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Last Updated: Wed., Sep. 30, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series

PR's Top Pros Talk: Liz Kaplow

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series: Liz Kaplow, Founder & CEO, Kaplow Communications
In the latest “PR’s Top Pros Talk” video, Kaplow Communications founder and CEO Liz Kaplow talks with D S Simon Media CEO Doug Simon about some of the secrets of effective leadership in a constantly changing marketplace.

Grand Rapids Seeks EcoDev Partner

Wed., Sep. 30, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

City of Grand Rapids, MichiganGrand Rapids, Michigan’s second largest city with a population of 200K, is looking for a communications partner to handle economic development work.

Joele Frank Guides Oasis Petroleum Bankruptcy

Wed., Sep. 30, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

OasisJoele Frank is handling the Chapter XI filing of Oasis Petroleum as the shale oil company reels from the financial pressures from COVID-19 pandemic and the collapse of energy prices.

Edelman Recruits Digital Pro Gee

Wed., Sep. 30, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Chris GeeEdelman has hired Chris Gee, a veteran of Finsbury, Burson-Marsteller, RF|Binder and Teneo, as managing director of digital for its US corporate & advisory services group.

On the Move: Finn Partners Names Flynn Travel Leader

Wed., Sep. 30, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Debbie FlynnFinn Partners names Debbie Flynn, formerly managing partner of Finn Travel Europe, as global travel practice leader. She assumes the position from founding managing partner Gail Moaney, who stepped down for health reasons... ROKK Solutions promotes Kristen Hawn to partner and ups Lindsay Singleton to the newly created role of managing director... Mortgage Connect, a national mortgage services provider, taps Kevin McCrea for VP of PR & marketing job.

Next 15 Posts 5.6% H1 Growth

Tue., Sep. 29, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Next15Next Fifteen Communications Group has reported a 5.6 percent growth in first-half revenues (ended July) to $197.4M despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. It posted a $500K operating loss due to $14M write-off of "surplus to requirements" office space.

Makovsky's Prencipe Moves to Raffetto Herman

Tue., Sep. 29, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Loretta PrencipeLoretta Prencipe, a veteran of the energy and sustainability units of Makovsky and Qorvis MSLGroup has joined Raffetto Herman Strategic Communications in Washington.

Commentary

'Big Loser' Sits in White House

Tue., Sep. 29, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

TrumpDonald Trump would call anyone with his lousy investment record "a big loser” and unfit to serve as president of the US. He’d be right... State Dept. protects First Lady's tender sensitivities... Round up all the journalists. (3 reader comments)

Sundance's Monroe Takes Penske CMO Slot

Tue., Sep. 29, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Mike MonroeSundance Institute chief marketing officer Mike Monroe is heading to Penske Media for the CMO and head of PMC Studios slot.

W2O Launches Patient Activation Unit

Tue., Sep. 29, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

HUW2O has launched Hū, which will work to boost the number of people willing to take part in clinical drug/medical device trials. (1 reader comment)

Accounts in Transit: Magrino Scoops Up†Sur La Table

Tue., Sep. 29, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Sur La TableMagrino Agency scoops up Sur La Table, a retail chain that sells high-end kitchen products... Back Bay Communications lands Goji, a UK-based tech company... Uproar PR adds Rendever, which provides virtual reality services to seniors.

Maryland Seeks PR for 'Operation Courage'

Mon., Sep. 28, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Maryland Department of HealthMaryland is looking for a firm to develop a communications campaign for “Operation Courage,” a program to provide free mental health tele-counseling to frontline workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

CEOs Flunk Trump on COVID-19 Response

Mon., Sep. 28, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Yale School of ManagementMore than half (55 percent) of business leaders attending Yale School of Management’s CEO caucus gave president Trump an “F” for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. (2 reader comments)

Reaching Consumers With Paid Newsletters

Mon., Sep. 28, 2020

By Jane Genova

Jane GenovaPaid newsletters, like those published on such platforms as Substack and Ghost, may be the secret to offering digital content that consumers really value. (3 reader comments)

COVID-19ís Effect on Social Engagement

Mon., Sep. 28, 2020

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianNew research shows the COVID-19 pandemic may be responsible for a resurgence in people using social media to connect with friends and loved ones. (1 reader comment)

News of Firms: Relevance Int'l Vets Launch Command Collective

Mon., Sep. 28, 2020

By Steve Barnes

CommandRelevance International veterans Bianca Fabian Ramsawak and Dale Laplace launch Command Collective... DeVries Global accepts applications for Decoding PR Externship program... Tank Consultoría of Colombia joins PROI Worldwide.

Brunswick Books Takeover Target William Hill

Fri., Sep. 25, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

William HillBrunswick Group handles William Hill as the British bookmaker receives takeover offers from Apollo Global Management and Caesars Entertainment.

Commentary

The Trump Years Have Been PlatonicóNo, Really!

Fri., Sep. 25, 2020

By Bill Huey

Bill HueyThe more I reflect on the past four years of Donald Trump’s tenure in office, the more I see it in terms of Plato’s famous allegory of the caves. (5 reader comments)