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APCO’s Tech Chair Thomas Shifts to BCW

Thu., Sep. 6, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Michael Ann ThomasMichael Ann Thomas, senior VP/global technology chair at APCO Worldwide, will join BCW on Sept. 10 as executive VP-global technology solutions. She takes over for Rowan Benecke.

Terrie Williams Closes Her PR Shop After 30-Year Run

Thu., Sep. 6, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Terrie WilliamsTerrie Williams, who opened her eponymous PR firm in 1988, is closing the New York shop this month. She repped clients such as Miles Davis, Prince, Rev. Al Sharpton, Time Warner, Janet Jackson, NBA and Sean "P Diddy" Combs.

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Kaepernick Generates Priceless Buzz for Nike

Thu., Sep. 6, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Colin KaepernickNike's "controversial" decision to recruit Colin Kaepernick to Team Nike will ring up sales from its key Gen-Z and Millennial customer base. Footwear maker earns priceless PR. "When was the last time we talked about a Nike campaign?" asks sports marketing pro. (3 reader comments)

Accounts in Transit

Thu., Sep. 6, 2018

By Steve Barnes

North Carolina's Sweet Potato CommissionFrench|West|Vaughan promotes North Carolina's Sweet Potato Commission... Brandman Agency books RuMa Hotel and Residence in Kuala Lumpur... Relevance International earns first AOR duties for The World's 50 Best Restaurants... Walsh PR plays Endless Games.

Tannenbaum Returns to Weber Shandwick

Thu., Sep. 6, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Jill TannenbaumJill Tannenbaum, who did a four-year stint as healthcare director at Weber Shandwick, has returned to the Interpublic unit as chief communications & marketing officer.

 

Lou Hammond Group Expands to Texas

Thu., Sep. 6, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Amanda HansenLou Hammond Group is expanding into the Houston market with a new office headed by Amanda Hansen. Move is homecoming for 5th generation Texan Lou Hammond, founder/chairman of LHG.

News of Firms

Thu., Sep. 6, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Gillian SheldonHigh10 Media adds Los Angeles to New York, Nashville, San Diego and Tel Aviv office network… Ripson Groupof Chicago makes splash in Iowa with unveiling of Bettendorf outpost… AMP3 PR CEO Alyson Roy, co-founder of Fashion Canada Curated, pitches designers of Great White North during NYC’s Fashion Week.

Academy of Urban School Leadership Issues RFP

Wed., Sep. 5, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Academy for Urban School LeadershipChicago’s Academy for Urban School Leadership is looking for a PR firm to provide communications support of its mission of service to the Windy City’s most underserved communities.

Ogilvy NY Handles US Push for Qatar Foundation

Wed., Sep. 5, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Qatar FoundationOgilvy’s New York office is handling a US PR effort to promote the Qatar Foundation, the nonprofit dedicated to promoting the blockaded Arab state as a role model for the international community.

Child Protection Group Calls in Lobbying Support

Wed., Sep. 5, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

Child Rescue CoalitionChild Rescue Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse, has inked a pact with Eris Group to advocate on law enforcement matters in Washington.

Younger Adults Reconsider Facebook

Wed., Sep. 5, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

FacebookAmericans, particularly younger adults, are putting some distance between themselves and Facebook, according to a Pew Research Center report. (1 reader comment)

The In-N-Outs of a Fake News Story

Wed., Sep. 5, 2018

By Eric Starkman

Eric StarkmanWest Coast restaurant chain In-N-Out Burger was placed in the crisis crosshairs after a series of politically-motivated tweets suggested Democrats boycott the business for contributing money to the California Republican Party. (1 reader comment)

People on the Move

Wed., Sep. 5, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Amanda PiercePhilip Morris International taps Amanda Pierce, who headed Burson-Marsteller's UK operations, head of communications in Britain... Weber Shandwick bolsters leadership of The X Practice with additions of Tanvir Hannan, Spencer Ante, Katie Krum, and Vince Koh... Nicholas & Lence Communications hires Larry Gottlieb, former head of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp., to newly created chief strategy post... Issue Management Group names Roberto "Bob" Nelson chair and puts Lee Anderson, Gwen Happ and Nancy Pattarini on its board... The Brandware Group creates COO spot for Charles Mayer, who was with the Oklahoman Media Co.

Trump Wants Re-Write of Libel Laws

Wed., Sep. 5, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Fear by Bob WoodwardThe Washington Post’s publication of excerpts from Bob Woodward’s “Fear: Trump in the White House” has unleashed a tweetstorm in which president Trump says he doesn’t know “why Washington politicians don’t change libel laws.”

PR Firm Needed to Fight Long-Term Care Cutbacks

Wed., Sep. 5, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Governor Andrew CuomoA coalition of licensed home care service agencies in New York is looking for a PR firm to ramp up a public policy/advocacy campaign to counter budget threats posed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Megabus Searches for PR Firm

Tue., Sep. 4, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

MegabusMegabus.com is looking for a PR firm to handle a two-year $500K communications program to position it as the “market-leading provider of affordable and high-value travel across the US,” according to its RFP.

WPP Officially Crowns Read CEO

Tue., Sep. 4, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Mark ReadMark Reed, WPP's CO-COO since the ouster of founder Martin Sorrell, today officially took the helm with an annual salary of $1.3M plus bonuses.

WPP Revenues Tumble as North America Lags

Tue., Sep. 4, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Andrew ScottWPP's reported revenues slipped four percent to $4.6B during the first-quarter though like-for-like performance inched ahead 0.8 percent.

Hauser Joins Hudson Institute

Tue., Sep. 4, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Ann Marie HauserAnn Marie Hauser, veteran GOP communicator, takes VP-PA post at the Hudson Institute, conservative think tank based in Washington.

Warner Bros Pro Goodwin Joins AFI as CCO

Tue., Sep. 4, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Juli GoodwinThe American Film Institute has named Warner Bros. alum Juli Goodwin to the newly created position of chief communications officer.