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Seven things for PR pros to know Monday morning, 9.22.2014

Seven things for PR pros to know Monday morning, 9.22.2014

Hundreds of thousands march against climate change; Secret Service under scrutiny; EMC, HP call off merger talks; Alibaba's IPO wows; UFC cuts ties with fighters accused of domestic violence.

Burson study: Chinese view corporations more favorably than Americans

Burson study: Chinese view corporations more favorably than Americans

China's general public has a more favorable view of corporations than that of the US, according to a study released Monday by Burson-Marsteller.

Coyne PR ups Lisa Wolleon to CPG practice co-lead

Coyne PR ups Lisa Wolleon to CPG practice co-lead

Coyne PR has promoted Lisa Wolleon - the third employee the firm hired after its launch - to SVP and co-lead of its CPG, food, and consumer health practice.

KP Public Affairs lends a hand to Japanese Embassy on trade policy

KP Public Affairs is providing public affairs services to the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC, according to documents filed last week.

Eight things for PR pros to know Friday morning, 9.19.2014

Eight things for PR pros to know Friday morning, 9.19.2014

Scots vote to stick with UK; GSK found guilty, fined by Chinese court; Home Depot breach to affect 58 million accounts; Christie supports Goodell; Ellison steps down at Oracle.

Chobani taps Weber Shandwick's Michael Gonda to lead comms

Chobani taps Weber Shandwick's Michael Gonda to lead comms

Chobani has brought on Weber Shandwick VP Michael Gonda to lead its communications team after reshuffling the group last year.

Video: Henry Schein CEO Stan Bergman on how to advance CSR efforts

Video: Henry Schein CEO Stan Bergman on how to advance CSR efforts

Stan Bergman, CEO of healthcare supply company Henry Schein, shares tips on how companies can get the most out of CSR.

Apple CEO Tim Cook pens letter to calm privacy fears

Apple CEO Tim Cook pens letter to calm privacy fears

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has written an open letter to assuage consumer fears over privacy invasion.

Sorrell warns of Scotland becoming an 'outlier' and the UK 'diminished' by a Yes vote

Sorrell warns of Scotland becoming an 'outlier' and the UK 'diminished' by a Yes vote

WPP CEO Martin Sorrell warned of the implications of Scotland voting for independence today in a Sky News interview.

Volkswagen's Vazin moves to VP role at Toyota

Volkswagen's Vazin moves to VP role at Toyota

After three months in his most recent position at Volkswagen Group of America, Scott Vazin will join Toyota this month as VP of corporate and regional communications for North America.

More shareholder activism equals more responsive companies: ICR study

More shareholder activism equals more responsive companies: ICR study

Corporations are responding to shareholder inquiries more frequently than they did last year, but they should use their IR websites in more dynamic ways, according to a study from ICR.

Bell Pottinger strengthens Middle East business with promotions and hires

Bell Pottinger strengthens Middle East business with promotions and hires

Bell Pottinger has strengthened its senior team following account wins including precious metals refiner Kaloti, Savola Group and Abu Dhabi Airports.

Five things for PR pros to know Thursday morning, 9.18.2014

Five things for PR pros to know Thursday morning, 9.18.2014

PepsiCo CEO slams NFL's handling of domestic abuse cases, but supports Goodell; Apple describes new privacy policies; Scotland votes on independence; A look at NYPD Twitter training; Costolo responds to 'pot smoking' jab.

Granat on Cision-Vocus merger: Building combined culture is biggest challenge

Granat on Cision-Vocus merger: Building combined culture is biggest challenge

Peter Granat, who resigned from his position as president and CEO of Cision to join Vocus as chief exec in June, explains how private equity firm GTCR's plan to bring the two companies together to form a global PR cloud business is progressing, and how he is communicating the changes internally and externally.

Clarion Communications hired for Valspar paint UK product launch

Clarion Communications hired for Valspar paint UK product launch

US-based Valspar paint has appointed Clarion Communications ahead of the national rollout of its products in all B&Q stores in 2015.

Mattel denies foul-mouthed Barbie claims

Mattel denies foul-mouthed Barbie claims

Toy manufacturer Mattel has denied claims that one of its talking Barbie dolls swears

Ketchum veteran Goodman rejoins Edelman as SVP of media

Ketchum veteran Goodman rejoins Edelman as SVP of media

Ketchum's AJ Goodman is set to join Edelman as SVP of media on Monday.

Marketers must take advantage of 'mob-aisling:' study

Marketers must take advantage of 'mob-aisling:' study

'Mob-aisling' and 'webrooming' are two of the behaviors highlighted in a study on purchasing habits commissioned by Citizen Relations that was conducted this summer.

Edelman picks APCO's Lvovich as global public affairs chair

Edelman picks APCO's Lvovich as global public affairs chair

Stephanie Lvovich, most recently global chair of the food and consumer products practice at APCO Worldwide, was named global chair of Edelman's public affairs practice. She starts next month.

RLM Finsbury rebrands to underscore global ambitions

RLM Finsbury rebrands to underscore global ambitions

To put an emphasis on the firm's global expansion, RLM Finsbury has rebranded as Finsbury.

Analysis

The topic that will matter most in November's midterm elections

The topic that will matter most in November's midterm elections

From ISIS to Ebola abroad and Ferguson and immigration at home, there's no shortage of hot topics this election cycle. But one topic will trump all the rest, according to public affairs experts.

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?

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