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Thu., Jan. 9, 2014
Seitel on Christie: Why the Big Man Won't Be the Nominee
By Fraser Seitel
 
Chris Christie – indomitable, indestructible, unyielding – has raked himself into a pile of muck from which he likely won’t emerge – at least not enough to become the Republican nominee for President.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jan. 9, 2014
Koch Bros Lure Burson PA, Crisis Chair
By Kevin McCauley
 
steve lombardoSteve Lombardo, PA/crisis chair at Burson-Marsteller in Washington since April, is moving to Koch Industries next month for the chief communications/marketing officer slot.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Jan. 9, 2014
PR Pros React to Christie Press Conference
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PR pros react on Twitter to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's "Bridgegate" scandal press conference today:
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Jan. 9, 2014
Rodman Apologizes Through PR Firm
By Greg Hazley
 
rodmanNorth Korea visitor and former NBA star Dennis Rodman apologized through his PR firm today after defending in a CNN interview the country's hard labor detention of an American citizen, Kenneth Bae.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Thu., Jan. 9, 2014
IABC Switches to 'Certification' from 'Accreditation'
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
The International Assocation of Business Communicators is switching to a "certification" designation for members from the current "accredited" designation which had created "Accredited Business Communicator" or ABC.
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Thu., Jan. 9, 2014
Firms Work Diageo-Diddy 'Luxury' Tequila Deal
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deleonFTI Consulting and DKC PR worked PR for Diageo's joint venture with Sean "Diddy" Combs to buy the luxury tequila brand DeLeon.

Category: Food & Beverage PR
Thu., Jan. 9, 2014
CNET Editor Jumps to PR Side with IPO-Bound Coupons.com
By Greg Hazley
 
paul sloanPaul Sloan, editor-in-chief of tech pub CNET News, has moved to the PR side as VP of corporate communications for coupons.com, the Silicon Valley company expected to go public this year.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Jan. 8, 2014
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Wed., Jan. 8, 2014
MDC Acquires GOP Wordsmith Luntz
By Kevin McCauley
 

MDC Partners has acquired a majority stake in Luntz Global, making GOP wordsmith Frank Luntz chief language strategist at the ad/PR firm.

Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jan. 8, 2014
Fahlgren Acquires Turner PR
By Greg Hazley
 

Ohio's Fahlgren Mortine has acquired 17-year-old New York and Denver-based travel and outdoor lifestyle shop Turner PR with plans to operate the firm as an independent brand.

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Wed., Jan. 8, 2014
GOP Shop Dials Diaz
By Kevin McCauley
 
Washington's FP1 Strategies will add Ricky Diaz, spokesperson for North Carolina's Dept. of Health and Human Services, as VP on Jan. 24.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jan. 8, 2014
FleishmanHillard Backs Brazil on NSA Spying
By Kevin McCauley
 
rousseffFleishmanHillard, which is keeping the world updated on Brazil’s preparations for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, also helped the country deal with allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on president Dilma Rousseff, her top advisors and national oil company Petrobras, according to the Omnicom’s units lobbying filing.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jan. 8, 2014
Globe Adds Vatican Scribe, Mulls New Pub Amid Reader Interest
By Greg Hazley
 
john allenThe Boston Globe has hired John Allen to cover the Vatican amid increased reader interest of the Catholic Church under Pope Francis.
Category: Media News
Wed., Jan. 8, 2014
GM Drops Monthly Press, Analyst Calls
By Greg Hazley
 
gmGeneral Motors said it will stop holding monthly calls to discuss U.S. sales figures with reporters and analysts, ending a 20-year practice.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Jan. 8, 2014
MWW Taps FTI's Emrich as Social Chief
By Greg Hazley
 
mitzi emrichMitzi Emrich, who led digital practices at FTI Consulting and Edelman, has moved to MWW as chief social strategist for the independent firm.
Category: Social Media
Wed., Jan. 8, 2014
Disney Elevates SVP, Communications
By Greg Hazley
 
adam sandersonThe Walt Disney Company has promoted Adam Sanderson to senior VP of corporate communications, overseeing the company's fan relations and archives.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Jan. 7, 2014
Snapchat Establishes DC Beachhead
By Kevin McCauley
 

snapchatSnapchat, the photo messaging app service used by 50M mostly teen-agers, has hired Heather Podesta + Partners as its first D.C. lobbying firm.

 
Category: Lobbying
Tue., Jan. 7, 2014
Powers Heads Comms for Personal Care Products Council
By Greg Hazley
 
lisa powersThe Personal Care Products Council, the Washington trade group for makers of cosmetics and similar products, has tapped Lisa Powers for the executive VP for PA and communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Jan. 7, 2014
Ketchum Adds Punch to Sports Unit
By Kevin McCauley
 

Eryn McverryEryn McVerry is a new senior VP at Ketchum’s sports and entertainment operation. 

Category: PR Firms
Tue., Jan. 7, 2014
C&W Plugs In Dunton to Lead SF
By Greg Hazley
 
mischa duntonCohn & Wolfe has recruited APCO Worldwide San Francisco senior VP Mischa Dunton to lead its outpost in that city, the hub for its North American tech accounts.
Category: Technology PR
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