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Gladstone Seals Ladenburg Thalmann Deal

Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Milton BerlinskiGladstone Place Partners represents Reverence Capital Partners as its Advisor Group investment completes the acquisition of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services of Miami.

On the Move: Ironside Takes Top Comms Spot at MIT

Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Alfred IronsideThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology names Alfred Ironside vp for communications. Ironside was previously vp of global comms at the Ford Foundation... Katy Compton-Bishop comes on board at Madano as head of healthcare... Johnson Controls brings on Phil Clement as CMO.

Hicks Returns to White House

Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Hope HicksHope Hicks is returning to the White House as “counselor to the president,” reporting to president Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. (2 reader comments)

FTI Consulting Works McClatchy Chapter 11

Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

McClatchyFTI Consulting is handling McClatchy's Chapter 11 filing as the owner of 30 newspapers seeks to restructure debt, shed pension obligations and accelerate its digital transformation. (1 reader comment)

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Princess Cruise Lines Makes Good PR Move

Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

PrincessLet's hear it for Princess Cruise Lines for smart PR move of giving two months paid leave to more than 1,000 crew members of coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess ship, once they they are cleared to get off the boat... Donald Trump and his Democratic challengers are out-of-touch with the American public when it comes to their promises of winding down US military involvement in the Middle East. (1 reader comment)

Americans Think Fake News Targets Their Beliefs

Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

Fake NewsA Pew Research Center report found one issue on which Democrats and Republicans seem to agree: both sides believe fake news is biased against their political party more than the other. (3 reader comments)

LLYC Enjoys 12.4% Growth in '19

Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

LLYCMadrid’s LLorente & Cuenca posted a 12.4 percent gain in 2019 revenues to $47M, paced by 21 percent growth in both Spain and Brazil, its biggest markets.

News of Firms: RH Strategic Picks Up MIX PR

Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Raffeto HermanRaffeto Herman Strategic Communication acquires tech firm MIX PR... Brodeur Partners launches Active Purpose to help B2B organizations with their CSR communications... FastStart PR founder Kathy Keating starts up ProsinComms, an online community of freelancers and communications pros.

Digital Political Ad Spends to Top $1B

Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

BloombergDigital political advertising spending in the U.S. this year will cross the $1 billion threshold for the first time, according to a recent eMarketer political spending forecast. (1 reader comment)

Events: PRSA/NY Accepts Big Apple Awards Entries Through March 6

Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

By Steve Barnes

PRSA NYPRSA-NY is accepting entries for Big Apple Awards through March 6. Early birds get $100 discount from entry fees if they submit by tomorrow... Hawkins International schedules Spring Hospitality Showcase for March 4 in NYC... CerconeBrownCompany unveils schedule of press immersions.

IPG Posts 1.6% Spurt in Q4 Growth

Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Michael RothInterpublic today reported Q4 revenue grew 1.6 percent to $2.9B, while net income was flat at $328.9M. The Golin, DeVries Global, PMK-BMC, Current Global, Weber Shandwick PR unit was "up slightly" on reported, organic basis.

Ogilvy's Anderson Takes Edelman Brand Post

Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Michele AndersonOgilvy’s Michele Anderson has joined Edelman as vice chair of brand for the US. She headed the WPP unit's US PR & influence operation.

PRSA Names Walsh Marketing/Sales Chief

Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Maureen WalshPublic Relations Society of America has named Maureen Walsh chief marketing & sales officer. She was CEO of Winn Feline Foundation, which supports research into medical conditions affecting cats.

Reputation of Online Brands Faces Scrutiny

Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Brands2LifeOnline brands need to prepare themselves for "a far greater level of consumer interaction and accountability," according to a new study.

Teneo Acquires Bridge in Ireland

Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Declan KellyTeneo has acquired Bridge PR strategic communications and content creation shop based in Ireland's County Clare.

Oakton Community College Calls for Marketing Services

Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

OaktonChicago-area public community college Oakton Community College is seeking an agency that can provide marketing support through the planning and development of advertising campaigns that will raise brand awareness and enrollment.

Accounts in Transit: 3rd Coast PR Picks Up 'Official' Popcorn of LGBT Community

Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Epic3rd Coast PR adds Epic Gourmet Popcorn, which is only popcorn company certified by National LGBT Chamber of Commerce... Banner Public Affairs represents GPS Innovation Alliance trade group... Allen & Gerritsen picks up Wellable, which helps employers manage corporate wellness initiatives.

Omnicom PR Units Sink 3.2% in Q4

Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

John WrenOmnicom's PR division suffered a 3.2 percent drop in Q4 revenues to $358.3M. Organic growth declined 2.5 percent. CEO John Wren leads OMC to full-year drops in revenues, net income.

San Luis Obispo County Flies Out RFP

Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

San Luis Obispo County Regional AirportSan Luis Obispo County Regional Airport is looking for a firm to provide marketing, PR and social media services.

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Justice Dept. Paves Way to Banana Republic

Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

StoneThe Justice Dept. today shredded any pretense that it isn't in the back pocket of Donald Trump... Goldman Sachs provides grist for Bernie Sanders' war on billionaires and one-percenters. (2 reader comments)

Rubenstein's Marcia Horowitz Dies at 68

Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Marcia HorowitzMarcia Horowitz, a force of nature at Rubenstein Assocs., Feb. 10 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 68.

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry Picks Up Panavision

Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

By Steve Barnes

PanavisionLondon's Red Lorry Yellow Lorry has scooped up global PR duties for Panavisionwhich provides end-to-end production equipment and post services for the episodic, commercial and feature film markets.

Ex-Sen. Nickles Suits Up for LA Olympics

Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Don NicklesFormer Oklahoma Republican Senator Don Nickles represents LA 2028 as the organizing committee for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics/Paralympics Games seeks to generate US government support.