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Ruder Finn Inks $1.7M Social Media Pact for Saudi Mega-City

Wed., Jun. 24, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

NeomRuder Finn has a $1.7M one-year contract with Saudi Arabia to develop a website and social media campaign for Neom, the $500B mega-city that is supposed to be the centerpiece of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plan to diversify the Kingdom's economy.

Trump Scrambles, Scapegoats CDC

Wed., Jun. 24, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

CDCDonald Trump lines up the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as his next "victim" to deflect blame for his failure to deal with COVID-19, which is currently raging across America... COVID-19 infects image of US brands in Europe... Hats off to Barri Rafferty for leaving Ketchum helm for corporate post at scandal-ridden Wells Fargo. She probably got out in the nick of time.

On the Move: Ketchum's Winer Switches to ROKK Solutions

Wed., Jun. 24, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Rachel  WonerROKK Solutions brings on Rachel Winer as senior VP of digital. She was at Ketchum... OpsCompass, which bolsters security across various cloud-based platforms, hires Jeff Stender as director of marketing... Beebe Healthcare promotes Christina Deidesheimer to VP of communications and outreach, and CCO.

Ballard Hooks Atlantic Sapphire

Wed., Jun. 24, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

SapphireBallard Partners has signed Atlantic Sapphire, which is building the world's largest land-raised salmon farm in former tomato fields thirty miles south of Miami.

Fostering a Safe Workplace for LGBT Employees

Wed., Jun. 24, 2020

By Terry Preston

Terry PrestonIt’s vital that organizations show their support not only during Pride month but year-round. Guaranteeing an individual that they won’t be fired isn’t enough. Here are a few tips for continually celebrating Pride in the workplace. (1 reader comment)

Ecolab Partners with Team WPP

Wed., Jun. 24, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

EcolabEcolab, provider of sanitization and disinfection services, has hired WPP to promote how companies that use its services can position themselves as the gold standard of cleanliness as economies reopen in the post-COVID-19 era.

News of Firms: Omnicom's Porter Novelli, Rabin Martin Forge Alliance

Wed., Jun. 24, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Porter NovelliPorter Novelli and Rabin Martin, both part of Omnicom Public Relations Group, will form a strategic alliance, effective July 1... LaVoieHealthScience and Bioscience Valuation join forces to combine LHS’ expertise in strategic communications for health and science companies with BSV’s skill in providing strategic valuations... Asia PR Werkz, a strategic communications firm in Singapore, signs on at IPREX... Broadcast Interview Source delivers pitch to Public Relations Student Society of America.

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PR Crisis Looms for 'Most Magical Place on Earth'

Tue., Jun. 23, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Disney WorldDisney World is going to be hard-pressed to live up to its billing as "The Most Magical Place on Earth" if it sticks to its plan to reopen the Orlando theme park with limited capacity on July 11 as COVID-19 runs amok in Florida... Facebook is the No. 1 platform for online hate and harassment, according to a survey released June 23 by the Anti-Defamation League.

AT&T Vet Becomes Goldman's First CMO

Tue., Jun. 23, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Fiona CarterGoldman Sachs has hired Fiona Carter, who is exiting as AT&T's chief brand officer on June 26, as its first chief marketing officer.

Deloitte Digital Chief Takes Ogilvy Helm

Tue., Jun. 23, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Andy MainAndy Main, global chief at Deloitte Digital, will be the new CEO of Ogilvy, taking over for John Seifert, who announced his plan to step down in April.

The (Unexpected) Joys of Client Billing

Tue., Jun. 23, 2020

By Allan Ripp

Allan RippWhy the last three months have given one agency principal, a newfound respect for an exercise most in the business loathe: the ritual of compiling and submitting monthly invoices to clients. (2 reader comments)

Xenophon Touts Uzbekistan's ESG Progress

Tue., Jun. 23, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

UzbekistanXenophon Strategies has a nearly $600K contract with Uzbekistan designed to highlight its progress on improving human rights with the goal of ending the cotton boycott erected against the former Soviet republic.

Dow Jones Alum Joins Veritone

Tue., Jun. 23, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Thor ValdmanisThor Valdmanis, who was senior VP for strategic initiatives & relationships at News Corp.'s Dow Jones unit, has joined Veritone as senior VP-corporate communications.

Accounts in Transit: Feintuch Picks Up Nexans

Tue., Jun. 23, 2020

By Steve Barnes

NexansFeintuch Communications picks up Nexans, provider of cable technologies for power/data transmission.... Carolyn Izzo Integrated Communications enrolls in Florida Wine Academy... Caliber Corporate Advisers represents Engage People....R&J Strategic Communications lands Larken Associates, real estate firm.

Finn Partners Opens Up Italy

Tue., Jun. 23, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

ItalyThe Italian Tourist Board has hired Finn Partners in London to lure travelers from the UK as the country opens up to visitors.

 

Ketchum CEO Rafferty Shifts to Wells Fargo

Mon., Jun. 22, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Barri RaffertyKetchum CEO Barri Rafferty is joining Wells Fargo & Co. next month to head the corporate communications department of the San Francisco-based bank.

PhRMA's Zirkelbach Moves to ExxonMobil

Mon., Jun. 22, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Robert ZirkelbachRobert Zirkelbach, executive VP-PA at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, has moved to ExxonMobil as head of global issues and advocacy.

Alabama Releases Education RFP

Mon., Jun. 22, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

ALSDEAlabama is seeking proposals from agencies that can implement a marketing campaign that increases perception and awareness of the Yellowhammer State’s teachers.

Suh Returns to NYT

Mon., Jun. 22, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Mary SuhMary Suh is rejoining the New York Times in the fall as acting op-ed editor in the aftermath of the resignation earlier this month of editorial page editor James Bennet following an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton, which advocated for the use of the military to control the Black Lives Matter protests.

The New York Times' 'Beat Trump' Beat Writer

Mon., Jun. 22, 2020

By Fraser Seitel

Fraser SeitelAny notions of accuracy, fairness or objectivity the New York Times once had have since been sacrificed in an effort to ensure one single goal: the defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 election. (13 reader comments)

Paycheck Protection Program Updates

Mon., Jun. 22, 2020

By Richard Goldstein

Richard GoldsteinUpdated Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness applications have been released in an effort to make the process easier for borrowers as well as reflect changes from the recent passage of the Payroll Protection Program Flexibility Act.

7-11 Cancels Free Slurpee Day but Gets PR Win

Mon., Jun. 22, 2020

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianFor the first time in 18 years, 7-Eleven has cancelled its annual Free Slurpee Day due to coronavirus concerns. But customers can still get a free frozen drink while practicing social distancing.