PR News & Commentary

Last Updated: Thu., Oct. 28, 2021 @ 11:48 am

WPP Records 15.7% Q3 Growth

Thu., Oct. 28, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Mark ReadWPP CEO Mark Read recorded a 15.7 percent growth in Q3 revenues (less pass-through costs) to $3.6B as clients across the board hiked investments in marketing, especially digital media and ecommerce services.

Manulife's Goodall Shifts to DXC Technology

Thu., Oct. 28, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Carol GoodallCarol Goodall, who was VP-global communications at Manulife financial services giant, has joined DXC Technology as VP & head of communications.

O'Dwyer's / D S Simon Interview Series

PR's Top Pros Talk: Sarah Berman

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series: Sarah Berman, President, The German Group
The Berman Group president Sarah Berman talks about the creative tactics that real estate companies are using to help them negotiate a COVID-impacted marketplace in the latest "PR's Top Pros Talk" video interview with Doug Simon.

On the Move: Finn Partners' Bashe Joins Rezilient Health's Board

Thu., Oct. 28, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Gil BasheFINN Partners global health chair Gil Bashe joins the corporate strategic advisory board of Rezilient Health, which offers cloud-based, telehealth and remote-care technologies... Padilla promotes senior directors Kim Blake and Julie McCracken to VP posts... Seven Letter hires Kris Fetterman, who was a speechwriter for Rep. Rosa DeLauro.

The Gamechangers of Healthcare

Thu., Oct. 28, 2021

By Allie Tozzi

Allie TozziThe art of embracing culturally relevant topics and conversations in an effort to stand out in a sea of sameness.

Bospar Rallies PR vs. Texas Abortion Ban

Thu., Oct. 28, 2021

By Steve Barnes

BosparBospar has organized the PRoviding Choices virtual job fair for PR pros looking to relocate from Texas as a result of that state’s abortion ban.

Edelman Crisis Pro Exits for Crypto Firm

Thu., Oct. 28, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Patrick HillmannPatrick Hillmann leaves Edelman, where he was global head of innovation for the crisis and risk practice, to assume the chief communications officer position at blockchain ecosystem and cryptocurrency exchange company Binance.

FTI Consulting Posts 31% Surge in Q3 PR Revenues

Thu., Oct. 28, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Mark McCallFTI Consulting’s strategic communications unit posted a 31.1 percent jump in Q3 revenues to $69.4M, driven by a robust demand for its corporate reputation and PA services.

Weber Shandwick Chair Jack Leslie to Step Down

Wed., Oct. 27, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Jack LeslieJack Leslie plans to retire as Weber Shandwick chairman in early 2022 after a 45-year career in public affairs and corporate communications, which included a stint at the legendary Sawyer Miller Group political consulting shop.

Commentary

Hertz Interim Chief Revs Up PR

Wed., Oct. 27, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Mark FieldsHertz interim CEO Mark Fields and Super Bowl champ Tom Brady ignite a PR firestorm under the recently bankrupt company... Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg whines about "coordinated" campaign desinged to take social platform down. Really, Zuck! You are worried about PR... Stormy misinformation weather threatens climate conference... Bernie Sanders loves Sarah Palin.

News of Firms: Bliss Group Launches Bliss Impact

Wed., Oct. 27, 2021

By Steve Barnes

BlissThe Bliss Group introduces Bliss Impact to help clientsalign their strategic priorities and sustainable programs with societal change... H Code multicultural shop starts up A Code, a digital media solutions platform focused on the Asian American and Pacific Islander community... Edelman launches Edelman Smithfield in Canada, a dedicated financial and capital markets communications boutique agency.

Facebook's Christensen Moves to PointsBet

Wed., Oct. 27, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Kyle ChristensenFacebook head of US brand & consumer marketing Kyle Christensen is heading to online gaming operator PointsBet, where he will take on the post of US chief marketing officer.

On the Move: Dukas Linden PR Ups Kouwe, Dhond to EVP

Wed., Oct. 27, 2021

By Steve Barnes

DLPRDukas Linden Public Relations promotes Zach Kouwe and Shree Dhond to EVP... Gatesman hires Jason Haag as CFO... LUMICKS, a next generation life science tools company, names Joshua Young to lead its IR, communications and strategy functions.

UT Austin Seeks Firm to Promote its Civil Rights Achievements

Tue., Oct. 26, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

TexasThe University of Texas (Austin) is looking for a strategic communications partner to commemorate the landmark 1950 Supreme Court decision that desegrated its law school, and monuments to honor UTA's first Black undergrads.

Putting Lessons Learned from COVID to Work in '22

Tue., Oct. 26, 2021

By Steve Barnes

IPGThe challenges that marketers have faced over the past year offer up some lessons on how they can chart a successful course through 2022, according to a new report from IPG DXTRA, Interpublic’s collective of 27 marketing services brands.

Ranking the New York Times Columnists

Tue., Oct. 26, 2021

By Fraser Seitel

FraserThe New York Times’ once-revered editorial pages in recent years have largely become a wasteland of monotonous, mediocre writing.

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