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Fri., Dec. 20, 2013
Somaliland Seeks US Nod
By Kevin McCauley
 
Somaliland, which declared independence from Somalia in 1991, is using Omnicom’s Mercury PA to gain U.S. recognition of its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Somalia views it as a illegitimate state.
Category: Lobbying
Fri., Dec. 20, 2013
JCIR Works Auction of Defunct Gaming Firm
By Greg Hazley
 
copernicusNew York-based financial communications shop JCIR worked with Heritage Global Partners on the Dec. 11 auction of assets from 38 Studios, the bankrupt video game developer led by former pro baseball player Curt Schilling.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Dec. 19, 2013
Hookah Alliance Hooks DC Lobbying Shop
By Kevin McCauley
 
hookahThe National Hookah Alliance has hired Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck to fend off application of federal cigarette restrictions under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act to the use of hookah.
Category: Lobbying
Thu., Dec. 19, 2013
Mehlman Leads Private Equity Sector PR Push
By Greg Hazley
 
ken mehlmanKen Mehlman, the former presidential aide who heads public affairs for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., was elected chairman of the Private Equity Growth Capital Council, the Washington trade group for PE firms.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Dec. 19, 2013
Outspoken Amy Schulman Ousted by Pfizer
By Jack ODwyer
 
schulmanAmy Schulman, SVP, general counsel and head of the $3.2 billion healthcare business at Pfizer, has suddenly agreed “by mutual agreement” to depart the company—a switch that is being billed as a firing by the pharmaceutical trade press.
Category: Healthcare PR
Thu., Dec. 19, 2013
Brunswick Stars in Hollywood Blockbuster Deal
By Kevin McCauley
 
imgBrunswick Group is working the audacious $2.3B takeover of the giant IMG sports and talent agency, a transaction the New York Times said will "significantly alter the balance of power in Hollywood’s business landscape."
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Dec. 19, 2013
Restaurants Open in Former Williams Club in NY
By Jack ODwyer
 
shakespeareTwo restaurants have opened on the site of the former Williams Club at 24 E. 39th St., which was a meeting place for many years for PR groups including the Chemical Communications Assn. and the Wednesday PR Group of PR firm owners.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Thu., Dec. 19, 2013
UW Wants Crisis Firm
By Greg Hazley
 
The 42,000-student University of Wisconsin-Madison has cast a net for a PR and crisis communications firm.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
Pope Francis, The Maestro
By Kevin McCauley
 
Time Magazine, Pope FrancisFrom a PR viewpoint, Francis’ simple message of love for one another, modesty, humility, fairness, social justice and transparency is the perfect positioning for his global institution of 1.2B members.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
CA Tech Snags Alepian
By Kevin McCauley
 
Ronald AlepianCA Technology has recruited Ronald Alepian for the senior VP & chief communications post.
Category: Personnel Appointments
Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
Swint Shifts to PN
By Kevin McCauley
 
Jennifer SwintJennifer Swint will take the managing director slot at Porter Novelli’s Washington office on Jan. 1.
Category: Personnel Appointments
Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
Coyne Wins LA Marathon
By Kevin McCauley
 
New Jersey’s Coyne PR has won the LA Marathon business in a competitive pitch for the world’s tenth largest organized 26.2-mile race.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
Aussie Prof. Questions PR for Tylenol "Crisis"
By Jack ODwyer
 
Tony JaquesProf. Tony Jaques of Australia, writing in the December Issues Outcomes, has reiterated his criticisms of Johnson & Johnson’s PR in the wake of the seven Tylenol deaths in 1982.
Category: PR Commentary
Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
Bell Sits in B-M's Global PA Chair
By Kevin McCauley
 
Kevin BellBurson-Marsteller has hired Kevin Bell, executive chairman of Britain's Maitland Political, to chair its global PA practice. 
Category: Personnel Appointments
Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
We Need Billy Jack
By Kevin Foley
 
Billy JackI was sorry to see that Tom Laughlin, the creator of the iconic “Billy Jack” movie franchise, passed away recently. Very few film heroes fought social and economic injustice the way Laughlin’s fictional former Green Beret did.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
PR Heavyweight Alperowitz Lands at H&K
By Kevin McCauley
 
Craig AlperowitzCraig Alperowitz, who has more than two decades of PR experience, will join Hill+Knowlton Strategies on Jan. 6 as head of its U.S. marcomms practice.
Category: Personnel Appointments
Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
Sorrell Makes Move on Davos Vet
By Kevin McCauley
 
WPP has acquired a 30 percent stake in Richard Attias & Assocs., event producer which put the Davos Forum annual Switzerland gabfest of movers & shakers on the map.
Category: M&A
Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
Ag Journo Joins Diamond V
By Kevin McCauley
 
Clayton GillClayton Gill is joining 70-year-old Diamond V, which markets feed ingredients to promote animal health and nutrition, in January as PR & strategic communications manager.
Category: Personnel Appointments
Tue., Dec. 17, 2013
Podesta Works Vietnam Beat
By Kevin McCauley
 
Vietnam, part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership which is negotiating a trade agreement between the U.S. and eight nations, taps DC counsel on a six-month deal worth $180K.
Category: Lobbying
Tue., Dec. 17, 2013
Utility-Backed Energy Conservation Push Seeks PR Power
By Greg Hazley
 
energyA California campaign funded by utility customers promoting energy efficiency upgrades to homes and businesses is on the hunt for a PR firm to guide earned and social media efforts.
Category: RFPs
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