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Last Updated: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019 @ 4:04 pm

Russia's State Bank Taps Qorvis Unit for Sanctions Work

Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Dmitry MedvedevVnesheconombank, Russia’s state-owned development unit, has hired Geopolitical Solutions to a $750K one-year pact to fend off additional US sanctions. GS is the international brand of Qorvis Communications, which is part of Publicis Groupe. (1 reader comment)

LA Angels PR Exec Gave Oxycodone to Skaggs

Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Eric KayEric Kay, director of communications for the Los Angeles Angels, supplied oxycodone to pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who died July 1, and used it with him for a number of years, according to a report on ESPN.


O'Dwyer's Magazine

Oct. Healthcare & Medical PR Checkup

By John O'Dwyer

O'Dwyer's Oct. '19 Healthcare & Medical PR MagazineOur annual healthcare and medical PR issue features profiles of 44 firms, advice and strategy from leading thought leaders and O'Dwyer's exclusive ranking of the top firms by net fee income.  Plus, check out the creative display ad artwork submitted by 23 specialists in this field. 


Finsbury Guides Thoma Bravo's $4B Sophos Deal

Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

SophosFinsbury is working Thoma Bravo investment firm’s $3.9B offer for Sophos Group, the UK-based cyber and network security software developer.

Knoxville Posts Police Recruitment RFP

Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

KnoxvilleKnoxville, Tennessee is seeking proposals from marketing firms than can develop and deliver a comprehensive marketing/branding campaign to increase recruitment numbers for the city’s law enforcement officers.

Shep Smith Quits Fox News

Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Shepard SmithShepard Smith, Fox news anchor and managing editor of the network's breaking news unit, quit today. He broke the news during his program. Smith is a sometimes critic of president Trump. (17 reader comments) 

Publicis Q3 Organic Revenues Fall 2.7%

Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

PublicisPublicis Groupe's Q3 organic revenues dropped 2.7 percent as the French ad/PR combine turned in a worse than anticipated performance. CEO Arthur Sadoun says his firm is taking some hits now for a stronger future.

Mindful Engagement Practices for Disengaged PR Pros

Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

By Doug Swanson

Doug SwansonPR is difficult work, and the unresolved stresses that PR professionals deal with daily necessitate a more thoughtful and systematic approach to mindful engagement practices in the workplace that can help diffuse conflicts and develop order among confusion.

Intermarket Rebrands as Lansons Intermarket

Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Lansons IntermarketIntermarket, financial PR firm that sold a 51 percent stake to UK's Lansons in February to form an entity with fees in the $17M range, has rebranded as Lansons Intermarket.

NBA Muzzles Players, Coaches on China Tour

Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Daryl MoreyThe NBA has banned players, coaches from the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers from talking to the media during the rest of their time in China.

On The Move: North 6th Gets Moxie's Valerie Leary; Pace University Enrolls Jerry McKinstry as PA Director; Clarity PR Appoints YouTap's Jason Stark CFO

Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Valerie LearyNorth 6th Agency hires Valerie Leary as director of demand generation. She joins from computer software company Moxie... Pace University in Westchester County names Jerry McKinstry as PA director. McKinstry was director of strategic communications at Harrison Edwards PR in Armonk & deputy communications director for ex-Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino... Clarity PR appoints YouTap's Jason Stark as CFO.

Port of Albany Floats PR Pitch

Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Port of AlbanyThe Port of Albany is looking for a PR firm to drum up some positive publicity about the positive impact that it has on the economy of the Empire State.

Tech Trade Groups Get High Marks

Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

LobbyingTrade groups representing the U.S. technology sector were ranked as the highest-performing lobbying sector for effective public policy characteristics, according to an APCO Worldwide research study. (1 reader comment)

Commentary

Nets Owner Joe Tsai Fouls Out

Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Joe TsaiThere already was a lot of buzz surrounding the Brooklyn Nets for the 2019/2020 season, following the additions of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Wilson Chandler. And then team owner Joe Tsai plunged into the NBA, China squabble.

Diverse, Inclusive Workforce Pays Dividends

Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

By Steve Barnes

BrodeurFostering a diverse, inclusive workforce can help companies in areas ranging from recruitment to employee morale to brand engagement, a new study from Brodeur Partners finds.

Thorogood Leaves Brexit Woes for Return to APCO

Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Zoe ThorogoodZoe Thorogood, who exited APCO Worldwide’s Washington office in March 2018 to become chief of staff & director of external communications of UK’s Conservative Party, will return to the PA firm on Oct 23.

Huawei Makes $1M Pivot to BWC Arm

Wed., Oct. 9, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

HuaweiHuawei Technologies USA has retained BCW’s Pivot Integrated Communications arm for a one-year strategic communications program in the US worth about $1M.

Commentary

Silver for President; Spotlight Shines on BCW, H+K

Wed., Oct. 9, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Adam SilverAdam Silver for President. NBA commissioner stands tall in freedom of expression showdown with China as league stands to lose millions in revenue... Interesting times for WPP's PR flagships as BCW's Chinese surveillance camera client Hikvision is slapped with sanctions and Hill+Knowlton Strategies wraps up "joyless" worldwide track & field championship in steamy Qatar. (2 reader comments)