Inside News of PR & Marketing Communications

Last Updated: Thu., Dec. 14, 2017 @ 4:55 pm

Alleged Affair Casts Shadow Over $4B Army Ad Review

Thu., Dec. 14, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Army logoThe US Army has reassigned a marketing executive after allegations that he had a personal relationship with an ex-McCann staffer, triggering cries that review of $4B ten-year account has been compromised.

 

Huntsworth Moves Ahead

Thu., Dec. 14, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Paul TaaffeHuntsworth moves ahead on financial front, powered by strong growth in its healthcare operation. (1 reader comment)

Murdoch to Rebuild News Corp?

Thu., Dec. 14, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Rupert MurdochWalt Disney's $52B offer for most of 21st Century Fox sets stage for Rupert Murdoch to re-launch News Corp. by combining Fox Broadcasting, Fox News, Fox Sports with The Sun, WSJ, The Australian, The Times and New York Post.

SKDKís McCormick Runs to Under Armour

Thu., Dec. 14, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Kelley McCormickKelley McCormick, managing director at SKDKnickerbocker’s Washington office, is joining Under Armour as senior VP, corporate communications, a new position at the athletic apparel/footwear company.

News of Firms

Thu., Dec. 14, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Alicia Ramirez WyldShelter PR hires Paramount publicity/marketing exec Alicia Ramirez Wyld to help launch TV/film unit... Definers PA denies smear charges launched by rber investor Shervin Pishevar... CommunicationsMatch matches up with Researchscape.

Restoring the Luster of a Legendary Personal Brand

Thu., Dec. 14, 2017

By Charles Upchurch

Charles UpchurchHow an agency raised the public profile of a legendary sports agent and his practice through national media exposure and the use of an innovative educational event series.

C&W Hooks Hooper

Thu., Dec. 14, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Kristin HooperCohn & Wolfe has named Kristin Hooper, who was senior message and intelligence lead at the National Education Assn. as senior VP in its branding & insights unit.

People on the Move

Thu., Dec. 14, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Kathleen Reynolds 2CooperKatz & Co. ups Kathleen Reynolds, Heather Caulfield, Katy Hendricks.... Beehive Strategic Communications promotes Nicki Gibbs.... LEGOLAND taps Gillian Smith as marketing chief.... MP&F PR adds Lisa Mees of Blue State Digital.

Record Number of Journalists Jailed in '17

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

CPJ annual reportA record number of 262 journalists were jailed for their work in 2017 as of Dec. 1, with Turkey, China and Egypt ranking as the top three gulags, according to the annual report released today by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

White House's Controversial Comms. Director Quits

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

By Steve Barnes

OmarosaOmarosa Manigault Newman, director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison and frequent contestant on Trump's "The Apprentice," is leaving her position. (2 reader comments)

Expectations, Values Vary Between Millennial PR Pros, Older Generations

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

Gould+PartnersA survey that gauged Millennial PR pros’ opinions regarding everything from compensation to agency leadership preferences illustrates the intergenerational gaps that exist between members of this age group and their older colleagues. (1 reader comment)

Peraton Crowns McQueen CCO

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Matt McQueenPeraton, which develops technology solutions for the defense, intelligence, homeland security and space sectors, has named Matt McQueen chief communications officer.

People on the Move

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Sophie ScottFleishmanHillard promotes Scott to technology czar... Brownstein Group names Carney first-ever content director, taps Publicis Health vet Harty for group director slot... Smart glass' company View Inc. recruits Polycom PR head Craig as corpcomm chief.

Brand Advocacy in Influencer Marketing: a Win for Sports

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

By Samantha Baier

Samantha BaierThe current model of influencer marketing must evolve in ways that adopt a level of customization if communicators want to drive relevant conversations that better engage target audiences, building lasting relationships with trusted and genuine brand advocates.

Safian Exits Fast Company

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Bob SafianBob Safian, who became editor of Fast Company in Feb. '07, is leaving the magazine at the end of January to explore other opportunities.

Accounts in Transit

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Condado VanderbiltJ Public Relations checks in to new hotel clients in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Bali... Bob Gold & Assocs. promotes Global Net Solutions' IoT S-Badge... Zapwater Communications dines at Veggie Grill.

Morrison Advocates for Undocumented Irish

Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Bruce MorrisonMorrison Public Affairs Group is working with the Embassy of Ireland related to its effort to help undocumented Irish in the US gain work and travel authorization under "deferred action" immigration status.

SEC Cites Cryptocurrency Concerns

Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Jay ClaytonA statement issued Monday by Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton says that investors need to be careful when entering the world of cryptocurrency.

Podesta Alums Launch PA Shop

Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Izzy KleinTwo Podesta Group alums have joined forces to launch Klein/Johnson Group in DC, boasting of their close ties to leaders of both parties in the Senate. (1 reader comment)

Boomers Boom on Social Media

Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

Baby Boomer

Baby Boomers’ presence on social media platforms has effectively doubled in the last year, from 24 percent in 2016 to 48 percent in 2017.