The Inside News of PR & Marketing Communications

Last Updated: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018 @ 2:41 pm

GSG Signs Schiumo

Tue., Oct. 23, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

John SchiumoVeteran New York City journalist and news anchor John Schiumo has joined public affairs powerhouse Global Strategy Group, where he’s been named vice president.

AbMac Plays Gibson's Comeback Tune

Tue., Oct. 23, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

GibsonAbernathy MacGregor is handling the encore performance of legendary guitar Gibson Brands as it plans to emerge from Chapter 11 on Nov. 1.


O'Dwyer's Magazine

Oct. Issue Spotlights Healthcare PR

By John O'Dwyer

O'Dwyer's Oct. '18 Healthcare & Medical PR MagazineOur 76-page annual issue on healthcare PR features articles from leading thought leaders in the field, plus profiles of 50 firms with expertise in this specialty.

Next up is technology PR in November.  Contact magazine editor Jon Gingerich, jon@odwyerpr.com, to get in the issue.


Senator Targets Saudi Propaganda, Trump Ties

Tue., Oct. 23, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Richard BlumenthalConnecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is probing Saudi Arabia's social media activity and ties to Donald Trump in the aftermath of the murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Accounts in Transit: NJF Public Relations, BCW Group

Tue., Oct. 23, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Hamilton PrincessNJF adds Hamilton Princess & Beach Club and National WWII Museum to client roster... BCW Group shops at Office Depot... Jeff Dezen Public Relations scoops up Jobe's Co., home & garden products.

Davos Disses ‘Davos in the Desert’

Mon., Oct. 22, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

World Economic ForumThe World Economic Forum today objected to the use of the “Davos” brand in connection with other events, such as Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative set to begin Oct. 23.

Commentary

McKinsey Takes Hit to Blue-Chip Reputation

Mon., Oct. 22, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

McKinseyMcKinsey & Co, which likes to think its reputation towers over consulting firm competitors, took a PR hit from news that its work for Saudi Arabia may have been used to crack down on social media 'influencers.' (1 reader comment)

Digital Turns the Tables on Influence

Mon., Oct. 22, 2018

By Gil Bashe, Kristie Kuhl and John Bianchi

Gil Bashe, Kristie Kuhl and John BianchiCommunication pros must educate their clients on how digital media has democratized the healthcare landscape and has changed the ways in which consumers are now engaging with health information.

Endeavor Mulls Break from Saudis Over Reporter Scandal

Mon., Oct. 22, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianEndeavor’s forthcoming decision to step away from a deal with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund provides a lesson in the cost of pulling the plug on a public relationship. (6 reader comments)

News of Firms: PerkettPR, Gagen MacDonald

Mon., Oct. 22, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Alissa HeumannBerns Communications Group launches retail consumer group headed by Alissa Heumann... APCO Worldwide, Gagen MacDonald, Oxford Analytica, Boswell Group form partnership... PerkettPR rebrands as Mindfull Marketing & PR.

Finsbury Works Fiat Chrysler Parts Deal

Mon., Oct. 22, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Mike ManleyFinsbury represents Japan’s Calsonic Kansei Corp., which is owned by investment firm giant KKR, as it plans to shell out $7B to buy Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s parts business.

Parsons Steps Down at CBS

Mon., Oct. 22, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Richard ParsonsRichard Parsons has stepped down as interim chairman of CBS Corp after six weeks due to health issues.

Facebook Likes Top UK Politico Clegg

Fri., Oct. 19, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Nick CleggEmbattled Facebook has hired Nick Clegg, a former UK deputy prime minister, to head its global affairs operation.

IPG Posts 3.4% Q3 Growth

Fri., Oct. 19, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Michael RothInterpublic CEO Michael Roth today reported a 3.4 percent increase in Q3 net revenues to $1.9B and a 2.6 percent jump in operating income to $261.7M. (2 reader comments)

Marchick Eyes Exits at Carlyle Group

Fri., Oct. 19, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

David MarchickDavid Marchick is leaving his managing director and global head of external affairs post at Carlyle Group, the DC-based investment firm giant, at the end of the year.

ACG Reps UAE Aluminum

Fri., Oct. 19, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

EGAEmirates Global Aluminium, one of the five largest aluminum producers in the world, has retained American Continental Group to assist the Abu Dhabi-based conglomerate in future talks with U.S. government officials.

Publicis to Unload ‘No Fit’ Health Unit

Thu., Oct. 18, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Arthur SadounPublicis Groupe CEO Arthur Sadoun wants to unload the volatile Publicis Health Solutions (contract sales group) to enable the French ad/PR combine to focus exclusively on its creative and technology offerings.