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Thomas Walek, whose financial services shop Walek & Associates was acquired in 2013 by Peppercomm, has left that agency to form a new venture titled Peaks Strategies. Peppercomm financial unit name WalekPeppercomm has now been phased out.
Michele Quintaglie, global head of communications for Visa, is stepping down after two years after the payments company brought in a top exec to oversee marketing and communications earlier this year.
Internal Comms Who talks to (and about) colleagues like that? (J. Gombita)
Crisis Michigan gov gets a 'D' for Flint crisis PR (CBS Detroit)
RIP Prince My bizarre job interview to be Prince's PR man (Mirror UK)
Satire 'Veep' star offers candidates questionable PR advise (Esquire)
Corporate Relativity comms. exec says company owes him $500K (NY Post)
Clients Who are the best clients in PR? (PRM)
Darlan Monterisi, partner and New York managing director for Porter Novelli, is moving to CA Technologies next month as senior VP of corporate communications.
Top management of professional services PR specialist Infinite Spada have bought the firm from founder Gavin Ingham Brooke.
Crisis How Elizabeth Holmes is winning the PR war for Theranos (Fortune)
Lists Time's 100 most influential people of 2016 (Time)
Measurement Shared media as defined by marketing experts (T. Defren)
Video What's it's really like when your video goes viral (M. Settle)
Environment Here's how to craft a winning climate message (M. Gaworecki)
Media Judge rejects tabloid's motion to dismiss Blake Shelton suit (WPXI)
Politics Trump's fabricated new image (Wash Post)
Wi-Fi health advocates were exultant today at news that an Israeli TV documentary titled “How We are Killing Ourselves—Wireless Radiation” won a high rating and Haifa ordered Wi-Fi removed from all schools. (7 reader comments)
Int'l Saudi gov't has vast network of PR , lobby firms in US (Wash Post)
PR 101 Media squeeze and watermelon explosiion in NY Times an opportunity for PR (L. Hoffman)
Careers How to best position yourself to land a PR job after college (J. Cline)
Politics After NY, has anything changed? (M. Bennett)
IR United Continental settles board dispute with investors (Chicago Trib)
Brands Coke is it, but not everywhere (USN&WR)
Cohn & Wolfe has won global consumer and B2B PR duties for Newell Brands, the Atlanta-based consumer products giant behind Sharpie, Paper Mate, Graco and Rubbermaid, among more than two dozen other brands.
Donna Rice Hughes, who campaigns for “safe” Wi-Fi for children, meaning blocking their access to internet porn, speaks at 1:30 p.m. today at Sheraton Tysons Corner, Va. Web health advocates say the Wi-Fi bombarding children in classrooms is anything but “safe."