PR Rundown, 5.6.2015: HL Group, Credit Suisse, McGraw-Hill

And news from the PR Council, the Emma L. Bowen Foundation, and KCSA Strategic Communications.

NEW YORK: HL Group has named Robert Harwood-Matthews as its first CEO, reporting to the agency’s board of directors. He was most recently president at TBWA Chiat Day in New York, and has held executive roles for the firm in Los Angeles and London, among other offices.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND: Credit Suisse AG has appointed Christoph Meier as global head of media relations, according to Reuters. He previously worked at Lombard Odier Group in Geneva as head of communications. Based in Zurich, he will start in the role on July 15.

NEW YORK: The PR Council has begun a partnership with the Emma L. Bowen Foundation with the goal of placing college students of color at leading US PR firms. Participating agencies include Edelman, FleishmanHillard, GreenTarget, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Kwittken + Co., Lippe Taylor, Porter Novelli, and Sachs Media Group, the organization said in a statement.

NEW YORK: McGraw-Hill Education has hired Catherine Mathis as CCO. She was most recently SVP of marketing and communications for Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services and a member of its executive committee and previously SVP of corporate communications for The New York Times Co.

SOMERSET, NJ: The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences has hired Tartaglia Communications to create a comms program for new prizes encouraging open social-science research. The Initiative is run by the Center for Effective Global Action at the University of California at Berkeley.

NEW YORK: World Moto, a technology company that works on fare-metering and m-commerce services, has brought on KCSA Strategic Communications to oversee its investor relations program. The firm will use a comprehensive IR campaign to "help achieve a fair valuation of World Moto’s equity" and boost awareness of the company, it said in a statement.

SYRACUSE, NY: Fortress Strategic Communications launched on Wednesday. The firm will provide strategic PR and crisis communications for companies that offer products, services, and solutions to mitigate risk, it said in a statement. Evan Bloom is serving as CEO.

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