PR News & Commentary

Last Updated: Fri., Sep. 24, 2021 @ 5:28 pm

WPP to Pay $19M to Settle SEC Corruption Charges

Fri., Sep. 24, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

WPPWPP agreed today to pay $19M to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges that it violated anti-bribery and internal accounting controls measures of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. It notes probe covered activity that occurred under former CEO Martin Sorrell. (Updated)

IL Dept. of Children, Family Services Floats RFP

Fri., Sep. 24, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

DCFSThe Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services is looking for firms to handle PR, communications, marketing and advertising services under a five-year master contract.

O'Dwyer's / D S Simon Interview Series

PR's Top Pros Talk: Jonathan Jordan

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series: Jonathan Jordan, Gen. Mgr. Edelman Southern California
Following the release of Edelman's Trust Barometer special report, “The Belief-Driven Employee,” Jonathan Jordan, general manager of Edelman's Los Angeles office, talks with Doug Simon about how to build trust among employees on the latest "PR's Top Pros Talk" video interview.

Teneo Ends Tipperary GAA Sponsorship

Fri., Sep. 24, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

TipperaryTeneo has decided to end its Tipperary Gaelic Athletic Assocation sponsorship. Tipperary-born Teneo co-founder & CEO Declan Kelly resigned from the 'global CEO advisory firm' in June after he behaved inappropriately during a Global Citizen event.

Media Maneuvers: Stossel Sues Facebook for Defamation

Fri., Sep. 24, 2021

By Steve Barnes

John StosselJohn Stossel sues Facebook, claiming he was defamed when the platform appended fact-checking labels to two videos he posted about climate change... GBH, Boston’s public radio platform, names Lee Hill the first executive editor for GBH News... Crain Communications has acquired Green Market Report.

Accounts in Transit: Rubenstein PR Captures Panther Protocol

Fri., Sep. 24, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

PantherRubinstein Public Relations is named agency of record for Panther Protocol, which targets decentralized finance traders and investors... Darby Communications signs up craft soda maker Devil’s Foot Beverage Company... Mannfolk Public Relations adds beauty expert Heather Marianna and her brands to its fashion and beauty roster.

On the Move: Progressive Insurance Hires 3M's Kent

Fri., Sep. 24, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Remi KentProgressive Insurance names 3M's Remi Kent chief marketing officer, effective November 1... The Food Group, a WPP company specializing in food and culinary marketing, hires Don Dunbar as executive creative director and Meghan Flynn as PR director... Motion Agency hires Elizabeth Kennedy as executive vice president of strategy... Marketing for Change brings on Aaron Metzger and Emily Clarendon as senior researchers.

Commentary

Trump Looks Back

Fri., Sep. 24, 2021

By Joe Honick

TrumpAs Donald J. Trump, aging, balding and wheel-chair bound, celebrates his 100th birthday on June 14, 2046, he slowly reviews his latest lawsuit aimed at proving he won the presidential election of 2020.

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Commentary

Google Does it Right; Amazon Crawls Back to NYC

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

GoogleGoogle pens love letter to New York City with $2.1B purchase of massive St. John's Terminal complex on Hudson River waterfront, while Amazon comes crawling back... Army suspends its top PA officer whose office ranks high in "workplace hostility" department... ESG presents an "opportunity to be seized," according to FTI Consulting's Resilience Barometer.

Livingston Seeks Justice for Sikhs

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Bob LivingstonFormer House Speaker-designate Bob Livingston is representing New York-based Sikhs for Justice on issues related to the intimidation and harassment of US citizens of Sikh ethnicity for expressing their personal and political views.

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News of Firms: LLYC Acquires BESO to Become Mexico's Top Firm

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021

By Steve Barnes

BESOLLYC acquires 75 percent of Mexican creative data-predictive agency BESO for $8.4M to become market leader in Mexico... Weber Shandwick launches its Media Security Center, which will leverage AI-driven technology to help organizations build resiliency around information threats... Trinity Hunt Partners private equity firm forms partnership with Exclusive Concepts, a digital marketing shop.

Accounts in Transit: KCSA Pumps Out PR for EzFill

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021

By Steve Barnes

ExFillKCSA Strategic Communications pumps out PR for EzFill Holdings, the first publicly traded on-demand mobile fuel company... Hemsworth Communications runs national media relations push for The Beaufort Bonnet Co., marketer of upscale baby and children's clothing... Cindy Riccio Communications laces on San Matin, UK footwear brand.

On the Move: Finsbury Hires Ex-EPA PA Advisor Bloomgren

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021

By Steve Barnes

David BloomgrenFinsbury Glover Hering names former EPA senior advisor for public affairs David Bloomgren as managing director for its DC-based energy & sustainability team... Bospar hires Lisa Morgan as vice president, content.. The Bliss Group hires Erin Harrison as VP in its business & professional services practice and adds Courtland Long and Janice Miller as VPs in its healthcare unit... MMGY NJF brings on Visit KC vet Derek Klaus as VP-PR.

Employees Say Employer Aligns With Their Values

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021

By Steve Barnes

PollAbout two-thirds (64 percent) of employees think that the organization they work for reflects their values, according to a new survey from The Harris Poll and employee activation agency Integral, resulting in benefits for employers.

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No. Virginia's National Landing Seeks PR Firm

Wed., Sep. 22, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

National LandingNational Landing, a public-private partnership formed to promote the businesses and communities of northern Virginia, is seeking PR firm to promote it as the nation’s most dynamic urban downtown district.