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PepsiCo's Hoffman joins Herbalife as corporate affairs EVP

PepsiCo's Hoffman joins Herbalife as corporate affairs EVP

Hoffman will lead public policy, corporate communications, government affairs, community relations, and philanthropy when he starts on August 25.

Edelman brings on former senators Gregg, Conrad in adviser roles

Edelman brings on former senators Gregg, Conrad in adviser roles

Both will offer public policy advice and communications counsel to corporate, association, and nonprofit clients in the newly created roles.

Former Walmart comms leader Dach joins HHS as senior counselor

Former Walmart comms leader Dach joins HHS as senior counselor

Leslie Dach, formerly the communications leader at Walmart, will join the Department of Health and Human Services as a senior counselor to Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

SKDKnickerbocker unveils Millennial, executive comms practices

SKDKnickerbocker unveils Millennial, executive comms practices

Stephen Krupin is leading the executive communications unit, while Audrey Gelman is heading up the Millennial team.

Howell James to leave global comms role at Christie's to head Quiller

Howell James to leave global comms role at Christie's to head Quiller

Howell James, whose experience includes running comms for the Government and Barclays, is taking over the leadership of Huntsworth-owned strategic consultancy Quiller.

Celebrities join new ad blitz in favour of Scotland staying in the Union

Celebrities join new ad blitz in favour of Scotland staying in the Union

Celebrities including Eddie Izzard, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Ross Kemp are to feature in an ad launched today by senior figures in adland as part of a new campaign against Scottish independence.

The story behind the CIA's 'light-hearted, humorous' Twitter account

The story behind the CIA's 'light-hearted, humorous' Twitter account

Some disagree with the strategy, but the intelligence agency is no longer clandestine on social media.

Uber looks to public affairs world for next comms head, and five other things to know Tuesday morning

Uber looks to public affairs world for next comms head, and five other things to know Tuesday morning

Uber considers political strategists for head comms role; Web giants urge FCC to oppose net neutrality; Layoffs at Microsoft expected; Allan Mayer on crisis comms; What will Yahoo's Q2 earnings say about Alibaba's IPO?

Ecuador's relationship with McSquared PR detailed in Justice Department documents

Ecuador's relationship with McSquared PR detailed in Justice Department documents

Ecuador had worked with McSquared PR and FitzGibbon Media on a $6.4 million contract that ended in April with the goal of improving the country's reputation.

Bitcoin Foundation hires Thorsen French Advocacy for Washington lobbying

Bitcoin Foundation hires Thorsen French Advocacy for Washington lobbying

The Bitcoin Foundation has appointed lobbying company Thorsen French Advocacy on a retained basis to help press its interests in Washington DC.

Levick to support Nigerian government as it searches for Boko Haram

Levick to support Nigerian government as it searches for Boko Haram

Levick's work includes government affairs and communications counsel with the goal of "changing the international and local media narrative" about Nigeria's commitment to returning the more than 200 girls kidnapped by terrorist organization Boko Haram in April.

Global giant Tata assembles European corporate affairs team

Global giant Tata assembles European corporate affairs team

The Indian conglomerate behind 19 UK companies including Jaguar Land Rover and Tetley Tea is building a central corporate and public affairs team for the UK and Europe.

Five things to know Wednesday morning: Cochran holds off Tea Party challenge

Five things to know Wednesday morning: Cochran holds off Tea Party challenge

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran holds off Tea Party challenge; Mayer apologizes for missed Cannes meeting; Exchange Online users miffed after day-long outage; Brands take on latest Suarez bite; Google to reveal set-top box.

Environmental groups defend EPA's greenhouse gas regulations

Environmental groups defend EPA's greenhouse gas regulations

Environmental groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council have been working together to generate support for Environmental Protection Agency guidelines that the federal government says would reduce carbon emission by 30%.

Andy Coulson found guilty of phone hacking as Rebekah Brooks is cleared

Andy Coulson found guilty of phone hacking as Rebekah Brooks is cleared

The Prime Minister's former comms director Andy Coulson has been found guilty of phone hacking at the Old Bailey, while his ex-tabloid colleague Rebekah Brooks has been cleared of all charges.

Wednesday morning: White House plans another major climate push

Wednesday morning: White House plans another major climate push

Obama Administration pushes climate-change agenda with help from allies; Christie faces another bridge-related investigation; Earnest spars with reporters on first day; Yahoo's Mayer criticized for missed Cannes meeting; Walmart takes a red pen to NYT op-ed.

Quiller on alert as HSBC trawls for UK public affairs agency

Quiller on alert as HSBC trawls for UK public affairs agency

Global banking giant HSBC has kicked off a review of its UK public affairs agency requirements, which have been handled by Quiller since 2009.

Four questions for MDC Partners' Michael Bassik

Four questions for MDC Partners' Michael Bassik

PRWeek's Laura Nichols asks Michael Bassik about his plans for MDC Partners' digital operations and how his political and public affairs experience will help him in that role.

IDA Ireland picks McGrath/Power as West Coast PR representative

IDA Ireland picks McGrath/Power as West Coast PR representative

The firm is touting what Ireland can offer companies in the technology, biotechnology, and life sciences industries. It is collaborating with East Coast partner PadillaCRT.

Virginia seeks firm to support energy conservation campaign

Virginia seeks firm to support energy conservation campaign

The state of Virginia is seeking PR and marketing support for its Energy Sense program.

Analysis

Public figures exploit 'right to be forgotten' at their own peril

Public figures exploit 'right to be forgotten' at their own peril

It might be tempting for business executives or celebrities to take advantage of the "right to be forgotten" ruling in Europe. But they risk the "Streisand effect" if they do so.

Internal comms key to fixing 'corrosive' VA culture

Internal comms key to fixing 'corrosive' VA culture

If confirmed to lead the VA, former P&G CEO Robert McDonald will have to focus on listening as much as leading, comms experts tell PRWeek.

Always-on news environment ups the ante for White House press secretary

Always-on news environment ups the ante for White House press secretary

Americans' news-consumption habits are changing quickly, and with them, so is the job of White House press secretary.

Net neutrality comms battle will define Web's future

Net neutrality comms battle will define Web's future

The future of the Internet hangs in the balance due to an ongoing battle between telecoms giants and the technology industry - and each side is taking a very different approach to telling their story.

Abortion debate ramps up as parties look to sway voters

Abortion debate ramps up as parties look to sway voters

The pro-life versus pro-choice debate is reigniting as the 2014 midterm elections near.

DC Influencers

DC Influencer: Arun Chaudhary, Revolution Messaging

DC Influencer: Arun Chaudhary, Revolution Messaging

Arun Chaudhary, Revolution Messaging partner, talks about how Drunk Dial Congress was created and how it helped people vent their anger.

DC Influencer: Bill Thorne, National Retail Federation

DC Influencer: Bill Thorne, National Retail Federation

Bill Thorne, SVP of comms and public affairs, National Retail Federation, talks about changing the perception of retail and reaching young people

DC Influencer: Jonathan Grella, US Travel Association

DC Influencer: Jonathan Grella, US Travel Association

Jonathan Grella, SVP, public affairs at the US Travel Association, talks about customs reform and leveraging social platforms to raise key issues.

DC Influencer: Barbara Arnwine, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

DC Influencer: Barbara Arnwine, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Barbara Arnwine, executive director and president, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, talks about protecting the rights of voters in 2014.

DC Influencer: B.J. Talley, Exelis

DC Influencer: B.J. Talley, Exelis

B.J. Talley, corporate comms director at Exelis, discusses how to create effective communications strategies in a challenging defense environment.

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Public Affairs Commentary

King: Plant the seeds early when looking to change long-term recycling perceptions

King: Plant the seeds early when looking to change long-term recycling perceptions

Changing the attitudes and actions of the public requires patience and persistence, writes Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association's Jackie King.

Companies must adhere to copyright laws or face the consequences

Companies must adhere to copyright laws or face the consequences

The Software & Information Industry Association has devised a new content compliance initiative aimed at ensuring that companies who are copying, distributing, posting, and using their content are properly licensed.

Leveraging digital technology to create the chemistry set for the 21st Century

Leveraging digital technology to create the chemistry set for the 21st Century

Remember the old chemistry set that allowed kids to mix chemicals together and learn about science?

Rebranding effort ensures the mission does continue for service veterans

Rebranding effort ensures the mission does continue for service veterans

More than 5 million US troops fought in the war on terror. Their homecoming has sparked the creation of a new generation of veterans service organizations to support the 1% of Americans who have served.

Broadcasters aim to create national dialogue about mental health awareness

Broadcasters aim to create national dialogue about mental health awareness

Working with a team at Ogilvy Washington, we set out to produce a campaign with a simple message: It's OK to talk about how you're feeling.