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Last Updated: Fri., Feb. 26, 2021 @ 10:56 am

Cision Acquires Brandwatch

Fri., Feb. 26, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

CisionMarketing software giant Cision has entered into a $450M agreement to acquire Brighton, UK-based digital consumer intelligence company Brandwatch.

Walgreens' Faith Joins City of Hope

Fri., Feb. 26, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Brian FaithBrian Faith will join City of Hope, the biomedical research center for diabetes and cancer treatment and care, as VP-communications on March 1 after a more than two-year run as VP-corporate communications at Walgreens.

O'Dwyer's/D S Simon Video Interview Series

PR's Top Pros Talk: Michael Kempner

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series: Michael Kempner, Founder & CEO, MWWPR
“2021 is all about agility,” MWWPR founder and CEO Michael Kempner tells Doug Simon in the latest “PR’s Top Pros Talk” video interview.


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On the Move: Blue Sky Names Sally Exec. VP

Fri., Feb. 26, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Annette SallyBlue Sky names Annette Sally executive VP... Hope-Beckham Inc. promotes Wendy Hsiao to VP... Stripe, a Dublin-based online payment processing platform, hires Peter Barron as global head of communications.

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Bad PR Took Down McKinsey Chief

Thu., Feb. 25, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Kevin SneaderBad PR took down McKinsey chief as Kevin Sneader is the first global managing partner since 1976 not to win a second three-year term... Bruce Harrison, the "Dean of Green" who died Jan. 16, is applauded for creating "sustainable communications."... Hard-core Trump supporters are flocking to Fox News' competitors.

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On the Move: Marriott's Donahue Hops to IHOP

Thu., Feb. 25, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Kieran DonahueIHOP names Marriott's Kieran Donahue CMO... Carve Communications appoints Univision's Mariela Azcuy VP of content... ARRAY, the creative collective founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, brings on Warner Bros. TV's Jeff Tobler as chief marketing officer.

Brunswick Group Adds JWT Talent Alum 

Thu., Feb. 25, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Maria GianoutsisBrunswick Group has hired Maria Gianoutsos, who was global chief creative talent officer at J Walter Thompson as global managing partner, people.

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NY Governor Cuomo Down But Far From Out

Wed., Feb. 24, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Andrew CuomoNew York governor Andrew Cuomo may be down but he certainly is far from out. His PR critics should be careful for what they wish for... Hats off to Rupert Murdoch for getting Google to pay for News Corp. content... COVID-19 takes toll on mental health of doctors, according to McCann Health

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Corporate Reinvention Required to Retain Talent

Wed., Feb. 24, 2021

By Steve Barnes

LLYCA study from LLYC says that “companies must reinvent themselves to manage talent,” and offers some tips for those that want to successfully manage their employees in a workplace that has been permanently changed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joele Frank Pilots Joby Air Taxi Deal

Wed., Feb. 24, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

JobyJoele Frank is piloting Reinvent Technology Partners’ deal to acquire Joby Aviation, maker of electrical vertical takeoff/landing aircraft with plans to offer air taxi services.

On the Move: Kozak Succeeds Ponder as Franco CEO

Wed., Feb. 24, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Tina KozakFranco names Tina Kozak CEO to succeed Dan Ponder and ups Tina Benvenuti Sullivan to COO... Konnect Agency promotes Amanda Bialek to president post... Evoke KYNE elevates Michael Grela to executive VP... Reprise appoints Vincent Spruyt global chief AI officer.

News of Firms: Core Strategic Group Launches Digital Unit

Wed., Feb. 24, 2021

By Steve Barnes

BelmontThe Core Strategic Group launches Belmont Digital Media... Greater Kansas City chapter of the Public Relations Society of America marks its 60th anniversary by honoring PR vet Inez Y. Kaiser... Cornerstone Government Affairs partners with the Intelligence and National Security Foundation on “Diversity in National Security: Critical to Securing Our Nation at Home and Abroad."

Arkansas Issues $850K RFP to Promote Heritage

Tue., Feb. 23, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Arkansas Dept. of Parks, Heritage and TourismArkansas Dept. of Parks, Heritage and Tourism has issued a $850K RFP to develop a marketing communications program to promote its natural, artistic, cultural and historic resources.

Edelman Targets Disinformation Epidemic

Tue., Feb. 23, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Jim OLearyEdelman has launched a disinformation offering to help clients combat deceptive and false material with fact-based communications.

Brunswick Group Drives Lucid Motors' SPAC

Tue., Feb. 23, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

LucidBrunswick Group is driving electric vehicle maker Lucid Motors’ $24B reverse merger with Churchill Capital Corp. in the largest-ever special purpose acquisition company deal.

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Sloane & Co. Targets Kohl’s

Tue., Feb. 23, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Kohl'sSloane & Co. represents an investor group that seeks to gain control of Kohl’s Corp. department store chain with 1,000 outlets in 49 states.