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Restructuring PR Pro Mercer Joins FTI Consulting

Wed., Jan. 25, 2023

By Kevin McCauley

Jennifer MercerJennifer Mercer, who has more than 20 years of experience in restructuring communications, has joined FTI Consulting’s PR unit as a managing director based in Los Angeles.

Laying People Off? Don't Do What Daniel Ek Did

Wed., Jan. 25, 2023

By Bill Huey

Daniel EkSpotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek hit a sour note in the memo announcing large-scale layoffs at his company. If your company winds up in a similar situation, you need to avoid a tone-deaf, insensitive approach when you break the bad news.

Joele Frank Puts Serta Simmons to Bed

Wed., Jan. 25, 2023

By Kevin McCauley

SertaJoele Frank is working the Chapter 11 filing of Serta Simmons Bedding, which has a 20 percent stake of the US mattress market.

On the Move: Next Practices Group Gets Gallagher

Wed., Jan. 25, 2023

By Steve Barnes

David GallagherThe Next Practices Group brings on former Ketchum Europe CEO David Gallagher as a partner and head of a new international expansion initiative... ASDA’A BCW, BCW’s Dubai-based communications consultancy, names Rami Halawani executive vice president, client services... Huge appoints Urvashi Shivdasani as global CFO. She was SVP, global finance for Ralph Lauren... DiGo (DiMassimo Goldstein) promotes chief strategy officer Lesley Bielby to CEO.

News of Firms: Glen Echo Group Teams with Bowie State U

Wed., Jan. 25, 2023

By Steve Barnes

Bowie State UniversityGlen Echo Group partners with Bowie State University, Maryland’s oldest HBCU... The Change Agencies, network of multicultural and LGBTQ shops adds five new members... Netpresenter has integrated OpenAI GPT artificial intelligence technology (a variant of ChatGPT) into its latest "beta" platform... Treble launches a new round of its Funding Accelerator Program.

FL Floats Travel PR RFP for UK, Ireland Markets

Tue., Jan. 24, 2023

By Jon Gingerich

Visit FloridaVisit Florida is seeking proposals from agencies that can manage travel trade, public relations, operations and sales and marketing services for the UK and Ireland markets.

Giffords MD Robin Lloyd Moves to Rational 360

Tue., Jan. 24, 2023

By Steve Barnes

Robin LloydRobin Lloyd, who was managing director at Giffords (the public policy firm led by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords), joins Rational 360 as a senior vp.

NH Seeks PR to Promote Public Water System

Tue., Jan. 24, 2023

By Kevin McCauley

NHDESThe New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services is looking for a firm to handle a $200K public education campaign to inform the public about the value of the Granite State’s dependable and relatively inexpensive drinking water.

Stakeholder Capitalism vs. Job Cuts

Tue., Jan. 24, 2023

By Andy Tannen

Andy TannenWith the current wave of job cuts in the tech and finance sectors, maybe it's time to ask if all the stakeholders that are part of "stakeholder capitalism" can ever really be equal.

On the Move: Padilla Promotes Morton to SVP, Channels

Tue., Jan. 24, 2023

By Steve Barnes

Rosalie MortonPadilla promotes Rosalie Morton to senior vice president, channels... Strategic Objectives ups Adriana Lurz to president... MP&F Strategic Communications partner Katy Varney, who has been with the firm for 30 years, is retiring, effective March 31... Red Lorry Yellow Lorry has appointed Jess Rees to head up its Austin office and lead its enterprise tech practice.

Accounts in Transit: Marketing Maven Re-Ups With Visit Conejo Valley

Tue., Jan. 24, 2023

By Steve Barnes

Conejo ValleyMarketing Maven is retained as public relations agency of record for Visit Conejo Valley for the third consecutive year... IMAGINE PR is named North American PR representative for Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach... Kleber & Associates signs on as agency of record for PrimeSource Building Products.

PR's Top Pros Talk: Whaewon Choi-Wiles

Tue., Jan. 24, 2023

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series: Whaewon Choi-Wiles, Dir. of Corp. Comms., Audi of America
Whaewon Choi-Wiles, director of corporate communications for Audi of America, talks with Doug Simon about how upgrading from "The Great Resignation" to "The Great Reflection" can open up new opportunities for communications pros during a time of major changes on the latest "PR's Top Pros Talk" video interview.

Smyrna, GA Seeks Branding, Marketing Services

Mon., Jan. 23, 2023

By Jon Gingerich

Smyrna, GeorgiaThe Atlanta suburb of Smyrna is looking for an agency that can assist in the development of a citywide strategic branding and marketing plan.

Ex-Rep. Bustos Moves to Mercury

Mon., Jan. 23, 2023

By Kevin McCauley

Cheri BustosFormer Illinois Democratic Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has joined Mercury as co-chair of its DC office and head of the firm’s team in her home state.

Commentary

Seeking Relevance at Davos 2024

Mon., Jan. 23, 2023

By Kevin McCauley

OxfamDavos 2024 could become relevant in the eyes of the "real world" if the elites in attendance vote to support a five percent wealth tax on themselves... Publicis works to end stigma of cancer in the workplace... Climate change denier Marjorie Taylor Greene is mum on solar plant being constructed in her district, thanks to Joe Biden's Inflation Reduction Act... Bospar does its part in tackling use of odious "San Fran" term for San Francisco.