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WPP to Pay $19M to Settle SEC Corruption Charges

Fri, Sep. 24, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

WPPWPP agreed today to pay $19M to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges that it violated anti-bribery and internal accounting controls measures of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. It notes probe covered activity that occurred under former CEO Martin Sorrell. (Updated)

Weber Flies with Blackbird to Combat Disinformation

Tue, Sep. 21, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

WeberWeber Shandwick has joined with BlackbirdAI, the disinformation platform, to offer clients tools to increase their media security by understanding the risks that may damage their businesses.

Public Interest Groups Rap Cuomo on PR Rep

Fri, Sep. 10, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Common Cause New YorkFormer New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to use campaign funds to pay the salary of PR man Rich Azzopardi violates the state’s election laws, according to Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York.

Ballard Reps Jailed-for-Sedition Awadallah

Fri, Sep. 3, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Bassem AwadallahBallard Partners is representing Bassem Awadallah, US citizen and former advisor to Jordan's royal court and Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in July for working to plot against Jordan's monarchy.

Time's Up for SKDK

Tue, Aug. 31, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Womens Law CenterThe National Women’s Law Center, which houses and administers the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, has dropped SKDKnickerbocker.

Rudy Giuliani's PR Guru Quits

Mon, Aug. 30, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Rudy GiulianiRudy Giuliani’s PR guru Christianné Allen has finally had enough and has stepped down from her post at Giuliani Communications.

Ex-Cuomo Aides Exit Kivvit

Tue, Aug. 17, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

KivvitRich Bamberger and Josh Vlasto, former aides to disgraced and departing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, have left their managing director jobs at Kivvit. Both served as members of Cuomo's 'inner circle' that advised him on how to fend off sexual harassment charges, according to AG Letitita James' report.

Cuomo's Top Aide DeRosa Quits

Mon, Aug. 9, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Melissa DeRosaMelissa DeRosa, who joined Andrew Cuomo’s staff in 2012 as director of communications, has resigned her job as top strategist to New York’s embattled governor.

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Taliban Assassinate Afghanistan's Media Chief

Fri, Aug. 6, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Dawa Khan MeenapalThe Taliban today murdered Dawa Khan Meenapal, who headed Afghanistan’s government media & information office, as he was traveling in Kabul.

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Amazon Reputation Under Fire for EU Data Violation

Thu, Aug. 5, 2021

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianThe fine recently levied against Amazon for failing to comply with the EU’s data protection laws is the latest accusation that the e-commerce giant uses vast troves of user data to give itself an unfair advantage in the marketplace.

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Teneo Turns to Ex-Xerox Chief Burns

Tue, Jul. 6, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Ursula BurnsTeneo has appointed Ursula Burns, senior advisor and former Xerox CEO, chairwoman in the aftermath of the Declan Kelly scandal and his June 29 exit from the firm.

Champlain Towers Condo Board Calls Levick

Wed, Jun. 30, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

Champlain Towers South CondominiumThe Champlain Towers South Condominium Association, the homeowners association that manages the Surfside, Fla. Champlain Towers South condo complex that partially collapsed on June 24, has retained crisis communications firm Levick.

Uber CEOís Digital PR Fail

Wed, Jun. 30, 2021

By Ronn Torossian

TorossianThe recent backlash to Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi’s decision to work on the app for a day illustrates the problems that can arise when company leaders try reaching out to audiences via social media platforms.

Embattled Teneo Chief Kelly Quits

Tue, Jun. 29, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Declan KellyDeclan Kelly, the embattled CEO of Teneo, has resigned and has been replaced by the firm's co-founder & COO Paul Keary. He lashes out against smear campaign targeting Teneo.

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Ex-Congressman Moffett Reps Chinaís Hikvision†

Tue, Jun. 29, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Toby MoffettFormer Connecticut Congressman Toby Moffett has signed on to represent the US arm of China’s Hikvision, maker of surveillance cameras that monitor detention camps for Uyghur Muslims in the country's Xinjiang province.

Apollo Handles Engineering Firm for Collapsed Condo

Mon, Jun. 28, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Brett MarcyApollo Communications handles PR for Morabito Consultants, the structural engineering firm that was hired in 2018 by Champlain Towers South Condominium Assn to prepare a 40-year recertification report for the building that collapsed in Surfside, FL on June 24.

General Motors Drives Away from Teneo

Sat, Jun. 26, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

GMGeneral Motors has axed Teneo as its PR counselor following news that CEO Declan Kelly was inebriated at a Global Citizen event in May and engaged in inappropriate behavior.

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Global Citizen Axes Teneo CEO Kelly from Board

Thu, Jun. 24, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Declan KellyTeneo CEO Declan Kelly was dropped from the board of Global Citizen after he became drunk and exhibited inappropriate behavior during a May fundraising event.

WhatsApp Crisis Shows Importance of Clear Messaging

Mon, Jun. 7, 2021

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianConsumer backlash to the news that Whatsapp would begin sharing its user data with Facebook was made worse by poor communications as well as misinformation across social media platforms.