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Last Updated: Mon., Apr. 6, 2020 @ 9:00 am

Zoom CEO Admits It ‘Fell Short’

Mon., Apr. 6, 2020

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianRemote video-conferencing platform Zoom has seen usage surge in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a series of recent privacy and security concerns has the service falling short of users’ expectations.

Amazon Memo Details PR Plan to Smear Fired Worker

Fri., Apr. 3, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

AmazonA leaked memo shows Amazon resorting to brass-knuckle tactics against a former employee who claimed he was fired for organizing a strike at the e-commerce giant’s Staten Island fulfillment center.

Ex-Energy Secretary Perry Speaks for Shale Oil

Fri., Apr. 3, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Rick PerryFormer Energy Secretary Rick Perry is lobbying on behalf of the US shale oil industry, which faces "an existential threat" due to the collapse of crude oil prices. (1 reader comment)

Commentary

Big Tech, Pharma Will Need PR for Post COVID-19 Backlash

Fri., Apr. 3, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

LogosBig technology and pharmaceutical companies will emerge from the chaos of the COVID-19 crisis even more powerful than they are today. They will need PR to deal with the backlash... COVID-19 casualties: 62 percent of small businesses won't survive two months without federal assistance... Another impeachable offense: Pentagon warned Trump team of pandemic and shortage of ventilators, hospital beds and drugs. President opted to close White House pandemic office.

Fenton Urges Motorists to Stay Home

Fri., Apr. 3, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

FentonFenton Consulting has launched a billboard PSA campaign, urging motorists to get off the road and stay home in the national effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Warren Campaign Aide Joins Blue State

Fri., Apr. 3, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Camonghne FelixCamonghne Felix, who was national director of surrogates communications, black media & strategic communications for Elizabeth Warren's presidential run, has joined Blue State in Washington.

How PR Can Combat the COVID-19 Fake News Crisis

Fri., Apr. 3, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

KyneThe communications industry is uniquely poised to respond to the spread of misinformation that’s surged in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Media Maneuvers: Warner Media Names Hulu Co-Founder Kilar CEO

Fri., Apr. 3, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Jason KilarWarnerMedia names Hulu co-founder Jason Kilar CEO, effective May 1... Bustle Digital Group, which includes such properties as Nylon and Elite Daily, fires 24 staffers... News Media Alliance, a nonprofit organization that represents nearly 2,000 news organizations, asks Post Office to cut mailing rates during COVID-19 pandemic.

On the Move: Edelman EVP Puthoff Moves to Chirp

Fri., Apr. 3, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Marisa PuthoffChirp, integrated marketing communications shop, recruits Edelman executive VP Marisa Puthoff... Move, Inc. of News Corp. hires Samsung Next's Hani Durzy as VP-communications... IMAX Corporation adds Brett Harriss as senior VP of investor relations.

HRC's Halloran Joins Cornerstone

Thu., Apr. 2, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Liz HalloranLiz Halloran, deputy communications director at the Human Rights Campaign, has joined Cornerstone Public Affairs.

Teneo Reps Bloom Energy in Bid to Refurbish Ventilators

Thu., Apr. 2, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Bloom EnergyTeneo represents Bloom Energy, which is teaming with Almo Corp, to refurbish and distribute unused and out-or-warranty ventilators to states and hospitals in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the Move: Kekst CNC Names Three Partners

Thu., Apr. 2, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Elvira PignalKekst CNC names Elvira Pignal, Nathan Riggs and Anntal Silver partners... Green Flower Media, cannabis education platform, hires Lance Lambert as VP-marketing... Subject Matter recruits TogoRun's Jon Tilton as senior strategist, integrated campaigns.

Accounts in Transit: BackBay Lands Vital Capital

Thu., Apr. 2, 2020

By Steve Barnes

VitalBackBay Communications lands Vital Capital, an impact investor focused on companies in sub-Saharan Africa... 5W Public Relations picks up TheSoul Publishing, an independent digital studio... The Consultancy PR wins Arhaus, a home furnishings retailer.

News of Firms: PAN Publishes COVID-19 Crisis Guide

Thu., Apr. 2, 2020

By Steve Barnes

PANPAN Communications has put together a reference guide with advice on how marketing and PR professionals can navigate the hurdles of the COVID-19 world... Ben Long, founder and CEO of Travaille Executive Search, has died. His firm placed PR and communications people in the DC area... William Mills Agency commissioned a survey by the Harris Poll to find out what effect social distancing was having on consumers’ use of digital banking and digital payments.

Ex-UBS Art Chief Joins Brunswick

Wed., Apr. 1, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Peter DillonPeter Dillon, who was executive director & head of global art at banking giant UBS, has joined Brunswick Group as managing partner.

Commentary

Let's Not Get Fooled Again by Trump's Spin

Wed., Apr. 1, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Winston ChurchillThe Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" was one of the many highlights of the "Concert for New York" held in the aftermath of the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Let's not get fooled again as Donald Trump attempts to re-write history to avoid blame for the COVID-19 crisis... Trump channels Winston Churchill. Not really. (3 reader comments)

On the Move: Actual Agency Hires Coyne PR's Katie Seifert

Wed., Apr. 1, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Katie SeifertActual Agency hires Katie Seifert as VP. She joins from Coyne PR, where she handled Casio, IMAX, National Hardware Show and NY NOW... South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem names Ian Fury communications director. He worked for the Koch Brothers' Americans for Prosperity, a political advocacy group... Inland Empire Health Plan in Rancho Cucamonga recruits Michelle Rai as chief communications and marketing officer.

Famous Leaves CAVA for Glover Park Group

Wed., Apr. 1, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Ben FamousCAVA head of strategic communications and brand marketing Ben Famous heads to a vice president position at Glover Park Group.

Cassidy & Assocs. Adds Energy Pro Dearborn

Wed., Apr. 1, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Jed DearbornJed Dearborn, who was senior counsel on the Senate's energy and natural resources committee, is now at Cassidy & Associates, the DC-based public affairs powerhouse.  

Engagement in the Age of the Coronavirus

Wed., Apr. 1, 2020

By Suzanne Hammelman

Suzanne HammelmanAmericans continue to engage on issues they care about. Be sensitive and smart but don’t stop communicating with supporters. (1 reader comment)