PR News & Commentary

Last Updated: Tue., Aug. 3, 2021 @ 5:25 pm

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.

O'Dwyer's / D S Simon Interview Series

PR's Top Pros Talk: Michelle Olson

Tue., Aug. 3, 2021

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series: Michelle Olson, Mng. Dir., Lambert & Co.
PRSA chair and Lambert & Co. managing director Michelle Olson talks with Doug Simon about the role PRSA plays in improving the perception of the PR industry and the professionals who work in it on the latest “PR’s Top Pros Talk” video interview.

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.

ICR Handles French Tropicana Takeover

Tue., Aug. 3, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

TropicanaICR Inc. handles French private equity firm PAI Partners as it acquires a 61 percent stake in Tropicana and Naked Juice brands from PepsiCo for $3.3B.

FTI Consultingís Richardson Shifts to ICI

Tue., Aug. 3, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Erica Elliott RichardsonErica Elliott Richardson, managing director at FTI Consulting, will join the Investment Company Institute as chief public communications officer on Aug. 16.

On the Move: Infinite Global Hires Renault for LA Outpost

Tue., Aug. 3, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Jean-Luc RenaultInfinite Global hires Jean-Luc Renault as an associate VP, based in Los Angeles... Reddit recruits Instagram head of business marketing Timo Pelz as its first VP of business marketing... SparkCognition, an infrastructure-focused artificial intelligence company, appoints Stephen Gold, who served as CMO for IBM’s Watson, to chief marketing officer.

Accounts in Transit: North 6th Signs Everscore Cannabis Company

Tue., Aug. 3, 2021

By Steve Barnes

EverscoreNorth 6th Agency signs Everscore, which bills itself as “a safe, friendly marketplace for cannabis lovers everywhere.”... Clarity picks upself-storage startup Stuf... Hemsworth Communications leads PR efforts for the launch of Three Mills, a brand from UK-based beverage company Broadland Drinks... MSS Media partners with Rutgers University.

Fairfield (CA) Seeks EcoDev Boost

Mon., Aug. 2, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Fairfield, CaliforniaFairfield, a tree-lined bedroom community serving the San Francisco and Sacramento metro areas, wants to hire a firm to handle marketing and messaging surrounding its economic development plan.

Health Leaders Must Improve Vaccine Messaging

Mon., Aug. 2, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

Jon GingerichU.S. health authorities need to revamp their vaccination messaging in an effort to communicate the facts about the rising threat of the highly-contagious Delta variant as well as what steps Americans can take to avoid contracting it.

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Brunswick Group Recruits ECIís Dent

Mon., Aug. 2, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Caroline DentBrunswick Group has hired Caroline Dent, a ten-year veteran of ECI Partners, a private equity firm in the UK, as a partner-group strategy.

Joele Frank Helps Make Hippo a Public Company

Mon., Aug. 2, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

HippoJoele Frank represents Reinvent Technology Partners as the special purpose acquisition company completes a merger that results in Hippo Insurance Services becoming a public company with shares trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

News of Firms: LLYC Picks Up Majority Stake in Ad Agency CHINA

Mon., Aug. 2, 2021

By Steve Barnes

LLYCLLYC purchases a 70 percent stake in advertising agency CHINA... Carolyn Izzo Integrated Communications marks its 25th anniversary with a new look and branding campaign... Milk & Honey PR transfers 55 percent of its group shares to an Employee Ownership Trust.

HRW Wants Halt in Sale of Surveillance Technology

Fri., Jul. 30, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Human Rights WatchHuman Rights Watch today called for governments to suspend the trade of surveillance technology until a regulatory framework to protect the rights of individuals/groups is in place. That demand follows a report that Pegasus spyware developed by Israel-based NSO Group was used to track journalists and activists.

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Lopez Takes PA Post at Constellation Brands

Fri., Jul. 30, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Liz LopezLiz Lopez has been named VP-public affairs at Constellation Brands, the $8.4B alcohol and cannabis company via its nearly 40 percent stake in Canada’s Canopy Growth.

Accounts in Transit: Finn Partners Lands Galataport Istanbul

Fri., Jul. 30, 2021

By Steve Barnes

GalataportFINN Partners lands Galataport Istanbul, a new social, cultural and leisure neighborhood on the waterfront in Istanbul... Forward Media handles Tailwind Air’s new nonstop seaplane service from New York to Boston that takes off Aug. 3... AutoCom Assocs. earns US PR duties for Drive TLV, a connector of investors and high-tech Israeli companies.