PR Rundown, 4.1.2015: Olympus, Havas PR, GMMB

And news from Glover Park Group, French/West/Vaughan, and Horn Group.

CENTER VALLEY, PA: Olympus Corporation of the Americas has promoted Mark Miller to VP of corporate communications, leading a new corporate and medical communications group. The team will work to boost brand and messaging consistency and enhance partner collaboration.

NEW YORK: Havas PR has launched a US practice focused on gluten-free products. The agency has supported Pirate Brands and its Pirate’s Booty brand and helped B&G Foods launch gluten-free CLVR bars from Rickland Orchards. It has represented Au Bon Pain for two years in the Northeast.

WASHINGTON: GMMB has hired Don Corrigan as SVP and creative director. Most recently, he was VP and creative director in Wunderman’s Washington, DC, office and also previously worked at Arnold Worldwide.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Taylor Bennett Heyman, the joint venture of Taylor Bennett in EMEA and Heyman Associates in North America, has expanded its services in the Asia-Pacific region to Melbourne. It has been operating in Hong Kong and Singapore for nearly two years.

WASHINGTON: The Glover Park Group has brought on Robert Seidman as VP in its government affairs practice, based in Washington, DC. He will focus on clients in the technology and communications industries. Seidman was most recently senior policy adviser to Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

RALEIGH, NC: Absorption Pharmaceuticals has selected French/West/Vaughan as its marketing and PR AOR. The firm will work to make its products mainstream through a PR, advertising, digital, and retail initiative set to begin in late spring.

CONCORD, CA: Bay Alarm Medical has hired Horn Group for consumer communications support as it looks to grow its brand and reputation and drive sales leads. Four staffers from Horn’s San Francisco office are working on the account.

ARLINGTON, VA: Solar company Nextility has engaged GreenSmith PR as it moves into power advocacy for small businesses. The firm will work to demystify the retail energy process for consumers.

TORONTO: Ireland + Hall Communications has added three clients to its roster: St. Clair Perio, the Acne & Rosacea Society of Canada, and Arteriors Fine Furnishings & Accessories. Ireland + Hall is a boutique agency headquartered in Toronto.

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