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Teneo Takes WestExec Advisors Stake

Mon., Mar. 1, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

WestexecTeneo has acquired a minority stake in WestExec Advisors, the DC geopolitical firm that was co-founded by secretary of state Tony Blinken, and adds former senator Chris Dodd as senior advisor.

PR's Top Pros Talk: Michelle Mekky

Mon., Mar. 1, 2021

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series: Michelle Mekky, CEO & Founder, Mekky Media Relations, Inc.
Mekky Media Relations CEO and founder Michelle Mekky talks with Doug Simon about how her experience as a journalist taught her the skills needed for communications success in the age of COVID on the latest "PR's Top Pros Talk" video interview.

On the Move: Gunpowder Adds Kantner

Mon., Mar. 1, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Emily KantnerGunpowder Inc., which specializes in in outdoor brands, recruits Emily Kantner for PR post... VOSS Water appoints Rachel Chambers senior VP, marketing... French/​West/​Vaughan promotes Molly Beitz to art director and Deegan Mundy to senior producer.

Sonoma County Seeks PR to Save Russian River

Fri., Feb. 26, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Sonoma County, CaliforniaSonoma County seeks a PR partner to develop a campaign to promote conscious environmental stewardship of the 110-mile Russian River, which generates $2B in tourism dollars to the local economy, but is threatened by pollution and thoughtless overuse.

Qorvis Hires Trump White House Alum Baum

Fri., Feb. 26, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Kristina BaumKristina Baum, communications director for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and spokesperson for Team Trump's response to COVID-19 pandemic, has joined Qorvis Communications as VP-Public Affairs.

Media Maneuvers: AT&T Spins Off DirecTV

Fri., Feb. 26, 2021

By Steve Barnes

DirecTVAT&T is spinning off its DirecTV business, following the sale of a 30 percent stake in the unit to private equity firm TPG... Twitter slates what it calls a “super follow” feature for later this year... Washington Post names Cameron Barr, one of its four managing editors, to be acting executive editor following Marty Baron’s Feb. 28 exit.

Cision Acquires Brandwatch

Fri., Feb. 26, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

CisionMarketing software giant Cision has entered into a $450M agreement to acquire Brighton, UK-based digital consumer intelligence company Brandwatch.

Walgreens' Faith Joins City of Hope

Fri., Feb. 26, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Brian FaithBrian Faith will join City of Hope, the biomedical research center for diabetes and cancer treatment and care, as VP-communications on March 1 after a more than two-year run as VP-corporate communications at Walgreens.

On the Move: Blue Sky Names Sally Exec. VP

Fri., Feb. 26, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Annette SallyBlue Sky names Annette Sally executive VP... Hope-Beckham Inc. promotes Wendy Hsiao to VP... Stripe, a Dublin-based online payment processing platform, hires Peter Barron as global head of communications.

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Bad PR Took Down McKinsey Chief

Thu., Feb. 25, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Kevin SneaderBad PR took down McKinsey chief as Kevin Sneader is the first global managing partner since 1976 not to win a second three-year term... Hard-core Trump supporters are flocking to Fox News' competitors.

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On the Move: Marriott's Donahue Hops to IHOP

Thu., Feb. 25, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Kieran DonahueIHOP names Marriott's Kieran Donahue CMO... Carve Communications appoints Univision's Mariela Azcuy VP of content... ARRAY, the creative collective founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, brings on Warner Bros. TV's Jeff Tobler as chief marketing officer.

Brunswick Group Adds JWT Talent Alum 

Thu., Feb. 25, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Maria GianoutsisBrunswick Group has hired Maria Gianoutsos, who was global chief creative talent officer at J Walter Thompson as global managing partner, people.

PR's Top Pros Talk: Michael Kempner

Wed., Feb. 24, 2021

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series: Michael Kempner, Founder & CEO, MWWPR
“2021 is all about agility,” MWWPR founder and CEO Michael Kempner tells Doug Simon in the latest “PR’s Top Pros Talk” video interview.
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Commentary

NY Governor Cuomo Down But Far From Out

Wed., Feb. 24, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Andrew CuomoNew York governor Andrew Cuomo may be down but he certainly is far from out. His PR critics should be careful for what they wish for... Hats off to Rupert Murdoch for getting Google to pay for News Corp. content... COVID-19 takes toll on mental health of doctors, according to McCann Health

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