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Last Updated: Thu., Oct. 21, 2021 @ 12:40 pm

Accounts in Transit: Huge Lands Digital Duties for Planet Fitness

Thu., Oct. 21, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Huge, IPG’s global experience agency, takes on digital duties for Planet Fitness... Hemsworth Communications wins public and media relations work for Visit Macon... OutsidePR lands PR business of performance denim and apparel brand DUER.

O'Dwyer's / D S Simon Interview Series

PR's Top Pros Talk: Laura Tomasetti

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series: Laura Tomasetti, CEO, 360pr+
As 360PR+ celebrates its 20th birthday, CEO Laura Tomasetti shares the secrets to the firm's success, as well as how it's dealing with a rapidly changing communications landscape, on the latest "PR's Top Pros Talk" video interview with Doug Simon.

Porter Novelli's Smith to Spin for Recording Academy

Thu., Oct. 21, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Sean SmithSean Smith is leaving the EVP of corporate counsel spot at Porter Novelli to join the Recording Academy, which runs the GRAMMY Awards, as EVP of communications, effective Oct. 25.

MSL Wins Pitch for Inspire Brands

Thu., Oct. 21, 2021

By Steve Barnes

InspireInspire Brands, owner and franchisor of Dunkin', Sonic Drive-In, Buffalo Wild Wings, Baskin-Robbins and Arby's, serves PR business to MSL following competitive pitch.

Effective Healthcare PR Means More Than Awareness

Thu., Oct. 21, 2021

By Guy Antonioli

Guy AntonioliFederal, state and local governments should move beyond merely raising awareness of important healthcare information and should instead embrace emotional messaging that motivates audiences to change their attitudes and behaviors.

Interpublic Reports Robust 15.7% Q3 Growth

Thu., Oct. 21, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Philippe KrakowskyInterpublic reported Q3 revenues rose 15.7 percent to $2.3B as it registered solid gains across all operating sectors and geographic regions. Organic growth jumped 15.0 percent. (Updated)

State Street's Tisdalle Takes to TIAA

Thu., Oct. 21, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Stephen TisdalleState Street Advisors chief marketing officer Stephen Tisdalle is heading to TIAA, where he will take on the newly created role of chief brand and demand generation officer, effective Nov. 22.

On the Move: Deseret Management Adds PMI's Sherinian

Thu., Oct. 21, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Aaron SherinianDeseret Management Corp. hires Aaron Sherinian as SVP-global reach. He was VP-global communications transformation at Philip Morris International... Bevel recruits Hiltzik Strategies' COO/CFO Roni Gross as COO... GrowGeneration appoints Becky Gebhardt as SVP, marketing and e-commerce.

Omnicom Enjoys 7.1% Q3 Growth Spurt

Wed., Oct. 20, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

John WrenOmnicom Group’s Q3 revenues grew 7.1 percent to 3.4B due to the moderation of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its communications offerings. Net income surged 13.5 percent to $355.6M.

Holding On to Valued Employees

Wed., Oct. 20, 2021

By Steve Barnes

WeberIn today’s marketplace, retaining employees takes a lot more than just paying them well, according to a new study from Weber Shandwick management consultancy unit United Minds.

Events: IPR, PRSA Ed Academy Slate 'Allies on DE&I Journey'

Wed., Oct. 20, 2021

By Steve Barnes

IPRThe Institute for Public Relations and PRSA Educators Academy are presenting “Allies on the DE&I Journey,” free webinar on Oct. 28... The National Press Club is helping to raise awareness and generate public support for detained journalist Austin Tice with the first “Run For Austin Virtual 5K” on Nov. 13... The 2021 Financial Follies has been rescheduled for May 20, 2022.

On the Move: Havas Media Hires Starcom's Cherry

Wed., Oct. 20, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Courtney CherryHavas Media Group hires Courtney Cherry of Publicis Groupe's Starcom unit as managing director of global communications... Infinidat names IBM's Eric Herzog CMO... Urovant Sciences promotes Alana Darden Powell to VP, corporate communications.

David Finn Dies at 100

Tue., Oct. 19, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

David FinnDavid Finn, a founding father of modern PR who launched Ruder Finn in 1948 with Bill Ruder, has died. He celebrated his 100th birthday on Aug. 30.

Edelman Vice Chairman Dubner Exits

Tue., Oct. 19, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Russell DubnerEdelman vice chairman Russell Dubner is exiting the No. 1 independent firm in December after a 28-year run. He also chaired the Edelman Trust Institute, which launched in June.