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Fri., Jun. 6, 2014
Ex-Porter Novelli CEO to Outsourcing Giant CSC
By Greg Hazley
gary stockmanGary Stockman, who was global CEO and senior partner at Porter Novelli until 2012, has landed at $13B IT outsourcing services provider CSC as chief marketing and communications officer.
Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., Jun. 6, 2014
Minnesota Seeks Buzz to Save the Bees
By Greg Hazley
beeMinnesota has called for agency proposals for a PR campaign to encourage preservation and development of habitat for pollinators in the North Star State, where honeybee populations have declined amid colony collapse disorder. View the RFP...
Category: RFPs
Fri., Jun. 6, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Politics How is this corporate flack running for Congress as an 'outsider'? (The Nation) 
M&A Why corporate mergers of equals almost never work (Forbes)
Social Gatorade apologizes over LeBron-related tweets (USA Today) 
D-Day Associated Press was there, 1944 (AP) 
Internal Can GM make it safe for employees to speak up? (HBR) 
Corporate How do you handle a satirist? (J. Horton) 
Social CIA jobs Twitter, starts off with really good tweet (BI) 
Wikipedia Love and drama at the Wikipedia conference (NY mag)
Legal Chobani gets sued in a case that hinges on a tweet(Adweek)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Jun. 6, 2014
PR Jobs of the Week
By Greg Hazley
PR job listings from for the week.
Category: PR Jobs
Fri., Jun. 6, 2014
Pintchman Pitches Pegasystems
By Greg Hazley
lisa pintchmanLisa Pintchman, executive VP and a longtime Weber Shandwick Boston staffer, has decamped for customer relationship management software developer Pegasystems in a new post to head corporate communications.
Category: Technology PR
Fri., Jun. 6, 2014
Singapore Renews Edelman
By Kevin McCauley
singaporeThe Singapore Economic Development Board has renewed its contract with Edelman through 2015.
Category: International
Fri., Jun. 6, 2014
Dark Directs Comms at IABC
By Greg Hazley
melissa darkMelissa Dark, an Australian internal communications consultant and former corporate staffer, has joined International Association of Business Communicators in San Francisco as director of communication and member services.
Category: IABC
Fri., Jun. 6, 2014
FH Pro Checks into Hotel & Lodging Assn
By Kevin McCauley
rosanna maiettaRosanna Maietta, a nine-year veteran of FleishmanHillard, is now senior VP/development head of PR & communications at American Hotel & Lodging Assocation.
Category: Travel PR
Fri., Jun. 6, 2014
Lewis PR Acquires China's EBA Comms
By Greg Hazley

lewisTop 10 independent firm Lewis PR has acquired Hong Kong-based EBA Communications, a 50-staffer tech-savvy firm with four China offices and clients like Honeywell, Siemens, Infineon and New South Wales Tourism.

Category: International
Thu., Jun. 5, 2014
Venable Cuts Ties with Gazprom
By Kevin McCauley
bayh, gazpromVenable cut ties with Gazprom, the Russian gas monopoly used as a political tool by the country’s strong man Vladimir Putin, effective March 31.
Category: Lobbying
Thu., Jun. 5, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
GM GM again forced to apologize after PR flub (Moneywatch) EssayAn evergreen leadership lesson (S. Cody) 
Europe Newspaper licensing agency beaten to pulp by PR group, Meltwater (S. Bruce) 
Silos PR and customer service: The 2 faces of your customer (E. Verlee) 
'Net Thoughts on Mary Meeker's trends report (Edelman Digital) 
'Net Six takeaways from Meeker's 2014 trends report (J. Chow) 
RFP Celebrity relations consultant, DC (PDF) 
RFP PR consultant for NY water authority (PDF) 
Social Chevron thinks Ecuador is conspiring against it on Twitter(Adweek) 
Gender Should sisters PR it for themselves? (H. Yaxley) 
Branding It's Super Bowl 50, not L (ESPN) 
Media Maddow wrongly declares Pentagon 'made up' Jessica Lynch tale (J. Campbell) 
Media TMZ blackmailed Justin Bieber with racist video for years(Gawker)
Category: PR Links
Thu., Jun. 5, 2014
Davison Sits in Burson's PA-Crisis Chair
By Kevin McCauley
ann davidsonAnn Davison, a 25-year policy, advocacy, education veteran, joins Burson-Marsteller June 16 as US public affairs and crisis chair.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Jun. 5, 2014
Cohn & Wolfe Co-Founder Norman Wolfe is Dead
By Kevin McCauley
norman wolfeNorman Wolfe, co-founder of Cohn & Wolfe with Bob Cohn, died June 2.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Jun. 5, 2014
IABC Lost $529K in 2013, Revenues Fall $692K
By Jack O'Dwyer

robin mccaslandInternational Association of Business Communicators lost $529,073 in 2013 as revenues dipped $684,444 based on a report by blogger Dave Murray. A loan of $250,000 was taken to fund a new website.

Category: IABC
Thu., Jun. 5, 2014
Jimmy Carter Feted at Golden Trumpet PR Awards
By Kevin McCauley

jimmy carterFormer President Jimmy Carter delivered the keynote address at last night's 55th annual Golden Trumpet Awards gala of the Publicity Club of Chicago.

Category: PR Awards
Thu., Jun. 5, 2014
McHugh Opts for Ogilvy
By Kevin McCauley
nicky mchughNicky McHugh joined Ogilvy PR June 2 as executive director of its New York corporate practice.  She reports to Jennifer Scott, managing director.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Jun. 5, 2014
Univ of Maine System Gets Demeritt for PR
By Greg Hazley
dan demerittDan Demeritt, former communications director to Maine Gov. Paul LePage, has moved to the $529M Univ. of Maine System as executive director of public affairs.
Category: PR in Higher Education
Thu., Jun. 5, 2014
Spong Gets Comfortable with La-Z-Boy
By Greg Hazley
reclinerFurniture brand La-Z-Boy has moved its PR account from New York to Minneapolis-based Spong, following a review.
Category: Home Furnishings PR
Wed., Jun. 4, 2014
Burson Backs Bahamas Chamber in Tax Fight
By Greg Hazley
crtBurson-Marsteller is advising the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation as it fights a value added tax aimed to curb the country's $5B debt.
Category: International
Wed., Jun. 4, 2014
Ex-Edelman Exec Takes APCO Creative Post
By Greg Hazley
howard pulchinHoward Pulchin, a former creative and consumer marketing leader at Edelman, has joined APCO Worldwide in a new post directing creative strategy for clients.
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