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Last Updated: Thu., Sep. 19, 2019 @ 5:24 pm

Ruder Finn Gobbles Up $5M SPI Group

Thu., Sep. 19, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Kathy BloomgardenRuder Finn has acquired SPI Group, the Jersey-based shop that ranked No. 17 in O’Dwyer’s 2018 healthcare rankings with fees of $5M.


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2019: Year of Transformation for Russia’s PR Sector

Fri., Sep. 20, 2019

By Vladimir Stupnikov

Vladimir StupenkoFor Russian communications agencies, the year 2019 has meant adapting to transformation, change and a number of worldwide trends. 


Commentary

Global Warming Denier-in-Chief Makes Progress

Thu., Sep. 19, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

GlobeAmerica’s global warming denier-in-chief is making great headway in dumbing down America on the science front as the US ranks as the world's top climate change sceptic. (1 reader comment)

Legally Blind PR Student to Speak at PR Council Forum

Thu., Sep. 19, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Sena PottackalA legally blind PR student at New York University’s School of Professional Studies will deliver a presentation at a Carnegie Hall forum tomorrow that focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion in corporate America.

National's Murray Shifts to Shift

Thu., Sep. 19, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Rick MurrayRick Murray, who has led National PR’s Toronto operations for the past five years, is moving to Shift Communications, where he will be managing partner.

O'Dwyer's Teams With Flack Pack on Podcast

Thu., Sep. 19, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Flack Pack podcastO’Dwyer’s is teaming up with the Washington Media Group, producer of weekly PR podcast The Flack Pack, on a podcast that will bring listeners public relations news and information from the perspective of O'Dwyer's reporters and contributors every Friday.

Reebok's Mazei Joins Activison Blizzard's Esports Team

Thu., Sep. 19, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Dan MazeiActivision Blizzard has named Dan Mazei head of global communications for its Esports unit, which includes the Overwatch League (20 city-based teams in Asia/Europe/North America) and Call of Duty offerings.

Commentary

Tim Bell Must Be Spinning in His Grave

Wed., Sep. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Tim BellTim Bell, who lived by the credo that morality is for priests, not PR men, must be spinning in his grave upon news that global PR firms rejected the opportunity to handle a multi-million-dollar branding campaign for Hong Kong. (1 reader comment)

PR Pros Play Big Role in Putting D&I Plans in Place

Wed., Sep. 18, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Weber Shandwick study on diversity and inclusion efforts at companiesCommunications and marketing professionals  play a large role in the implementation of diversity and inclusion efforts at companies, according to a new report released by Weber Shandwick.

Business Travel Expenses

Wed., Sep. 18, 2019

By Richard Goldstein

Richard GoldsteinA breakdown of current federal tax rules regarding reimbursement for business travel expenses.

Big Biz Urges Congress to Challenge Trump on Tariffs

Wed., Sep. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

National Foreign Trade CouncilThe National Foreign Council today urged Congress to stand up to president Trump by conducting oversight to ensure that his tariff policy serves the overall national interest. (1 reader comment)

On the Move: H+K Ups Maria Kuzkina to PBN CEO; Amendola Communs. Promotes Marcia Rhodes to VP; Signal Group Picks Charles Cooper, Elizabeth Northrop, John Procter for MD Posts

Wed., Sep. 18, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Maria KuzkinaHill+Knowlton Strategies promotes Maria Kuzkina to CEO of PBN H+K, which serves clients in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and other countries of the former Soviet Union... Amendola Communications ups Marcia Rhodes to VP... Signal Group names Charles Cooper;MD/chair of the firm’s advocacy group and Elizabeth Northrup and John Procter MDs/co-chairs of its communications arm.

Ex-Aide to Sen. Graham Speaks for Qatar

Wed., Sep. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Lindsey GrahamQatar’s Washington embassy has hired Neale Creek, a firm co-founded by a long-time aide to Sen. Lindsey Graham, to improve bilateral relations with the US and develop investment and business opportunities.

 

Amazon's Benson Succeeds Schweitzer at CBS

Wed., Sep. 18, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Mike BensonMike Benson of Amazon Studios is joining the CBS network to succeed long-time marketing chief George Schweitzer at end of 2019-2020 TV season.

Cokie Roberts Dies at 75

Tue., Sep. 17, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Cokie RobertsCokie Roberts, one of what a colleague called “The Founding Mothers of NPR,” as well as a longtime anchor and political correspondent for ABC News, has died of complications from breast cancer. Roberts was 75.

Travelers Want Immersive Experiences

Tue., Sep. 17, 2019

By Steve Barnes

MMGY Global Portrait of American Travelers Survey 2019-2020An increasing number of Americans want to spend their vacation time immersing themselves in a different culture, according to a new survey from MMGY Global.