Seven things to know Tuesday morning

PRWeek Awards 2015 open for submissions; Twitter promotes Stricker; Crumbs to close all stores; Taylor Swift gets byline in The Wall Street Journal; Former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond joins Twitter.

McDonald’s Coffing to chair PRWeek Awards 2015
The 2015 edition of the PRWeek Awards opened for nominations on Tuesday. Bridget Coffing, SVP and CCO at McDonald’s, is serving as chair of judges for the 16th PRWeek Awards. Coffing is a 28-year veteran of McDonald’s, which has more than 35,000 locations around the globe and employs more than 1.9 million people.

"There’s no question the PRWeek Awards are very special," she said. "They recognize the best of the best; they’re the high-watermark of our industry, saluting exceptional strategic thinking, creative excellence, and outstanding execution."
Stricker upped to CCO at Twitter
More than two weeks after gaining oversight of Twitter’s media department, Gabriel Sticker has been named CCO at the microblogging service. He is overseeing media as well as marcomms at the company. Stricker was previously VP of marketing and communications.

Five other things to know Tuesday morning:

  • One week after being delisted from the Nasdaq stock exchange, Crumbs is closing all 65 of its stores. The cupcake chain, founded on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, went public in 2011.
  • While General Motors has recalled nearly 26 million cars and trucks this year, it has resisted doing so for 1.8 million trucks and SUVs with brake issues. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has investigated the problem, which GM contends is a routine maintenance issue, since 2010.
  • Op-eds in The Wall Street Journal are usually reserved for conservative politicians and business leaders, not pop stars. So Taylor Swift turned heads on Monday when she penned a column, complete with trademark perkiness, on the future of the music business.
  • Former Barclays CEO Robert Diamond has joined Twitter. He resigned from Barclays in 2012 after the bank paid a $450 million settlement over charges that it manipulated a global benchmark interest rate.
  • Issues with enrollment systems have caused thousands of Americans who signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act to still not have coverage due to either glitches or delays caused by events such as getting married or having a child.

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