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Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
KKR Relies on RLM Finsbury in $1B Deal
By Kevin McCauley
KKR, the equity firm founded by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, is using WPP’s RLM Finsbury in its $1B takeover of The Crosby Group and Acco Material Handling Solutions from Melrose Industries.
Category: M&A
Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
Koch Bros. Sign Ice Miller
By Kevin McCauley
Koch Companies Public Sector has signed Ice Miller Strategies for issues regarding cybersecurity and chemicals.
Category: Lobbying
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013
Fisher House Stands Tall Among GOP Shutdown Pygmies
By Kevin McCauley
fisherThere are many villains linked to the federal government shutdown and few heroes. The biggest champion to emerge from the senseless political chaos is the Fisher House Foundation.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013
FT Consolidates Print Edition
By Kevin McCauley
The Financial Times will publish a single global newspaper beginning during the first-half of next year, according to editor Lionel Barber.
Category: Media News
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013
Kekst Suits Up for Jos. A. Bank in Men's Wearhouse Bid
By Kevin McCauley
jos. a. bankKekst and Company is handling today's Jos. A. Bank's $2.3B takeover offer for the larger Men’s Wearhouse, discount suit chain, a move quickly rejected by "inadequate" and "not in the best interests" of the target company.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013
King Heads PR, Marketing for Oil, Gas Land Facilitator
By Greg Hazley
leah kingFort Worth-based Holland Services, which helps oil and gas companies secure land and mineral rights, has brought in Chesapeake Energy's Leah King to head marketing, communications and PR as a senior VP.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013
Foley: NFL Denies, Delays, Defends, Defames
By Kevin Foley
league of denialPBS "Frontline" aired the scathing documentary "League of Denial" last evening revealing how the National Football League has addressed the troubling issue of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) among former players.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013
Internal Branding Conference on Tap
By O'Dwyer's Staff
Julian Mills, head of corporate Intranet and internal social media at BMO Financial Group, recently spoke with marcus evans about key topics to be discussed at the upcoming Internal Branding Canada 2013 Conference, Oct. 29-30, 2013, in Toronto.
Category: PR Events
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013
Be An Expert, Freelance Writers Told
By Jack O'Dwyer
freelanceThe royal road to freelance assignments is for the writer to establish himself or herself as an expert in some subject area, a group of 35 writers was told last night at the Playwright’s Celtic Pub in New York.
Category: Media News
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013
UN Gives Afghan Firm Yemen Vote PR Pact
By Greg Hazley
voterLapis, the PR unit of Afghanistan media conglomerate Moby Group, has picked up a six-figure pact with the United Nations to tout biometric voting in the critical 2014 Yemen elections.
Category: International
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013
Atlantic Rips 'Non-Profit' NFL, Sacks PR Head
By Jack O'Dwyer
nflTaxpayers fund stadiums of the National Football League, broadcast deals escape antitrust laws, the NFL is technically a 501/c/6 "non-profit," and commissioner Roger Goodell makes $30 million yearly, says the October Atlantic in an article titled, "How the NFL Fleeces Taxpayers."
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013
F/W/V Guides Bassett's Expansion
By Kevin McCauley
bassettBassett Furniture has selected French/West/Vaughan to guide its expansion into new retail markets. The account had been handled in-house.
Category: News of Accounts
Tue., Oct. 8, 2013
'Non-Governing' Crowd Wrecks Republicans
By Kevin McCauley
The Washington Post reports there is more than enough support from Republicans to pass the “clean continuing resolution” needed to end the government shutdown. Let’s get on with it.
Category: Public Relations
Tue., Oct. 8, 2013
Russians Zap Zippo PR
By Kevin McCauley
zippoZippo Manufacturing Co. today pulled its social media campaign, which cashed in on the embarrassing Red Square flame-out of the Olympic torch during a Vladimir Putin-attended ceremony on Oct. 6, to mark the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Oct. 8, 2013
Media: Bloomberg Ad Chief to DJ, Marimow Out at Inquirer
By Kevin McCauley
Bloomberg ad chief shifts to Dow Jones, Marimow axed at Philadelphia Inquirer...
Category: Media News
Tue., Oct. 8, 2013
JF Steers $242M Trucking Showdown
By Greg Hazley
knightKnight Trucking is leaning on PR support from Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher as it makes a hostile bid for rival USA Truck.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Oct. 8, 2013
Ex-NYT Digital Head at New School Tonight
By Jack O'Dwyer

nisenholtzMartin Nisenholtz,  former chief digital officer of the New York Times who retired from NYT at age 55 in December 2011, will speak at the New School tonight on the plight of the nation's newspapers.

Category: Media News
Tue., Oct. 8, 2013
Book Review: From Kristallnacht to Watergate: Memoirs of a Newspaperman
By Kevin McVicker

kristallnachtIn an era of Twitter and blogs, From Kristallnacht to Watergate is a history lesson on the development and production of several influential newspapers...

Category: Book Review
Tue., Oct. 8, 2013
Ketchum IDs Food Sector's Most Influential Consumers
By Greg Hazley
evangelistA small but motivated segment of mostly young, female food influencers is shaping opinions about brands, companies and the food and agriculture sector while shrugging off traditional marketing practices, according to a study by Ketchum.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Tue., Oct. 8, 2013
PR Vet Charlotte Veal, 83, Dies
By Jack O'Dwyer
Charlotte Kelly Veal, 83, former PR director of Hearst Magazines, died Sept. 14 in New York.
Category: Obituary
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