GAINESVILLE, FL: The Institute for Public Relations board of trustees has begun searching for the next leader of the group. President and CEO Frank Ovaitt will retire at the end of this year. "Thanks to [Ovaitt’s] leadership, IPR offers more solid research than ever before, but the job of getting practitioners to use it is never done," said Oscar Suris, EVP of corporate communications at Wells Fargo and co-chair of IPR.
MILWAUKEE: Dallas-based integrated firm LDWWgroup has joined the IPREX network. It is the second partner agency in Texas, after Laurey Peat + Associates. LDWWGroup clients include Bell Helicopter, the Big 12 Conference, and GameStop.
SALT LAKE CITY: Method Communications has appointed Peter Duckler and Analisa Schelle to SVP roles in Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively. Duckler previously worked at W2O Group, while Schelle was a VP at Cutline Communications.
NEW YORK: PR and marcomms M&A specialist the Stevens Group has begun an affiliate working relationship with UK-based M&A Advisory. Art Stevens, still the co-managing partner of StevensGouldPincus, founded Stevens Group earlier this year.
ATLANTA: Executive virtual assistance service eaHelp has hired Trevelino/Keller as its PR agency of choice. The firm’s strategy will include media relations and executive visibility.
PORTLAND, OR: Hybrid outdoor and casual footwear and accessory maker Keen has named Verde Brand Communications as its PR and brand communications AOR. The firm will use integrated tactics to raise the brand’s visibility and engagement, with an emphasis on the Keen Effect nonprofit program.
WIESBADEN, GERMANY: 2VizCon has been working with communications agency Fink & Fuchs since earlier this month. The agency has focused on integrated communications to raise awareness of the German company, the firm said in a statement.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL: Medytox Solutions, a health technology company, has hired the Weinbach Group. The firm will raise visibility among prospective acquisition targets for Medytox, as well as capital sources and industry leaders, it said in a statement