PR News & Commentary

Last Updated: Fri., Jul. 23, 2021 @ 5:34 pm

Powell Tate Hires State Dept. Vet Meghann Curtis

Fri., Jul. 23, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Meghann CurtisMeghann Curtis, who has worked with Time’s Up and held several executive positions at the US Department of State, is joining Weber Shandwick public affairs unit Powell Tate as senior vice president, public affairs and social impact.

On the Move: Motion Tabs Seltzer to Head Brand Experience Studio

Fri., Jul. 23, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Elizabeth SeltzerMotion hires Elizabeth Seltzer to head its new Brand Experience Studio... WiTricity, which specializes in wireless charging for electric vehicles, hires Hewlett Packard and Microsoft marketing veteran Amy Barzdukas as chief marketing officer... Corelight, an open network detection and response platform, names Julie Parrish to lead marketing.

Accounts in Transit: Walt & Company Tunes in Light Field Lab

Fri., Jul. 23, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Light FieldWalt & Company is selected as agency of record by Light Field Lab... LDPR adds The Boca Raton, formerly known as Boca Raton Resort & Club, to its client roster... Trust Relations is named agency of record for athleisure brand Renwick.

O'Dwyer's / D S Simon Interview Series

PR's Top Pros Talk: Kari Watson

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series: Kari Watson, Co-Founder & Mng. Partner, MacDougall Advisors
MacDougall Advisors co-founder and managing partner Kari Watson talks about how new companies in the bioscience sector can execute a successful launch—and build momentum—on the latest “PR’s Top Pros Talk” video interview with Doug Simon.

2021 Travel & Tourism PR Issue

Cleveland Indians Rebrand as Guardians

Fri., Jul. 23, 2021

By Steve Barnes

GuardiansThe Cleveland Indians will change their name and brand identity after the 2021 season, taking on the new name of the Cleveland Guardians.

News of Firms: Durée & Company Targets Psychedelics Market

Thu., Jul. 22, 2021

By Steve Barnes

DureeDurée & Company launches Psychedelicpr.com, a microsite dedicated to the emerging psychedelics market... Qwoted, a free platform that connects the media with industry experts, and GlobalWonks, a provider of real-time expert insights for enterprises, form a partnership... The Hatcher Group, which serves government, nonprofit and foundation clients, acquires Horne Creative Group.

Accounts in Transit: Allison + Partners Heads to Calif. Pizza Kitchen

Thu., Jul. 22, 2021

By Steve Barnes

CA Pizza KitchenAllison+Partners is named public relations agency of record for California Pizza Kitchen... Bullfrog + Baum takes on AOR duties for interactive wine experience platform VIVANT and vineyard Château de Pommard... Nickerson signs up Quaker Lane Capital, a real estate development, investment and advisory services company.

On the Move: Kontoor Brands Hires IFC's Annan-Brown

Thu., Jul. 22, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Mame Annan-BrownKontoor Brands, which includes Lee and Wrangler, hires Mame Annan-Brown as executive vice president of global communications and public affairs. She was previously at IFC, a member of World Bank... Carnegie Mellon University names Ketchum vet Nicholas Scibetta vice president for university communications and marketing... Red House B2B Marketing hires Grey Williams as vice president of marketing operations.

IPG Records 22.5% Growth in Q2

Wed., Jul. 21, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Andy PolanskyInterpublic reported a 22.5 percent jump in Q2 $2.3B. The IPG DXTRA Group, which includes PR units, was up 15.1 percent.

Accenture Tabs Cresanti to Lead Gov't Relations Efforts

Wed., Jul. 21, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Robert CresantiAccenture brings on former Department of Commerce undersecretary for technology and chief privacy officer Robert Cresanti to head up the company's global government relations network.

Travel’s Long-Awaited Turning Point

Wed., Jul. 21, 2021

By Julie Freeman

Julie FreemanTravelers are ready to forge ahead and put COVID concerns in the rearview mirror. Here’s how we can effectively jumpstart PR efforts now that the post-pandemic surge is in full swing.

How Big Blue Stumbled with Watson

Wed., Jul. 21, 2021

By Bill Huey

Bill HueyThe story of the big promises that IBM made for its Watson supercomputer contains an object lesson for all communicators who must deal with various silos and their biases in large organizations.

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