Huntsworth's losses narrowed in 2016 thanks to a strong performance from the holding company's health comms arm, and despite a "difficult" year for Grayling, whose like-for-like revenue fell 17.4 per cent.
The action brought by Faith Brewitt in January claimed the Publicis PR agency had denied her the basic tools to perform her job.
Google bosses have apologised and promised improvements after being hauled into the Cabinet Office following a Times investigation which found that Government campaigns had appeared alongside extremist videos on YouTube.
She joined the firm in 2014.
The firm has acquired WATATAWA and Red Bridge Communications.
Birge joined from Edelman shop Assembly, which works with Microsoft.
Weber will support the country's "strategic partnership" with the U.S., according to documents filed with the State Department.
Almost 100 campaigns are battling it out for PRWeek's top global prizes, which will be unveiled at a gala event in London on May 11.
The Fortune 500 company has a "very aggressive growth appetite" in the U.S., according to marketing and sales VP Kurt Jovais.
Four in 10 Chinese are more negative about the U.S. following Trump's first month as president.
UK revenue at WPP's PR firms was "down significantly" in Q4 2016, also falling in North America by more than two per cent in the same period - but revenue across the year grew at a faster pace than in the year before.
With its leader indicted on corruption charges, Samsung's brand reputation faces a "long and steep road." Or, perhaps the scandal will have no impact whatsoever.
Havas Group was unable to match its double-digit growth of last year after posting a 3.3 per cent lift in global revenue for 2016.
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Public affairs and financial comms engagements across the EMEA region meant that FTI Consulting's Strategic Communications business outperformed the company as a whole in Q4 2016.
Norman Howell has taken the role of director of global communications at Formula 1, a new post created in the shake-up of the organisation after its acquisition by Liberty Media.
The holding company, the owner of Allison+Partners, Kwittken, and others, recently sold a $95 million stake to Goldman Sachs.
The luxury brand has appointed W as its first retained agency in Southeast Asia.
The latest study from Prospect and PublicAffairsAsia also shows more businesses are accepting flexible working.
David Brain, president and CEO of Edelman Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, is to leave the agency after 13 years.
Once the deal is complete, Goldman Sachs will own 15% of the company.
The goal of the deal is to boost new business opportunities and expand expertise in Asia.
Personal stories from Milton Keynes residents provide an alternative narrative to stereotypes such as concrete cows and roundabouts, according to the head of the PR agency charged with promoting the town's 50th anniversary.
A major public relations programme by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is due to launch in April in a bid to boost exports of English beef and lamb to Europe.
The world's largest PR firm is still expanding but posted its lowest growth in seven years in 2016, with organic revenue up just 1.7% as clients became more cautious and cut spending - but it is more optimistic about Q1 and 2017 and remains committed to communications marketing.
Dubai's tourism body has appointed travel and tourism PR and marketing agency The Brighter Group to handle its UK and Ireland PR, an account previously held by Edelman.
Spanish-owned comms agency Llorente & Cuenca has reported a 12.5 per cent rise in revenue in 2016 to €33.8m (£28.7m, $36m), although growth was significantly higher when excluding the impact of currency fluctuations.
Cone will keep its brand, and CEO Bill Fleishman will stay in his role as Cone CEO.
The SVP, partner, and GM passed away on January 25.
MSLGroup owner Publicis has reported a net loss of €527m (£449m, $564m) in 2016 as revenue declined in the fourth quarter.
Cao has worked at WE Communications, Text100, and EMG over the past decade.
Edelman acquired Dubai-based independent Dabo & Co. in 2015.
Finsbury, Ogilvy and Burson-Marsteller will handle PR for WPP's global comms partnership with pharmacy giant Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA).
Gross has worked at Finsbury since 1989. Holmes joined the agency in 2007.
Pharmacy giant Walgreens Boots Alliance has appointed WPP to handle marketing, communications and advertising for its global retail and wholesale businesses.
Ketchum is the incumbent on the business.
Global health, life and disability insurer Allianz Worldwide Care has appointed FleishmanHillard as its global PR agency, following a competitive tender process.
Faith Brewitt, former head of Greater China for MSLGroup, has filed a lawsuit saying she was denied the time and basic tools to do her job.
The PR agency will handle communications for the launch of two branches.
He has a "strong vision for the future" and "I place my every confidence in him," says Lévy.
Lévy will step aside to become chairman of the supervisory board as of June 2017.
Dutch paints, chemicals and coatings manufacturing giant AkzoNobel is reviewing its global roster of agencies in an attempt to reduce the number of agency relationships it maintains.
He will work alongside co-president Kyota Narimatsu.
Samsung is consolidating its UK PR support, with longstanding retained agencies The Red Consultancy and Kazoo both in the running for a consolidated, single brief, PRWeek has learned.
The consultancy's latest study shows marketers and clients want much more digital capability from their PR firms than ever before.
Brunswick maintained its position as the PR agency that offered comms support to the greatest number of M&A deals globally in 2016, although rivals have been gaining ground, new research suggests.
Robin Gordon-Farleigh, a senior comms strategist at Downing Street advising Theresa May and her predecessor David Cameron, has been hired by Edelman to work in its Dubai office.
Guinness World Records has hired Havas PR and BPG Cohn & Wolfe to handle comms in Germany and the UAE respectively.
Samsung has today confirmed the overheating of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones was caused by faults with their batteries.
Rose Beaumont leads international and European communications for the global financial services company, which won Global Campaign of the Year in 2016 - final call for 2017 entries is Tuesday, January 24.
Japan's advertising giant has named a successor to Tadashi Ishii after a year plagued by scandal.
The French Government's economic development agency has handed the The Hoffman Agency an initial one-year brief to promote the country's technology industry, making it one of the agency's largest clients globally.
She is taking on the role as Justin Then departs.
Lee Nugent is taking over as Asia-Pacific director as Anne Costello becomes regional chair.
The deadline for the PRWeek Global Awards has been extended to 24 January.
Tim Heile is joining the Nissan subsidiary's China joint venture, Dongfeng Infiniti, from BMW Japan.
The BBC must listen more in order to gain the trust of its audience, its director of comms has told PRWeek.
From Cuba to Colombia via Qatar, PRWeek UK goes around the world in seven articles to highlight those countries set for a comms boom in 2017.
US-headquartered WE Communications is in negotiations to acquire independent London agency Threepipe, PRWeek has learned.
Edelman has appointed Nigerian PR firm Chain Reactions Nigeria as its exclusive affiliate in the country, following a year-long strategic partnership.
Desai is joining the agency as Carol Potter moves into a new role.
Diageo corporate relations director Charlotte Lambkin is to leave the company, the drinks giant has confirmed.
Interactive 3D demo, developed with Allison+Partners, is a first for the tech brand and an uncommon sight in the b-to-b marketing world.
Maggie Lu is taking up the role.
Bell was previously the WPP agency's global public affairs practice chair.
Major League Baseball (MLB) wants to become the latest American sport to make inroads overseas, having met with various UK PR and digital firms in recent weeks, PRWeek has learned.
March of the professional services firms continues as Deloitte snaps up comms agency Regester Larkin
UK crisis comms and reputation specialist Regester Larkin has been acquired by professional services firm Deloitte LLP for an undisclosed sum, the agency announced today.
Daylight founder David Ko to lead Ruder Finn's regional digital arm after acquisition.
WPP agency Burson-Marsteller has acquired a minority stake in its Kenyan affiliate, Engage Burson-Marsteller.
The Fast Retailing brand will work with Marin Minamiya, a student mountaineer, on product design and CSR.
The move is the latest in MSLGroup's rapid expansion into Southeast Asia.
ICCO, the umbrella association for national PR trade bodies, has appointed five regional presidents to represent the organisation's recently formed regional boards.
Carol Potter, executive vice chairman of Edelman's Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa region, has been named as Michael Stewart's successor as president and CEO of the agency's Europe and CIS arm.
Manifest Group has opened a new office in the Swedish capital Stockholm amid plans to set up further operations in South Africa and Australia by 2020.
Video trickery makes David Beckham's tattoos appear to move in a new campaign film released by global children's charity UNICEF.
Chetan Mahajan is joining the agency from MSLGroup.
Harvest Fund Management, one of China's largest fund managers that oversees investments worth $100bn, has hired Peregrine Communications to a new global account.
A majority of marketers in the UK, US and Australia consider social media their top priority when launching new products, research has found.
The Honey Partnership has been handed a b2b and consumer PR brief - and a remit of hiring a range of further agencies - by hybrid work-life accommodation provider The Student Hotel.
The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has contacted a number of UK agencies as it seeks support for the next seven months, ahead of a broader rethink of its global PR support.
The Japanese airline picked the firm after a competitive process to work on its campaign, which includes a year-long influencer program.
Instagram's live video and ephemeral features give brands one more reason to skip Snapchat.
Drinks group Pernod Ricard has hired London's Lexis to handle global corporate and trade PR for its Chivas Brothers Scotch whisky and premium gin business.
The former Obama aide will fill the top comms role at the hospitality giant amid its plans to split its business.
Hugh Baillie, the UK CEO of FullSix and previously a senior figure at ad firms BBH and Ogilvy & Mather, has been hired by Weber Shandwick to head up the firm's 'engagement disciplines' across EMEA.
The agency will manage communications and the launch campaign for the brand's second anniversary.
WPP-owned PR agency sees opportunity to help Japanese brands operate in an increasingly complex world.
Creston board agrees to sell to minority shareholder DBAY Advisors amid 'uncertain market conditions'
Creston's board has agreed to sell outright to investment firm DBAY Advisors, a current minority shareholder, for £75.8m, in a move that will end the marcoms group's period as a listed company.
Its current Japan-based clients include Toyota, Softbank, and the government.
People have burned or binned their New Balance trainers in protest after the brand was reported to prefer US president-elect Donald Trump to the Obama regime.
Expedia-owned hotel booking website Hotels.com is reviewing its EMEA PR support, and seeking a global creative comms agency, PRWeek has learned.
John Lewis has launched its hotly anticipated 2016 Christmas campaign; an upbeat antidote to a year of political turmoil and social upheaval - complete with festive magic, a trampoline and a dog who likes to bounce.
WPP has signed an affiliation agreement with Iranian digital marketing firm PPG, giving the advertising and comms giant and its clients access to the group's services in the country.
For almost half the country, the narrow victory for Brexit was a portent of doom but, while sterling has fallen to historically low rates - plunging to a 31-year low immediately after the result - predictions of immediate Armageddon now seem far-fetched.
FTI Consulting has hired 15 people - the CEO and staff of development and organisational consulting firm JSB - in its London office, significantly bolstering its employee engagement and change communication practice.
Michael Lee and David Gompel have been assigned larger roles.
Entries are now open for the 2017 PRWeek Global Awards, which will again honour transformative PR work on an international stage.
The agency will lead international communications for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.
Hudson Sandler has become an LLP that will offer a stake in the business to staff, after listed holding group Huntsworth sold its majority stake in the global corporate and financial agency.
The partnership will span ApotheCom's offices around the world, including those in the U.S., U.K., and Asia.
The longtime student of evidence-based marketing now becomes the teacher.
The new shop, based in Campbell, California, will be known as Lumina.
An initiative backed by Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will try to replicate the fruits of the country's work with Omnicom PR firm Ketchum between 2006 and 2014.
Incheon International Airport in South Korea has been helping foreign passengers experience South Korean culture, thanks to a virtual reality campaign promoting the airport by PR firm Plan Alliance and ad agency Nextround.
WPP has reported a five per cent rise in like-for-like revenue in its PR and public affairs arm in Q3, making it the company's strongest-performing division in the quarter.
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Johnnie Walker's new Storyline content initiative is part of an attempt to "elevate our messaging to culture", according to the whisky's global brand chief - who also tells Sam Burne James that he hopes it helps put the brand in the same league as Apple, Nike and Dove.
Portland is planning to open its first office in Asia-Pacific in Singapore in the next few weeks, PRWeek has learned.
Four new superheroes whose lives have been touched by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are being launched today by global pharma firm Takeda, with the help of its PR agency Ketchum.
Charles Lankester, based in Hong Kong, will lead the new team as EVP.
Ee Rong Chong tapped to fill number two spot to accelerate agency integration.
London-based comms agency W has acquired House PR for an undisclosed sum, with House set to trade as a standalone business within the wider group.
Previously, Reinglass spent almost two decades producing and managing television programs for Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Studios.
Samsung appears to have taken action against YouTube users posting videos showcasing a mod in Grand Theft Auto V, in which bombs are replaced by exploding phones.
The holding company's overall business saw strong revenue growth in the U.K. at 16.4% and Latin America at 17.8%. Asia-Pacific reported a drop in revenue of 1.4%.
Crisis and tech communicators say the response of the South Korean conglomerate to the Galaxy Note 7 crisis was too slow to be effective.
The Paris-based holding company's revenue was up 7.6% in Europe, but down 0.4% in Asia-Pacific in the third quarter.
Publicis Groupe said the UK "has picked up sharply" after posting growth of 7 per cent in the country for the third quarter of the year.
At 4A's Strat Fest, Ken Muench offers the industry's strategists some tough love.
The holding company's North American revenue lagged behind other regions, increasing 1.7% to $2.3 billion in the quarter. U.K. revenue was up 5.2% to $347.9 million, other European revenue increased 2% to $590.7 million, and Asia-Pacific revenue jumped 8% to $418.9 million.
Food delivery service Deliveroo has appointed Havas PR UK as its retained consumer agency.
Former Bloomberg journalist Andrew Roberts has taken the top comms job at British fashion giant Burberry Group, PRWeek has learned.
The technology company and its subsidiary put out tenders for PR services in the region.
One of the football managers implicated in the newspaper sting which forced the resignation of England manager Sam Allardyce has been "ballsy" in his reaction to the newspaper's story, says a comms pro advising the club.
A mental health initiative was launched this week to provide young public affairs practitioners with initial access to professional support.
Samsung's decision to stop sales of its apparently flammable Galaxy Note 7, and warning to consumers that they should switch the phone off, may prove little more than an embarrassing blip, PRs suggest.
SMBs and video are top priorities for Instagram's COO.
Apple and Google have once again topped Interbrand's list of the 100 most powerful brands - while Facebook and Amazon have seen their value grow faster than any other brand.
Guinness World Records is seeking new PR agency support in Germany and MENA, which it described as two of its fastest growing regions.
PR leaders in North America are the most optimistic for increased agency profitability, although those in the Middle East are most hopeful for growth in the industry, according to the PRWeek and ICCO World PR Report 2016.
Bell Pottinger created propaganda videos in Iraq on behalf of the US Government in a contract worth more than half a billion dollars over several years, according to revelations unearthed by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
More than 100 universities have joined forces to produce a campaign called #WeAreInternational to welcome international students and promote the benefits of higher education.
Finsbury has announced a series of promotions across the business, the most senior of which is Yim Wong moving from principal to partner at the London office.
Global agency Ketchum has announced changes to its global influencer offering, including new partnerships and a database management tool.
Porta Communications has reported a dip in fee income in the first half of 2016, pointing to the negative impact of the EU referendum on its UK business.
The investment professionals' association ended its relationship of seven years with incumbent FleishmanHillard when it teamed up with Ogilvy PR. It began working with the WPP firm this month on the five-year, seven-figure account.
A study of the social media activity of the world's biggest pharmaceutical firms finds that Lilly is the most active, but two other companies achieve more than twice as much engagement with significantly fewer posts.
W has opened a full-service office in Amsterdam, in partnership with the Netherlands-based boutique consultancy roycomm.
He was most recently SVP and senior director in the firm's New York office.
Digital marketing and PR group Next 15 has continued its expansion spree with the acquisition of tech PR agency Pinnacle for £4.4m ($5.7m).
Weber Shandwick, MSLGroup, and John Doe previously worked on the two brands.
HP is ending its relationships with Omnicom-owned PR agencies FleishmanHillard and Porter Novelli, the latter after 28 years.
The veteran of ConAgra, Cigna, and State Farm most recently led communications at Cargill.
Yahoo's disclosure of a major 2014 attack by hackers looks at best odd and at worst "incredibly irresponsible" in the way it has been communicated, according to tech PR experts.
M&C Saatchi's PR agencies continued to outperform the business overall in the first half of 2016, as parent company CEO David Kershaw says he doesn't predict the EU Referendum to hit the business in the next two to three years.
Speaking at a Hill+Knowlton Strategies conference this morning (21 September), WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell said that of the network's £57.8bn annual client media spend, its biggest investment was in Google, as search was more powerful than social.
Nick Hindle has been appointed global head of corporate comms by the dairy giant Arla Foods.
Confectionery giant Wrigley has issued a deft response to Donald Trump's son comparing refugees to poisoned Skittles, saying: "Skittles are candy. Refugees are people."
Chief influence strategist Erin Lanuti is leading the platform.
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Purchase nets the group five PR firms covering 50 cities in India.
David Hunt has joined WE Communications as head of its operations in China, while Miranda Cai has moved from Fleishman to lead the company's Shanghai office as MD.
Global drinks giant Diageo has given its global corporate comms account to Teneo Blue Rubicon, the newly reshuffled London agency, after a lengthy search process.
MDC Partners has appointed Lotta Malm Hallqvist as its first managing director and chief marketing officer for Europe.
FTI Consulting has formalised the global network of affiliate agencies for its Strategic Communications arm, with 'Gold' and 'Silver' status being offered to affiliates.
Campaigns with online influencers are often used by brands to reach consumers who use ad-blocking technology - but social media experts agree that this cannot be relied upon as a way to beat the blockers.
He will continue to serve as CEO for Europe and the CIS until a replacement is found.
The Difference Makes Us campaign highlights people's individuality and creativity and spans the online marketplace's core markets of the U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia, France, and Germany.
Diageo Scotch brand Johnnie Walker has released a short film in which one of its Edinburgh-based blenders travels to New York armed with the distiller's new limited edition Blenders' Batch Red Rye Finish.
Frank has been appointed to handle PR for the launch of the UK's first branch of Ribs & Burgers.
James Murtagh-Hopkins will join music industry giant Universal Music Group as senior director, comms, effective 19 September.
Teneo has combined its entire UK operations, including Blue Rubicon, into one business under the new name Teneo Blue Rubicon.
LeoComm PR, the six-office Middle East agency owned by Publicis and formerly aligned with Leo Burnett, is to become part of MSLGroup, the global network's main PR operation.
The courage to take the huge decision to globally recall its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, and the speed at which Samsung moved, has drawn plaudits from PR experts.
Edelman has signed an agreement with Istanbul's Unite Communications to be its "exclusive affiliate" in Turkey, casting doubt on the global network's ongoing relationship with its former wholly-owned agency in the country.
Major sponsors of the Rio 2016 Paralympics have revealed to PRWeek UK details of their promotional activities ahead of the opening ceremony, with several looking to build on their Olympic campaigns.
Marcoms group Creston has reported "positive" trading in recent months, saying "uncertainty" in client budgets caused by the EU referendum has been largely offset by new business.
Global tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) has hired former senior pharma industry, Department of Health and Cabinet Office comms figure Liam English as director corporate communications.
Kellogg's is reviewing its EMEA consumer PR support, and asking a range of agencies to pitch for a major new region-wide account, PRWeek has learned.
Andy Oliver, global client engagement officer at PR agency Lewis, is to leave the business after 20 years, with Oliver saying he's in discussion with both agencies and brands about his next move.
Alex Bigg, general manager of Edelman London, has been appointed as the new CEO of MHP Communications.
The European Commission has misjudged the political climate by demanding Apple pay the Irish government £11bn in back taxes, but the corporation's bullish response is a sign of the legal battle to come, public affairs experts told PRWeek this morning.
As part of our survey on the relationship between journalists and PRs, PRWeek took a trip to News UK's headquarters to ask senior Sun journalists about the key skills they admire in good PRs.
The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists have a difficult job, say PRs, but their skills are waning
PRWeek's new survey of 300 respondents reveals what PRs really think of journalists, and vice versa. The second part of the feature exposes what they think of each other's roles and how seamless a career swap would be.
Basketball player Carmelo Anthony and swimmer Michael Phelps are the Olympians with the greatest potential to influence purchasing decisions, followed closely by gymnast Simone Biles and British tennis champion Andy Murray, new research suggests.
Samsung is the global Olympics sponsor that had the most effective activities around Rio 2016 - although sponsors often struggled to convert the extra exposure into more favourable sentiment, new research suggests.
The e-commerce giant launched Alizila with an interview with CEO Jack Ma and a four-strong team of senior journalists as it prepares for the first G20 summit to be held in China.
Bell Pottinger "may well make acquisitions" as it "evolves into a new dawn" following the departure of chairman and founder Lord Tim Bell, CEO James Henderson has told PRWeek.
R/GA's managing director of social shares ten things that will make Japan's Olympic Games decidedly different than Rio--Mario Bros. warp tubes and Hello Kitty cameos not included.
Lord Tim Bell has resigned as chairman of Bell Pottinger, 30 years after he founded the agency, and is set to form a new PR business called Sans Frontières, the same name as the arm of Bell Pottinger that handled sometimes controversial geo-political work.
WPP has reported an improved performance in its PR and public affairs division in Q2 2016, as the group warns of continued client "caution" and says the UK "might" fall into recession post-Brexit.
She will join the company next month, reporting to AIG's chief operating officer.
PRWeek chats to comms pros in Brazil: After arriving back in the UK last night, Freuds director Jo Livingston talks about client Mo Farah's 'double double', her Rio highlights and her flip-flop penchant.
Inspired by a lickable nail polish debuted in Hong Kong earlier this year, Edelman is helping the chicken brand bring scented skin products to the beach.
The Honey Partnership has been appointed by three Chinese tech brands - Hikvision, Arashi Vision and Skye Intelligence - to expand their global market presence and provide consultancy and engagement services.
Risi will take on the role alongside her position as head of Ogilvy Media Influence.
HSBC has moved its global corporate PR and public affairs account from agency FTI Consulting to Finsbury.
Nissan has released a series of statistics the car maker says shows its sponsorship of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games has been a success, including growing its market share in Brazil.
PRWeek chats to comms pros in Brazil: Taking a last-minute flight from Los Angeles to Rio, Konnect Agency CEO Sabina Gault from Los Angeles said she found the reality on the ground very different to negative pre-Games press.
PRWeek chats to comms pros in Brazil: Ketchum Sport and Entertainment's Steph McDonald has been on duty for P&G, but will also cherish a memory of witnessing a 'true reflection of the Olympic spirit'.
PRWeek chats to comms pros in Brazil: Emily Favret, account director at Edelman UK, discusses Heineken's activity with the Dutch Olympic team, the host nation's PR effort and "klap-mee-dailles" (no, we didn't know either).
Six-time Olympic track cycling champion Jason Kenny recently said he "wasn't very marketable" while others, such as fellow cyclist, four-time gold medallist (and his fiancée) Laura Trott, appear to have better luck with sponsorship - what is it that puts an athlete top of the PR podium?
Facebook has lifted its ban on Messenger bots sending promotional messages to consumers, as part of a wider set of rule changes.
Voracious video appetites in the region raise the platform's optimism about its ad offerings.
Instagram has launched new tools aimed at small businesses which can create a profile to promote themselves, as well as collect information about users.
Twitter has claimed a BuzzFeed article titled "Inside Twitter's 10-Year Failure To Stop Harassment" contains inaccuracies, but the social network is not going to do anything about them.
PRWeek chats to comms pros in Brazil: Alasdair Townsend and Patrick O'Neill, the British pair running Anglo-Brazilian agency Sherlock Communications, have been enjoying swimming and fencing, and trying to ignore the doom-mongering.
PRWeek and BlueFocus convened a high-level panel in Cannes with Chinese super-brands Tencent and JD.com and CPG behemoth Procter & Gamble to unlock the power of social commerce as the final link in the chain for marketers.
Tech shop Hotwire and consumer specialist Frank PR showed "above average margin achievement" in the past year, according to their owner, the Australian holding company Enero Group.
The global agency Bell Pottinger says it sees "huge opportunity" in the fintech sector, with a recent hire from Hotwire leading its charge in the space.