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Queen Elizabeth Wants Social Media Help

Fri., May 17, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

QE2Britain's Queen Elizabeth is looking to hire a digital communications officer to "find new ways to maintain her image in the public eye and the world stage," according to a job listing put out by Buckingham Palace. Job comes with free lunch.

Accounts in Transit: Uproar PR Adds Ruth's Chris Steak House; PAN Picks Up Sumo Logic; Baering Wins LCI; Hawkins Promotes Circle Line's 'Brews Cruise'

Fri., May 17, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Ruth's ChrisUproar PR adds Ruth's Chris Steak House to roster... PAN Communications picks up Sumo Logic, analytics platform...Baering wins LCI, one of biggest employers of people who are blind or visually impaired... Hawkins International reps Circle Line's "Brews Cruise." June 9 boat ride will feature beers from eight NYC breweries.

Weber Woos Ludlam to Head West

Fri., May 17, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Will LudlumWeber Shandwick has named Will Ludlam president of its western region, which includes offices in Seattle, Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

China Censors CBS

Fri., May 17, 2019

By Matthew Billy

Matthew BillyCBS censors an episode of "The Good Fight" in what seems to be an effort to stay on the good side of an increasingly contentious Chinese government.

FTI Works for Pfizer on Drug Pricing Matters

Thu., May 16, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Charlene MacDonaldFTI Consulting’s government affairs unit is representing Pfizer on pharmaceutical drug pricing matters. Pfizer is named in a federal suit that alleges it jacked up generic drug prices.

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Trump Calls It Right on the 'Christchurch Call'

Thu., May 16, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

ChristchurchThough it’s a little rich to call Donald Trump a champion of the free press, he got it right in declining to sign the “Christchurch Call” agreement that is intended to curtail online extremism. The US shouldn't get into the extremist content regulation game.

Businesses to Boost Video Budgets in 2019

Thu., May 16, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

VideoA survey that polled business owners on their video marketing plans for 2019 discovered that 21 percent more businesses will participate in video marketing this year compared to 2018.

NRA Serves Up PA Duties to Kennedy

Thu., May 16, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Sean KennedyThe National Restaurant Assn. has hired Sean Kennedy, who was in charge of global government affairs for the Airlines for America trade group, as executive VP of PA.

Inoculating Against Bubble-Think

Thu., May 16, 2019

By Ken Deutsch and Adam Pawluk

Ken Deutsch and Adam PawlukThe vaccine debate is just one example of how big data can help us get beyond our own perspectives to better understand the world as it really is.

On the Move: Marina Maher Hires MSL's Rema Vasan as EVP; Endeavor Global Marketing Grabs Samantha Stark From Ketchum; rbb Names Lauren Bernat Equity Partner; H+K Ups deVries

Thu., May 16, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Rema VasanMarina Maher Communications appoints Rema Vasan as EVP, chief innovation officer. Vasan joins MMC from MSLGROUP, where she was global lead on Procter & Gamble... Endeavor Global Marketing recruits Samantha Stark from Ketchum for executive VP-PR position... rbb Communications names Lauren Bernat equity partner... H+K Strategies ups Jack de Vries to Netherlands CEO.

DeSalva Takes Helm at H+K

Wed., May 15, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

AnnaMaria DeSalveAnnaMaria DeSalva is returning to WPP’s Hill+Knowlton Strategies unit as chairman/CEO on June 24, taking over for Jack Martin, who will serve as an adviser until the end of the year.

Westbound Makes Martin Partner

Wed., May 15, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Linda MartinPorter Novelli partner Linda Martin has moved to Westbound Communications, where she’s been named partner and general manager of the agency’s Orange, CA headquarters.

Ed Authority Issues School Marketing RFP

Wed., May 15, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Capitol Region Education CouncilThe Capitol Region Education Council, the public educational authority that represents schools in the Hartford, CT area, is seeking proposals from agencies that can provide marketing plans for several magnet schools.

Rasky Reps Anti-LGBT+ Azerbaijan

Wed., May 15, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Elin SuleymanovRasky Partners has signed a six-month contract to provide PR services and support to Azerbaijan, which is under fire for harassment of its LGBT+ community.

Weber Shandwick’s Box Takes Evoke Post

Wed., May 15, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Barbara BoxBarbara Box, 15-year Weber Shandwick veteran and North American healthcare lead, has shifted to Evoke PR & Influence as executive VP-strategy & business development.

 

Making the Decisions That Will Shape Your Life

Wed., May 15, 2019

By Robert Dilenschneider

Robert DilenschneiderWe all make hundreds of decisions everyday—some small, some significant— that mark our lives. How you make those decisions is critical to your future.

PR Firms Should Snuff Out Big Tobacco's Smoke-Free Play

Tue., May 14, 2019

By Peter Finn

Peter FinnPR firms representing the tobacco industry's effort to rebuild its tattered reputation around “a smoke-free future” are just trading one health risk for another, according to Peter Finn, CEO of Finn Partners, a member of the Quit Big Tobacco campaign.

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FH Gets Bum Rap for Monsanto Dossier

Tue., May 14, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

FleishmanHillardFleishmanHillard has been suspended by Bayer for compiling a dossier of journalists, politicos and scientists who expressed concerns about its Monsanto unit's Roundup weed-killer. The Omnicom unit was just doing what PR firms are supposed to do: gather intelligence.

WPP May Unload Finsbury

Tue., May 14, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Roland RuddFinsbury founder Roland Rudd approaches WPP about buying back the financial PR/PA powerhouse firm that he sold to the now revamping ad/PR combine in 2001.

Tavares, FL Floats Marketing RFQ

Tue., May 14, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

TavaresTavares, Florida is accepting statements of qualification from agencies that can develop and implement a marketing and promotions strategy and campaign to increase awareness of the central Sunshine State city.