The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 11.16.2015

World responds to Paris attack; Terrorism overshadows Democratic debate; Ken Cohen to retire from ExxonMobil; Hotel mega-merger.

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Victims of Paris terrorist attack remembered
Paris-based holding company Publicis Groupe is among the companies remembering staffers killed in Friday’s terrorist attack in the French capital. Publicis Red creative director Yannick Minvielle was among those killed. Like many others across Europe, the company observed a moment of silence at noon local time on Monday. Marie Mosser, who worked in digital communications and marketing at Universal, was also killed.

Corporate world responds
Airbnb, Facebook, and other companies responded to the attack with their specific crisis-response plans, while law enforcement used social media as a key tool in the hours that followed. The entertainment industry was also forced to change schedules for TV shows that included depictions of terrorism.

New features on Facebook, Twitter help
Many around Paris used Facebook and Twitter to either find loved ones or a safe place to stay during and after the attacks. Facebook activated its Safety Check tool, which allows users to mark themselves as "safe." More than 4 million people did so. Twitter users in Paris employed the #PorteOuverte hashtag — or "open door" — to offer others lodging.

How the world is responding
Authorities conducted dozens of raids in response and named a Belgian man as the mastermind of the attacks. French warplanes bombed Raqqa, considered the capital of ISIS, on Sunday. World leaders including President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, plotted their next move at the G20 summit.

Attacks overshadow Democratic debate
Saturday night’s Democratic debate in Des Moines, Iowa, was largely overshadowed by the events unfolding in France. Many observers thought Hillary Rodham Clinton missed an opportunity to take a hawkish stance on ISIS. She clarified remarks on the crisis on Sunday.

Ken Cohen to retire from ExxonMobil
After 38 years at ExxonMobil, Ken Cohen is planning to step down from his role as VP of public and government affairs at the end of this year. The energy giant said Suzanne McCarron, now GM for government and public affairs, will replace him.

Hotel mega-merger in the works
Marriott International has a $12.2 billion deal in place to buy Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the owner of Sheraton, in a deal that would create the world’s largest hotel chain. The combined company will have more than 5,500 hotels.

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