deputy managing director of APCO’s Rome office. Article

Wix.com announced today that following the success of its 2015 Super Bowl campaign, it will return to Big Game marketing by airing a new spot during the CBS broadcast of Super Bowl 50. Article

Sydney
Meenu Handa is leaving Amazon to become communications head at Google India. Article

DEC PR has added new clients including RaboDirect and Perform. The agency also added Stuart Terry and welcomes back account director Joanne McIntosh. Article

Toronto
Kim West, National Public Relations‘ director of integration, has been promoted to chief client officer for National in Toronto. Article

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PR Updates From Around the World for November 30

December 8, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire, Nashville

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

Atlanta
Strategic Vision LLC has rebranded itself as Strategic Vision PR Group. Article

Media Frenzy Global recently announced its official partnership with Velociti as its public relations and brand communications agency of record for its Facility Services business. Article

Boston
Havas PR North America has won the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation account and hired Linda Descano, CFA, to lead as executive vice president from the Havas office in Providence, R.I. Article

Warner Communications has announced that it has been named public relations agency for O’verlaysArticle

Millennium Integrated Marketing announced the launch of their digital agency’s new website, http://www.mill-im.com. Article

Allison+Partners announced its entry into Boston, expanding the agency’s footprint to 13 cities in the US and 19 worldwide. New York General Manager Anne Colaiacovo has been named Chair, Eastern region to manage the business operations of Boston, in addition to New York and Washington, DC. Article

Charlotte
French/West/Vaughan has hired Carol Lewis as vice president and media director. In addition, Lacie Lindstaedt joins as account supervisor; Debbie Vandiford and Jennie Klahre as senior account executives. Article

Articulon announced today two new account wins within the Professional Services practice group. Article

Chicago
Golin announced it is now opening applications for its second U.S. “Unternship.” Article

Cleveland
Kroger has promoted Kate Ward to director of investor relations. Article

Dallas
Saxum has hired Amy Pyles as vice president of digital to oversee its interactive business. Article

CyrusOne recently partnered with marketing agency M/C/C for planning and management of the global data center company’s integrated media strategies and implementation. Article

DC
The Motion Picture Association of America has named Chris Ortman as vice president, corporate communications, and the association’s chief spokesperson. Article

Kivvit has added former White House digital practitioner Thomas Kelley and former US Department of Energy and Obama Administration official Damian Bednarz to its team. Article

Fenton has named Trish Taylor as managing director of the Washington, DC, office. Article

H+K Strategies has announced that Soren Dayton has joined their Washington, D.C. office as a senior vice president. Article

The Interactive Advertising Bureau has named Dave Grimaldi as the trade organization’s new executive vice president of public policy and head of its Washington, DC, office. Article

Detroit
834 Design & Marketing and Vanguard Public Affairs have announced a strategic partnership that will combine the unique resources and talents of both companies to benefit current and prospective clients. Article

Los Angeles
Kathryn Kranhold has been appointed UCLA‘s associate vice chancellor for university communications and marketing.  Article

Murphy O’Brien Public Relations announced three new clients joining its Travel collection. Article

MLC PR is expanding its presence in the lifestyle PR sector by establishing a new subsidiary company, Conscious Living PR. Article

Minneapolis
Spong founder Doug Spong plans to step down from his role as president emeritus, a few months after appointing Julie Batliner as head of the firm. Article

Nashville
ReviveHealth has been selected as the strategic marketing communication agency of record for Pamplona Capital Partners IV LP. Article

New York
Hilary Smith has been promoted to senior vice president, communications, for NBCUniversal entertainment and digital networks and integrated media. Article

DeVries Global has hired Daniel Maree as vice president, creative intelligence, part of a department that includes strategy, creative content, social media, analytics and research. Article

Carolyn Izzo Integrated Communications has appointed Amy Sedeño as senior account executive. Article

Burson-Marsteller has been named agency of record for NextVR. Article

The Halo Group has been selected by the Toy Industry Association as the primary agency to help rally families and influencers behind their ongoing consumer program, The Genius of Play, which provides families with the information and inspiration to make play an important part of their daily lives. Article

J Public Relations has added two of The Ritz-Carlton properties, Chicago and Washington D.C. to its list of luxury hotel clientele. Article

Renee Wilson is leaving MSLGroup to become president of the PR Council. Article

Margi Booth, chairman of M Booth, is taking on an EVP position at parent company Next 15 to work alongside CEO Tim Dyson on the holding company’s strategic initiatives. Article

Fitz and Floyd has named 5W Public Relations as its PR AOR. Article

Child’s Play Communications announces the launch of The Influencer Initiative, to help companies that target moms reach them across multiple social media platforms. Article

Philadelphia
Delaware Investments has hired Daniela Palmieri as assistant vice president, senior corporate communications manager. Article

Phoenix
Avnet has named Kevin Sellers to the newly created role of vice president of corporate marketing and communications. Article

San Francisco
Nathan Friedman, considered a rising star at Ogilvy PR, resigned from the firm as managing director of Ogilvy West, overseeing operations in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Denver. Article

Seattle
Seth Oster has been named chief communications officer leading marketing and communications for Vulcan. Article

Silicon Valley
Broadcom’s Karen Kahn is now CCO at the new HP which completed its split from the combined Hewlett-Packard entity last month. Article

DC & New York
Burson-Marsteller has formed a strategic partnership with Ridge Global. Article

 Los Angeles & New York
Myriad Marketing has acquired Spring O’Brien. Chris Spring will continue to run the company and operate it as a separate unit within Myriad, with its current staff and clients. Article

New York and Toronto
A new and innovative agency named The Startup Farm, offering a full range of valuable resources under one roof, has launched as an idea-house, incubator and transformative consultancy providing to upstart consumer food and beverage companies services such as brand creation, package design, product formulation, manufacturing guidance, distribution consultancy, work space, operations consultancy and access to early-stage capital. Article

Frankfurt
Caroline Hempstead has been appointed as head of communication, public affairs and sustainable development, of LafargeHolcim, reporting to CEO Eric Olsen. Article

Volkswagen brand communications head Peter Thul has become the latest casualty of the company’s emissions scandal, stepping down after 11 years with the German automaker. Article

Edelman has acquired German independent firm Ergo Kommunikation, in a bid to boost its offering in Europe’s second-largest PR market. Article

 London
Way To Blue has acquired The Project Factory. Article

Chris Lee has launched Silvester and Finch, a new digital consultancy that will work with companies seeking to expand their digital marketing capabilities. Article

Rentokil Initial UK has retained incumbent agency Brands2Life, and hired CubanEight to manage PR for its five UK businesses. Article

Signal has appointed Nelson Bostock Unlimited as its UK PR agency following a competitive pitch. Article

Atomic PR has been appointed by Lengow to promote it in the UK. Article

Anne Villemoes has stepped down from her role as VP of group communications at Danish Crown after a decade. Article

Lewis has rebranded by adding new services, dropping ‘PR’ from its name and redesigning its logo. Article

Paris
Lift World has hired Teresa Figueira as MD in charge of integration. Article

Publicis Groupe has announced a reorganisation of the holding group into four units, which will see PR network MSLGroup sit alongside advertising and digital agencies in the Publicis Communications group. Article

Toronto
Wolf Wörster has launched Kudamm Marketing, a luxury marketing agency that will help celebrities, high-profile individuals, start-ups, and brands reinvent themselves. Article

The Jeff Eller Group and Scout Public Affairs have begun an agency affiliation with the goal of giving clients in-market public affairs and crisis communications expertise in the US and Canada. Article

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Agence France-Presse Shares: How to Work with Global Newswires

November 19, 2015

Legendary news agency, AFP, opens up to discuss their organizational structure, Agence_France-Presse_Logo.svgcoverage criteria, and practical tips on how  to build a relationship and work more effectively with their journalists. This is a must-listen-to webinar and can fundamentally transform the impact of your global communications.

To listen to the full webinar click here  

Agence France-Presse [AFP] is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious news agencies, with a network of 200 bureaus generating some 5,000 stories per day. Despite its prestige and influence, many communications professionals, particularly in North America, are largely unfamiliar with the scope of AFP’s geographic footprint, and its role in shaping the global news agenda.

Speakers included:

Moderator:  Raschanda Hall, Global Media Relations Manager, Business Wire


PR Updates From Around the World for October 19-31

November 3, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire, Nashville

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

Atlanta
Cookerly PR has named Stephen Brown as SVP and chief innovation officer. Article

Nebo was recently selected as a finalist in four categories of the 2015 PR Agency Elite Awards. Article

Austin
TrendKite has raised $10.7 million in a Series C funding, led by Atlanta-based Noro-Mosley Partners with repeat participation from Battery Ventures, Silverton Partners, and Mercury Fund. Article

Boston
Greenough has added several new clients, including WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station; Bridgewell, which supports individuals with disabilities and other challenges through behavioral healthcare and treatment of substance use disorders; The Museum of World War II; The Lowell Institute, one of the nation’s oldest public foundations; and Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a part of the food rescue movement. Article

Co-Communications has acquired marketing and design agency 341 Studios. Article

PAN Communications announced the recent hire of David Saggio. Article

Charlotte
French/West/Vaughan has been selected by Southern Season as its public relations agency of record following a competitive review. Article

Bayer has named Darren Wallis vice president and head of communications for its crop science division. Article

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has announced Robert J. “Bob” Gfeller, Jr. will assume additional responsibility at the medical center. Article

Chicago
Navy Pier announced it has selected Henson Consulting as its Public Relations Agency of Record. Article

VSA Partners has added its newest Associate Partner, Executive Creative Director, Chris Cancilla. Article

Frequency540 has hired veteran creative talent Tom Quish to oversee creative content and campaign development for a number of its ambitious clients. Article

Greentarget Global Group has appointed Brandon Copple Director of Content and Editorial Strategy to lead its growing Content & Publishing practice. Article

Resolute Consulting announced Rob Nash and Anne-Marie St. Germaine are now partners at the firm. Article

Cleveland
BLASTmedia has been selected by Long John Silver’s as its social media agency of record. Article

Dallas
Splash Media Group has hired Steven Campanini as chief communications officer and head of healthcare. Article

Moroch Partners announced it has been selected as the media agency of record for Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. Article

DC
Spectrum has opened an Atlanta office-its second new location this year. Senior vice president and partner Amanda Sellers will head the new office. Article

Peter D. Rosenstein has formed PDR & Associates, a new company with expertise in the non-profit management, staffing, strategic planning, budget development and government affairs and public policy. Article

Engage has brought on Mathew De Luca as VP of digital strategy. Article

Sage Communications announced it has added veteran non-profit marketing expert Scott Greenberg as its newest marketing director. Article

Daly Gray Public Relations announced that Sonia Abdulbaki has joined the firm as vice president. Article

Interel has expanded its presence in the United States through a strategic alliance with the senior principals of four firms in Washington, DC. Article

Lisa Fels has announced the formation of Succession Communications, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-headquartered strategic communications agency. Article

Curley Company has been selected by The McClatchy Company as the strategic event firm for its presidential campaign event and reception in mid-November. Article

Detroit
Franco Public Relations Group has promoted Ann Marie Fortunate to account supervisor, Dan Horn to senior account executive and hired Sasha Reeves as assistant account executive. Article

Los Angeles
21st Century Fox has announced that Jonathan Bing has been named Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. Article

Terry Hines, VP of global comms at Converse, has joined the Lagrant Foundation board of directors as a member of its alumni committee. Article

Research consultancy Kelton Global has hired Brett Davis as COO. Article

Kim Haskell joins Phelps as partner bringing more than 25 years of agency, automotive, consumer and publishing category experience. Article

Visit West Hollywood has selected DKC Public Relations as its public relations agency of record. Article

Kahn Media announced that it has been appointed the public relations agency of record for Weistec Engineering. Article

Miami
Diamond Public Relations has recently added its third Italian property to its client roster with the addition of the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa. Article

Diamond Public Relations announced the addition of Starwood sister properties located in the heart of the Minneapolis arts district, W Minneapolis – The Foshay and Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis. Article

Angela Camacho has joined Newlink as Vice President at the helm of the Reputation Management and Public Affairs practice. Article

Minneapolis

PadillaCRT announced that it has been selected as agency of record for Smart Beer, New York’s first organic beer company. Article

Rose McKinney, founder of Minneapolis strategic communications firm Pineapple RM, has been selected for a top 2014-2015 teaching award at Metropolitan State University. Article

Spong was awarded Best PR Diversity Initiative last week at the Diversity Distinction in PR Awards, sponsored by the PR Council in association with PRWeek. Article

Nashville
The US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance has named Kevin Aandahl as communications director. Article

Scripps Networks Interactive has named media and entertainment industry veteran Dylan Jones as executive vice president and chief communications officer. Article

Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock has hired Aaron Campbell as senior advisor. Additionally, Jarrard has promoted Kim Fox from vice president to senior vice president. Article

New York
Chris Foster has rejoined Burson-Marsteller as worldwide executive vice. Article

We Are Social has named Greg Eckelman and Robb Henzi as senior strategy directors in New York. Article

Rubenstein Public Relations has appointed Dawn Rowan as vice president, director of media relations. Article

George Conboy has joined MSLGroup as SVP and strategic planning director. Article

Hawkins International Public Relations has added six new clients: Dream Downtown, Dream Midtown, John Hall’s Alaska, JW Marriott Venice, Tradewind Aviation, and The Tryall Club. Article

With its 20th anniversary in business fast approaching, Carolyn Izzo Integrated Communications (CIIC) already has much to celebrate. The boutique public relations agency is celebrating the growth of its F&B, Lifestyle and Travel Divisions with the announcement of six new account wins. Article

Coyne has brought on Ann Smith as a Vice President within the Healthcare practice to support the on-going growth and expanded service offerings of the firm. Article

SweeneyVesty announced that it has been named the PR Agency of Record for New York Michelin-starred restaurant Wallsé. Article

ChargeItSpot has selected Feintuch Communications to power its integrated trade, business, and consumer public relations program. Article

The Halo Group has added Manhattan acting school The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts to its client roster. Article

DKC Public Relations announced that Rick Miramontez will be joining the company to create DKC/O&M. Also joining DKC will be O&M Co.’s top executives Andy Snyder (Creative Director) and Molly Barnett (VP, Theatrical Division), along with other key staffers from the firm. Article

Rubenstein Public Relations announced that Alisa Steinberg has joined the agency as Vice President. Article

Brandwatch has raised $33 million through new investor Partech Ventrues and pre-existing backers Highland Europe and Nauta Capital. Brandwatch also recently named David Jones and Amy Collins as CTO and head of product, respectively. Article

Coyne Public Relations has been chosen by Emerald Expositions to provide public relations and special event management for its upcoming winter 2016 edition of NY NOW, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift. Article

Kip-PR announced the latest addition to its beauty client roster Lashes on 5th. Article

Kelton Global has hired Brett Davis as Chief Operating Officer of its operation. Article

Theresa Genovese was promoted to Principal of CetraRuddy Architecture D.P.C. Article

Ximena Rodriguez was promoted to Principal of CetraRuddy Architecture D.P.C. Article

Diana Anderson joined Stantec as Medical Planner. Article

Jon Hibler joined Megalith Capital Management as Acquisitions and Asset Management Associate. Article

David Smith joined One MOBILE as Managing Director of National Sales. Article

Joseph Jebran was promoted to Principal of CetraRuddy Architecture D.P.C. Article

Philadelphia
Kimball Communications has added Mark Ladley as public relations manager, responsible for strategic planning, media relations, social media advising and crisis consulting. Article

Lifespan Care Management, LLC has chosen Swordfish Communications as its public relations agency of record. Article

Flackable has promoted Alexa Miller to account executive. Article

The Fluid Sealing Association has appointed Charli Matthews as its public relations manager. Article

San Francisco
Uber has hired Snapchat’s Jill Hazelbaker as VP of communications and public policy. Article

Bite UK board director Jon Silk is relocating to the agency’s San Francisco office to take on a global SVP role overseeing client strategy. Article

Fineman PR has added two new clients, Pro Ecuador and Zaca Mesa. Article

Silicon Valley
Symantec has hired Jonathan Doros as VP of investor relations. Article

Frankfurt
Waggener Edstrom is on the hunt for new leadership in Germany, following the departure of GM Manuel Hüttl. Article

Hong Kong
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has launched H+K EastWest, a new offer that supports Chinese companies’ investment in Europe and the Americas. Article

The Blueshirt Group announced that it has established a presence in Beijing, China, marking its geographic expansion into Asia. Article

Burson-Marsteller China has been named as the digital partner in mainland China for Asia Miles. Article

Edelman has hired Juliette van der Burgt as director and head of its Singapore consumer marketing business. Article

WE has been appointed by Hong Kong music and arts festival Clockenflap, a brand under Magnetic Asia, for the upcoming event from November 27th until the 29th in the territory’s West Kowloon Cultural District. Article

Angelina Ong has left Cohn & Wolfe after seven months as Asia Pacific president. Article

London
salt has been selected by Kimberly-Clark‘s Depend as lead UK communications agency. Article

Disney has chosen to work with Cohn & Wolfe as it plans to open its first Disney Store in Sweden on November 12. Article

Golin has appointed Gemma Vardon as executive director, creative. Article

Trainline has hired Lorna O’Neill as head of UK public relations. Article

Sebastian Linko has been appointed vice president, marketing and communications at wireless networking company Wirepas. Article

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry has been appointed as UK PR agency for MassChallenge. Article

Teneo Holdings is acquiring Pendomer Communications, a financial and corporate communications firm based in London. Article

Harvard, part of Chime, has been selected by Ricoh Europe after a four-way pitch to lead a corporate communications programme including thought-leadership content, social media and pan-European media relations. Article

Roaring Mouse has been appointed to represent Amplified Robot, a London-based digital development studio specialising in virtual and augmented reality content production. Article

Platform PR announced it has won the inaugural TVBAward for “Best PR, Marketing and Communications Team.”  Article

Paris
MSLGroup chief communications officer Trudi Harris is to launch a new consultancy after leaving the agency at the end of this month. Article

Edit Herczog has joined APCO Worldwide‘s international advisory council. Article

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PR Updates From Around the World for the Week of October 12

October 24, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Business Wire, Nashville

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

Charlotte
S&A Communications received five 2015 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Excellence in Communication from the Raleigh Public Relations Society (RPRS). Article

Chicago
Zapwater Communications announced the addition of Thread Experiment to the agency’s portfolio. Article

ASGK Public Strategies and M Public Affairs announced that the two firms have merged and rebranded as Kivvit. Article

A new website developed by Rhea + Kaiser, FSnutrientmanagement.com, is helping agriculture and energy retailer FS better connect with their customers on the benefits of nutrient management. Article

Frequency540 announces it has been selected by Lincoln Park Zoo as agency of record. Article

The Word of Mouth Marketing Association announces it is inducting Spredfast’s Virginia Miracle, Brains on Fire’s Geno Church and Zócalo Group’s Paul M. Rand into the Word of Mouth Marketing Hall of Fame. Article

DC
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has added to its political and media credentials in Washington with the hiring of Senate veteran and former news anchor/commentator Matthew Felling, and Patrick Ryan, previously with the Fox Business Network and CNBC. Article

Grayling has partnered with the Women’s High-Tech Coalition (WHTC) to elevate the organization’s profile in the media, the member community and other tech influencers. Article

Warschawski announced the addition of Sam Ruchlewicz to the agency’s team. Article

Denver
Molly Biwer has been named senior vice president of public affairs and communications of Hallmark Cards. Biwer will replace Steve Doyal who is retiring at year end after 41 years at Hallmark. Article

Barnhart recently added Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning as a new client. Article

Los Angeles
South Coast Botanic Garden has chosen full-service public relations agency Bob Gold & Associates to lead the publicity efforts for the arrival of the garden’s newest attraction: a collection of nature-themed sculptures. Article

Cutler PR has announced that it has been named PR agency of record for Silicon Valley-headquartered website-building platform Duda and Australian-based marketing tech company Oomph. Article

Miami
Uber has chosen Newlink Communications as agency of record for communications efforts in Latin America. Article

Balsera Communications received two national awards during the 2015 Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) ¡Bravo! Awards in New York. Article

Carma PR has been selected as PR agency of record for the Fall 2015 edition of FUNKSHION Fashion Week Miami Beach. Article

The CMO Club announced the winners of the 2015 CMO Awards in the categories for Content Engagement, Creativity and Story Telling, Customer Experience, Growth, Leadership, Marketing Innovation, Officers, Rising Star, Social Responsibility, and President’s Circle. Article

Minneapolis
Comcast has named Jill Hornbacher director of external communications for the company’s Twin Cities region. Article

New York
BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) has hired Jodie Thomas as executive director, corporate communications and media relations. Article

GCI Health announced that the agency has promoted Kristin Cahill to President, North America. Article

Makovsky has hired Megan Thomas as senior vice president, health practice. Article

Finn Partners announced that Kristie Kuhl has been appointed senior partner, Health. Article

Christine Heenan has joined Burson-Marsteller as a member of its US-based creative council. Article

Publicis Groupe has agreed to pay a $2.9m settlement in a class-action gender discrimination lawsuit against MSLGroup that has been ongoing since 2011 and initially sought $100m in damages. Article

Bullfrog + Baum has been named the agency of record for Aretsky’s Patroon. Article

Magrino announced new client, Matthew Kenney Cuisine. Article

The PR Council announced the election of its new officers and directors. Article

Spark named Faith Paris and Nicole Bestard as Managing Directors to its expanding New York office. Article

The Stevens Group (TSG) has named Rich Jachetti Senior Partner. Article

Philadelphia
Slice Communications announced that Brandon Mendelson (B.J.) and Krista Neher will be the official keynote speakers for Social Media Day Philadelphia 2016 on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Article

San Francisco
MSLGroup has appointed Curt Kundred as managing director for its Western region as well as global head of strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Article

Evident.io announced it has appointed Anthony Freed as director of corporate communications. Article

Seattle
Metia Group has promoted Seattle-based J. Paul Anderson from regional vice president to vice president, and Amber Whiteman from director of client services to vice president. Austin-based Daniel Brooks has been promoted from regional vice president to vice president. Article

Silicon Valley
PayPal’s VP of global brand and communications Christina Smedley is departing the payments company to take a senior post at Facebook. Article

Frankfurt
Andreas Winiarski is joining German PR giant Hering Schuppener. Article

Hong Kong
Vero has formed a strategic partnership with All Public Relations, The collaboration will provide Vero clients with access to All PR’s services in Cambodia. Article

A triumphant sweep of 39 awards at the recent 2015 PMAA Dragons of Asia Awards Gala positions Geometry Global as the most successful agency in Malaysia for marketing effectiveness. Article

Ogilvy Public Relations Indonesia has been appointed the official agency of record for Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism, following a highly competitive pitch. Article

Text100 has been appointed as agency of record in Asia Pacific for Zebra Technologies Corporation. Article

London
Katja Hall has been named group head of public affairs, a new position, at HSBC. Article

Four Communications Group has appointed John Farrell as its new chairman. Article

Citigate Dewe Rogerson has been selected by Boao Forum for Asia as the PR agency supporting partner of the November Boao Forum for Asia Financial Cooperation Conference in London. Article

Huntsworth has appointed Neil Jones as chief financial officer. Article

Knight Frank has brought in Teneo Group consultancies StockWell and Blue Rubicon following a competitive pitch. Article

Good Relations has won a new brief with train operating company c2c to develop an integrated communications campaign that maximises awareness around the launch of c2c’S new 2015 timetable. Article

Vauxhall has selected Weber Shandwick to handle social media duties in the UK, following a competitive pitch. Article

Sydney
MSLGroup India has appointed Manish Thirumulpad as vice president and head of its Bengaluru office. Article

Toronto
Yulu Public Relations has become the first Canadian PR company to become a certified B Corporation. Article

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