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WPP Sells 60% Kantar Stake to Bain

Fri., Jul. 12, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Mark ReadWPP Group has sold a 60 percent stake in its Kantar research unit to Bain Capital for $4B as part of CEO Mark Read's plan to simplify the structure of the ad/PR giant.

NRA Vet Targets PA, Crisis Management

Fri., Jul. 12, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Chris CoxChris Cox, who was executive director of the National Rifle Association for 17 years before exiting in June after an alleged coup attempt, has launched his own consulting firm, Capitol 6 Advisors. 

Netflix Nets CMO From BBC Studios

Fri., Jul. 12, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Jackie Lee-JoeNetflix has recruited Jackie Lee-Joe from BBC Studios for the top marketing spot as the streaming company seeks to bolster its international programming.

The Newspaper: Daunting Demise or Dawn of New Day?

Fri., Jul. 12, 2019

By Bronwyn Wallace

Bronwyn WallaceThe heart-breaking story of the demise of newspapers focuses on the medium and not the messengers, overlooking the surge in storytelling that constitutes a communications renaissance. (1 reader comment)

On the Move: U.S. Bank Brings On David Palombi as CCO; Insurance Information Institute Puts Mark Friedlander in Charge of Florida PR; Recording Academy Ups Lourdes Lopez Patton

Fri., Jul. 12, 2019

By Steve Barnes

David PalombiU.S. Bank is bringing on David Palombi as global chief communications officer. Palombi joins the country's fifth largest bank from CVS Health, where he served as senior VP and chief communications officer... Insurance Information Institute has appointed Mark Friedlander as its Florida-based communications consultant. He was at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety... The Recording Academy has promotedLourdes Lopez Patton to VP-communications from senior director, marketing communications.

Georgia Seeks PR Firm to Promote State's Biz School

Thu., Jul. 11, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Georgia State UniversityGeorgia is looking to hire a PR firm to bolster brand awareness and increase recruitment/enrollment at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business in Atlanta, which is part of the state's university system.

Finsbury Works Reckitt’s Record $1.4B Opioid Deal

Thu., Jul. 11, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Reckitt BenckiserFinsbury is working media for Reckitt Benckiser Group’s record $1.4B opioid-linked settlement with the Justice Dept. and Federal Trade Commission. (1 reader comment)

Commentary

Branson Bullish on Space, Branding; Trump Topples UK Ambassador; Amazon's Alexa Makes House Calls

Thu., Jul. 11, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Richard BransonRichard Branson gives ringing endorsement of the power of branding as he gears up space tourism venture for NYSE... Donald Trump humbles UK as he topples its ambassador and incoming prime minister Boris Johnson completes job by throwing him under a bus… Do you really want to let Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant know that you suffer from migraines?

On the Move: Hill+Knowlton Strategies Thinks Small; FleishmanHillard Ups Margorie Benzkofer; BCW Catches Hawke; Ferox Snags Williams for Latino GOP Outreach

Thu., Jul. 11, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Lori SmallHill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Lori Small as a director in the US. Small comes to H+K from Golin LA, where she was VP... FleishmanHillard has named Marjorie Benzkofer chief strategy officer. She joined the firm in 1997... BCW is hiring the Sun’s deputy political editor, Steve Hawkes, to take the position of head of strategic media with its issues and public affairs team in London... Ferox Strategies, a Latino-led bipartisan government and public relations firm, has brought on Mark Williams as a principal, charged with leading its Republican outreach efforts.

Teneo Hauls In $2.1M Pact for Saudi Mega-City

Wed., Jul. 10, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Jamal KhashoggiTeneo Strategies hauls in $2.1M six-month pact to promote Neom, the $500B mega-city that is a pet project of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Gladstone Place Partners resigned the account in October 2018 to protest the murder and dismemberment of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. (1 reader comment)

Ulster County, NY Issues Tourism, Development RFP

Wed., Jul. 10, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Ulster CountyUlster County, New York is looking for a marketing agency that can promote the county to potential tourists as well as those who would consider relocating their business to the area.

Social Responsibility, Safety Drive Travel Decisions

Wed., Jul. 10, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

travelAmericans have grown more conscientious regarding what ecological or ethical impacts their traveling choices have on the destinations they visit, though growing concerns over safety may deter travel to some places, according to a study on Americans’ vacationing habits.

California Counts on Mercury PA

Wed., Jul. 10, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

CA CensusMercury Public Affairs has won the competitive pitch to handle outreach and PR for the California 2020 census.

Commentary

Team Trump Muzzles US Diplomat

Wed., Jul. 10, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Kurt TongTeam Trump muzzles US diplomat, who planned to criticize China for crackdown on pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong, as president seeks to curry favor with Chinese in hope to end trade war that he started. (1 reader comment)

Edelman’s Boyd Moves to BCW

Wed., Jul. 10, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Ben BoydBen Boyd, a 14-year veteran of Edelman, will take the global chief strategy & operations officer post at BCW on Sept. 3.

The Power of Brand Partnerships

Wed., Jul. 10, 2019

By Tanya Scalisi

Tanya ScalisiHow partnerships can re-energize a travel brand, reaching and engaging new audiences in innovative ways.

News of Firms: Jeff Hunt, Ex-B-M COO, Launches Legend Labs; Cision Unveils Communications Cloud; MMGY Rolls New Brand Mark to Showcase Global Reach

Wed., Jul. 10, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Jeff HuntJeff Hunt, former COO of Burson-Marsteller launches Legend Labs, a brand & reputation management shop in Austin... Cision unveils Cision Communications Cloud, which it touts as only "platform that measures value of earned media"... MMGY Global introduces new brand mark inspired by earth's 23.5 axial tilt to promote its global reach.

Museum of PR Unveils Harold Burson Collection

Tue., Jul. 9, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Harold BursonHarold Burson's passion for client service, insatiable curiosity, humility and rock solid values are why the Memphis native is a PR legend, said Pat Ford, ex-vice chairman of B-M, at last night's unveiling of the Museum of Public Relations' collection of papers and mementoes of the 98-year-old executive. (2 reader comments)

FTI Consulting Blasts Off with Richard Branson

Tue., Jul. 9, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Virgin GalacticFTI Consulting is handling Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, space tourism entity, as it plans to go public as the world's first commercial "spaceline" company.

Commentary

Reeling in Big Brother

Tue., Jul. 9, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Facial RecognitionFight for the Future, digital rights group, today launched BanFacialRecognition.com to call for a federal ban on the use of facial recognition surveillance. FBI and ICE are already watching you. (1 reader comment)