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Bishop Resigns Over Cover-Up Allegations

Mon, Dec. 9, 2019

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianA New York diocese Bishop forced to resign over how he handled allegations of clergy sexual abuse has left questions regarding how the Catholic church will deal with these allegations. (1 reader comment)

NYC Comptroller Takes Shot at McKinsey & Co.

Thu, Dec. 5, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Scott StringerNYC comptroller Scott Stringer is "deeply disturbed" by New York Times/ProPublica report that McKinsey & Co. proposed cutting food and medical care to detainees, as part of its work for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. McKinsey rips article for fundamentally misrepresenting its work. (1 reader comment)

GM and Chrysler at Odds, Who Wins the PR Battle?

Mon, Dec. 2, 2019

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianA lawsuit that alleges Fiat Chrysler bribed union officials in an effort to get a leg up on rival G.M. now threatens to tarnish the brand’s image as it embarks on merger negotiations with French automaker PSA Group. (1 reader comment)

The Cost of Fake News: $78 Billion

Tue, Nov. 26, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

fake newsFake news accounts for a global loss of about $78 billion a year, according to new research that attempts to determine the total economic and reputational costs of the fake news crisis. (1 reader comment)

LDWW Tackles Concerns About Football Players' Safety

Mon, Nov. 11, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Football MattersLDWW Group, which was founded by PR veteran Ken Luce, is handling the Football Matters campaign sponsored by the National Football League Foundation to push back against the forces that are threatening the sport.

Boeing’s Ongoing PR Nightmare

Mon, Nov. 11, 2019

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianWhy Boeing’s handling of the problems surrounding its 737 Max aircraft may go down as the biggest PR disaster of 2019.

Wells Fargo Deposits PA Duties with Obama’s COS Daley

Thu, Nov. 7, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Bill DaleyEmbattled Wells Fargo has named Bill Daley, who was president Obama’s chief of staff and president Clinton’s commerce secretary, vice chairman of public affairs and member of the operating committee effective Nov. 13.

Ballard's Bondi to Handle Impeachment Messaging

Thu, Nov. 7, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Pam BondiPam Bondi, former Florida attorney general who joined the Sunshine State's Ballard Partners in January, is expected to take a communications post at the White House and work on impeachment messaging. (3 reader comments)

Teneo's Sayegh to Return to Team Trump

Tue, Oct. 29, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Tony SayeghTony Sayegh, spokesperson for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin who joined Teneo last month as managing director, is expected to return to the Trump administration to handle communications surrounding impeachment. (1 reader comment)

China Telecom Dials Levick for PA, Crisis Work

Wed, Oct. 23, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

China TelecomChina Telecom’s US unit has hired Levick for a public affairs campaign to advance US-China "techno-relations" and provide crisis communications counsel, support and services on an as-needed basis.

MBS Takes Responsibility for Khashoggi's Murder

Fri, Sep. 27, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Mohammed bin SalmanSaudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed bin Salman takes responsibility for the Oct. 2, 2018 torture, murder and dismemberment of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. (1 reader comment)

Fenton Spreads Word of India’s Rights Violations in Kashmir

Thu, Sep. 26, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Imran KhanThe International Humanitarian Foundation, which advocates for Pakistan, hired Fenton Communications to educate the US media and public about the human rights crisis in Kashmir, the disputed region controlled by India and Pakistan. (2 reader comments)

Altria Firms Up Control of Juul Labs

Wed, Sep. 25, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

KC CrosthwaiteKC Crosthwaite, Altria chief growth officer, today joined Juul Labs as CEO, taking over for co-founder Kevin Burns. The parent of Philip Morris USA invested $12.8B in Juul a year ago for a 35 percent stake. Altria also called off merger talks with Philip Morris International.

Brownstein Establishes Crisis Management Unit

Wed, Sep. 25, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Lara DayBrownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has established a crisis management unit led by shareholder Mitch Langberg and chief culture & communications officer Lara Day.

Dominican Republic Rewards Rubenstein PR

Fri, Sep. 13, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Richard RubensteinThe Dominican Republic extended its contract with Rubenstein PR, which was hired in June following the mysterious deaths of nine American tourists on the island.

Ad/PR Execs Go Public on Gun Control

Thu, Sep. 12, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Mark ReadWPP’s Mark Read, Omnicom’s John Wren and Edelman’s Richard Edelman are the ad/PR firm CEOs among the 145 corporate leaders to sign a letter urging the Senate to pass gun control measures.

Brunswick Taps Ex-US Cyber Command Chief Rogers

Thu, Sep. 5, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Mike RogersMike Rogers, retired US Navy admiral who served as commander of the US Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, has joined Brunswick Group in its Washington office.

Crisis Communications and the Role of the CEO

Mon, Aug. 26, 2019

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianCEOs are expected to serve as company spokespersons during a major crisis event, and PR/communications teams must have a plan in place for the company’s leader to address the public and shareholders, whether she/he has had media training or not.