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Last Updated: Thu., Apr. 26, 2018 @ 4:32 pm

FTI’s PR Unit Surges 21%

Thu., Apr. 26, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Steven GundyFTI Consulting’s strategic communications group reports a 20.7 percent jump in first-quarter revenues to $52.8M, driven by gains in retainer and project-based business.

Commentary

Trump Tries Again to Find VA Chief

Thu., Apr. 26, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Ronny JacksonPresident Trump already has a replacement in mind to replace Ronny Jackson (aka "the Candy Man") as nominee to lead the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. The pick is "somebody with political capability," while the VA needs somebody with strong managment capability. (1 reader comment)

AstraZeneca’s PR Chief Switches to Coty

Thu., Apr. 26, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Esra Erkal-PalerEsra Erkal-Paler, who heads global external communications at pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, is moving to Coty as worldwide corporate affairs officer.

Accounts in Transit

Thu., Apr. 26, 2018

By Steve Barnes

HIghlightsBrilliant PR & Marketing lands Highlights, good reading for kids 12 & under... RMD Advertising scoops up McClure's Pickles for brand strategy, digital, social and PR work... FWV Fetching works for BodeVet, treatment options for veterinary business... Decker/Royal adds Abu Dhabi tourism, French resort and Caribbean property... Hue & Cry handles US PR for Azamara Club Cruises

SVB Works Atlas Deal for University of St. Augustine

Thu., Apr. 26, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

University of St. Augustine for Health SciencesSard Verbinnen & Co. represents investment firm Atlas Partners’ $400M takeover of University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences from Laureate Education Inc., for-profit college chain.

People on the Move

Thu., Apr. 26, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Rich DavisFinancial Profiles recruits Interpublic alum Rich Davis for COO slot... Taft Communications ups Alanna Jamieson to senior communications manager... 4media Group taps video broadcast veteran Jim O'Reilly US executive producer... Impact PR & Communications names Sandi Sonnenfeld associate VP... Carthage College gets Christine Sanni from Tufts, where she worked as VP-communications & marketing.

Comcast Taps Tulchan in Bid for Sky

Wed., Apr. 25, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

ComcastComcast is using Tulchan Communications to handle its $31B offer to buy Sky, European pay TV operator, setting up a potential bidding war with 21stCentury Fox.

Matrix Awards Celebrate Female 'Badassery'

Wed., Apr. 25, 2018

By Jane Landers

NBC anchors Sheinelle Jones, Savannah Guthrie & Dylan DreyerNew York Women in Communications recognized women leaders in the communications industry at their annual Matrix Awards April 23, including Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry and MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski.

UAE Hires H+K for Energy Bash

Wed., Apr. 25, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

24th World Energy CongressThe United Arab Emirates has hired Hill+Knowlton Strategies to handle strategic communications and global PR for the World Energy Council’s 24thWorld Energy Congress slated for 2019 (Sept. 9-12) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.

Three Things Every PR Pro Should Know About AR, VR

Wed., Apr. 25, 2018

By Katy Hendricks

Katy HendricksAugmented Reality and Virtual Reality have been surrounded by significant hype, both open an array of opportunities for brands, particularly in the travel, tourism, training and retail industries.

Edelman Alum Flies to Aerospace Trade Group

Wed., Apr. 25, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Caitlin HaydenCaitlin Hayden, who was executive VP and director of the media group in Edelman’s Washington office, has joined the Aerospace Industries Assn. as VP-Communications. She reports to CEO Eric Fanning.

Maldives Floats RFP to Boost Travel from UK

Tue., Apr. 24, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

MaldivesMaldives Marketing and Public Relations Corp, the national tourism body of the Indian Ocean island nation, is looking to hire a PR firm in the UK to entice travelers.

Vivendi Ex-Chair Bollore Arrested in Corruption Probe

Tue., Apr. 24, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Vincent BolloreFrench billionaire Vincent Bollore, whose Bollore Group sold a 60 percent stake in ad/PR conglom Havas to Vivendi for $2.5B in 2017, is arrested outside Paris as part of a bribery probe.

Commentary

David Duke's Rise As Alt-Right Symbol

Tue., Apr. 24, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

In The Shadow of Statues book by Mitch LandrieuIn his new book, "In the Shadow of Statues," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu sees parallels between the rise of ex-Klansman David Duke in Louisiana politics during the 1990s and Donald Trump. (2 reader comments)

Ban on Cannabis Sales Hurts Blacks Most—NYT

Tue., Apr. 24, 2018

By O'Dwyer's Editorial Staff

CannabisThe arrest rate for marijuana possession in New York is four times greater for blacks than whites, said a 4/20 op-ed in the New York Times.

Finsbury Works Takeda's Sweetened Bid for Shire

Tue., Apr. 24, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

TakedaFinsbury is handling Takeda Pharmaceuticals' fifth bid for rare drug specialist Shire PLC of Dublin. It would be the biggest takeover of a western company by a Japanese firm.

KYNE Invests in Medit

Tue., Apr. 24, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Julie O'DonnellKYNE, specialty healthcare communications firm, has taken an investment stake in Medit, an artificial intelligence based medical education platform.

Investing in Real Estate

Tue., Apr. 24, 2018

By Richard Goldstein

Richard GoldsteinSome PR pros are investing in real estate, but many don’t understand the tax rules that go along with the investment.

Germany Seeks PR for $2.5M Push in US

Mon., Apr. 23, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Wunderbar TogetherThe Goethe-Institut is seeking a firm to support the one-year public diplomacy “Deutschlandjahr (Year of German) USA” campaign that kicks off in October.

Starbucks Surrenders the Store

Mon., Apr. 23, 2018

By Fraser Seitel

Fraser SeitelPR pros and the public have commended Starbucks’ management for its fast and decisive action in the wake of a recent crisis, but the coffee giant’s spur-of-the-moment decision to acquiesce to mob demands may likely backfire. (3 reader comments)