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Fri., May 29, 2015
Poon Heads Comms for Mobile Game Developer SGN
By Greg Hazley
 
poonRyh-Ming Poon, a video game PR executive who has promoted "Guitar Hero" and the rental service GameFly, has moved to mobile games developer SGN as VP of communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., May 29, 2015
Spurned Bridge Group Says New York Times Is Talking to It
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

acblBridge players, miffed that the New York Times dropped the bridge column after 80 years, are buoyed by news that NYT is "talking to the American Contract Bridge League about a solution."

Category: Crisis Communications
 
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The Communications Role in the M&A Rebound
By Phil Denning
 
phil denningAfter years of tempered deal volume, M&A activity has returned to pre-recession levels. But this uptick doesn't just buoy bankers and lawyers -- it reveals a surge in activity for communications pros as well.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., May 29, 2015
California Combs for Agency to Educate Truckers About Tough Diesel Regs
By Greg Hazley
 
truckCalifornia's Air Resources Board is combing for an outside agency to develop an outreach campaign targeting those affected by the state's stringent truck and bus regulations.
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Saul Exits LeanIn to Helm PR for Instacart
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andrea saulAndrea Saul, a political PR pro who led marketing and communications for Sheryl Sandberg's LeanIn.org group, has moved to grocery delivery service Instacart as VP of communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., May 28, 2015
Longtime PR Council President Cripps Steps Down
By Greg Hazley
 
kathy crippsKathy Cripps, who led the PR firm trade group PR Council for 13 years, is stepping down at the end of the year.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., May 28, 2015
Exclusive PR Seminar Lacks People of Color, Says Mike Paul
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

mike paulNew York counselor Mike Paul, a member of PR Seminar for many years, is skipping the meeting May 31-June 3 in Colorado Springs to protest lack of people of color in high PR posts.

Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., May 28, 2015
Kate Nocera Makes Move to PR
By Greg Hazley
 
kate noceraKate Nocera, Congressional reporter for Buzzfeed, is moving across the aisle to PR with SKDKNickerbocker in Washington.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., May 28, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 5-28-2015
By Greg Hazley
 

Profile Meet the woman who speaks for Hillary Clinton (Fortune)

Careers 'Public relations has always had a lot of female employees - but in lower positions' (WSJ) 

Crisis The age of viral recalls is just beginning (E. Dezenhall) 

Profile Cision CEO charts digital PR future (Chicago Trib) 

Corporate PR campaign puts Uber under attack on multiple fronts (GN) 

Crisis Blatter defies calls to quit as FIFA scandal widens (Reuters) 

PR Spin when you're winning? (J. Keenan) 

Crisis Christian PR expert: Duggar's apology not enough (Christian Post) 

Politics Super PAC plays up O'Malley's youth (WSJ)

Category: PR Links
Thu., May 28, 2015
Joele Frank Advises Gener8 Maritime Through IPO
By Greg Hazley
 
general maritimeGener8 Maritime, the oil tanker operator slating a $100M IPO, is relying on Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher for PR counsel.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., May 28, 2015
M&A in the UK PR sector
By Dave Armon
 
dave armonIt's hard to overestimate the energy and momentum that comes from buying innovative startups and integrating them into a successful business.
Category: M&A
Thu., May 28, 2015
Le Blanc to Lead Stratacomm's Infrastructure Unit
By Greg Hazley
 

karyn le blancKaryn Le Blanc, a public sector Washington, D.C., communications pro, is moving to Stratacomm as a senior VP to lead its infrastructure practice.

Category: Public Affairs
Thu., May 28, 2015
Genentech's Arnold to Relypsa Comms Slot
By Greg Hazley
 
charlotte arnoldCharlotte Arnold, who handled corporate relations at Genentech, has moved to biopharmaceutical company Relypsa in the Bay Area as VP of corporate communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., May 27, 2015
California Tourism Seeks Social Media AOR
By Greg Hazley
 
californiaVisit California, which plans to double its $50M budget this year, has kicked off a search for a global social media agency of record.
Category: RFPs
Wed., May 27, 2015
Former Treasury PA Chief to Rep Bank Lobby
By Greg Hazley
 
rob nicholsRob Nichols, the former Treasury Dept. public affairs chief who leads the Financial Services Forum, has been tapped as president and CEO of the American Bankers Association in Washington.
Category: Associations
Wed., May 27, 2015
Death By a Thousand Pop-Ups: How Marketers are Killing Their Brands
By Bill Huey
 
bill hueyHow can savvy marketers believe that the rules of consumer behavior are suspended when it comes to Internet advertising?
Category: Technology PR
Wed., May 27, 2015
Hunter Adds London to PR Menu
By Greg Hazley
 
alex conwayNew York-based food PR specialist Hunter PR has crossed the pond with a London office, its first foray outside of the US.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Wed., May 27, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 5-27-2015
By Greg Hazley
 
Healthcare Bill could increase patient influence in drug development process (J. Strack) 
Food/Bev The Achilles heel of US wine marketing (L. Petrosky) 
Fail NYC hotel bar says dress code shouldn't have been enforced against Navy officer (Consumerist) 
FIFA Crisis FIFA rocked as US corruption charges handed down(WSJ) 
FIFA Salient points of FIFA PR chief's press conference (BR) 
FIFA Breaking down FIFA's first round of PR after the raid(Fusion) 
FIFA Video: How FIFA PR responded (BT) 
Environment Obama admin's new Clean Water ruling sparks PR battle (NY Times) 
Int'l Why ISIS propaganda has been so successful and how to counter it (A. Fernandez) 
RFP PR for Casselberry, Fla. (link) 
RFP Comms./media for Sonoma County (Calif.) Dept. of Health Svcs (link) 
RFP Alaska air quality PR campaign (link) 
RFP Tourism PR for Alberta's Slave Lake region (link)
Category: PR Links
Wed., May 27, 2015
Louisiana Turns to PR to Slash Infant Mortality Rate
By Greg Hazley
 
partnersLouisiana, which has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country, is looking for an agency to guide a health campaign centered on prenatal care.
Category: RFPs
Wed., May 27, 2015
Goodyear's Whitehouse Rolls to Summa
By Greg Hazley
 
rob whitehouseRob Whitehouse, a Buckeye State PR pro and Goodyear Tire & Rubber alum, has rolled to Ohio's Suma Health System as VP of marketing and community relations.
Category: Corporate Communications
 
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