Peppercomm launches Team Meridian, a specialty group providing strategic counsel to help clients plan for and manage societal crises impacting their people, brands and business. The team is comprised of chief innovation officer Jackie Kolek, chief engagement officer Ann Barlow, head of content strategy Matt Purdue, SVP Paul Merchan and senior media strategist Marissa Dunn. The launch follows last year’s introduction of RepCompass, an issues and crisis preparedness program. “Our new Team Meridian crisis consultancy answers the call for timely and judicious counsel to help clients develop a holistic framework—including internal and external communications—on if, when and how to speak out and act on social issues their stakeholders care about,” said Peppercomm CEO and founder Steve Cody.


Lippe Taylor and twelvenote introduce /prompt.—a joint effort that aims to partner twelvenote's digital activation expertise with Lippe Taylor's communications methodologies. Under the strategic alliance, each agency will retain its unique characteristics while leveraging a more extensive service portfolio. /prompt. will also host the Frictionless Intelligence Team, an initiative that it says will leverage data-driven insights, ensuring authentic and effective storytelling. “We are uniting the distinctive expertise of Lippe Taylor and twelvenote with a new engine for augmented intelligence—data science, AI, and a scalable operations platform, to forge a path that delivers unmatched value to our clients,” said Lippe Taylor CEO Paul Dyer.

Todd Murphy
Todd Murphy

Truescope president Todd Murphy is named to the board of directors of the Federation Internationale des Bureaux d’Extraits de Presse (FIBEP), a global media intelligence membership association. Murphy is the first member from North America to lead the FIBEP organization in over 30 years. With over 130 members in 60 countries, FIBEP is a resource for industry leaders seeking globally driven, enterprise-scale solutions in media and news monitoring, media analysis, public relations distribution, journalist databases, consulting services and Software as a Service platforms. Truescope and its technology suite deliver media intelligence and information to clients across Asia, New Zealand and North America.