Emily Venugopal
Emily Venugopal

C&R of Los Angeles has opened an office in Manhattan. “It’s been a long-term, strategic plan to expand our existing footprint on the East Coast,” said C&R co-founder Spencer Castillo, adding that the expansion is intended to strengthen the firm’s bi-coastal connections for its international clients. The office will be led by Emily Venugopal. Before coming to C&R, Venugopal led global PR and strategic partnership efforts for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and The Royal Atlantis Residences in Dubai. She has also served as in-house director of public relations at The Pierre, a Taj Hotel in New York City. C&R already has a significant client roster on the east coast and in the Caribbean, including Four Seasons Residences Anguilla, Thompson Nashville, and Port Ferdinand in Barbados.

Jeremy Murphy
Jeremy Murphy

360|bespoke, a New York-based agency led by former CBS VP of communications Jeremy Murphy, is lauching an office in London. The new location will be headed up by Harry Grapenthin, who comes to the agency from BurrellesLuce, where he served as senior VP, media/entertainment. In addition to providing U.K.-based brands with representation in the U.S. market, the London office will work to increase the presence of current agency clients in the U.K.  360|bespoke focuses on the fashion, beauty, lifestyle and travel sectors. Its expansion to the London market follows the launch of its “Business @ Bespoke” division, a B2B unit that works with startups, enterpreneurs and small businesses.

Stevie Awards

5W Public Relations has been recognized with a Grand Stevie Award for being among the top 10 most recognized organizations in the 2019 American Business Awards. Grand Stevie Award winners were determined by a points system in which Gold Stevie-winning nominations are granted three points, Silver Stevies two points, and Bronze Stevies one and a half points. Also receiving a major award is Matter Communications, which is being presented with the Gold Stevie Award for Public Relations Agency of the Year. The trophies will be handed out at the ABA's gala banquet on June 11 in New York. The awards presentations will also be broadcast live via Livestream.