PR News & Commentary

Last Updated: Fri., Oct. 22, 2021 @ 5:35 pm

GAVI Vax Alliance Seeks StratComm Partner

Fri., Oct. 22, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Gavi, the Vaccine AllianceGavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which works to save children’s lives by increasing access to immunization in poor countries, is looking for a strategic communications partner for its International Finance Facility for Immunization.

Commentary

COP26: Lost Greenwashing Opportunity?

Fri., Oct. 22, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

COP26Microsoft, National Grid, Unilever, NatWest Group, Scottish Power, sponsors of UN's COP26 climate change conference may not get their money's worth as confab loses some buzz... Blue Crab Strategies pays tribute to and acknowledges "significant harms" done to Indigenous people.

O'Dwyer's / D S Simon Interview Series

PR's Top Pros Talk: Laura Tomasetti

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series: Laura Tomasetti, CEO, 360pr+
As 360PR+ celebrates its 20th birthday, CEO Laura Tomasetti shares the secrets to the firm's success, as well as how it's dealing with a rapidly changing communications landscape, on the latest "PR's Top Pros Talk" video interview with Doug Simon.

Kansas City Wants to Book EcoDev Firm

Fri., Oct. 22, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Kansas CityThe Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City wants proposals from firms to manage its marketing and outreach efforts.

Accounts in Transit: Weber Shandwick Lands McAfee

Fri., Oct. 22, 2021

By Steve Barnes

McAfeeWeber Shandwick picks up global consumer communications work for online protection provider McAfee... FINN Partners scores Mobile Premier League, Asia’s largest esports and skill gaming platform... Red Havas lands AOR duties for Likewize.

'Internet Economy' Created 17M Jobs in '20

Fri., Oct. 22, 2021

By Steve Barnes

IABThe "internet economy" created more than 17 million jobs in the U.S. last year, up seven million from four years ago, according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

On the Move: Healthcare Vet Kerins to Helm Next Security Group

Fri., Oct. 22, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Ray KerinsThe Next Practices Group recruits Ray Kerins, Bayer's SVP-corporate affairs, as CEO of its Next Security Group unit... Bethel Woods Center for the Arts appoints Susan Fraysse Russ senior director of marketing & communications... Harness, software delivery platform, names Scott Sanchez CMO.

From Stigma to Solution

Fri., Oct. 22, 2021

By Kelly Dencker

Kelly DenckerActivating the workplace community to help mitigate America’s current mental health crisis.

News of Firms: Evins Communications Unveils Evins PR+

Fri., Oct. 22, 2021

By Steve Barnes

EvinsEvins Communications unveils Evins PR+, a business-focused PR model which is part of its rebranding and repositioning... Bospar introduces a podcast hosted by CNBC veteran Eric Chemi, who has joined the agency as SVP of broadcast strategies... New York-based HeraldPR is now operating as part of Miami-headquartered Converge Public Strategies.

Interpublic Reports Robust 15.7% Q3 Growth

Thu., Oct. 21, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Philippe KrakowskyInterpublic reported Q3 revenues rose 15.7 percent to $2.3B as it registered solid gains across all operating sectors and geographic regions. Organic growth jumped 15.0 percent. (Updated)

Porter Novelli's Smith to Spin for Recording Academy

Thu., Oct. 21, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Sean SmithSean Smith is leaving the EVP of corporate counsel spot at Porter Novelli to join the Recording Academy, which runs the GRAMMY Awards, as EVP of communications, effective Oct. 25.

Effective Healthcare PR Means More Than Awareness

Thu., Oct. 21, 2021

By Guy Antonioli

Guy AntonioliFederal, state and local governments should move beyond merely raising awareness of important healthcare information and should instead embrace emotional messaging that motivates audiences to change their attitudes and behaviors.

Accounts in Transit: Huge Lands Digital Duties for Planet Fitness

Thu., Oct. 21, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Planet FitnessHuge, IPG’s global experience agency, takes on digital duties for Planet Fitness... Hemsworth Communications wins public and media relations work for Visit Macon... OutsidePR lands PR business of performance denim and apparel brand DUER.

MSL Wins Pitch for Inspire Brands

Thu., Oct. 21, 2021

By Steve Barnes

InspireInspire Brands, owner and franchisor of Dunkin', Sonic Drive-In, Buffalo Wild Wings, Baskin-Robbins and Arby's, serves PR business to MSL following competitive pitch.

State Street's Tisdalle Takes to TIAA

Thu., Oct. 21, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Stephen TisdalleState Street Advisors chief marketing officer Stephen Tisdalle is heading to TIAA, where he will take on the newly created role of chief brand and demand generation officer, effective Nov. 22.

On the Move: Deseret Management Adds PMI's Sherinian

Thu., Oct. 21, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Aaron SherinianDeseret Management Corp. hires Aaron Sherinian as SVP-global reach. He was VP-global communications transformation at Philip Morris International... Bevel recruits Hiltzik Strategies' COO/CFO Roni Gross as COO... GrowGeneration appoints Becky Gebhardt as SVP, marketing and e-commerce.

Omnicom Enjoys 7.1% Q3 Growth Spurt

Wed., Oct. 20, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

John WrenOmnicom Group’s Q3 revenues grew 7.1 percent to 3.4B due to the moderation of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its communications offerings. Net income surged 13.5 percent to $355.6M.