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Havas reports 'strong' first half as PR business holds its own

Havas reports 'strong' first half as PR business holds its own

Havas saw net income rise 27.6 per cent to €77m (£56.2m, $86.6m) in the first half of 2015, with the performance of the PR business "consistent with or better than" that of the company overall.

Five stories PR pros need to know on Thursday, 8.27.2015

Five stories PR pros need to know on Thursday, 8.27.2015

McDonald's rebuffs Burger King's McWhopper play; Expedia seeks new agency for UK consumer work; Uber testing new routes, cheaper fares

We Are Social taps Big Fuel president FitzGerald to head US

We Are Social taps Big Fuel president FitzGerald to head US

We Are Social's US MD Leila Thabet, who launched the firm's US business in 2012, is departing.

The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday, 8.26.2015

The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday, 8.26.2015

WPP's PR and public affairs arm sees 5.4% revenue jump; Donald Trump clashes with Univision anchor; Kraft Heinz recalls two million pounds of turkey bacon; YouTube Gaming goes live; Amazon expands Prime Now delivery service; Uber partners with University of Arizona on driverless car efforts.

Revenue grows 5.4 per cent in WPP's PR and public affairs arm but net sales margin dips

Revenue grows 5.4 per cent in WPP's PR and public affairs arm but net sales margin dips

WPP saw revenue in its PR and public affairs arm grow around 5.4 per cent to £458.7m ($719.9m) in the first half of 2015, although net sales margin in the division dipped over the period.

Former McGraw Hill exec Ted Smyth joins Edelman as chief of staff

Former McGraw Hill exec Ted Smyth joins Edelman as chief of staff

Most recently, Smyth served for six years as McGraw Hill Financial's EVP, corporate affairs.

Jamey Peters named director of Ketchum South

Jamey Peters named director of Ketchum South

Peters has gained oversight of the firm's Atlanta office, as well as Dallas, with the appointment.

KBC picks up five-year PR and marketing account for Utah tourist office

KBC picks up five-year PR and marketing account for Utah tourist office

The Utah Office of Tourism, Film and Global Branding has appointed the agency KBC to implement an integrated marketing and public relations programme in the UK.

'If you want to make a fool of yourself, comment on the stock markets': PRs offer 'Black Monday' advice

'If you want to make a fool of yourself, comment on the stock markets': PRs offer 'Black Monday' advice

Corporations should focus on the fundamentals of their own businesses during a stock market decline and not join the debate around global financial markets, City PR experts have told PRWeek.

RF Thunder appoints head for new China beautycare practice

RF Thunder appoints head for new China beautycare practice

Phoenix Liu joined RF Thunder in 2013 and has more than eight years of PR experience

Spark hires Toby Trevarthen as first chief narrative officer

Spark hires Toby Trevarthen as first chief narrative officer

The Northern California-based firm has put an emphasis on narrative with two appointments.

Chime shareholders to vote on WPP/Providence acquisition on 14 September

Chime shareholders to vote on WPP/Providence acquisition on 14 September

Shareholders of Chime Communications are to vote on the proposed £374m acquisition of the firm by a consortium of WPP and Providence on 14 September, with the acquisition expected to be completed in the following month.

NATO signs five-year comms services agreement with Agenda and Engine

NATO signs five-year comms services agreement with Agenda and Engine

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has awarded Washington, D.C. public affairs and comms firm Agenda and global marketing and comms group Engine a five-year framework agreement covering various comms activities.

Ketchum Change project launched in Asia; firm announces two senior appointments

Ketchum Change project launched in Asia; firm announces two senior appointments

Gretchen Huestis will spearhead the unit from Singapore after spending two years as a director in London.

Text100's Colby Jones takes on senior Hong Kong role

Text100's Colby Jones takes on senior Hong Kong role

Her primary responsibilities will include client strategy and service, new business and employee development.

Success of BuzzFeed and Yahoo venture hinges on "how Japanese it becomes"

Success of BuzzFeed and Yahoo venture hinges on "how Japanese it becomes"

Japan site will launch this Winter, but PR pros say BuzzFeed should not underestimate the challenge of breaking into the country's media market

Sadoun on new MSL CEO Guillaume Herbette: 'We wanted someone who is truly international'

Sadoun on new MSL CEO Guillaume Herbette: 'We wanted someone who is truly international'

PRWeek chatted with Publicis Worldwide president Arthur Sadoun on what the holding company was looking for in MSLGroup's next CEO and how the firm will collaborate more with other agencies under the Publicis umbrella.

FleishmanHillard's Guillaume Herbette named next MSLGroup CEO

FleishmanHillard's Guillaume Herbette named next MSLGroup CEO

Herbette will succeed Olivier Fleurot when he steps into the role next week.

Chime sale expected in Q4 as first-half profits fall against 'tough' World Cup comparatives

Chime sale expected in Q4 as first-half profits fall against 'tough' World Cup comparatives

Chime Communications says it expects its acquisition by a consortium of WPP and private equity firm Providence to complete in the fourth quarter of this year, as it reports a dip in profit for the first half of 2015.

H+K raids Citizen Relations for new US CEO

H+K raids Citizen Relations for new US CEO

Beth Balsam comes on board at the WPP agency in the fall to fill a gap that has been vacant since Andy Weitz left in July 2014.

Analysis

Teneo: The ambition is global

Teneo: The ambition is global

The acquisition of Blue Rubicon and StockWell by Teneo Holdings last week has sent shockwaves through the industry. The scale of the ambition is huge: to set up a global City and crisis shop to challenge stalwarts such as Finsbury and Brunswick, and become the market leaders in this field. PRWeek assesses the impact on the industry as well as what it says about the health of the mergers and acquisitions market for PR agencies in the UK and beyond.

International talent: Asia integration is a 'two-way street'

International talent: Asia integration is a 'two-way street'

In the wake of Toyota conceding it didn't do enough to help Julie Hamp integrate in Japan, what responsibilities does the PR industry have towards international employees?

How a strong dollar is weakening the hand of global PR agencies

How a strong dollar is weakening the hand of global PR agencies

Wild currency fluctuations are casting a shadow over otherwise improving economic conditions.

How the PR industry is tackling its diversity deficit

How the PR industry is tackling its diversity deficit

Has progress been made? Yes, say experts. But there's a long way to go.

PR firms at a make-or-break moment on content creation

PR firms at a make-or-break moment on content creation

The pressure is on for agencies, large and small, to get content creation right - and right now.

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