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Tue., May 19, 2015
Visa's Doidge Picks Blackberry
By Greg Hazley
 
jennifer doidgeJennifer Doidge, a senior communications exec for Visa, has moved to Blackberry as VP of corporate communications for the mobile device provider.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., May 19, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 5-19-2015
By Greg Hazley
 
Corporate What CEOs have learned about social media (L. Gaines-Ross) 
Content In a world of viral sameness, strike out on your own path (C. Thilk) 
Customers The perennial customer revolution (F. Strong) 
Food Chili's tweaks food to look better on Instagram(Bloomberg) 
Tactics Ditch the pitch - sort of (E. Winston) 
Image The leading reasons for company rebranding (DJ) 
PR 101 9 ways to bolster PR and media outreach (CIO) 
Measurement Measuring social impact: What gets measured(Carma) 
Media What our May grads learned and wish they'd learned (A. Chimbel) 
Infographic Meet the Centennials (SS) 
Events Raindrops kept falling on her head (J. Newman) 
Social The rise of the lifestream (A. Kirsch) 
Clothing Under Armour pulls 'Ballers' T-shirt that uses iconic Iwo Jima picture (@NYDailyNews) 
Think Tank Media must focus on policy not just politics(Brookings) 
Politics Karl Rove evades disclosure by saying 'I'm not a journalist' (MM) 
Tech Recipe for the ultimate tech bubble (M. Miller)
Category: PR Links
Tue., May 19, 2015
Bengel Drives to Stratacomm
By Kevin McCauley
 

bengelJacqueline Bengel has joined Stratacomm as VP in its Washington office to handle integrated planning and strategies.

 
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., May 19, 2015
Lane Bryant Gobbles Up Ann Taylor
By Kevin McCauley
 

ann taylorAscena Retail Group, $4.9B parent of women apparel retailers Lane Bryant and Dressbarn, is acquiring $2.5B Ann Inc., parent of Ann Taylor and Loft, in a deal worth $2B in cash/stock.

Category: Beauty & Fashion PR
Tue., May 19, 2015
Westhampton Deserts Hampton Towns in Eruv Battle
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

westhamptonWesthampton Beach has disavowed any opposition to erection of a Jewish religious boundary -- splitting from Southampton and Quogue which continue the battle.

Category: Public Affairs
Tue., May 19, 2015
Kenya Hires Squire Patton Boggs For State Dept. Push
By Kevin McCauley
 
kenyaKenya is working with Squire Patton Boggs regarding the country's status under the State Dept.'s US Trafficking in Persons program's annual review.
Category: Foreign government
Tue., May 19, 2015
Environmental Firm in Fed Corruption Probe Brings in PR Help
By Greg Hazley
 
abtechAbtech Industries, the publicly traded environmental engineering firm, brought in crisis PR support after it was drawn in to a corruption scandal that toppled New York's Senate leader.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., May 18, 2015
Sard in $13.6B Danaher-Pall Deal, Split
By Greg Hazley
 
pallDanaher Corp. is working with Sard Verbinnen & Co. on the PR front of its $13.8B acquisition of water filtration systems maker Pall Corp., and subsequent plan to split into two companies.
Category: M&A
Mon., May 18, 2015
Blog: 'Hello Twitter. It's Barack'
By Kevin McCauley
 
obama, bidenAfter six years in office, President Obama finally takes plunge into world of Twitter
Category: Media News
Mon., May 18, 2015
FitzGibbon Turns Up Heat on Nestle
By Kevin McCauley
 
nestleFitzGibbon Media is promoting the May 20 protests at two Nestle water bottling plants in Los Angeles and Sacramento to pressure the consumer marketing giant to end operations for the duration of the Golden State's drought.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., May 18, 2015
Donovan-Boyle Takes Helm of Newport Chamber
By Kevin McCauley
 
Erin Donovan-Boyle, who is director of outreach for Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed, has been named executive director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, which is the second biggest in the Ocean State.
Category: Associations
Mon., May 18, 2015
BBC News Team Arrested on Media Tour of Qatar
By Kevin McCauley
 
qatarA press trip to Qatar organized by London's Portland Communication went south after security officials arrested a BBC crew that attempted to interview migrant workers.
Category: Media News
Mon., May 18, 2015
Cohen Exits Donna Karan
By Kevin McCauley
 
patti cohenPatti Cohen has ended a more than 30-year run at Dona Karan International, stepping down as executive VP/PR & communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., May 18, 2015
Nam Cast in Top PR Role at New Line
By Greg Hazley
 
catherine namCatherine Nam, director of international publicity for Warner Bros. Pictures, has moved to its New Line Cinema unit as VP of publicity and communication.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., May 18, 2015
Bashe to Lead Finn Partners Healthcare Push
By Greg Hazley
 
gil basheHealthcare PR maven Gil Bashe is moving on after 12 years at Makovsky for Finn Partners, to grow its health and pharmaceutical business.
Category: Healthcare PR
Mon., May 18, 2015
Coffee, Granola Bars Are Good for You (Maybe)
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

coffeeProducts that consumers usually approach with caution—coffee and granola bars—got "good ink" recently thanks no doubt to PR efforts by the industries involved.

 
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Mon., May 18, 2015
Transcript of civil cause for status conference before Honorable A. Kathleen Tomlinson; Feb. 26, 2015; Central Islip
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
Transcript of civil cause for status conference before Honorable A. Kathleen Tomlinson; Feb. 26, 2015; Central Islip
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., May 15, 2015
Sri Lanka Seeks Firm for Tourism PR
By Kevin McCauley
 
sri lankaSri Lanka Tourism and Promotion Bureau plans to invite firms to pitch to handle tourism PR by the end of the month.
Category: Foreign government
Fri., May 15, 2015
Architecture, Engineering Firm Seeks Help to Build PR
By Greg Hazley
 
beMidwest architecture and engineering firm focused on the public sector is calling for proposals to build a PR plan and  shift its image from "capable" to "creative," among other goals.
Category: RFPs
Fri., May 15, 2015
Avon Calls on Brunswick In Bogus SEC Filing Mess
By Kevin McCauley
 

avonAvon Products used Brunswick Group to deal with fallout connected with the May 14 filing on the Securities and Exchange online database of a bogus $18.75 per-share takeover bid, which triggered a 20 percent spike in its shares.

Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
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