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Steve Barnes is associate editor at O'Dwyer's. His publishing career includes stints at Condé Nast, Hearst and the Wall Street Journal, where he served as assistant news editor for the Weekend Journal. He was also managing editor at ARTnews and production editor at Medical Marketing & Media.

In a past life, he taught film studies at New York University and Adelphi.

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Stories by Steve Barnes

    News of Firms: Viewstream Rebrands as Kadiko
    (News of Firms)

    Fri., May 24, 2024

    KadikoViewstream, a B2B marketing agency for high-tech companies, rebrands as Kadiko... BCW and Hill & Knowlton, which will merge as of July 1 to form Burson, are combining their specialty technology communications agencies Axicom and Brazil-based Ideal... Milk & Honey, a B Corp PR agency, launches NU, a technology division. 

    On the Move: GATX Lures Lujan from Union Pacific
    (Personnel Appointments)

    Fri., May 24, 2024

    Wesley LujanGATX Corporation, which leases transportation equipment to customers worldwide, names Wesley Lujan VP, government and industry affairs. He was at Union Pacific.... Premier Lotteries Ireland, which operates the country’s national lottery, appoints Sarah Jennings as CMO... KP Public Affairs adds Olivia Wright to its environmental consulting and regulatory advocacy practice.

    Accounts in Transit: Priority Partnerships Teams Up With Stronger Youth Brands
    (News of Accounts)

    Fri., May 24, 2024

    Stronger YouthPriority Partnerships, a sponsorship advisory firm based in Portland, OR, teams up with Stronger Youth Brands to represent the company in launching a partnership program for its premiere youth soccer brands... Apex Public Relationssigns on as agency of record for Toronto-based online investment management service Wealthsimple... MMGY Global is selected by Eataly North America as public relations agency of record for 10 locations across the US and Canada... 

    Public Affairs Pros Find AI's Silver Lining
    (PR Research)

    Thu., May 23, 2024

    Quorum 2024 State of Government Affairs SurveyWhile public affairs pros find a growing number of hurdles facing them as they move further into the 2024 election season, they see one source that might be able to make things easier: artificial intelligence.

    News of Firms: Risa Heller Communications Goes West
    (News of Firms)

    Thu., May 23, 2024

    RHCRisa Heller Communications, a New York-based strategic comms firm, opens a Los Angeles office... Hotwire launches its first proprietary AI tool, GAIO.tech, and a global AI Innovation team... The Worldcom Public Relations Group adds SAROTA PR in Krakow, Poland and Up & Company of Seoul, South Korea as members. 

    Accounts in Transit: InnoVision Marketing Group Lands ALS Association
    (News of Accounts)

    Thu., May 23, 2024

    ALSInnoVision Marketing Group lands ALS Association, which supports people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease... Gale Branding picks up celebrity and influencer relations for luxury men's and women's fashion brand Robert Graham... Publicis Pro scores WilsonHCG, recruiting outfit... The MicDrop Agency to handle Insurtech Insights USA, a conference taking place June 5-6 at the Javits Convention Centre in NYC.

    On the Move: Golin Names Beringer AI Chief
    (Personnel Appointments)

    Thu., May 23, 2024

    Jeff BeringerGolin appoints 20-year vet Jeff Beringer as the company's first-ever chief AI officer... Seven Letter, part of PPHC, promotes Annalyse Keller to partner and ups Maura Hogan and Kara O’Connell to managing director... Blackbaud names Tom Barth as head of investor relations. 

    Accounts in Transit: Rubenstein PR Picks Up Sabanto
    (News of Accounts)

    Wed., May 22, 2024

    SabantoRubenstein Public Relations adds Sabanto Inc., a tech company that blends artificial intelligence with agricultural expertise to create a sustainable, labor-independent farming ecosystem... Magrino adds Danish brand Stauning Whisky, alcohol-free sparkling beverage TÖST and barware brand Cocktail Kingdom to its food & beverage roster... Allied Sports, signs on Lega Series A USA, the Italian soccer League's North American team headquartered in NYC.

    On the Move: Spectrum Science Ups Hutnik to President
    (Personnel Appointments)

    Wed., May 22, 2024

    Amy HutnickSpectrum Science names chief commercial officer Amy Hutnik president of the agency... Duck Creek Technologies, a provider of property and casualty insurance software and services, brings on Bindu Crandall as CMO... JERA Americas Inc. hires Randolph Bell as VP of government and regulatory affairs. 

    On the Move: REQ Says Shea is President
    (Personnel Appointments)

    Tue., May 21, 2024

    Elizabeth SheaREQ, an Agital company after its acquisition in July 2023, names Elizabeth Shea as president. Shea came to REQ as EVP, public relations through the 2019 acquisition of SpeakerBox Communications, which she founded and ran for more than 20 years... Avenue Z, a strategic marketing and communications company, promotes Jessica Dalziel to chief client officer... IPSY, a beauty membership platform that connects brands, creators and consumers, hires Francine Li as CMO.

    PR's Top Pros Talk: Rob Bronfeld
    (Professional Development)

    Tue., May 21, 2024

    O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series: Rob Bronfeld, Exec VP & Mng. Dir., MikeWorldWide
     

    In his "PR's Top Pros Talk" conversation with Doug Simon, MikeWorldWide EVP and managing director Rob Bronfeld touchs on topics including how he set himself up for success after joining the agency, the value of transparent communication with clients and the significance of mentorship.

    On the Move: imre Names Bauman to Top Creative Post
    (Personnel Appointments)

    Mon., May 20, 2024

    Christian Baumanimre hires former H4B Chelsea president & CCO Christian Bauman as chief creative officer... Pizza Hut is bringing on PepsiCo's Kalen Thornton as global chief brand officer and appoints Taco Bell's Melissa Friebe as chief marketing officer, US... CADDi, a manufacturing solutions provider, appoints Aaron Lober as VP of marketing.

    Accounts in Transit: Hemsworth Checks in at Corendon Hotels & Resorts
    (News of Accounts)

    Mon., May 20, 2024

    CorendonHemsworth signs on Corendon Hotels & Resorts and is hired to drive US PR for Global Citizen Solutions, an investment migration consultancy... 5W Public Relations lands UCapital Fintech Group... William Mills Agency picks up Pulsate, a Dublin, company that provides mobile-first engagement solutions for credit unions and community banks.

    Accounts in Transit: Flatiron Lands Sail4th 250
    (News of Accounts)

    Fri., May 17, 2024

    Sail4thFlatiron Communications LLC, NYC-based PR/digital media consultancy  is working with Sail4th 250, the non-profit organization overseeing the capstone events for America's 250th Anniversary in NY/NJ in 2026... Trove Tourism Development Advisors picks up US and Canada PR duties for Tourism Malaysia... Christie & Co, a Santa Barbara shop, signs Best in the West, which offers products that incorporate New Mexico-grown chiles... River North Communications, a New York-based, women-owned firm, adds Deep Market Making, PressW and Inova Property to its roster of tech clients.

    On the Move: Cato Institute Names DiLorenzo CMO
    (Personnel Appointments)

    Fri., May 17, 2024

    Stacey DiLorenzoThe Cato Institute, a public policy think tank, appoints Stacey DiLorenzo as its inaugural CMO... Siegel+Gale, a global brand experience firm that is part of Omnicom, appoints Dory Ellis Garfinkle as CMO... TBA Worldwide, a collective of advertising agencies and specialty marketing firms, names Courtney Olbrich chief growth officer... Holland & Hart LLP hires Troy Lyons as senior director of federal affairs.