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Last Updated: Wed., Oct. 27, 2021 @ 5:07 pm

Weber Shandwick Chair Jack Leslie to Step Down

Wed., Oct. 27, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Jack LeslieJack Leslie plans to retire as Weber Shandwick chairman in early 2022 after a 45-year career in public affairs and corporate communications, which included a stint at the legendary Sawyer Miller Group political consulting shop.

O'Dwyer's / D S Simon Interview Series

PR's Top Pros Talk: Sarah Berman

Wed., Oct. 27, 2021

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series: Sarah Berman, President, The German Group
The Berman Group president Sarah Berman talks about the creative tactics that real estate companies are using to help them negotiate a COVID-impacted marketplace in the latest "PR's Top Pros Talk" video interview with Doug Simon.

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Hertz Interim Chief Revs Up PR

Wed., Oct. 27, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Mark FieldsHertz interim CEO Mark Fields and Super Bowl champ Tom Brady ignite a PR firestorm under the recently bankrupt company... Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg whines about "coordinated" campaign desinged to take social platform down. Really, Zuck! You are worried about PR... Stormy misinformation weather threatens climate conference... Bernie Sanders loves Sarah Palin.

News of Firms: Bliss Group Launches Bliss Impact

Wed., Oct. 27, 2021

By Steve Barnes

BlissThe Bliss Group introduces Bliss Impact to help clientsalign their strategic priorities and sustainable programs with societal change... H Code multicultural shop starts up A Code, a digital media solutions platform focused on the Asian American and Pacific Islander community... Edelman launches Edelman Smithfield in Canada, a dedicated financial and capital markets communications boutique agency.

Facebook's Christensen Moves to PointsBet

Wed., Oct. 27, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Kyle ChristensenFacebook head of US brand & consumer marketing Kyle Christensen is heading to online gaming operator PointsBet, where he will take on the post of US chief marketing officer.

On the Move: Dukas Linden PR Ups Kouwe, Dhond to EVP

Wed., Oct. 27, 2021

By Steve Barnes

DLPRDukas Linden Public Relations promotes Zach Kouwe and Shree Dhond to EVP... Gatesman hires Jason Haag as CFO... LUMICKS, a next generation life science tools company, names Joshua Young to lead its IR, communications and strategy functions.

UT Austin Seeks Firm to Promote its Civil Rights Achievements

Tue., Oct. 26, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

TexasThe University of Texas (Austin) is looking for a strategic communications partner to commemorate the landmark 1950 Supreme Court decision that desegrated its law school, and monuments to honor UTA's first Black undergrads.

Putting Lessons Learned from COVID to Work in '22

Tue., Oct. 26, 2021

By Steve Barnes

IPGThe challenges that marketers have faced over the past year offer up some lessons on how they can chart a successful course through 2022, according to a new report from IPG DXTRA, Interpublic’s collective of 27 marketing services brands.

Ranking the New York Times Columnists

Tue., Oct. 26, 2021

By Fraser Seitel

FraserThe New York Times’ once-revered editorial pages in recent years have largely become a wasteland of monotonous, mediocre writing.

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ALEC's Meierling Moves to IFA

Tue., Oct. 26, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Bill MeierlingBill Meierling, who was CMO and EVP-external relationships & strategic partnerships at the American Legislative Exchange Council since 2013, has joined the International Franchise Association.

Accounts in Transit: J/PR Checks in at California Olive Ranch

Tue., Oct. 26, 2021

By Steve Barnes

California Olive RanchJ/PR to handle PR, social media strategy for California Olive Ranch and sister brand, Lucini Italia... WITHIN wins Rite Aid digital media duties... Diamond PR checks in at Quintessence Aguilla (Anguilla) and The Santa Maria (Panama City).

On the Move: VF Corp. Names Perry VP-IR

Tue., Oct. 26, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Allegra PerryVF Corporation, a branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories company, names Allegra Perry VP, investor relations, effective January 2022... RENEWPR brings on Jessica Lass as one of its independent PR pros... Robocorp, an open-source process automation platform, appoints Dave Dabbah as chief marketing officer.

Luminate Backs FB Whistleblower's European Tour

Mon., Oct. 25, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Pierre OmidyarLuminate, which was launched by eBay founder & billionaire Pierre Omidyar, is providing press and government relations support for Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen as she tours Europe to pitch the need to curb Facebook.

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Canada Seeks Covid Outreach to Indigenous Peoples

Mon., Oct. 25, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

CanadaCanada seeks PR partner to encourage its First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to get COVID-19 vaccinations to protect their health and that of others.