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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
Tue., Dec. 17, 2013
Pfizer 'Get Old' Theme to PR, Ads Still on NY Bldg
By Jack ODwyer
get oldPfizer has ended the advertising portion of its “Get Old” campaign and switched to PR via Edelman although its building at 235 E. 42nd St. (between Second and Third Aves.) is decorated with large-size ads for the campaign.
Category: Healthcare PR
Tue., Dec. 17, 2013
APCO Adds Seasoned Hand in Goldman
By Greg Hazley

Kevin Goldman, a veteran corporate communications counselor, in-house PR exec and journalist, has landed at APCO Worldwide as senior director for media relations in New York.

Category: PR Firms
Tue., Dec. 17, 2013
BP Taps AP Political Editor to Lead US Comms
By Greg Hazley
sidotiBP has recruited Associated Press national political editor Liz Sidoti to head its U.S. communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
Comcast Invests in Goldman Exec
By Kevin McCauley
Goldman Sachs analyst  is joining Comcast Corp. early next year as senior VP-investor relations.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
BlackBerry's Cameron Flees to H&K
By Kevin McCauley
Director of global public policy at beleaguered Blackberry and former aide to Canada’s prime minister Stephen Harper shifts to Hill+Knowlton Strategies as deputy leader of its Canadian energy practice.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
Nickles Blasts Off With SpaceX
By Kevin McCauley
SpaceX, the rocket ship company of Tesla Motors Elon Musk, taps DC firm for a broad range of issues including aerospace, defense, budgetary, intellectual property and science & technology.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
Boston Consulting Group's Gunby Succeeds Dunn at FTI
By Kevin McCauley
steve gunbyManaging director at Boston Consulting Group will succeed Jack Dunn on Jan. 20 as CEO of the FTI Consulting, the publicly traded global advisory and financial communications firm.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
Nicolazzo: School Heads Have One of the Toughest PR Jobs in America
By Richard Nicolazzo

nicolazzoWe’ve learned that while schools conduct table-top mock drills and maintain simple “crisis contact lists,” few have specific, written contingency crisis communications plans in place.

Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
Review of PR in 2013 (and Before That)
By Jack ODwyer
Traditional media continued to shrink in 2013, putting pressure on PR practitioners to reach audiences via social media, PR wire services, e-mail networks and their own websites...
Category: Public Relations
Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
Legal Win for Sitrick in A-Rod Case
By Greg Hazley
A federal judge declined a request by Major League Baseball to hold PR counselor Michael Sitrick in contempt of court in the league's legal showdown with slugger Alex Rodriguez.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
Media: Hill Pub to Start PR Firm, BBC America's Meyer Moves to Scripps on DC Project
By Greg Hazley
mcmahonFrancine McMahon is stepping down as publisher of The Hill to open a Washington PR Shop; Dick Meyer, a digitally skilled executive producer for BBC News in America, will move to The E.W. Scripps Company in February as chief Washington correspondent to work on a new multiplatform feature for the company... 
Category: Media News
Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
A+E Rebrands BIO Channel
By Kevin McCauley
bioA+E Networks will rebrand its BIO Channel this summer as FYI, a contemporary lifestyle station, under the leadership of Jana Bennett.
Category: Media News
Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
Thailand Denies Hiring Lobbyist
By Kevin McCauley

The government of Thailand denies that it hired Boston’s Davenport McKesson to lobby in support for construction of U.S. naval air defense base, according to today’s Bangkok Post.

Category: Lobbying
Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
Post: The Simple Truth about Carbs and Sugar is in Dietary Guidance
By Dr. Robert Post
robert postThere's never been a time like the present with as much interest in the press about nutrition and approaches to healthy eating and lifestyles.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
Political PR Shops Merge
By Greg Hazley
The Strategy Group Company, an Ohio-based political PR shop, is acquiring strategic partner Murphy Linville, the firm of the former DCI Group president Jim Murphy and ex-AT&T VP of public affairs Billy Linville.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
Atomic PR Folded into Grayling
By Kevin McCauley
Atomic PR is being merged into Grayling effective Jan. 1, three years following the British firm's acquisition of the San Francisco-headquartered tech/social media firm.
Category: Technology PR
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