PR & Marketing Communications News

Last Updated: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019 @ 1:06 pm

Mercury PA Targets NGOs for Qatar

Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

QatarOmnicom’s Mercury Public Affairs unit has landed a $360K one-year contract with Qatar for research, intelligence-gathering on NGOs, academic groups active in the Middle East.  

Instinctif Handles Froneri’s Sweet Ice Cream Deal

Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Haagen DazsLondon’s Instinctif Partners is handling Froneri’s $4B acquisition of Nestle USA’s ice cream business (Häagen-Dazs, Dreyer's, Edy's, Skinny Cow) to power its foray into the $10B American market.

 

People: American Wind Energy Assn. Snags Ketchum's Stacey Kerans

Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Stacey KeransThe American Wind Energy Association has named Stacey Kerans senior director of communications. She was senior VP, brand marketing at Ketchum... Citadel appoints Tripp Kyle chief corporate affairs/communications officer... Cornerstone Public Affairs recruits Armando Diaz, of Ernst & Young, for VP slot.

Ketchum’s Schoeneman Skips to Curley Co.

Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

KayAnn SchoenemanKayAnn Schoeneman, Ketchum senior VP, PA director and DC marketplace leader, has joined Curley Co. as senior VP and corporate/PA director.

Accounts: Babbit Bodner Adds Tailgate Guys, The Hub

Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Tailgate GuysBabbit Bodner adds Tailgate Guys and The Hub to its roster of clients in the hospitality industry....The Brandman Agency books Cathay Pacific Airways for sustainability and brand development... Pollack PR Marketing Group picks up Advanced Symbolics, artificial intelligence-driven marketing research venture.

Consumers Worried About Digital Media’s Health Effects

Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

DigitalA growing number of consumers believe they’re suffering from “digital overload,” and many are beginning to wonder what potential negative effects their daily use of electronic devices is having on their lives.

Interpublic Junks Golin's Co-CEO Trio Model

Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Matt NealeInterpublic has junked Golin's three co-CEO model that it put into effect Jan. 2017 with the exit of chief Fred Cook. Matt Neale assumes CEO slot.

 

 

Publicis D&I Chief Opts for Nielsen

Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Sandra Sims-WilliamsSandra Sims-Williams, chief diversity officer at Publicis Groupe, is joining Nielsen next month as senior VP of diversity & inclusion.

People: FTI Names Julia Harrison PA Chief of StratCom Unit

Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Julia HarrisonFTI Consulting promotes Julia Harrison to lead the global public affairs practice within its strategic communications segment... Mower grabs Gyro's Doug Kamp for chief creative officer spot... Spain's LLYC names Emigdio Rojas CEO of its Miami office.

Buckeye, AZ Announces Marketing, Branding RFQ

Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

BuckeyePhoenix suburb City of Buckeye is soliciting responses from qualified agencies that can develop a marketing, branding and advertising implementation plan to be used in a comprehensive marketing and ad campaign.

Finn Snags Weber Shandwick's Schueneman

Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Andy SchuenemanFinn Partners has lured Andy Schueneman, a 12-year veteran of Weber Shandwick, for the senior partner and GM spot at its Detroit outpost.

Downey (CA) Seeks Downtown Buzz

Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

DowneyDowney, a city of 112K people located in southeast Los Angeles county, wants to hire a PR firm to promote its downtown district.

Commentary

US Military Loves Vlad

Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

VladVladimir Putin's disinformation and propaganda campaign has improved the image of Russia among members of the US military... President Trump ranks as PR's biggest winner, loser of 2019... WPP's GroupM sees a solid year for advertising spending in 2020, sparked by Olympics, presidential campaigns and rise of new video streaming services.

Cherokee Nation Calls Venable

Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Cherokee NationThe Cherokee Nation has hired D.C. legal/lobbying firm Venable to help the federally recognized tribe with Indian and Native American affairs issues on Capitol Hill.

Former NPR CEO Schiller Moves to Aspen

Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

AspenThe Aspen Institute has hired media veteran Vivian Schiller to lead its media and technology programs, which are being combined in 2020.

People: Golin Ups Carrie von der Sitt to Head of Growth

Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Carrie von der SittGolin has promoted Carrie von der Sitt to global head of growth and Ron D’Innocenzo is taking on the expanded position of chief creative officer for North America... Development Counsellors International has promoted Katherine Saunders to senior vice president from vice president, economic development... CBS News has promoted Richard Huff to vice president, CBS News communications. Huff was previously executive director, communications... FrazierHeiby bumps executive VP Lauren Parker to CEO, effective Jan. 1.

Kantar CEO to Step Down in Wake of Stabbing

Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Eric SalamaEric Salama, who survived a stabbing attack about a year ago, has decided to step down as CEO of Kantar, now that WPP has completed the sale of a 60 percent stake in the data business to Bain Capital.

5W Reps Art Basel's Banana Eater

Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

David Datunna5W Public Relations is handling New York performance artist David Datuna, who gained global fame Dec. 7 for removing the $120K banana that was duct-taped to a wall at the Art Basel exhibition in Miami and eating it. (3 reader comments)

Fairness, Sustainability Defines Alpha Generation

Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Hotwire Generation Alpha StudyDespite their young age, members of Generation Alpha—or those born after 2010—are highly conscientious and already maintain strong opinions regarding some of the biggest issues facing the world today, according to a recent Hotwire report. (1 reader comment)