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Edelman Inducted into Ad Hall of Fame

Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Richard EdelmanRichard Edelman will become the first PR firm executive to be inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame of the American Advertising Federation. (2 reader comments)

Media Maneuvers: Ex-NY Daily News E-I-C Seeks to Revive Deadspin

Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Jim RichJim Rich, former New York Daily News editor-in-chief, seeks to revive Deadspin... Meredith Corporation unloads fan-focused sports and entertainment site FanSided to Minute Media... Bill Abbott, CEO of Crown Media Family Networks (owner of the Hallmark Channel), is stepping down after 11 years in the position and in the aftermath of the gay wedding ad flap.

Brunswick Group Adds Financial PR Vet Koons

Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Charles KoonsBrunswick Group has hired Charlie Koons as a partner focused on mergers & acquisitions, investor engagement, shareholder activism and corporate governance.

Accounts in Transit: Rocket Science Marketing & PR Adds Dole Food

Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

By Steve Barnes

DoleRocket Science Marketing & PR adds fresh products unit of Dole Food Company and Saleen Automotive, which is returned to the professional motorsports business... Modern Currency Public Relations checks in at The Ambrose Hotel in Santa Monica... Beach House PR scoops up all-natural deodorant brand Humble.

American Air's Scott Flies to United

Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Leslie ScottLeslie Scott, who was American Airlines' senior manager for global communications, is moving to United Airlines.

On the Move: The PR Council Names BCW Global President Jim Joseph as Chair

Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Jim JosephThe PR Council has voted in BCW global president Jim Joseph as chair. Joseph, who will serve a two-year term, succeeds Weber Shandwick CEO Gail Heimann... Purple Strategies has brought on Hill+Knowlton Strategies' Rebecca Ballard as managing director, communications, marketing and engagement, a newly created role... Olympic Steel has named Michelle Pearson-Casey VP, corporate communications & marketing

BGR Makes Case for Honduras

Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Juan Orlando HernandezBGR Government Affairs is working on a $60K per-month effort to provide strategic communications services to Honduras, which has been rocked by corruption. (1 reader comment)

Commentary

News Flash: Trust in Media is on the Rise

Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Gordon CrovitzNews flash: Trust in media rose in 16 of 26 global markets surveyed last year by Edelman’s 20th Trust Barometer... Say what? Wal-Mart, Geico, Amazon, Best Buy, ETrade and Kroger help fund Vladimir Putin's propaganda machine. (1 reader comment)

News Anchor Jim Lehrer Dies at 85

Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Jim LehrerJim Lehrer, who teamed with Robert MacNeil in 1975 to launch “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report” on PBS, died today. He was 85. (2 reader comments)

Consumers Support Cause-Driven Companies

Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

DiversityA growing percentage of consumers today are paying attention to companies’ stances on social, environmental and political issues, according to a new report.

The Real Cost of Crisis

Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

By Tony Langham

Tony LanghamIn a crisis, long-term reputation matters a lot more than short-term stock price. (1 reader comment)

Tax Changes for 2020

Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

By Richard Goldstein

Richard GoldsteinA look at some of the tax changes that might affect your financial planning in 2020.

On the Move: GAMCO Hires KGA Alum Jennifer Schlueter as CCO

Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Jennifer SchlueterGAMCO Investors hires Jennifer Schlueter, one-time financial communications head at Kreab Gavin Anderson, as CCO... Ingredion, food ingredient company, adds Tiffany Willis as VP-corporate communications officer... BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee ups Scott Wilson to VP-corporate communications & community relations.

Athens, GA Issues Visitors Guide RFP

Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

Athens, GAAthens, Georgia’s Convention and Visitors Bureau seeks an agency that can develop and produce the 2020-2021 edition of its official Athens Visitors Guide.

Teneo Signs Up to Manage PR Unit of Saudi Mega-City

Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

NeomTeneo has inked a six-month $840K contract to manage the communications department of Neom, which is the $500B mega-city that is supposed to be the centerpiece of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plan to diversify the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s economic base. (1 reader comment)

Ex-Sen. D'Amato's Firm Settles Sanctions Case

Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Al D'AmatoFormer Senator Al D’Amato’s Park Strategies paid $12,250 to settle allegations that its work for a Somalia-based client that is on the Treasury Dept. global terrorism list violated US sanctions. (1 reader comment)

Brian Communications Bags Heavyweight Talent

Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Bill MarimowBrian Communications has brought on Bill Marimow, former e-i-c at Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun, and David Demarest (ex-White House communications director) as senior advisors.

News of Firms: Weber Shandwick Forms Global Intelligence Unit

Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Brian BuchwaldWeber Shandwick has formed a global intelligence division, which will use data and analytics to inform strategies that include the development of insight-driven, earned media storytelling opportunities... Lambert & Co. acquires Casteel Schoenborn Investor Relations & Corporate Communications... Baretz+Brunelle has created a NewLaw practice to be led by Brad Blickstein and Beatrice Seravello, who have joined the firm as partners

Avoid the ‘Call Center’ Approach to Crisis

Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

By Alex Stanton

Alex StantonWhy offering rapid, uniform responses to crises will always be a second-rate solution to providing authentic, nuanced messages that are tailored to the needs and motivations of specific audiences.

On the Move: Fairmont Century Plaza Hires Lou Hammond's Brenda Urban as PR Director

Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Brenda UrbanFairmont Century Plaza recruits Lou Hammond Group's Brenda Urban for PR director job... Infiniti Motor Company ups Wendy Orthman to global communications GM effective April 1. She succeeds Trevor Hale... Lippe Taylor has hired Manvir Kalsi as senior vice president, insights & planning. Kalsi previously served as head of consumer & market insights at Samsung Electronics America.

Accounts in Transit: Affect Adds Israel's Unbound Tech, Keeper of Corporate Secrets

Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Unbound TechAffect adds Unbound Tech, the Israeli company that helps clients protect corporate secrets as cryptographic keys, credentials and other private data by ensuring they never exist anywhere in complete form... Mitchell picks up Designer Brands Inc., producer/retailer of footwear & accessories... Slingshot lands Aspire Allergy & Sinus, which was formerly known as the Texan Allergy & Sinus Center.