PR Rundown, 1.7.2015: News from Hyatt, Cox Automotive, and Shift Communications

Hyatt Hotels names Banikarim global CMO; Cox Automotive hires Newell Rubbermaid's Doolittle; Shift opens office in Austin, Texas.

CHICAGO: Hyatt Hotels has appointed Maryam Banikarim as its global CMO, effective January 26. She will report to Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO. Banikarim was most recently the first CMO of the Gannett Company.

ATLANTA: Cox Automotive has named David Doolittle to the newly created position of VP of communications and community relations. He was previously VP of global comms at Newell Rubbermaid, and has also worked at Ketchum. Doolittle will be based in Atlanta.

WASHINGTON: Cruise Lines International Association has named Lorri Christou as SVP of strategic marketing and communications. Based in Washington, DC, she will lead a comprehensive global comms strategy that will promote the group and unify its messaging. Christou previously was an EVP at Edelman in Chicago.

NEW YORK: Edelman has announced NGOs that it will work with in Latin America as part of its Edelman+ global citizenship initiative. The firm will partner with Ensena por Argentina in Buenos Aires; Casa Taiguara in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro; Ensena por Colombia in Bogota; and Ensena por Mexico, ProEducacion, and Consejo del a Comunicacion in Mexico City.

AUSTIN, TX: Shift Communications has opened an office in Austin, Texas, the firm’s fourth. VP Matt Trocchio is leading the office, which has added two employees. Shift also has offices in Boston, San Francisco, and New York.

CHICAGO: Zocalo Group has launched Content Carrot, a platform it said will help marketers target and syndicate content at scale. The service simplifies marketing by aggregating content that is sharable on social media, blogs, and other digital media, the firm said in a statement.

MONTPELIER, VT: Ellis Mills Public Affairs has brought on Steve Patterson for the upcoming Vermont legislative session. He is a longtime economic development official in the state.

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC: The city of North Charleston, South Carolina, has selected The Brandon Agency to implement a strategic communications effort with the goal of branding the city, increasing visitation, and developing the area, according to an agency statement.
*Update 1/9: After issuing a press release on this news, The Brandon Agency retracted it, saying the agency selection process is still underway.

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