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Finn Partners acquires gabbegroup's health, education practices

Finn Partners acquires gabbegroup's health, education practices

In the latest acquisition since it split from Ruder Finn in late 2011, Finn Partners has bought gabbegroup's health and education teams.

WNET chief kicks off PRWeek Conference by stressing importance of partnerships

WNET chief kicks off PRWeek Conference by stressing importance of partnerships

Neal Shapiro, the former president of NBC News and CEO of WNET, used Bank of America's sponsorship of Ken Burns' latest documentary as an example of how his organization can partner with corporations for mutual benefit.

Five things for PR pros to know Tuesday morning, 9.16.2014

Five things for PR pros to know Tuesday morning, 9.16.2014

Major management shakeup at Publicis Groupe; CoverGirl responds to altered 'Game Face' ad; Alibaba ups price of stock for IPO.

Publicis boss Maurice Levy to step down in 2016 amid board shake-up

Publicis boss Maurice Levy to step down in 2016 amid board shake-up

Publicis Groupe chief executive Maurice Lévy is to step down in 2016 amid a management shake-up at the company.

Aspect Consulting snaps up Edelman's Bas Batelaan

Aspect Consulting snaps up Edelman's Bas Batelaan

Former Edelman Brussels director and climate change specialist Bas Batelaan has been hired by Aspect Consulting.

NFL expands Isaacson's role as part of domestic violence policy overhaul

NFL expands Isaacson's role as part of domestic violence policy overhaul

The National Football League has tapped Anna Isaacson to take on a new role as VP of social responsibility in the wake of video footage emerging of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice attacking his wife.

Walmart's Tovar to exit after eight years at retailer

Walmart's Tovar to exit after eight years at retailer

David Tovar, Walmart's VP of comms, is stepping down at the end of the month.

Cairbre Sugrue founds b2b consultancy following Wag Ed departure

Cairbre Sugrue founds b2b consultancy following Wag Ed departure

Former Waggener Edstrom general manager Cairbre Sugrue has founded b2b comms consultancy Sugrue Communications.

Vocus and Cision make first joint acquisition

Vocus and Cision make first joint acquisition

Vocus and Cision, two PR tech software providers which private equity firm GTCR is bringing together to form a global PR cloud company, will acquire social media analytics platform Visible Technologies.

Six things for PR pros to know Monday morning, 9.15.2014

Six things for PR pros to know Monday morning, 9.15.2014

Latest on the NFL's reputation crisis; Clintons stop in Iowa; Heineken rebuffs SABMiller offer; Alibaba roadshow moves to Asia; Investors worried about Scottish independence vote.

Facebook hires Walt Disney's Anouska Ruane for top UK comms role

Facebook hires Walt Disney's Anouska Ruane for top UK comms role

Facebook has poached The Walt Disney Company's Anouska Ruane to lead comms across the UK & Ireland.

Chevron corporate relations GM Yarrow exits company

Chevron corporate relations GM Yarrow exits company

Russ Yarrow has left his role as Chevron's GM of corporate relations to focus on consulting opportunities.

Ketchum beats out four firms for H&R Block account

Ketchum beats out four firms for H&R Block account

The renewed contract with Ketchum is for one year.

YouGov: CVS sees improved brand perception among consumers

YouGov: CVS sees improved brand perception among consumers

CVS Health's brand perception has improved among consumers following its move to halt tobacco sales a month earlier than expected, according to a YouGov BrandIndex survey.

Four things for PR pros to know Friday, 9.12.14

Four things for PR pros to know Friday, 9.12.14

How Yahoo fought the government on surveillance; Brands keep close eye on the NFL; Hillary Clinton returns to Iowa.

Hit or Miss? Apple unveils new iPhones at latest product launch

Hit or Miss? Apple unveils new iPhones at latest product launch

This week saw Apple’s latest product launch event, with the unveiling of its new iPhone models and Apple Watch.

Edelman taps Citibank's Avila as Pacific Northwest digital lead

Edelman taps Citibank's Avila as Pacific Northwest digital lead

Avila is reporting to Will Ludlam, GM of Edelman's Seattle office, where she is based. She has succeeded Molly Sullivan in the role

CyberLink brings on Diffusion as US AOR amid business changes

CyberLink brings on Diffusion as US AOR amid business changes

CyberLink picked Diffusion based on its understanding of its business needs, as well as creativity and chemistry with the in-house team.

Digital training in spotlight as survey reveals demand for SEO skills

Digital training in spotlight as survey reveals demand for SEO skills

A third of agency staff have received a low level of digital training, with SEO the skill most in demand among PR professionals, according to a new survey from the PRCA.

RBS makes independence announcement in response to "media speculation"

RBS makes independence announcement in response to "media speculation"

Royal Bank of Scotland's announcement that it would relocate its HQ from Edinburgh to London in the event of a vote for independence was driven by "media speculation", an internal memo has revealed.

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Alibaba shows critical comms importance of investor roadshows

Alibaba shows critical comms importance of investor roadshows

As Alibaba executives go city to city as part of a 10-day roadshow, the pressure is on. Despite a bevy of new interactive media tools, roadshows are still a critical communications strategy for companies going public.

Alibaba pre-IPO roadshow off to a hot start

Alibaba pre-IPO roadshow off to a hot start

To prepare for what observers believe will be the largest technology IPO in history, Alibaba is in the midst of a 100-meeting roadshow.

PR and media under fire in China, extortion racket busted

PR and media under fire in China, extortion racket busted

The PR industry in China is under pressure to clean up after police arrested two agency heads and eight journalists on charges of extortion in Shanghai. They include the CEOs of Shanghai-based PR firm Roya Investment Services and Shenzhen-based Nukirin

Comms lessons learned from the celebrity photo-hacking scandal

Comms lessons learned from the celebrity photo-hacking scandal

Technology companies should not wait for an incident to explain the security features of their cloud platforms and what they must do to keep their data safe.

FDA guidance garners mixed reviews from PR practitioners

FDA guidance garners mixed reviews from PR practitioners

The FDA is closing in on providing prescription drug and medical device companies with a clearer indication of best social media practices.

Corporations walk a tightrope on tax-inversion comms

Corporations walk a tightrope on tax-inversion comms

Financial communications experts say Burger King has responded well to the political and social media uproar over its decision to move its corporate headquarters to Canada - and save millions in US taxes in the process.

PR pros greet China media integration plan with cautious optimism

PR pros greet China media integration plan with cautious optimism

Media stocks surge as Chinese President announced plans to merge media into 'strong, influential and credible' groups. But what does this mean for the PR industry?

Public affairs pros: Sunday morning talk-show format due for a makeover

Public affairs pros: Sunday morning talk-show format due for a makeover

Does David Gregory's exit from 'Meet the Press' signal the decline of Sunday morning talk shows? Public affairs pros say no. Yet that doesn't mean they can resist change.

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