Breakfast Briefing: 5 things for PR pros to know on Wednesday morning

40 Under 40 bash; Weber rolls out management consultancy; Read's latest move at WPP.

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Let’s face facts: you probably didn’t win the record $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot. But a good consolation prize is if you were one of the up-and-comers honored at PRWeek’s 40 Under 40 dinner last night. If you couldn’t make it, or are perhaps recruiting, here’s a guide to this year’s honorees.

Weber Shandwick has launched a management consultancy. Known as United Minds, the group will be led by Kate Bullinger, previously the agency’s global head of employee engagement and change management. The new group combines Bullinger’s previous responsibilities with United Minds Sweden, which Weber acquired four years ago.

Mark Read is bringing WPP’s new business process closer to headquarters. The new WPP CEO has required its media agencies to tell the holding company about any pitches that could bring in at least $20 million in revenue, according to The Wall Street Journal.

What a mess. Campbell Soup had to take the highly unusual step of distancing itself from its own VP of government affairs on Tuesday. Company lobbying head Kelly Johnston tweeted this week that George Soros-backed group Open Society was behind the migrant caravan now in southern Mexico. (There’s no evidence actually tying Soros, often depicted as a left-wing boogeyman, to the caravan). Campbell said Johnston’s tweets do not represent the company’s position.

What will he say? Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to speak at the Future Investment Initiative at about 10 a.m. EST this morning, amid fallout from the death of columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Boycotts? What boycotts? Despite high-level dropouts from the conference, organizers are touting the $55 billion-plus in deals struck at it this year.

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