Five things PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 4.22.2015

Golin opens office in Moscow; Protestors gather in Baltimore after man dies in police custody; South Korea brings on Finn Partners.

1. Golin has opened an office in Moscow with its Russian partner Comunica. Mikhail Umarov, Comunica’s CEO, will become MD of the new office and Alexandra Malania has been appointed as executive director.

2. On Tuesday evening, protestors gathered outside the Baltimore West District police station, following the Justice Department’s announcement that it has opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury after he was handcuffed and put in the back of a police van. Gray has become the latest symbol in the running national debate over police treatment of black men. A week of rallies are planned across the city.

3. Along with Washington, DC-based BGR Public Relations, the South Korean Embassy has brought on a second PR firm, Finn Partners, according to documents filed with the US Department of Justice. This marks at least the third time South Korea has hired Finn, Everything PR reported.

On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that South Korea had hired a DC-based PR firm to "promote its position on Japan’s war history ahead of a speech by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Congress," scheduled for next week.

4. Volvo has appointed Martin Lundstedt, the head of Volkswagen-owned Scania, as its new CEO. He will succeed the embattled Olof Persson, who has been under pressure to boost efficiency at the company. Volvo also released its first quarter results two days ahead of schedule, posting a sharp rise in net profit to $491 million.

5. Google may officially unveil a new wireless service in the US on Wednesday.  It is expected to be a pay-as-you-go data service, which would see Google partner with Sprint and T-Mobile to carry cellular traffic. The service could put pressure on US carriers to change the way they charge customers for data.

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