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Last Updated: Thu., Aug. 5, 2021 @ 3:13 pm

Amazon Reputation Under Fire for EU Data Violation

Thu., Aug. 5, 2021

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianThe fine recently levied against Amazon for failing to comply with the EU’s data protection laws is the latest accusation that the e-commerce giant uses vast troves of user data to give itself an unfair advantage in the marketplace.

O'Dwyer's / D S Simon Interview Series

PR's Top Pros Talk: Alex Slater

Thu., Aug. 5, 2021

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series: Alex Slater, CEO & Founder, Clyde Group
Where do CEOs stand when it comes to engaging on social issues? That’s just one of the questions that Clyde Group CEO and founder Alex Slater discusses with Doug Simon on the latest “PR’s Top Pros Talk” video interview.

BCW’s ‘People Person’ Shifts to Stagwell

Thu., Aug. 5, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Stephanie HowleyStephanie Howley, executive VP, managing director, people team, North America, at BCW, has joined Stagwell Inc. as its first chief people officer.

On the Move: Team One Picks Priya as Data Chief

Thu., Aug. 5, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Prachi PriyaTeam One, a Publicis Groupe media, digital and communications agency, hires Prachi Priya as chief data officer... BML Public Relations hires Matt Ciesluk as senior director... Berlin Rosen promotes Janna Pea, Shantha Susman and Matt Tepper to executive VP positions.

Will Social Audio Replace Podcasting?

Thu., Aug. 5, 2021

By Chris Gasiewski

Chris GasiewskiWhile social media and podcasts are each unique, both can elevate your brand. Here are some ways to make them work for you.

WPP Posts 16% H1 Growth

Thu., Aug. 5, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Mark ReadWPP chief Mark Read reported a 16.1 percent gain to $8.5B in H1 revenues (like-for-like) and a $672.7M operating profit, compared to a $3.8B year ago loss. (Updated)

Finn Adds Ogilvy Vets to Boost Health Unit

Wed., Aug. 4, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Richard Hatzfeld & Ritesh PatelFinn Partners has named Richard Hatzfeld senior partner-global health and head of the DC offering, and Ritesh Patel as senior partner-global digital health.

'National Security' Tops List of Exec Priorities

Wed., Aug. 4, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Home Country as Stakeholder: The Rising Geopolitical Risk for Business LeadersDespite the increasing influence of the global economy, a new study from Weber Shandwick and KRC Research finds that the national interests of a company’s home country carry a surprising amount of weight.

Medtronic Hires BP America's Hanserd

Wed., Aug. 4, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Valerie Corr HanserdValerie Corr Hanserd has joined Medtronic, the $30B medical devices giant, after a 17-year run at bp America, where she helped manage the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis.

BerlinRosen Adds MikeWorldWide's Garner

Wed., Aug. 4, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Chip GarnerBerlinRosen has recruited MikeWorldWide senior VP-corporate communications Chip Garner for the executive VP slot. Andy McDonald joins Valerie Berlin and Jonathan Rosen as principal.

Only 8% of Pitches Make it to Print

Wed., Aug. 4, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

pitchingOnly about eight percent of the pitches sent to journalists ever result in a published article, according to a recent study by PR software platform Propel.

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On the Move: ICR's Westwicke Health Unit Hires O'Brien

Wed., Aug. 4, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Michael O'BrienWestwicke, ICR’s healthcare PR practice, hires Michael O’Brien as managing director. He was VP-CorpCom for the University of Maryland Medical System... Cargo appoints Richard George, a former executive at Ogilvy PR, Publicis and PRSA, as public relations director... VyTrac Health, which provides digital health technologies, adds Finn Partners global health chair Gil Bashe to its corporate strategic advisory board... Of Home, Family and Future names Montieth Illingworth board member.

News of Firms: Weber Shandwick's Judith Harrison Earns Matrix Award

Wed., Aug. 4, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Judith HarrisonJudith Harrison, Weber Shandwick executive VP, global diversity equity and inclusion, among honorees for New York Women in Communications' 2021 Matrix Awards... Origin Digital, a Belfast-based digital marketing and branding agency, enters the US market with the opening of a New York City office... The Worldcom Public Relations Group installs its group board and regional committees for 2021-2022.

Edelman Budgets $10M to Build Global Advisory

Tue., Aug. 3, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Edelman & BasilinnaEdelman commits a $10M outlay to build up a global advisory unit to help governments, businesses and non-profit organizations deal with the rapidly changing geopolitical and economic landscapes.

Commentary

China's Media Crackdown Imperils Beijing Olympics

Tue., Aug. 3, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

BeijingBiden admininistration warns China that its media crackdown may impact 2022 Winter Olympic Games slated for Beijing. A reduced US presence at the Games would deal a serious blow to China's effort to burnish its PR image... Executives using managment gobbledygook are like medieval priests who said mass in Latin rather than in the local language to add a mystical nature to the process.

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Fruita, CO Floats Tourism Marketing RFP

Tue., Aug. 3, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

City of Fruita, ColoradoThe City of Fruita, Colorado is seeking proposals from agencies that can develop a marketing plan to promote tourism and travel to the area.