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.
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's US MD Leila Thabet, who launched the firm's US business in 2012, is departing.
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.
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.
Most recently, Smyth served for six years as McGraw Hill Financial's EVP, corporate affairs.
Peters has gained oversight of the firm's Atlanta office, as well as Dallas, with the appointment.
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
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.
Phoenix Liu joined RF Thunder in 2013 and has more than eight years of PR experience
The Northern California-based firm has put an emphasis on narrative with two appointments.
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.
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.
Gretchen Huestis will spearhead the unit from Singapore after spending two years as a director in London.
Her primary responsibilities will include client strategy and service, new business and employee development.
Japan site will launch this Winter, but PR pros say BuzzFeed should not underestimate the challenge of breaking into the country's media market
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.
Herbette will succeed Olivier Fleurot when he steps into the role next week.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Wild currency fluctuations are casting a shadow over otherwise improving economic conditions.
Has progress been made? Yes, say experts. But there's a long way to go.
The pressure is on for agencies, large and small, to get content creation right - and right now.