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Wed., Apr. 23, 2014
Hass Exits Edelman
By Kevin McCauley
 
mark hassMark Hass, former CEO of Manning Selvage & Lee, is leaving the Edelman US presidency post to pursue other interests.
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Wed., Apr. 23, 2014
Schnee Joins Fenton as NY GM
By Greg Hazley
 
libby schneeLibby Schnee, a Burson-Marsteller and Teneo Strategy alum focused on corporate foundations, philanthropy and non-profits, has taken the reins of Fenton's New York office as general manager.
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Tue., Apr. 8, 2014
Stratacomm Execs Buy Firm Back from FleishmanHillard
By Greg Hazley
 
Partners at Washington-based Stratacomm have bought the firm back from FleishmanHillard, which acquired the transportation PR specialist in 2004.
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Wed., Apr. 2, 2014
Porter Novelli's Sullivan to B-M
By Kevin McCauley
 
catherine sullivanCatherine Sullivan, who handled PR at Omnicom’s Porter Novelli subsidiary, now does it for Burson-Marsteller in the managing director of worldwide communications post. She reports to CEO Don Baer.
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Wed., Apr. 2, 2014
Rankings Called 'Absurdly Influential' by Consultant
By Jack ODwyer
 

russell perkinsMorgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs gave up millions in fees in order to rank high in deal-making tables, notes consultant Russell Perkins, who says such rankings are “absurdly influential.”

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Tue., Apr. 1, 2014
Gross to Take Reins of RLM Finsbury
By Greg Hazley
 
michael grossRLM Finsbury partner and president Michael Gross will succeed CEO and co-founder Walter Montgomery later this month.
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Fri., Mar. 28, 2014
W2O Works Connections
By Kevin McCauley
 

laura levitanW2O Group has named Laura Levitan its first chief networking officer, responsible for outreach to potential clients and talent on behalf of its WCGTwist Mktg and Brewlife units.

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Wed., Mar. 26, 2014
Edelman Adds Ad Pro in Toronto
By Greg Hazley
 
jordan doucetteEdelman is hiring Jordan Doucette in Toronto as the office’s executive creative director effective May 5.
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Wed., Mar. 19, 2014
Weber Shandwick Lures Capstraw in LA
By Kevin McCauley
 
leslie capstrawWeber Shandwick has named PR veteran Leslie Capstraw to head its Los Angeles office, replacing interim head Arun Divakaruni, who is senior VP of its Element Scientific Communications unit.
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Wed., Mar. 19, 2014
Ogilvy Hires Ketchum's Anderson
By Kevin McCauley
 
michele andersonOgilvy PR has hired Michele Anderson for the managing director slot of its Chicago outpost effective April 1.
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Wed., Mar. 12, 2014
Kehs to Head Hill+Knowlton Energy Unit
By Kevin McCauley
 
kehsMichael Kehs is returning to Hill+Knowlton Strategies as head of the U.S. energy practice and Houston outpost.
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Mon., Mar. 3, 2014
17 of top 25 PR Firms Grew in Double Digits in 2013
By Jack ODwyer
 
O'Dwyer's PR Firm RankingsIndependent PR firms showed strong growth in 2013.  Eight of the ten largest posted double-digit gains as did nine in the 11 to 25 category and 57 in the complete list of 127.
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Fri., Feb. 28, 2014
Paul Newman Trades eBay for MSLGroup
By Greg Hazley
 
paul newmanPaul Newman, VP of communications for eBay, is moving to MSLGroup to head North American operations as president.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
Image-Battered Salt Lake School District Shelves PR for Cupcakes
By Kevin McCauley
 
The Salt Lake City school district has shelved hiring a PR firm to defuse national outrage connected to its policy of yanking $2 lunches away from kids whose parents were delinquent with cafeteria payments. 
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Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
SEO Firm Acquires LVM Group
By Greg Hazley
 
david grantDigital marketing firm Didit has acquired LVM Group, a boutique New York PR shop with clients like 3M, Insperity and the Empire State Building.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Feb. 24, 2014
Deadline for O'Dwyer's Ranking of PR Firms Extended to Thu., Feb. 27
By Greg Hazley
 
PR firms that are thinking of joining O’Dwyer's PR firm rankings should consider the following benefits:
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Thu., Feb. 20, 2014
FTI Comms Revenue Falls 6.8% in Q4
By Greg Hazley
 
FTI Consulting's strategic communications revenue fell 6.8% in the fourth quarter of 2013 to $46.9M on slower business in the EMEA and North America regions.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Feb. 11, 2014
Sitrick Adds Bloomberg's Lubove, Bolsters Digital
By Greg Hazley
 

seth luboveSeth Lubove, a senior writer for Bloomberg and member of its reporting team that compiles a list of the world's billionaires, has jumped to the PR side with Sitrick and Company in Los Angeles.

Category: PR Firms
Tue., Feb. 11, 2014
Havas Fetes Guru to Entrepreneurs
By Kevin McCauley
 
andrew yangHavas PR hosted Andrew Yang, CEO/founder of Venture for America, at a breakfast in its New York office on Feb. 6.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Feb. 4, 2014
Ad Age Crowns Weber Shandwick 'One of Adland's Best'
By Kevin McCauley
 
Advertising Age has selected Weber Shandwick No. 7 on its annual “Agency A-List,” making WS the sole PR firm to crack the magazine’s Top Ten ranking of ad agencies.
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