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News of Firms: MMGY Launches Travel Alliance

Wed., Sep. 15, 2021

By Steve Barnes

MMGYMMGY Global launches the MMGY Global Travel Marketing Collective, an global alliance with local shops.... Stagwell merges Assembly and ForwardPMX... George P. Johnson events and experience marketing firm, acquires minority stake in its long-term partner, creative video agency NOMOBO.

On the Move: Imre Snags GCI Health's Rooney

Wed., Sep. 15, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Bria RooneyImre names Bria Rooney VP of public relations. Rooney joins imre from GCI Health... Mark Allen & Co. brings on Jason Fink, who was at Butler Associates... CAMP, The Family Experience Company, hires Chris Spadaccini as chief marketing officer.

Park City Utah Seeks PR Services

Tue., Sep. 14, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

Park CityPark City Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival, is seeking an agency that can provide public relations services in an effort to raise awareness of the tourism mountain destination.

GE Vet Behrens Joins Kraft Heinz

Tue., Sep. 14, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

BillBehrensBill Behrens, who did an 11-year stint at General Electric, has joined Kraft Heinz as VP and global head of government affairs.

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Facebook's First Amendment Woes

Tue., Sep. 14, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

FacebookMost Americans are clueless about Facebook and the First Amendment... Cision, owner of PR Newswire, issues report to say the trusty and somewhat musty old press release still delivers the goods... Military contractors grab up to 50 percent of Pentagon's $14T post-9/11 spending splurge.

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C Street Corporate Advisory Launches

Tue., Sep. 14, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Jon HenesJon Henes has launched C Street Advisory Group to help potential clients navigate what the nearly 20-year Kirland & Ellis partner calls the “era of reputation.”

Intermarket Co-Founder Zachowski Dies at 68

Tue., Sep. 14, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Matt ZachowskiMatt Zachowski, who co-founded Intermarket financial PR firm 35 years ago with Martin Mosbacher, died Sept. 12 after a long illness. He was 68.

News of Firms: Lambert & Co. Acquires Vandiver Group

Tue., Sep. 14, 2021

By Steve Barnes

VandiverLambert & Co. acquires The Vandiver Group, a St. Louis-based strategic communications firm... The Change Agencies launches “It’s Not Pie,” a customizable communications program to support DE&I programs... Dixon Schwabl of Rochester opens an office in Buffalo and rebrands as Dixon Schwabl + Company.

On the Move: Novitas Taps Gardner for BusDev

Tue., Sep. 14, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Jaime GardnerNovitas Communications hires Jaime Gardner as a business development and communications director... Kronos Bio appoints Marni Kottle as senior VP of corporate communications and investor relations... Hill+Knowlton Strategies appoints Carmen Bell as a director in Brussels.

Accounts in Transit: Zapwater Picks Up Hotel of South Beach

Tue., Sep. 14, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Zap waterZapwater Communications checks in at The Hotel of South Beach... Ketchum is appointed agency of record for global healthcare management platform UpHealth... M2M PR and Partnerships signs up Los Angeles-based visual technology company 4D Fun, Inc.

Amusing Ourselves to Death on 9/11

Mon., Sep. 13, 2021

By Bill Huey

Bill HueyFox Sports used its coverage of the Yankees-Mets face-off on this year's 9/11 to toot its own horn.

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UNICEF Seeks PR Partner for Zambia

Mon., Sep. 13, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

UnicefUNICEF is inviting pitches to serve as its marketing partner in Zambia, a nation in which 53.4 percent of the population is under the age of 18.

ReviveHealth Names Thornton CEO

Mon., Sep. 13, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

Joanne ThorntonNashville-based healthcare agency ReviveHealth has appointed president and co-founder Joanne Thornton to the role of chief executive officer.

Blueshirt Group Forges $2B SPAC Deal

Mon., Sep. 13, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

ForgeThe Blueshirt Group is handling Forge Global, the online securities trading platform, as it merges with Motive Capital in a SPAC deal valued at $2B.

Port of Tacoma Seeks Clean Air Outreach

Fri., Sep. 10, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Port of TacomaThe Port of Tacoma and the Northwest Seaport Alliance are looking for build support for their clean air and climate solutions initiatives by engaging with industry and community stakeholders.

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US Spent $21T for Militarization Since 9/11

Fri., Sep. 10, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Institute for Policy Studies: State of InsecurityThe US shelled out more than $21T for national security, law enforcement and surveillance since 9/11. Was that money well-spent?... Companies are a step ahead of president Biden on vaccination mandates.

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Vanguard's Roberts Takes MetLife CMO Post

Fri., Sep. 10, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Michael RobertsMetLife has named Michael Roberts executive VP and chief marketing officer, effective Nov. 2. He will join from The Vanguard Group.

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.