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Fri., Sep. 13, 2013
PRSA CEO Change Minimized, Assembly Halved
By Jack O'Dwyer
A 31-minute teleconference yesterday for PR Society of America Assembly delegates was told that giving president and COO Bill Murray the single title of CEO is no change whatever because that is the role in which he has been functioning.
Category: PRSA
Fri., Sep. 13, 2013
O'Hara: Navigating Brands Through Social Hate
By Katherine O'Hara

katherine o'haraSocial media abounds with "haters" who spew venom and nonsense at personalities and brands. What does a PR person do when a client is under attack?

Category: Social Media
Fri., Sep. 13, 2013
Fleishman Heads Cone
By Greg Hazley
bill fleishmanCone Communications president Bill Fleishman has been named CEO of the CSR-savvy Omnicom PR shop.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
NYT Takes Unfair Hit for Putin Op-ed
By Kevin McCauley

putinThe New York Times has received "plenty of criticism" for running today's op-ed piece by Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, according to its public editor Margaret Sullivan.

Category: Media News
Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
Drone Maker Gears for PR Combat
By Greg Hazley
droneDrone maker AeroVironment is relying on outside PR support as a potential showdown looms with a disgruntled institutional investor at its Oct. 4 annual meeting.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
Livestrong PR Vet Launches Shop
By Kevin McCauley
katherine mclaneFormer VP-communications & external affairs at Livestrong Foundation, founded by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, has opened Mach 1 Group strategic PR shop in Austin.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
Ketchum's Bornstein to Head M Booth
By Greg Hazley
dale bornsteinSenior partner in 27 years with Ketchum has moved to New York-based consumer and corporate shop M Booth as CEO.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
Weber Shandwick to Guide Chobani Comeback
By Kevin McCauley

chobaniChobani, the nation's No. 1 Greek yogurt maker, has selected Weber Shandwick to handle its PR effort.

Category: Food & Beverage PR
Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
Putin's Powerful Placement
By Kevin McCauley

putinRussia president Vladimir Putin, who uses Ketchum for PR, earned a powerful New York Times op-ed placement today, in which he warned that a U.S. strike against Syria would destabilize the Middle East and northern Africa.

Category: International
Thu., Sep. 12, 2013
Scientology Touts 9/11 Work
By Greg Hazley
scientologyThe Church of Scientology, which has taken an image beating amid high-profile departures in recent years, in a PR blitz yesterday touted its volunteer work 12 years ago in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Sep. 11, 2013
Tina Brown To Exit Beast
By Kevin McCauley
tina brownTina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast, is leaving the Barry Diller's IAC online media company, to launch her own company.
Category: Media News
Wed., Sep. 11, 2013
Honda's Miller Joins Fahlgren Mortine
By Kevin McCauley
ed millerHonda Motor's senior manager, corporate affairs and news/industry relations, joins Fahlgren Mortine as senior VP/national media director.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Sep. 11, 2013
Alcoa Shrugs Off Dow Snub
By Greg Hazley
dow jonesAlcoa, one of three companies to be dropped from the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Sept. 20, said the slight from the high-profile stock index has no impact on the company's plans.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Sep. 11, 2013
Zelenko to Guide NBC News PR
By Greg Hazley
Senior VP of communications for Time Inc.'s news group, is taking the same title at NBC News.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Sep. 11, 2013
GM Pro Moves to Retail Side
By Kevin McCauley
annette guariscoThe Retail Industry Leaders Assn. has named Annette Guarisco, a former executive director of global public policy at General Motors, executive VP-PA. She takes the post Oct. 1.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Sep. 11, 2013
PR Pros Lead 9/11 Day of Service Campaign
By Greg Hazley
9/11 dayThe successful push to turn Sept. 11 into a national day of service has been spearheaded by two PR pros -- David Paine and Jay Winuk.
Category: Public Relations
Wed., Sep. 11, 2013
Oklahoma State, Boone Pickens Rap Sports Illustrated Expose
By Greg Hazley
oklahomaOklahoma State University and top booster T. Boone Pickens have launched PR blitzes to address and push back against a Sports Illustrated expose on the school's football program.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Sep. 10, 2013
Comcast Programs Stutts to Lead California PR
By Greg Hazley

mary stuttsFormer VP of corporate communications at Bristol-Myers Squibb moves to Comcast in a new external affairs post covering California.

Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Sep. 10, 2013
Russia Bails Out Obama With Good PR Move
By Kevin McCauley
obama, putinWill President Obama -- during tonight's address to the nation on Syria -- thank the Russians for saving him from an embarrassing Congressional rebuke?
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Sep. 10, 2013
Solomon: Let's Give Peace A Chance (For A While)
By Arthur Solomon

President Obama's policy toward Syria will be considered masterly if it results in Syria turning over its chemical warfare supply to international control.  

Category: Public Affairs
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