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Former Hillshire Brands CCO Harris to exit Meredith Vieira Show

Former Hillshire Brands CCO Harris to exit Meredith Vieira Show

Jon Harris has moved back to Chicago and is looking to reenter the communications industry.

Weber Shandwick catches Maine Lobster integrated account

Weber Shandwick catches Maine Lobster integrated account

The Interpublic Group firm beat out more than 20 shops for the account, which includes PR, creative, digital, and social media.

Infographic: Who agencies will hire in 2015

Infographic: Who agencies will hire in 2015

A look at the types of employees firms expect to hire next year, courtesy of The Creative Group.

Airbag-maker Takata retains Sard Verbinnen amid recall crisis

Airbag-maker Takata retains Sard Verbinnen amid recall crisis

Agency president Paul Verbinnen is leading its team.

WPP lines up Roberto Quarta as next chairman

WPP lines up Roberto Quarta as next chairman

Quarta will join the board on January 1, 2015, and stand for re-election at the company's annual general meeting in June.

Seven things PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 12.17.2014

Seven things PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 12.17.2014

The latest on Sony's corporate crisis; WPP picks its next chairman; Fenton sells his firm after more than three decades; Brandwatch acquires PeerIndex; CNN's #AskACop backfires.

Casio appoints Bite to lead technology campaign across UK classrooms

Casio appoints Bite to lead technology campaign across UK classrooms

Global electronics manufacturer Casio has called in Bite to lead its UK PR account and develop a campaign to promote the use of technology in maths teaching.

Brandwatch snatches up PeerIndex in first acquisition

Brandwatch snatches up PeerIndex in first acquisition

Social media monitoring company Brandwatch has made its first acquisition with the purchase of influencer analysis provider PeerIndex.

Fenton CEO sells firm; former Billboard editorial director Werde appointed as new chief exec

Fenton CEO sells firm; former Billboard editorial director Werde appointed as new chief exec

After nearly 33 years as CEO of his eponymous firm, David Fenton has sold the agency and appointed a new chief exec, as he shifts to the role of chairman, effective immediately.

Seagate appoints former Juniper VP Busselen to lead global comms

Seagate appoints former Juniper VP Busselen to lead global comms

As VP of corporate communications, Michael Busselen will oversee PR, analyst relations, and executive comms for the tech company.

Fleishman ups Gerard to lead global strategic integration

Fleishman ups Gerard to lead global strategic integration

He is replacing John McNeel in the role.

Jeb Bush takes first step towards the White House - on Facebook and Twitter

Jeb Bush takes first step towards the White House - on Facebook and Twitter

The son and brother of former presidents said on Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday that he's considering a bid for the White House himself. He's believed to be the first to announce his intentions on social media.

University of New Mexico Hospitals makes patients' stories focus of multiyear campaign

University of New Mexico Hospitals makes patients' stories focus of multiyear campaign

Global Strategy Group is lending the hospital system a hand with the multimillion-dollar effort.

Lévy lends a hand to Make-A-Wish Foundation with interactive holiday greeting

Lévy lends a hand to Make-A-Wish Foundation with interactive holiday greeting

The latest holiday greeting from Publicis Groupe CEO Maurice Lévy is less end-of-year message and more interactive game - with a charitable twist.

Seven things PR pros need to know on Tuesday, 12.16.2014

Seven things PR pros need to know on Tuesday, 12.16.2014

Pakistani terrorist attack dominates Tuesday morning headlines; Fleishman appoints Gerard to lead global strategic innovation; Sony warns staff about fraud; Camille Cosby sticks up for her embattled husband.

Citizen eyes Asia expansion with BlueFocus deal

Citizen eyes Asia expansion with BlueFocus deal

Citizen Relations, whose owner is in the process of being acquired by China's BlueFocus, said it plans to expand its footprint in Asia if the deal closes.

Sony letter shines spotlight on news outlets' ethics

Sony letter shines spotlight on news outlets' ethics

Sony's attorney David Boies sent a letter to media outlets on Sunday, demanding they destroy any files or other data obtained after a cyberattack last month and cease reporting on their contents.

Timeline: Sony's cyberattack corporate crisis

Timeline: Sony's cyberattack corporate crisis

Some movie theater chains are pulling out of commitments to show the film.

Massachusetts seeks agency for marathon bombing victim outreach

Massachusetts seeks agency for marathon bombing victim outreach

The account has an initial budget of $750,000, though that amount could increase.

BlueFocus buys Citizen Relations as part of Vision7 acquisition

BlueFocus buys Citizen Relations as part of Vision7 acquisition

China's BlueFocus has acquired a majority stake in Canadian comms company Vision7, owner of brands Cossette and PR firm Citizen Relations.

Zeno New York office lead Hollywood exits firm

Zeno New York office lead Hollywood exits firm

Zeno SVP Thomas Bunn has replaced John Hollywood as head of the firm's New York office.

Eight things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 12.15.2014

Eight things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 12.15.2014

Uber changes direction on Sydney surge pricing during hostage crisis; Sony asks media to stop reporting on leaked docs; More University of Virginia students speak out on Rolling Stone article.

Schooling departs Anthem to launch own firm

Schooling departs Anthem to launch own firm

Robert Schooling, the former president for the Americas at APCO Worldwide, worked at the health insurance giant for one year.

Good Relations wins pitch for Samsung UK

Good Relations wins pitch for Samsung UK

Good Relations has won a competitive pitch to handle Samsung UK's corporate PR brief and b2b projects in the UK and Ireland.

Alison Couper quits Hotels.com after 10 years

Alison Couper quits Hotels.com after 10 years

Alison Couper has left her role as global comms senior director at Hotels.com, part of the Expedia brand.

The top three food stories that changed habits in 2014, according to Hunter PR

The top three food stories that changed habits in 2014, according to Hunter PR

The biggest food stories aren't those that change consumers' habits, according to Hunter Public Relations' Food News Study.

Tech stalwarts struggle to attract best comms talent

Tech stalwarts struggle to attract best comms talent

A spate of CEO and CCO upheavals in Silicon Valley is a telling reflection of fundamental changes in technology as legacy companies try to reinvent themselves for a cloud computing future.

Your call: How can brands stop shooting themselves in the foot on Twitter?

Your call: How can brands stop shooting themselves in the foot on Twitter?

Take our poll on the best remedy for brands to stop tweeting and then apologizing for what they've said.

Connect Communications targets global expansion

Connect Communications targets global expansion

London-based Connect Communications has announced plans to enter new markets including the US, EMEA, Australia, China and India, expanding beyond its longstanding focus on Westminster and Whitehall.

Edelman and the University of Cambridge partner on 'big data' project

Edelman and the University of Cambridge partner on 'big data' project

Edelman has partnered with the University of Cambridge to carry out a study into the impact on business and consumers of using personal data to predict future patterns.

Six things PR pros need to know on Friday, 12.12.2014

Six things PR pros need to know on Friday, 12.12.2014

Passed spending bill gets rage from right and left; Best Buy apologizes for 'Serial' podcast; Former Korean Air Lines exec says sorry for case of "nut rage."

Juniper not planning to replace comms leader Flanagin

Juniper not planning to replace comms leader Flanagin

Lee Flanagin held the top comms job for only three months.

Publicasity and Thirteen Communications likely to merge, says Porta CEO David Wright

Publicasity and Thirteen Communications likely to merge, says Porta CEO David Wright

Porta CEO David Wright has told PRWeek he expects the group's new acquisition Publicasity and its other consumer PR agency Thirteen Communications to merge at some point.

BlackBerry shifts from global AOR model to make room for local firms

BlackBerry shifts from global AOR model to make room for local firms

BlackBerry is altering its current global PR AOR model and issuing RFPs in other markets to make room for its comms teams to work with local firms.

University of Michigan handed comms off to Edelman after athletic crisis

University of Michigan handed comms off to Edelman after athletic crisis

"We believe there are times when getting an outside perspective is the smart thing to do," said a university spokesperson.

FleishmanHillard veteran Steve Naru to join Burson-Marsteller next month

FleishmanHillard veteran Steve Naru to join Burson-Marsteller next month

After eight years at FleishmanHillard, Steve Naru will join Burson-Marsteller next month as head of US media relations.

Porter Novelli hires Debbie Spitz in new role at UK technology practice

Porter Novelli hires Debbie Spitz in new role at UK technology practice

Porter Novelli has appointed Debbie Spitz, formerly director of external communications for Coca-Cola Enterprises, in a new role as director of the agency's UK technology practice.

Hong Kong trumps Shanghai as an 'engaging city:' Weber Shandwick

Hong Kong trumps Shanghai as an 'engaging city:' Weber Shandwick

Hong Kong and Shanghai have long been unofficial rivals, with both vying for status as regional financial hubs.

LinkedIn's Krista Canfield connects with Gogobot

LinkedIn's Krista Canfield connects with Gogobot

LinkedIn's Krista Canfield is moving to Gogobot in a VP role.

DeVries expands to Spain with Lina Ortas affiliation

DeVries expands to Spain with Lina Ortas affiliation

Interpublic Group agency DeVries Global has increased its presence in Europe through an affiliate partnership with Spanish agency Lina Ortas Comunicación.

Analysis

Air rage incidents demand steady nerves

Air rage incidents demand steady nerves

As recent events impacting three Asian airlines indicate, carriers may be best off treading carefully with social-media responses.

Spectacular gaffes: Sydney debacle adds to Uber's woeful run

Spectacular gaffes: Sydney debacle adds to Uber's woeful run

'Uber' is a prefix denoting an outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing. Unfortunately, the company of the same name has been outstanding for all the wrong reasons.

How legacy tech brands can communicate at Silicon Valley's pace of change

How legacy tech brands can communicate at Silicon Valley's pace of change

Experts' three steps for communicators: focus on what you are bringing to market, set metrics, and deliver results.

Experts weigh in on Uber fallout in India

Experts weigh in on Uber fallout in India

Delhi has banned Uber after a female passenger reported she was raped by one of its contracted drivers, adding to the string of crises surrounding the San Francisco startup. We asked India-based PR experts to weigh in.

TransCanada looks for fresh strategy, and new agency, post-Edelman split

TransCanada looks for fresh strategy, and new agency, post-Edelman split

The energy company is talking with prospective agency partners to replace Edelman as it considers how to move forward after a strategy document leak brought widespread - and unwanted - media attention.

Japanese armed forces get image makeover

Japanese armed forces get image makeover

As Japan begins to get comfortable with the idea of having a more muscular military the country's Self-Defence Forces (SDF) are trying to woo the young to join them with images of smiling soldiers posing like pop stars

The key ingredients in Thanksgiving weekend marketing: Relevance and creativity

The key ingredients in Thanksgiving weekend marketing: Relevance and creativity

The Thanksgiving weekend promotional calendar is crowded, meaning brands need to work harder to stand out from the crowd.

FIFA World Cup reputation assignment too hot for two PR firms

FIFA World Cup reputation assignment too hot for two PR firms

Other agencies are weighing the risks of representing the embattled world soccer body, as well as the controversial host nations: Russia and Qatar.

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