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Tue., May 5, 2015
Blog: Pen American Center Stands Tall With Award to Charlie Hebdo
By Kevin McCauley
 
Critics are wrong to protest tonight's Pen American Center freedom of expression award to Charlie Hebdo, the French magazine attacked by Muslim terrorists. 
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., May 5, 2015
Burson Leads Team Oracle
By Kevin McCauley
 
oracleOracle has selected Burson-Marsteller to lead a WPP team to position the software/hardware giant as a leader in cloud computing.
Category: Technology PR
 
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Mathis Exits S&P for Top Comms Slot at McGraw-Hill
By Greg Hazley
 
catherine mathisCatherine Mathis has left Standard & Poor's for the top communications slot at McGraw-Hill Education.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., May 5, 2015
Holland Hands Investment PR Pact to DCI
By Kevin McCauley
 
hollandNetherlands Foreign Investment Agency has signed Development Counsellors International to a three-year integrated marketing program worth $25K per-month.
Category: Foreign government
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Edelman Aids Sally Beauty in Possible Data Breach
By Greg Hazley
 
sally beautySally Beauty Holdings, the $3.8B beauty supplies retailer and distributor, has put on its crisis face as it investigates a possible second data breach in a year.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., May 5, 2015
Chubb Adds Edelman to Crisis Roster
By Greg Hazley
 
Global insurer Chubb has added Edelman to its roster of PR firms to aid companies in crisis.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., May 4, 2015
TPG Taps AbMac's Barrett
By Kevin McCauley
 
Luke BarrettLuke Barrett, senior VP at Abernathy MacGregor, has moved to TPG Capital private equity firm as external affairs director in New York.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., May 4, 2015
Get Real, Carly
By Kevin McCauley
 
Carly for PresidentCarly Fiorina's run for President is nothing but an ego trip for a candidate with money and time on her hands.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., May 4, 2015
Ortega Returns to B-M
By Kevin McCauley
 
Jorge OrtegaJorge Ortega, one-time head of Burson-Marsteller Mexico and Latin America regional chair, has returned to the WPP operation as executive VP & Miami manager director.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., May 4, 2015
Libya Axes Qorvis' $1M PR Pact
By Kevin McCauley
 
Libyan flagThe Government of Libya dropped its $1M one-year pact with Qorvis following an evaluation of the performance of the MSLGroup entity.
Category: Foreign government
Mon., May 4, 2015
Jackson Graduates from U. of Georgia
By Kevin McCauley
 
Tom JacksonTom Jackson, who has been VP-PA for the University of Georgia in Athens since 1988, is moving to the University of Georgia System, which represents 33 institutions in the state, as of Aug. 1.
Category: Associations
Sun., May 3, 2015
Slow Pace of Hamptons Eruv Litigation Worries Federal Judge
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Kathleen TomlinsonJudge Kathleen Tomlinson, who is presiding over the dispute about the proposed eruv Jewish religious boundary in the Hamptons, expressed dismay at a hearing Feb. 26 that the five-year old battle may have years to go.

Category: Public Affairs
Fri., May 1, 2015
Walmart Takes Hitt
By Kevin McCauley
 
WalmartWalmart has hired Greg Hitt, US crisis practice chief at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, for the VP-corporate communications slot effective June 1.
Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., May 1, 2015
Blog: Run, Bernie, Run
By Kevin McCauley
 
Bernie SandersVermont Senator Bernie Sanders is the longest of long shots to prevent the coronation of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for President.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Fri., May 1, 2015
APA Goes Silent on Torture Ties; Plans PR Push
By Kevin McCauley
 
American Psychological AssociationThe American Psychological Assn. is carrying out an independent review of "re-circulated allegations" published today on the front page of the New York Times about its alleged support of the CIA's torture program to bolster President Bush's justification for abuse of prisoners in his "war on terror."
Category: Healthcare PR
Fri., May 1, 2015
UBM Explores Sale of PR Newswire
By Kevin McCauley
 
UBMBritain's UBM, which is largely a trade show organizer, is exploring the sale of non-core PR Newswire, a deal that could fetch more than $700M.
Category: PR Services
Fri., May 1, 2015
ACBL Ducks on NYT Ditching Bridge Column
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Danielle MattoonAmerican Contract Bridge League, a client of McNeely Pigott & Fox PR of Nashville, will not campaign against the ditching of the bridge column by the New York Times culture editor Danielle Mattoon.

Category: Media News
Fri., May 1, 2015
New York Times Co. Reports Bigger Loss
By Kevin McCauley
 
The New York Times Co. reported a $14.3M Q1 loss, which compares to a $1.7M profit during the 2014 period.
Category: Media News
Fri., May 1, 2015
Prothena Pro Moves to Edelman
By Kevin McCauley
 

Anita KawatraAnita Kawatra, who headed external affairs at Prothena Biosciences, joined Edelman in New York as executive VP in its health sector.

Category: Healthcare PR
Thu., Apr. 30, 2015
Moris Graduates to Virginia Tech
By Kevin McCauley
 

Pete MorisPete Moris, who spent 17 years in the PR department of the Kansas City Chiefs National Football League team, will become PR chief for Virginia Tech's athletic program on May 4.

Category: Sports
 
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