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Sorrell Quits WPP

Sat, Apr. 14, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Martin SorrellMartin Sorrell, architect & CEO of WPP, resigned today following the probe launched earlier this month into allegations of his "personal misconduct" and misuse of corporate assets.

Press-Shy Sears Boss Talks (With Teneo) to VF

Mon, Apr. 9, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Eddie LampertReclusive hedge fund billionaire Eddie Lambert, who engineered the 2005 merger of Sears and Kmart which led to the loss of thousands of jobs and stores, talked to the April Vanity Fair magazine accompanied by Teneo staffers. (1 reader comment)

Weinstein Turns to Herald PR's Engelmayer

Thu, Apr. 5, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Juda EngelmayerHarvey Weinstein has turned to Juda Engelmayer, president of Herald PR, for spokesperson duties following the April 3 decision of Sitrick & Co. to cut ties with the embattled movie mogul.

WPP Settles Misconduct Suit Vs. Ex-JWT Chief

Wed, Apr. 4, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Gustavo MartinezWPP has settled a lawsuit lodged by the former chief communications officer of its J. Walter Thompson unit that alleged sexual misconduct by the former agency head, Gustavo Martinez.

Sorrell Denies Misuse of WPP's Assets

Wed, Apr. 4, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Martin SorrellWPP chief Martin Sorrell rejects allegations that he misused corporate assets of the UK-based ad/PR conglom. (5 reader comments)

Sitrick Quits Weinstein

Tue, Apr. 3, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Harvey WeinsteinSitrick & Co. crisis PR specialist has resigned as spokesperson for embattled former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. (3 reader comments)

Preparing for New Kinds of Crisis and Controversy

Tue, Apr. 3, 2018

By Jacqueline Kolek

Jackie KolekPR professionals have an opportunity to prove their value to brands and the organizations they serve by helping them predict, prepare and be proactive when controversial issues emerge. (3 reader comments)

Voters Believe Stormy, Give Pass to Trump

Wed, Mar. 28, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Stormy DanielsA majority (56 percent) of voters believe Stormy Daniels’ claim that she had sex with Donald Trump but believe her story will have little impact on the president’s political fortunes, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll

Facebook Crisis Proves Transparency is Key to Success

Wed, Mar. 28, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn Torossian Facebook's handling of the Cambridge Analytica data breach underscores the reason communicators regard disclosure and transparency to be some of the most important strategies in a crisis. (3 reader comments)

Zuckerberg Should Ditch Facebook and Go Direct

Mon, Mar. 26, 2018

By Fraser Seitel

Fraser SeitelFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should seriously consider relegating Facebook to a backup communicating channel in the course of fixing his current public relations problem. (2 reader comments)

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica: Perfect Together

Tue, Mar. 20, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Cambridge AnalyticaFacebook and Cambridge Analytica, linked together in the election disinformation/meddling mess, are perfect together when it comes to dimwitted PR. (1 reader comment)

Rubenstein Sets Record Straight on OxyContin Profits

Fri, Mar. 16, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Jillian SacklerRubenstein Communications represents philanthropist Jillian Sackler, widow of the late Dr. Arthur Sackler, one of three brothers who founded Purdue Pharma, maker of prescription painkiller OxyContin. (2 reader comments)

Weber Shandwick Pitches Parched Cape Town

Wed, Feb. 28, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Cape Town, South AfricaWeber Shandwick is working with South Africa Tourism to promote travel to Cape Town, which has been in the news as potentially the first major city in the world to run out of water. (1 reader comment)

Dick's Sporting Goods Bans Sale of Assault Rifles

Wed, Feb. 28, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Dick'sDick's Sporting Goods, which had sold a rifle to the suspected Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school killer, ends sale of assault weapons and bans selling guns to anyone under 21. CEO Ed Stack calls for 'common sense' gun control. (1 reader comment)

Radio Host Fired for Sexual Comments About Teen Olympian

Tue, Feb. 20, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianPopular Sirius XM sports host Patrick Connor is now unemployed after comments he made about Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim during a broadcast that have since been called “sexually inappropriate.” (1 reader comment)

Crisis in 2018, So Far

Wed, Feb. 14, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianIt’s early in the year, but already 2018 is off to a big start in the world of public relations crisis.

Apple Reeling from Handset Slowdown PR Backlash

Mon, Feb. 12, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianApple, still facing a PR backlash for its admission that it deliberately slowed down the performance of older iPhones, is now quietly contemplating the possibility of offering a rebate to customers who buy a new battery.

Avoiding Communications Disasters

Thu, Feb. 8, 2018

By Eliza Roemisch

Eliza RoemischDisaster situations present unique communication challenges for brands, and PR professionals have an obligation to utilize effective messaging in a sensitive and timely manner to ensure their clients are represented in a positive light.

Embattled Michigan State Brings on Truscott Rossman

Mon, Feb. 5, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Larry NassarJohn Engler, interim president of embattled Michigan State University, has retained Michigan’s Truscott Rossman to deal with the fallout from the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. (1 reader comment)

PR Pro Selig Killed in Kabul Hotel Attack

Thu, Jan. 25, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Glenn SeligGlenn Selig, founder of The Publicity Agency in Tampa, was among the 22 people killed during the Taliban attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul.