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Category: Crisis CommunicationsReturn to Latest News
Wed., Apr. 30, 2014
Crisis Guru Sosnik Advises NBA Commish
By Greg Hazley
 
silverDoug Sosnik, a crisis manager and former political advisor to President Bill Clinton and Sen. Chris Dodd, is counseling NBA Commissioner Adam Silver through the Donald Sterling scandal.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Apr. 28, 2014
NBA Commissioner's Path to PR Leadership
By Fraser Seitel
 
adam silverThere's really only one course for a PR leader to take with respect to poor, misguided Donald Sterling, the new Public Enemy No. 1, who owns the Los Angeles Clippers.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Apr. 28, 2014
LA Clippers Bring in PR Help After Owner's Racist Rant
By Greg Hazley
 
Updated: Crisis PR specialist Sitrick and Company advised the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers after TMZ.com published a recording of team owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks. The firm said it resigned the account on Sunday morning due to a conflict.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Apr. 24, 2014
McDonald's Served Huge PR Blow on Madison Ave
By Kevin McCauley
 
mcdonald'sThe McDonald's restaurant on Madison Ave. and 40th St. is now in its second day of a shutdown, a closure ordered by New York City’s Dept. of Health and Hygiene’s Division of Environmental Health.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Apr. 23, 2014
PR Countdown Begins for GM's Barra
By Kevin McCauley
 
mary barraCountdown begins for Mary Barra, the new General Motors chief who appears to have been set up for a fall.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Apr. 3, 2014
GM Taps Former H+K Crisis PR Guru Amid Recall
By Greg Hazley
 

jeff ellerGeneral Motors has brought in former Hill+Knowlton Strategies EVP and crisis guru Jeff Eller as the automaker copes with fallout from a massive recall.

Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Apr. 2, 2014
Huey: Barra Needs to Take Ownership of GM Crisis
By Bill Huey
 
mary barraMary Barra has been given something of a pass by commentators for dealing with GM's recall forthrightly even though she wasn’t in charge at the time, but in fact she owns this problem.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Mar. 31, 2014
Ketchum Counsels Malaysia Air in Crisis
By Greg Hazley
 
malaysia airKetchum ICON is advising Malaysia Airlines through the disappearance of flight 370 and the international obsession with the airliners disappearance.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Mar. 27, 2014
Dismal Crisis Management Compounds Tragedy of Malaysian Flight 370
By Richard Nicolazzo
 

malaysianThe manner in which Malaysian government authorities and airline executives communicated with hundreds of journalists pounding away for answers created a circus-like atmosphere that became every bit as explosive as jet fuel.

Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Mar. 24, 2014
L'Wren Scott's Firm Helps Deny Financial Woes
By Kevin McCauley
 
lwren scottPR Consulting, the downtown Manhattan fashion boutique used by LS Fashion Limited, the company of the late L'Wren Scott, is denying reports that it is on shaky financial ground.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Mar. 24, 2014
GM Gives Good PR Example - Faces Press in Scandal
By Jack ODwyer
 

mary barraGM CEO Mary Barra gave PR a shot in the arm March 18 by having a press conference, reviving an almost dead PR staple. President Obama, J&J, PRSA and others should take note.

 
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Feb. 20, 2014
Edelman, Catalyst Suit Up For Under Armour
By Kevin McCauley
 
Edelman and Catalyst are providing “behind-the-scenes” PR counsel for Under Armour, Diane Pelkey, VP-global communications and entertainment, told O’Dwyer’s.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Feb. 20, 2014
School District in Lunch Takeaway Flap Mulls PR
By Greg Hazley
 

The Salt Lake City School District that drew global attention after an elementary school took away $2 lunches from kids has run a closed RFP process to consider hiring a PR firm to tackle the fallout.

Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Feb. 12, 2014
Dart Works Woody Allen's PR Offensive
By Kevin McCauley
 
woody allenLeslee Dart of celebrity powerhouse 42 West is operating in high gear, defending long-time client Woody Allen against sexual molestation charges put forward by Dylan Farrow.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Feb. 10, 2014
Sound PR Advice Would Have Saved A-Rod
By Fraser Seitel
 
A-RodA-Rod’s capitulation last week was a complete and utter defeat for himself and his high-powered team of legal and public relations consultants.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Jan. 30, 2014
Sitrick Huddles with Incognito
By Kevin McCauley
 
incognitoSitrick and Company is handling Richie Incognito, the former Miami Dolphins lineman who is a focus of the National Football League’s alleged bullying situation.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Jan. 14, 2014
JetBlue Passengers Seeing Red (Again)
By Ronn Torossian
 
JetBlue is off to a shaky 2014 as weather-related problems and new pilot-rest rules have forced the carrier to cancel tens of flights, stranding thousands of passengers.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Jan. 10, 2014
PR Firm Quits Chemical Company in Spill
By Greg Hazley
 
freedomUpdated 1/13/2014: Charleston, W.V., PR firm Charles Ryan & Associates has dropped the chemical company in a Jan. 9 spill that left 300K without clean drinking water in the Mountain Sta
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Jan. 10, 2014
Nicolazzo: Christie's Press Conference Debacle
By Richard Nicolazzo
 
Stepping up and taking responsibility is the right thing to do in a crisis, but Gov. Chris Christie’s unprecedented, 107-minute press conference was so far over the top that it defies logic.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Jan. 9, 2014
PR Pros React to Christie Press Conference
By Greg Hazley
 
PR pros react on Twitter to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's "Bridgegate" scandal press conference today:
Category: Crisis Communications
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