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Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
Obama Aide Tackles NFL Mess
By Kevin McCauley
cynthia hoganCynthia Hogan, who was policy advisor for President Obama, has joined the NFL as senior VP/public policy and government affairs.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
Publicis Chief Levy to Exit
By Kevin McCauley
maurice levyMaurice Levy, 72, will step down from the helm of French ad/PR combine Publicis Groupe at the general assembly meeting to approve financials for the fiscal 2016 year.
Category: Marketing Communications
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Blog: Stock Buyback Blitz May Be Coming to End
By Kevin McCauley
Apple, IBM, ExxonMobil lead Wall Street stock buyback blitz, which may be coming to end as investment for the future comes back into vogue.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
MCSquared Cleans Up Ecuador Filing
By Kevin McCauley
Brooklyn's MCSquared, which represents Ecuador in its long-running legal battle with Chevron over pollution in the Amazon, discloses $1.9M in disbursements.
Category: Environmental PR
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Radisson Drops Sponsorship of NFL's Vikings
By Greg Hazley
petersonGlobal hotelier Radisson has dropped its sponsorship of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, in the wake child abuse charges against star running back Adrian Peterson.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
Finn Partners Grabs gabbegroup
By Greg Hazley
gabbeFinn Partners has acquired New York-based gabbegroup, a 34-year-old PR firm focused on the health and education markets.
Category: Healthcare PR
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
New West Rolls Toll PR
By Kevin McCauley
east endNew West of Louisville is handling a $1.7M communications effort to educate the driving public about tolls on downtown bridges.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
RF Catches Ketchum's Walsh
By Kevin McCauley
Ruder Finn has named Peggy Walsh CFO to oversee the books at the No. 5 ranked independent's dozen offices in the US, UK and Asia.
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 9-16-2014
By Greg Hazley
Firms Advice to those who want to build a PR firm (G. Dietrich)
PR 101 
Escaping the journalist's delete button (F. Janssen)
Measurement Week: Richard Bagnall of Prime Research (BL) 
PR 101 Diary of a bull$hit explainer (G. Rubel) 
Amazon Case study: silence (J. Horton) 
B2B Getting coverage as B2B startup (A. Grinavich) 
Citizenship If you're not where millennials expect you to be, you're nowhere (P. Beucler) 
Talking Heads Talk isn't cheap as paid speakers make millions on their mouths (Bloomberg)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
Kekst Aids Ann Taylor Parent as Hedge Funds Circle
By Greg Hazley
Ann TaylorANN Inc., the New York-based parent company of fashion retail brands Ann Taylor and LOFT, has donned Kekst and Company for PR support amid pressure from activist hedge funds to sell.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
Top Walmart PR Exec Resigns in Resume Flap
By Greg Hazley
david tovarDavid Tovar, VP of communications and top spokesman for retail giant Wal-Mart Stores, has resigned after the company discovered that he never graduated from college, as stated on his resume.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
Holton Speaks for Spuds
By Greg Hazley
potatoSteve Holton, a former Capitol Hill aide, has joined the Washington-based National Potato Council as director of corporate and public relations.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Sep. 15, 2014
Legendary Lobbyist Boggs Dies at 73
By Kevin McCauley
tommy boggsLegendary lobbyist Tommy Boggs, "who sat for years at the epicenter of Washington legal and political circles as the city’s marquee name in lobbying and political fund-raising," according to the Washington Post, died today at 73,
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Sep. 15, 2014
Blog: NFL's Shame Is On Us
By Kevin McCauley
nflMedia pundits are howling for the head of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in their quest for a fall guy in the NFL PR crisis surrounding off-the-field violence of "stars" such as Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens and Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Sep. 15, 2014
Sard Mines PR Support for Israel Chemicals in IPO
By Greg Hazley
potashIsrael Chemicals, the $6.3B fertilizer and specialty chemicals producer based in Tel Aviv, is working with Sard Verbinnen & Co as it slates an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Sep. 15, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 9-15-2014
By Greg Hazley
Corporate Is your corporate narrative alive or dead? (A. Pedowitz) 
Measurement PR metrics are like apples for pie (C. Penn) 
Comment Enough already, about press releases are dead (D. Reich) 
NFL Goodell has ownership's support as long as sponsors stay(Bloomberg) 
PR Museum to hone image of PR profession (NY Times) 
PR 101 Why do-it-yourself PR is an urban legend (S. Pringle) 
TV Mixed social reactions to 'The View' premiere (LR)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Sep. 15, 2014
Cision, Vocus Acquire Social Media Analytics Provider Visible
By Greg Hazley
visibleThe combined Vocus and Cision have acquired Visible Technologies, the New York-based social media monitoring and analytics company.
Category: PR Services
Mon., Sep. 15, 2014
Kekst Handles Potential Sale of No. 2 Newspaper Co.
By Kevin McCauley
dmfKekst and Company is handling the possible sale of Digital First Media Co., the nation's second biggest newspaper company based in circulation.
Category: Media News
Mon., Sep. 15, 2014
R&R Partners Aids Victim's Family in Child Uzi Shooting
By Greg Hazley
vacca familyR&R Partners' Phoenix office is providing PR support to the family of Charlie Vacca, the gun range instructor who was shot and killed last month by a 9-year-old girl.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Sep. 15, 2014
Ethical Test for PRSA: How it Runs Contest for Chair-Elect
By Jack ODwyer

prsaBlake Lewis is opposing Mark McClennan for chair-elect of PRSA -- the first contested election since 2000. The battle of Joann Killeen and Art Stevens generated charges of impropriety.

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