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FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue up 19.6% in Q4, 14.8% for 2023

Growth in public and government affairs, as well as M&A, cybersecurity and crisis communications, drove quarterly and full-year results.

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Edelman global revenue falls 3.7% to $1.04 billion in 2023

The independent agency’s performance was impacted by a 9.1% decrease in the U.S., its largest region, in the calendar year, though it stayed above the $1 billion threshold globally.

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FGS, H&K, BCW – how did WPP PR agencies fare in Q4?

WPP has reported 2.4 per cent growth in like-for-like revenue in its PR division in the fourth quarter of 2023, turning around a decline in Q3.

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The Romans appoints partner in the Middle East

Creative comms agency The Romans has appointed Joe Lipscombe as partner in the MENA region.

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Enso Arabia hires PR agency for Invest Saudi at MIPIM

Saudi Arabian event management agency Enso Arabia has appointed a Dubai-based PR firm to manage comms for Invest Saudi’s presence at MIPIM 2024.

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Instinctif CEO steps down as ex-FleishmanHillard boss joins as chair

Ed Amory has stepped down as chief executive of Instinctif Partners, as Jim Donaldson, outgoing UK and Middle East CEO of FleishmanHillard, joins as non-executive chair of the EMEA comms firm.

PRWeek Global Awards 2024: entry deadline extended

The deadline for entering the PRWeek Global Awards, one of the biggest dates in the global industry’s calendar, has been extended to midnight (GMT) on Thursday 29 February.

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Government comms boss Alex Aiken departs for Middle East role

Alex Aiken, executive director for Government Communication, is leaving his role in favour of a new job overseas, it has emerged.

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Brunswick shakes up senior leadership

Strategic advisory firm Brunswick has made appointments to its senior leadership, with a new recruit as CEO and the promotion of a UK management figure to chief operating officer.

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Kristine Boyden named Burson Americas CEO; Craig Buchholz to be US chief

BCW and Hill & Knowlton, the two WPP agencies combining to form Burson, have announced a slate of global leadership appointments.

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Omnicom PR revenue falls 2.9% in Q4, 0.8% for 2023

The holding company’s overall global revenue was up in Q4 and organically for 2023.

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Instinctif Partners MENA hires sustainability consultant

Instinctif Partners MENA has appointed an associate partner to help clients with their sustainability practices.

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UNICEF hires Allison, Havas Red, Citizen Relations after global review

The trio of agencies’ scope of work includes brand and reputation management, development of media and PR strategies and digital services.

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Dubai Tourism hires UK agency to replace Finn

Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) has hired a new PR agency to run its Dubai Tourism account for the UK and Ireland markets.

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WPP merges BCW and Hill & Knowlton to create ‘Burson’

BCW global chief Corey duBrowa is named CEO of the merged network, which will be the world’s largest PR firm by revenue.

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Ex-Citigate Dewe Rogerson UK CEO launches agency

Lorna Cobbett, the former UK chief executive of Citigate Dewe Rogerson, has today (24 January) launched a reputation management consultancy.

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Kekst CNC opens first office in Saudi Arabia

Publicis Groupe agency Kekst CNC has opened its first office in Saudi Arabia, it announced today (Monday 22 January).

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The Brill Collective appoints client services director

Dubai-based marcomms agency The Brill Collective has hired a director of client services.

Conrad Dubai hotel appoints PR agency for b2c and b2b brief

Conrad Dubai hotel has hired a Dubai-based PR agency after a four-way competitive pitch.

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MMGY Global appoints presidents for EMEA and Americas

Travel, tourism and hospitality comms firm MMGY Global has selected two agency veterans to lead regional operations.

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Disney+ hires comms director

Streaming giant Disney+ has appointed a director of comms and social for the EMEA region.

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Inizio merges agencies in Inizio Evoke rebrand

Inizio has announced plans to unite its specialist agencies under an integrated marketing and comms umbrella brand called Inizio Evoke.

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‘PR industry will embrace AI as an invaluable tool’ – PRWeek’s 2024 Middle East PR predictions

PRWeek has consulted comms experts from the Middle East on what to expect in the year ahead.

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Jonathan Heit replaces Scott Allison as Allison global CEO

The agency has also formed a new global board.

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Brunswick Group appoints two execs to geopolitical practice

Alexander Kazan and Samantha Vinograd are joining the firm this month.

Acorn Strategy appoints UAE general manager

Acorn Strategy, a strategic and integrated marketing comms agency headquartered in the UAE, has appointed a new general manager responsible for the region.

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Portland and Qatari government part ways

The government of Qatar’s 10-year contract with strategic comms agency Portland is set to finish at the end of 2023, PRWeek has learned.

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Powerscourt’s owner buys new agency

The US-based advisory firm Morrow Sodali, which acquired financial PR agency Powerscourt earlier this year, has bought Australian corporate comms consultancy, Domestique.

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Edelman hires Ogilvy boss to lead in Saudi Arabia

Global comms firm Edelman has appointed a new general manager for its Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) business, along with a strategic comms advisor.

Havas buys latest comms agency for H/Advisors

Havas has made its third acquisition this year to add to its global strategic advisory network, H/Advisors.

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CT Group opens office in Abu Dhabi

Global consulting firm CT Group, which specialises in research, intelligence, campaigns and advisory services, has expanded to Abu Dhabi and appointed a director to oversee the operation.

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Echo Research teams up with UAE creative comms firm

Echo Research, a UK-based market research company specialising in communication, brand and reputation research, has entered a strategic partnership with UAE creative comms consultancy All About Brands.

PR spend to increase in 2024, MENA pros predict

According to a PRCA MENA survey, 76 per cent of business professionals in the MENA region expect PR spend to increase over the next year.

Sean James Mackenney, Sinead O’Connor, Amy Barry, Shannon O’Shea, Ziad Hasbani, Meghan Sheehan, Natasha Hatherall-Shawe

Weber Shandwick, Kekst CNC, WE Communications and more on COP28 plans

With barely a week to go before the world’s biggest and most important gathering of governments attempts to negotiate actions to combat climate change, PR professionals are finalising their preparations for COP28.

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South Australian Tourism Commission names Praytell North America AOR

The agency will share stories about the region’s native wildlife, wine and outback experiences.

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Businesses are no longer trusted on climate change: Edelman report

Edelman’s latest Trust Barometer surveyed 14,000 people in several countries to understand the public’s perception of the climate crisis.

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PR body ICCO and UN unite to tackle climate comms ‘challenges’

The International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have announced a new partnership to ‘take on the climate crisis and tackle persistent communications challenges’.

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PRCA MENA Digital Awards 2023 winners

The winners of the PRCA MENA Digital Awards 2023 have been announced, with Weber Shandwick MENAT and ASDA’A BCW receiving three awards each.

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S4 Capital reports 'difficult' Q3 as headcount drops by 9%

'Continued client caution' hits Q3 results.

MEPRA Awards 2023 shortlist revealed

The Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA) has announced the finalists for the 2023 MEPRA Awards, featuring more than 70 organisations shortlisted in 40 categories.

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Olive Gaea appoints Dubai-based agency

Climate-tech startup Olive Gaea has appointed a sustainability specialist firm to handle its corporate PR.

Shafique Ibrahim, Rhys Merrett

Alif Pay hires agency for corporate PR brief

Fintech company Alif Pay has appointed a comms agency to lead its corporate PR activities in the Middle East.

Team Lewis opens Dubai office

Team Lewis has launched a new office - its 25th - in Dubai.

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Hill+Knowlton Strategies returns to original name of Hill & Knowlton

The firm has also created services that address evolving client needs.

Jon Silvan, Fiorenzo Tagliabue, Bryan Tyson, Emma Kane, Sebastian Hejnowski, Jefrey Pollock

SEC Newgate appoints new regional leads

Strategic communications group SEC Newgate has announced a fresh organisational structure, appointing five heads of regions.

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Hisense Americas hires Ken Hong to lead PR

Hisense Americas launched this year, encompassing North and South America.

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Manara Global expands with new UAE hub

Strategic comms agency Manara Global has announced its expansion within the UAE, launching a hub in Abu Dhabi.

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FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue surges 19.9% in Q3

Steady growth in “business-critical issues” helped fuel the quarterly results.

WPP: H+K, BCW and FGS hit by ‘client caution’ in Q3

WPP’s PR division was “impacted by client caution” in the third quarter of 2023, as like-for-like revenue dipped 0.9 per cent in the period.

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Atlantis Resorts appoints PR agency

Two of Dubai's luxury hotels – Atlantis, The Palm and Atlantis, The Royal – have appointed a Florida-based PR agency.

PRWeek Global Awards 2024 opens for entries as first judges named

The PRWeek Global Awards, one of the biggest dates in the global industry’s calendar, has opened for entries for 2024.

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IPG PR firms post mid- to high-single-digit revenue growth in Q3

The Specialized Communications and Experiential Solutions group, which includes its PR firms, was IPG’s fastest-growing segment.

Clean Creatives, agencies urge B Lab to rethink B Corp certifications for agencies with fossil fuel clients

In the wake of Havas’ appointment as Shell’s media agency of record, Clean Creatives and other B Corp-certified agencies are demanding that B Lab strip accreditation from agencies with fossil fuel clients.

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Omnicom PR expected to face continued ‘headwinds’ in Q4

Omnicom EVP and CFO Philip Angelastro discussed Omnicom PR Group’s current quarter on the holding company’s Q3 earnings call on Tuesday.

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Omnicom PR revenue falls 5.5% YoY in Q3

The holding company's overall global revenue was $3.6 billion for the quarter, a 3.3% increase year-over-year.

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Movember worshippers gather in desert to hail coming of giant 'tache

Spot was created by DDB Melbourne.

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Communications can lead AI innovation: Ruder Finn CEO Kathy Bloomgarden

Ruder Finn CEO Kathy Bloomgarden shares her thoughts on communications' rightful place at the C-suite table in a post-pandemic world, and why it can lead with AI applications.

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Publicis continues hot streak as it upgrades Q3 forecast and ‘gains market share'

“Publicis will undoubtedly be the industry leader for organic growth”, analyst says.

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Sunil John to depart ASDA’A BCW after 24 years

PR stalwart Sunil John, founder of ASDA’A BCW and BCW’s president – Middle East and North Africa, is to step down after 24 years.

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BCW names Cruise’s Kristine Boyden as Americas CEO

The WPP firm also brought on Michelle Hutton as global chief client and growth officer, and made two regional appointments.

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Edelman taps X alum to lead influencer marketing in Asia-Pacific

Alyssa Soh will be responsible for scaling the agency’s offering in the region.

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Ruder Finn acquires boutique digital marketing agency Pandan Social in Malaysia

Its latest acquisition bolsters Ruder Finn's ongoing efforts for expansion in APAC, integrating 14 specialists into their Asian arm across the areas of strategy, PR, creative, video production, influencer management, website development and more.

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Shell puts global PR up for review

The review, expected to wrap in Q1 2024, comes after holding company Havas faced backlash for winning and accepting Shell’s media business.

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Publicis makes in-office attendance mandatory on Mondays and eliminates consecutive remote work days

CEO Arthur Sadoun tells staff in internal video that remote work has “sometimes stunted creativity” as he institutes strict return-to-office policy.

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Under Armour hires PayPal’s Amanda Coffee to lead global PR

Coffee is reporting to PayPal alum Amanda Miller, who joined the sportswear brand this summer as chief communications officer.

CEO Tim Dyson: 'Very pleased' with the performance amid 'continued economic headwinds'

Next 15 - 'delayed client spend' hits PR division in H1

Revenue in Next 15's division which contains its main PR agencies fell 6.4 per cent on an organic basis in the six months to 31 July, "in part due to some delays in client spend".

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Russell Brand case: ‘Legal and PR strategies need to work hand in hand’

The Russell Brand scandal is a reminder of why legal and PR strategies must work closely together, a leading comms figure has told PRWeek.

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LA Tourism launches US PR AOR review

The organization has also hired one green bean as its Australia and New Zealand PR AOR.

Agencies unite to take action on climate

Several comms and creative agencies are joining forces in an Ethical Agency Alliance established by the nonprofit global network Creatives for Climate.

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Shell and Diageo hire global comms chiefs

Diageo’s longstanding communications chief is moving to Shell to lead global strategic comms – while the multinational drinks company also has a new name to lead its comms function, PRWeek has learned.

Havas CEO Yannick Bolloré: acquisition will 'enable us to further accelerate our plans'

Havas buys public affairs and comms agency

Havas has acquired public affairs and strategic comms agency Australian Public Affairs (APA).

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Meta disrupts massive misinformation campaign linked to Chinese influence groups

The social media giant reports it has removed over 7,500 Facebook accounts linked to Chinese influence groups, promoting propaganda content through its platforms.

Enero CEO Brent Scrimshaw: 'Macroeconomic headwinds impacted some client spending'

Hotwire owner Enero hit by 'challenging macro conditions' in PR arm

Organic revenue in Enero's division that includes comms agencies Hotwire and CPR fell nine per cent in the 12 months to 30 June 2023.

UK managing partner Tom Burns: Brunswick is seeing 'similar trends' this year to last

Brunswick: new income streams boost FY revenue

Global revenue at Brunswick rose 12.5 per cent in 2022 to £390.9m, with the group crediting its investment in different revenue streams in recent years, according to accounts published at Companies House this week.

H+K, BCW, FGS - how did WPP's PR agencies fare in Q2?

Revenue in WPP's PR division grew two per cent on a like-for-like basis in the second quarter of 2023, the holding company announced this morning.

Mark McCall (pictured) attributed results to increased demand in crisis, cybersecurity and corporate reputation work. (Photo used with permission)

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue jumps 15% in Q2

As a whole, revenue was up 14.5% in the quarter.

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How Microsoft is changing its comms function because of AI

The company is also updating its team to keep pace with the speed of news.

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Movers & Shakers: ANZ Bank, Ikea, Tesla and more

Keep up to date with developments from Host/Havas, Ikea, K Plus and more, in our weekly column.

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Interpublic PR firms post ‘strong, balanced growth’ in Q2 as holding company cuts growth forecast

The Specialized Communications and Experiential Solutions segment saw a 3.7% increase in revenue in the quarter, faring better than the rest of IPG.

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Movers & Shakers: Wavemaker India, Icon Agency, and more

Keep up to date with developments from Eleven Melbourne, GrowthOps Asia, Bolster, Clemenger BBDO, Icon Agency, and more, in our weekly column of people moves and account wins.

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Movers & Shakers: Sandpiper, Ogilvy PR Australia and more

Appointment news from Shopify, MSL, Sling & Stone, and more.

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Royal Caribbean Group names Heather Hust Rivera global communications head

Hust Rivera has worked in various comms roles for Disney since 2005.

Two longtime HSBC comms leaders — Tala Booker and Dan Fitzpatrick — have left the banking giant to open a new financial communications firm, called Via.

Movers & Shakers: Via, Ogilvy PR Australia, and more

Newsmakers of the week include updates from Via, Rochester, Ogilvy, and others.

SEC Newgate CEO Fiorenzo Tagliabue: New investment 'increases our recognition on the financial market'

SEC Newgate to get new majority owner in $100m deal

SEC Newgate is set to receive a c.$100m investment from Investcorp, the global alternative investment firm, in a deal that values the comms business at more than $250m.

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APAC agencies win Titanium and Glass Grand Prix at Cannes Lions

Momentous night for Asia Pacific as The Monkeys, Australia and Cheil Worldwide, Seoul bagged Grand Prix in the Titanium and Glass categories, respectively, on the last day of the 70th Cannes Lions.

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Movers & Shakers: Havas, Adm Group, IMedia OutReach Newswire and more

This week's top newsmakers in the world of marcomms include Interbrand, Iris, Mash, Edelman Greater China, Outbrain, Wavemaker Adelaide, and more.

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Edelman Greater China president Pully Chau leaves after two years

Chau is the second senior executive to have left Edelman this month. Michelle Hutton, vice chairman of Edelman APAC, also left the agency earlier this month after 13 years of work.

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McDonald’s international corporate relations chief to depart

Dionne Parker, vice-president of international corporate relations at McDonald’s, is to step down after 12 years at the fast-food chain, PRWeek understands.

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LA Tourism seeks agency support in China, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand

The organization is also bulking up its in-house communications team to tell the story of “L.A. 2.0.”

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Cannes Day 5: BCW, Weber Shandwick pick up Bronze Lions

BCW won for Brady’s War Stories campaign, while Weber Shandwick was recognized for Iberdrola’s Turnstile Turbines in another category.

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Cannes Day 4: Edelman, Weber Shandwick, Ketchum and Havas take home more Lions

The firms won Gold and Silver Lions in non-PR categories on Thursday.

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Ketchum, Edelman, Red Havas – PR Lions winners revealed

Ketchum London’s ‘Iceland Food Club’ campaign was among the big winners in the PR Lions at Cannes today, as Edelman won twice and a Valentine’s campaign celebrating self-love was the prestigious Grand Prix winner.

Weber, Edelman, Golin - PR agencies nominated in non-PR Lions at Cannes

Major PR agencies have received nominations today in categories outside the PR Lions at Cannes.

Edelman, Weber, Ketchum, MSL, BCW - which agencies are on Cannes PR Lions shortlist?

The Cannes PR Lions shortlist for 2023 has been revealed.

Cannes Lions: winners will be announced from 19-23 June 2023

Cannes Lions 2023 sees 6% increase in entries

New gaming award boosted entries to almost 27,000.

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PR Awards Asia 2023: Winners announced

PRWeek and Campaign Asia-Pacific announce the full list of winners of the 22nd annual PR Awards Asia.

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Twitch competitors seize opportunities amid branded content fallout

The Amazon-owned company’s rivals are attempting to poach streamers away from the platform after controversial policy changes.

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Ex-cricketer Azeem Rafiq hires PR agency

Former cricketer Azeem Rafiq, who exposed racism at the heart of English cricket, has appointed Dubai-based independent integrated marketing and comms agency TishTash to represent him, it has emerged.

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Edelman launches global B2B marketing group

It aims to create integrated marketing programs aimed at reaching and earning the trust of B2B buyers.

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Women Leading Change 2023: Winners revealed

The winners of the 7th Women Leading Change Awards are out.

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Cannes Lions 2023: Judges must raise the standard on purpose work, creatives say

Purpose work will still be prominent this year, but it needs more scrutiny in the judging room, creatives agree.

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Media OutReach Newswire expands to Thailand

PR industry in Thailand is growing at double digits, Thai organisations and government agencies are investing to build brand reputation both locally and internationally.

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BCW Group names Corey duBrowa CEO

Donna Imperato announced her retirement in January.

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Milk & Honey launches global sustainability division

Milk & Honey PR has consolidated its ESG and purpose comms offerings in a global specialist division called imPACT.

Former Edelman executive to lead FGS Global in Singapore

FGS Global has appointed Iain Twine as a partner in Singapore.

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Cirque du Soleil swings onto Roblox

The high-flying circus company aims to capture younger audiences with a world-building game.

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Cathay's takes swift action, fires crew, scrambles to defuse PR crisis

CEO Ronald Lam apologises for the crew discriminating against non-English speakers, stresses on 'zero tolerance' towards any violation of internal Code of Conduct after the incident draws media flak.

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A blanket, Cathay Pacific and the PR kerfuffle

Hong Kong's flagship carrier created quite a stir on Chinese social media platforms after a glaring discriminatory incident involving its crew against non-English speakers on a flight from Chengdu came to light.

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Edelman creates international president role and names new EMEA CEO

Effective from July, Edelman’s new president, international, will be assigned to ‘further diversify the firm’s geographic business mix’.

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PR alliance Mirovia partners with Asia-based agencies to expand legal PR alliance

Adding to the global collaboration in the legal communications industry, the alliance looks at expansion in Singapore and New Delhi markets.

PR Awards Asia-Pacific 2023: Shortlist announced

PR Awards Asia-Pacific 2023: Shortlist revealed

See which agencies, campaigns and talents made the cut this year. Winners will be announced at a live event on June 14 in Hong Kong.

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Movers & Shakers: Ogilvy Malaysia, InsideOut PR, and more

Ogilvy Malaysia, Ogilvy PR and Health, InsideOut PR make news this week.

PRWeek Global Award for Best Agency in Asia-Pacific has been announced.

PRWeek Global Awards 2023: Best Agency in Asia-Pacific

The winner of the PRWeek Global Award for Best Agency in Asia-Pacific is WE Communications.

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APCO Worldwide acquires NGC International Advisory, Strategic Advice

The Washington, DC-headquartered agency has bought four firms this year.

PR Week Best Places to Work is open for entries

Best Places to Work Asia-Pacific 2023: Entries open

Celebrate APAC agencies and brands' outstanding achievements in improving workplace cultures.

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Was that toothpaste on the Met Gala carpet? Here’s how Colgate responded

The toothpaste brand joked that it didn’t expect to “be the carpet.”

Weber and Golin owner IPG sees PR outperform in Q1

IPG has reported organic revenue growth of 3.3 per cent in the division that includes most of its PR agencies, as challenges in the tech sector contributed to a slight decline in organic revenue across the holding company.

CEO Steven Gunby: FTI had 'record revenues' but the bottom line 'declined substantially'

FTI Strategic Comms revenue up 4.5 per cent in Q1

FTI Consulting has reported a 4.5 per cent increase in revenue in its Strategic Communications arm in the first quarter of 2023, although higher costs hit underlying earnings.

WPP: AI will be 'fundamental' to our business

WPP has said AI will be "fundamental" to its business and the group is "excited by its transformational potential".

CEO Mark Read: 'We have seen a positive start to the year'

WPP reports 'strong' Q1 for FGS, 'softer' for BCW and H+K

WPP has reported like-for-like growth of 2.2 per cent in its PR division for the first quarter of 2023.

CEO Tim Dyson: 'Positive trading has continued into our new financial year'

Next 15 reports 'very positive' FY trading in PR business

Next 15 has reported full-year organic revenue growth of 9.3 per cent in the division that contains its main PR agencies, with M Booth Health, MHP and Brandwidth the "standout performers".

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Publicis confident after ‘strong’ Q1

Publicis has reported a 7.1 per cent rise in organic revenue in the first quarter of 2023, and said it expects to grow toward the top of its estimate for the full year.

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Omnicom PR revenue rises 5.8% in Q1

The holding company's overall global revenue was $3.4 billion for the quarter, a 5.2% jump.

Twitter is no longer a legal entity, it has been absorbed by Musk's X Corp

Twitter Inc. is dead, it’s now X Corp

The latest move is seen as an accelerant for creating X— Elon Musk's vision of the 'everything app' and is consistent with the new owner's bid to let go of the old company and its brand value.

Google's generative AI spouts fake truths in 78% cases according to a new study.

Google's AI chatbot Bard spouts lies and misinformation in 78% cases: report

In one instance, Bard wrote a 227-word monologue denying the Holocaust, which included details like the “photograph of the starving girl in the concentration camp…was actually an actress who was paid to pretend to be starving,” raising startling safety concerns.

WPP confirms FGS Global private equity deal

WPP has confirmed that private equity firm KKR has made an investment in FGS Global in a deal that values the consultancy at $1.425bn.

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What advertisers can learn from countries that already have TikTok bans

With a potential ban of TikTok in the US looming, we asked advertisers in India and Hong Kong, where the short video app is already banned, which alternatives they have turned to, and whether or not they feel they're missing out?

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FGS Global to sell major stake to private equity firm

FGS Global is set to sell a stake of around 30 per cent to private equity firm KKR, in a deal that would value the agency at around $1.4bn, the Financial Times reports.

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Pepsi unveils a new logo: a look back at the logos through the years

A bold leap forward, the design reflects changing consumer tastes and the brand's digital ambitions. Also, it comes just in time for Pepsi’s 125th anniversary.

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APCO reveals global ambitions for Camarco and plans to ‘plug more gaps’

APCO is targeting New York and Dubai as the first locations to expand Camarco, the London-based financial comms agency it acquired this week, CEO Brad Staples has told PRWeek.

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Singapore Tourism Board seeks UK PR agency

The Singapore Tourism Board’s UK office (STB UK) has put its PR account out to pitch.

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PRCA director general Francis Ingham dies

Francis Ingham, director general of the PRCA, has passed away after a short illness, the PRCA confirmed today.

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R3 China PR Scope: 43% of in-house PR and marketing teams had integration last year

R3’s latest China PR Scope Study found that 43% of marketing and PR teams of over 100 brands in China experienced integration in the past year. Catch all the details here.

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Philippines-based PR agency opens UK office

Uniquecorn Strategies, a PR agency founded in the Philippines, has expanded to the UK as founder and chief executive Dean Bernales relocates to London.

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Lack of women in boardrooms due partly to resistance, survey finds

When will diversity get enough seats in the boardroom? Ahead of International Women’s Day, Campaign partnered with R3’s Women of the World network in a wide-ranging gender-disparity survey.

PRWeek Global Awards 2023 – shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the PRWeek Global Awards 2023 has been unveiled, with the global celebration of comms set to take place in London on 9 May.

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Weber Shandwick undergoes layoffs

About two dozen employees at SVP, EVP and VP levels are being laid off.

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Pfizer puts agency partners on notice with wide-ranging review that includes PR

CMO Drew Panayiotou is leading the review.

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Tinder’s new global campaign celebrates how Gen Z connects

The campaign shows the diversity of relationships and connections that Tinder facilitates.

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2023 is the year PR will really dive into the metaverse: Research

Yet a report from D S Simon recommends brands and agencies keep it simple — and inexpensive — with metaverse activations.

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FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue up 3.7% in Q4, 7.1% for 2022

FTI as a whole reported a Q4 revenue of $774.4 million, up 14.5% from the same period last year.

WPP PR business 'resurgent' as growth accelerates in Q4

Revenue in WPP's PR division grew 6.5 per cent on a like-for-like basis in the fourth quarter of 2022, with Hill+Knowlton singled out for strong growth.

Edelman makes string of leadership annoucements in APAC

Edelman beefs up leadership in APAC

Warren Fernandez, Asia Pacific CEO announces key changes at the top in line with the firm's business strategy and growth plans for 2023.

Haymarket Media Group titles including What Car?, Finance Asia, MyCME and Campaign

Haymarket’s profits climb to £16.9m as live events boost revenue

UK B2B arm delivered best results in a decade.

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Edelman global revenue up 12.8% in 2022 to $1.1 billion

The independent firm’s U.S. revenue grew 13.8% to $703.4 million.

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Dentsu's organic growth slips in 2022 on flat revenue in its home market

COVID-related weakness in China offset resilience in European markets during the second half of the year.

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Finn Partners acquires international health communications firm Hyderus

Hyderus cofounders Mark Chataway and Christophe Nial join Finn Partners’ global health practice leadership team.

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Marco names co-CEOs amid global expansion and IPO aims

Didier Lagae, founder of Marco, the MSL affiliate comms agency with 18 offices worldwide, has become executive chairman and promoted two of his longest-serving members of staff to co-chief executives.

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IPG PR firms register mid-single-digit growth in Q4

They also saw high-single-digit growth in 2022.

Edelman promotes Justin Westcott to global tech chair

Edelman has appointed Justin Westcott, who has been with the firm for 17 years, as its new global chair of technology.

Chris Foster has led Omnicom PR Group since June 2021.

Omnicom PR revenue up 12.7% in Q4, 13.7% for 2022

The holding company's overall global revenue was up 7.2% in Q4 and 9.4% organically for 2022.

PRWeek Global Awards – judges named, entry deadline is February 1

The FINAL deadline for entering the PRWeek Global Awards is Wednesday 1 February.

Weber Shandwick elevates Elizabeth Bae to managing director for South Korea operations

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, Sling & Stone, Archetype Hong Kong, and more

PRWeek Asia’s weekly roundup of account wins and people moves.

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Clarity buys Australian agency as ‘APAC launchpad’

Global communications agency Clarity has expanded its operations in Asia-Pacific, buying Australia’s Sefiani Communications Group for an undisclosed sum.

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BCW Global CEO Donna Imperato to retire

Imperato, who has led the firm since the combination of Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe, will step down once her successor is found.

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Ketchum’s Jo-ann Robertson named Cannes Lions PR jury president

The event takes place from June 19-23 in the South of France.

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Teneo to buy Tulchan Communications

Teneo has agreed to buy Tulchan Communications, the London-based financial and corporate specialist.

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Disney, BP alum Geoff Morrell lands at Teneo

Morrell left Disney during the company’s conflict with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over the state’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law early last year.

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Movers & Shakers: The Hoffman Agency, Sandpiper, Red Havas, and more

PRWeek Asia’s round-up of people moves and account wins.

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PRWeek Global Awards – first judges named as entry deadline nears

The first tranche of judges for the PRWeek Global Awards has been announced, ahead of the deadline for entering the prestigious awards scheme.

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BCW names Rebecca Grant global chief brand officer

The agency also named Melanie Mitchem EVP of global marketing and upped Catherine Sullivan to global CCO.

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Edelman initiates ‘strategic review’ of its workforce

The agency is also pausing new hires as it monitors the economic environment.

BCW's Matt Stafford gets global remit

He will now be global president of practices and sectors in addition to his existing responsibilities as president of BCW's Asia Pacific region.

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Qatar's Budweiser beer ban ‘a storm in a pint cup’

Sports marketing leaders say the last minute U-turn on Bud selling alcoholic beer at World Cup games has been blown out of proportion.

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Boycott Qatar 'blackout' protest kicks off

A global social media campaign has launched to boycott the World Cup's quarter-final, which coincides with International Human Rights Day.

Amanda Koh is heading Edelman's technology sector in Singapore

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Purple PR, Sling & Stone, and more

PRWeek Asia’s roundup of account wins and people moves.

The Russian Federation has sanctioned PR agency leaders

Russia puts Richard Edelman and other global PR CEOs on latest sanctions list

Leaders from APCO Worldwide, SKDK, Brunswick and other firms were among the 200 to be sanctioned.

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Havas acquires Australian health communications agency Bastion Brands

The acquisition will be integrated into Havas Health & You.

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Russia puts Richard Edelman, Karine Jean-Pierre on latest sanction list

Leaders from APCO Worldwide, SKDK, Brunswick and other firms were among the 200 to be sanctioned.

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UN tells PR sector: ‘Show how you’re fighting greenwashing’

PR and public affairs agencies should disclose what they are doing to combat greenwashing, according to a major new UN report.

Movers & Shakers: Allison+Partners, Edelman, Mutant, and more

PRWeek Asia's round-up of account wins and people moves.

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More than 400 scientists call on Hill+Knowlton to drop fossil-fuel clients

Environmental activist group Clean Creatives and the Union of Concerned Scientists released the letter to the WPP firm this week, ahead of COP27.

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Icon Agency wins Salesforce's Australian communications program

Salesforce is the newest addition to the rapidly expanding client roster at Icon.

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Disney completes its Christmas trilogy with 'The gift'

The animated ad is the final instalment of Disney’s ‘From our family to yours’ festive shorts.

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Golin Taipei unveils parade float for Taiwan Pride 2022

PR agency Golin goes all out in a vibrant extravaganza to mark Taiwan's first Pride parade since the island nation legalised same-sex marriages in 2019.

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Rising costs hit earnings in FTI comms arm despite revenue growth

Underlying earnings fell in FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications division in the third quarter of 2022 despite growth in revenue, with a 16.4 per cent rise in staff costs among the factors cited.

WPP PR arm grows 5.8 per cent in Q3

WPP's PR arm had the strongest growth of its divisions in the third quarter of 2022, although growth slowed to 5.8 per cent on a like-for-like basis.

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Interpublic PR firms post single-digit growth in Q3

The holding company as a whole reported 5.6% organic revenue growth in the period.

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Redhill expands operations into UK market and appoints director

Redhill, a global communications agency, has announced the expansion of its operations into the UK market with the appointment of Loriann Luckings-Marwood as its director of the UK.

Enero CEO Brent Scrimshaw: 'We continue to see positive momentum'

Hotwire owner Enero sees 'positive momentum' as revenue grows one third

Enero, the marcoms and tech firm that owns Hotwire, saw net revenue grow 35.5 per cent to A$61.8m in the three months to 30 September versus the same period last year.

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Redhill partners with Pixel Canvas to enter the metaverse

The partnership with Pixel Canvas, a browser-based 3D metaverse platform, will enable Redhill to offer interactive and immersive brand experiences for its clients in the Web3 era.

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Omnicom PR revenue increases 12.6% in Q3

Omnicom as a whole reported a 7.5% organic revenue increase to $3.4 billion.

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Edelman names Warren Fernandez APAC CEO

Dave Samson, Edelman’s global vice chairman of corporate affairs, had been serving as interim CEO.

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Qorvis providing PR support for South Korea

The contract runs through the end of this year.

Movers & Shakers: Ruder Finn, Mutant, Sandpiper, and more

PRWeek Asia’s roundup of account wins and people moves.

The Hoffman Agency taps into Techplomacy, launches new service in APAC

The new service creates tools for companies to navigate and simplify diplomacy in the digital age.

PRCA launches Australia network

The move follows PRCA's expansion beyond Southeast Asia in the past year.

Edelman makes senior hire from ITV for media role

Jaine Sykes has joined Edelman UK as executive director of media strategy and campaigning, enhancing the agency’s media and trust advisory capabilities.

Movers & Shakers: Golin, MSL, Zeno Group, and more

PRWeek Asia’s roundup of account wins and people moves.

Photo of protests in Iran.

WhatsApp responds after Iran restricts access

As protests take place in the country, the Iranian government has also limited access to Instagram and more of the internet in general.

Movers & Shakers: WE, Zeno, Spurwing, and more

PRWeek Asia’s roundup of account wins and people moves.

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House Democrats hold hearing on PR firms’ work for oil companies

None of the agencies under investigation attended the hearing.

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Ethicore expands into the Middle East

Ethicore Political Lobbying, one of Africa’s biggest public affairs agencies, has announced a formal partnership with comms agency Bashir Mraish Consultancy, which has offices in Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

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Edelman appoints Middle East chairman

Edelman has appointed senior Emirati business leader Tariq Bin Hendi as chairman to support the firm’s growth plans across the region.

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Queen Elizabeth’s death announced with mix of old and new

The royal family stayed true to tradition with its official notice, which was also posted to social media.

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Andy Main to leave Ogilvy as Devika Bulchandani takes over as global CEO

Main joined Ogilvy from Deloitte Digital in 2020 and oversaw a transformation of the network; longtime McCann vet Bulchandani steps into his shoes.

Julia Wei returns to Edelman as CEO

Wei will return to Edelman, where she last held the position of director for head of consumer practice.

Best Places to Work Asia-Pacific 2022: Winners revealed

See which agencies and teams made the cut in the region's second edition of this esteemed awards programme.