The news last night that Weber Shandwick, the world's second-largest PR firm, has promoted Gail Heimann to global CEO, comes as no surprise to those of us who've followed the agency closely over the past decade or two.
The world's second-largest PR agency has a new CEO.
Omnicom's PR unit overall was down by 1.3% organically.
Steve Martin, the global boss of M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment, is moving from London to Sydney in mid-September, PRWeek can reveal.
England's Cricket World Cup heroics on the field have left the PR and comms industry purring, but some feel the tournament could have generated a greater buzz and that the sport needs to make the most of the final's success.
Misra was previously CEO of the agency's Indian operations.
The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity could potentially ditch categories because "everybody is eating each other's lunch" and PR agencies need to consider how they are showing up, according to panellists on a special creativity episode of The PR Show.
He starts September 3 as global chief strategy and operations officer.
The PRCA's second in charge, deputy director general Matt Cartmell, is leaving the industry body to launch an agency that provides content and communications services.
Scull was previously lead for the North American P&G feminine care and baby care teams.
The PRCA and PRWeek UK are launching the first PR and Communications Census for the Asia-Pacific region, in conjunction with research partner YouGov.
'Stop trying to rationalize your evil,' another user told her.
The Whopper Detour campaign won a list of PR credits at the Cannes Lions.
The Omnicom Group firm was listed as the PR shop behind the chain's Keeping Fortnite Fresh effort.
Weber Shandwick, Golin, Edelman, Ketchum, Taylor Herring and Naked Communications have won PR Lions for idea creation, but ad agencies again dominate the haul - and a campaign against tampon tax rates wins the Grand Prix.
Impact Porter Novelli in Dubai was credited for PR for the Print & Publishing Grand Prix.
The ride-hailing company is restructuring to create a 'unified narrative.'
Weber Shandwick was the airline's previous AOR.
Edelman has promoted Stephen Kehoe to president and CEO of its APAC operations after incumbent Jesse Lin resigned.
Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has its work cut out to convince governments, technology partners and consumers that its products and telco infrastructure are safe, experts warn.
"A lot of the recent attention has mischaracterized our work," John Saunders said in a statement.
Edelman's MD of global client strategy, Michelle Hutton, is returning to Australia to take the helm of Edelman Australia, in addition to a new role as chief growth officer for the Asia-Pacific region.
The arrangement is the first of its kind for the Japanese agency.
Huawei has hired veteran Sky News reporter Paul Harrison as a senior member of its Europe communications team, PRWeek can reveal.
Senior figures from across the global PR and communications industry assembled in London tonight to discover who would take home the coveted trophies at the PRWeek Global Awards 2019.
The organization will be comprised of Havas PR offices in North America and the U.K. and Red Agency in Asia-Pacific.
Havas PR in the UK is merging with counterparts in the US and Australia's Red Agency to create a new global network called Red Havas.
The advertising giant is optimistic about major upcoming events in Japan and sees planned new holding company improving alignment between domestic and international operations.
The Precinct brand will be retired July 1.
Former Skype and Edelman executive Jane Fields has been appointed managing director for EMEA, while ex-Teneo managing director Danny Phan will lead APAC.
PR agencies have begun boycotting Royal Brunei Airlines in the wake of the Kingdom enacting controversial LGBT laws, PRWeek has learned.
The 32-year veteran of MSL will serve as SVP and chief communications officer for the University of Southern California, his alma mater.
BCW and Archetype are the incumbents on the account.
She is replacing Oliver Roll, who left Cisco this month.
The agency credited corporate reputation projects for the growth.
However, Omnicom CEO John Wren said he's seeing "positive signs in certain areas of our PR operations."
The agency will continue its work with the scheduling platform following the successful launch of Doodle's inaugural Meeting Report and an initial six-month press office campaign.
Brunei-owned brands face a reputational crisis, but PR pros are divided about whether other brands should join a celebrity-led boycott against barbaric new laws that punish Brunei's LGBTI+ community with death.
The new agency is called Current Global.
Squeo has held communications roles at IBM and Netflix and won a Pulitzer Prize.
Thorne is serving as EVP, CFO, and COO at BCW.
A tender calls for a wide range of PR services under a 24-month term.
Alavi has spent the last three years leading brand marketing at the Facebook-owned platform.
The company started its review last summer.
The business was previously held by Weber Shandwick for at least a decade.
PRCO, the global luxury integrated communications group that was founded in London, has expanded into Asia, opening new offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai under the PRCO Asia banner.
The PR services provider also continued 2018's buying spree into early 2019.
The name refers to the agency's desire to be an "archetype" for the modern marcomms agency.
Canney is set to start in June and take over from Mark Linaugh.
Jun Xu has joined the Publicis Groupe agency from Unilever.
For the year, strategic comms revenue was up 16%.
The social network has asked agency partners to adhere to a set of standards after fallout from its work with Definers Public Affairs.
Revenues dropped 0.7% in the U.S., 2.4% in EMEA, and 2.8% in Asia-Pacific last year.
China and Australia weighed down APAC performance in the last quarter, Dentsu said.
Weber Shandwick had double-digit growth in Q4 and mid-single-digit growth for the full year, according to the agency's CEO.
For all of 2018, Omnicom's PR firms were up 1.8% organically to $1.4 billion.
The social network will add to U.S. and international sales teams.
WPP, Interpublic, and Omnicom also saw stocks slide.
Media and advertising analyst moves back to agency world.
The move is part of WWP's restructuring plans.
International president Alan VanderMolen is leaving the agency.
The company has ended its corporate and tech PR relationships with Brunswick, Text100, and Golin.
He is the third major hire for PayPal's comms team in the past 18 months.
It is the 12th company Cision has acquired since the combination of Cision and Vocus in 2014.
FleishmanHillard has incorporated its Middle Eastern business into Impact BBDO, the regional network owned by Fleishman parent company Omnicom, although the PR shop insists it is not a merger.
It's the first step in a planned regional expansion for GCI.
Former MullenLowe Asia-Pacific leader to leave post in March, after just two years.
The 30-person firm will be called CatchOn, a Finn Partners Company.
Merged communications agencies Acceleris and Limelight have rebranded under a single brand - Definition.
WPP is launching Team Newell to handle the account globally. BCW will work on the business.
Christie spent four years at the China-based company.
She'll exit the entertainment company after the completion of its deal with Disney.
Hutton, MD of global clients, has worked at Edelman since 2010.
Veteran marketer will leave in May 2019.
The comms firm will provide media research and counseling services for the publicity wing of Japan's consulate general.
The technology company has not yet named a replacement.
IBM iX veteran John Armstrong will lead the new agency.
Citizen wins Chinese travel client, Influential grows team, account wins for Palm, MHP and Eulogy, and more from PRWeek UK.
Golin's Singapore office has acquired creative content agency Hurrah Productions to boost its "visual storytelling capabilities".
King will serve as global chief digital officer at Citizen.
"Sorry, but blaming your comms team in times of crisis is a garbage move," said one unlikely ally.
Marketers may think twice about the platform after revelations in The New York Times, the Pivotal Research analyst said.
Rantau Golin joins the Singapore and Indonesia offices to form a Southeast Asia Golin network.
Low Taek Jho had been reportedly traveling between Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China.
Latour will start in the role at the beginning of next year.
Ginsberg is a veteran of News Corp. and Time Warner.
CEO Donna Imperato said both Burson-Marsteller and C&W 'delivered strong profit growth' in the quarter.
Strategic communications was in the middle of the pack among FTI business segments in terms of revenue performance in Q3.
Edelman Digital manages more than $200 million in paid media spend.
One of the UK's largest specialist music PR agencies, Jukebox PR, is expanding across Asia, Europe and the Americas following an explosion of festival tourism.
Weber Shandwick's CEO said Weber, Golin, and Rogers & Cowan performed particularly well in the quarter.
Unity has been announced as the winner of the best public sector campaign at last night's PRWeek Awards, for 'Scammer Nanas'.
The holding company beat expectations with its net income up more than 13% in the period.
The location is Allison's 11th office in Asia-Pacific and the 30th globally.
The new entity will be co-led by Kekst CEO Jeremy Fielding and CNC chief executive Bernhard Meising.
Alex Jutkowitz will no longer run Hill+Knowlton in the U.S.; Lars Erik Grønntun and Richard Millar become global presidents.
A growing proportion of corporate affairs directors (CADs) are earning remuneration packages in excess of £500,000 and report directly to the CEO, a study has revealed.
Global auto communications executive Jonathan Adashek will head a star-studded jury to identify transformative work that crosses global territories as well as the best work in the regions - with six new categories added this year.
Bite's global chief executive will lead the combined agency as Text100 CEO Aedhmar Hynes exits.
The CIPR has kicked off a series of interviews with business leaders about the role of PR in their organisations with an interview featuring the chief executive of Heathrow Airport, John Holland-Kaye.
Almost all consumers expect brands to act ethically, but when it comes to what drives a purchase decision or brand support in these uncertain times, rational considerations trump emotional - and increasingly so, a study by WE Communications has found.
New guidance on how to use social media to its full potential has been issued by the Government Digital Service, with government departments urged to monitor online exchanges between people to inform their approach.
The news this week that Mark Read had been appointed CEO of WPP came after a painful interregnum following the abrupt departure of the charismatic Martin Sorrell after more than 30 years at the helm. But is Read a thoughtful and safe pair of hands or a dull accountant with little in the way of leadership skills?
In brief: Beattie adds five staff, Jam chosen by Wakelet, Mc&T wins Zopa, Avant PR gets Broke & Beautiful
Beattie backs new business with more hires, Jam wins Wakelet content platform brief, Zopa appoints Mc&T after three-way pitch, Avant PR awarded Broke & Beautiful, Label wins Pro Blo, and more from PRWeek UK.
The PRCA has extended its global reach with the launch of PRCA Southeast Asia, with Text 100's Lee Nugent chairing the new offering.
The Australian government has banned the use of influencers from all federal government campaigns after a series of embarrassing exposés involving taxpayer-funded social media stars.
Singapore Airlines is putting its strategy, creative, media, content, website/app development and production up for a competitive bid, as part of what it calls a major transformation effort.
Burns was most recently SVP of corporate comms for AT&T Communications.
Boadas is a 16-year veteran of P&G.
MMGY's acquisition of Grifco and Ophir this week could herald a stampede by foreign investors looking to buy up skills or a London presence in the luxury travel and lifestyle sectors. The pound is at a low against the dollar, London is a vital hub for the luxury sector and Brexit is of only passing concern - all of which create ripe conditions for a boom in M&A activity.
A senior US-based PR executive has been in the news for his alleged involvement in a 'dirty tricks' campaign that helped secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, and separate work to improve the image of the Assad regime in Syria.
Astellas shook up its corporate affairs department after Winton's departure.
Martin Sorrell has again criticized former employer WPP, saying he is "saddened and disturbed" by the resignation of its non-executive director, Hugo Shong, who he credited as a significant factor in the group's growth in China.
The Omnicom firm has also appointed MDs in four markets.
Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky also said his firm and Golin are "poised for strong years."
Sources estimate the stake at hand to be roughly 20% of WPP China, valued at between $2 billion (£1.5 billion) and $2.5 billion.
The winning firm will help the Chinese multinational tech giant overcome recent reputational challenges.
It's the first time the partnership of Finsbury, Hering Schuppener, and Glover Park Group has topped the list.
The chief executive of Publicis Groupe has experienced his first bad financial quarter since he took charge last June, as a drop in organic growth led its shares down 7 per cent this morning.
The holding company's overall revenue was up 1.8% in the period to $3.9 billion.
The sale process for Instinctif Partners has been "paused", with potential buyers unwilling to meet the asking price.
Tham Khai Meng has been with Ogilvy since 1999.
Former Number 10 comms strategist Robin Gordon-Farleigh has left Edelman in the Middle East to take a role advising Princess Haya of Jordan.
PRWeek looks at four carmakers' films that celebrate the ending of a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia - and asks whether they get the tone right?
Reuter, who has worked at Nissan for eight years, leaves the company on Friday.
Stuart Jackson is leaving Nissan Europe and will take up a new role at Amazon Operations.
Lions wrought from varying shades of metal will arrive in PR offices across the globe this week as their winners return from Cannes. But who bagged the most?
It's the second non-PR Lion for Edelman and the Make the Cut campaign.
FleishmanHillard, Edelman, and Ketchum bagged PR Lions on Thursday.
Burson-Marsteller UK CEO Stephen Day has left the company as part of its merger with Cohn & Wolfe, PRWeek understands.
London's Stripe Communications also took home a Bronze Lion for Entertainment.
Aside from the PR Lions, six other shortlists have been published at Cannes today and there is a place for comms agencies on three of them.
The Omnicom firm's efforts on the Blood Normal campaign for Essity's Libresse and Bodyform was shortlisted in several categories.
We Are Social has made its first acquisition, taking a majority stake in Dubai-based social media agency Socialize as it targets further acquisitions across the world.
Ogilvy is ditching Mather, introducing a new corporate identity and cementing months of streamlining with a simplified organizational structure that chief executive John Siefert says will "build a new model for our industry."
WE Communications' UK general manager Marcus Sorour is taking on a more global role at the agency, with his old job being taken by Ruth Allchurch, who was latterly, briefly, at Burson Cohn & Wolfe.
Burson-Marsteller's worldwide president Kevin Bell is retiring, the boss of the newly merged Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) told staff yesterday.
The former WPP CEO is thought to be gearing up to acquire a new company which he will turn into a new marketing group.
Jaguar Land Rover has today revealed a complete restructure of its marketing, sales, service and PR functions, putting its top consumer comms professional at the head of all marketing communications and customer experience.
Wunderman's Bryce Whitwam grumbles about working with clients in China that suffer from too much infighting and divisiveness.
Newly-created role oversees media company's integrated marketing unit.
Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has rehired Four Travel as its PR consultancy in the UK with immediate effect.
Both Dentsu Inc and Dentsu Aegis Network are earning more from digital, but challenging markets, Japanese work reforms, and planned investments weigh on Q1 profits.
Isenberg is replacing Kym White, who left the PR agency in March to join Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
The former WPP CEO said on Tuesday at Techonomy NYC 18 that he's not planning to retire.
Melissa Chan joins to lead regional unit.
The healthcare sector has suffered a dip in public trust in major markets including France, India and the US, but Britons remain among the more trusting globally, according to the Edelman Health Trust Barometer.
The tech giant has also brought on SKDKnickerbocker, Spectrum Science Communications, and Civic Entertainment Group.
An APCO representative said the firm no longer represents the Egyptian government.
WPP has bought full ownership of Y&R and Wunderman joint-venture agency assets in Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Dentsu Sudler & Hennessey in Japan.
Interpublic Group's first-quarter results suggest the PR agency sector still has work to do to pull out of last year's tough business environment.
WPP's former chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell was paid a (relatively) measly £13.9m by the company in 2017, its annual report shows.
The annual Government Communications plan was launched last week with an ambitious commitment to deliver more than 140 campaigns during the coming financial year, an increase of 20 on 2017/18.
Racepoint Global, Grayling, and Burson-Marsteller were also in contention for the business.
The position is newly created at the beauty company.
The moves are part of parent Publicis Groupe's effort to convert its PR assets to the MSL brand.
Publicis Groupe's net revenue grew organically by 1.6% to €2.1bn (£1.8bn/$2.6bn) thanks to account wins in 2017 that included McDonald's and Diesel.
The group's PR revenue grew only 0.7% organically in Q1 to $346.3 million.
Mark Read and Andrew Scott, who have been named joint COOs of WPP after Martin Sorrell abruptly quit, know each other well.
Martin Sorrell's resignation as chief executive of WPP could lead to a break-up of the company and spark other major changes to the shape of the industry, according to analysts.
Martin Sorrell has resigned from WPP, the owner of PR agencies including Burson Cohn & Wolfe, Ogilvy, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Finsbury, The Glover Park Group, and Hering Schuppener.
She is relocating to Switzerland for the role.
The Facebook CEO did not wilt during Tuesday's marathon Senate session.
Smithfield, Edelman UK's specialist financial services and capital markets business, has enticed journalist Iain Dey across to the world of PR.
Matthew Freud has joined the board of trustees for the Islamic Development Bank's new Transform Fund, with his agency providing ongoing support to the Saudi Arabia-based body.
Three senior members of Qatar Airways' comms team are taking off, with the airline also struggling to recruit for its most senior PR job.
WPP's board has hired an independent counsel to investigate an allegation of misconduct against the CEO.
Newly-merged PR agency selects local leaders from existing talent pool.
US-headquartered WE Communications has acquired a "significant" stake in leading Indian agency Avian Media and is merging its local operations into the firm to create a new business called Avian WE.
Korean carmaker Hyundai is in the process of looking for an agency to handle a major project.
A new report by Prospect and PublicAffairsAsia lays bare the extent of the pay gap between genders in the PR and communications industry in Asia Pacific.
Big pharma firms posted less content on their social feeds last year, but grew their communities, according to a new report.
Simon Redfern is leaving Starbucks and will renew his professional relationship with Corey duBrowa when he joins software firm Salesforce in May.
Stephen Doherty will be promoted from head of corporate comms at Barclays to group head of corporate relations next month, while his boss has also taken a new role.
Gavin Devine has left his dual role at Newgate and its parent company Porta, less than two years after joining from MHP.
London-based travel specialist Hills Balfour has been taken over by US group MMGY Global, which claims to be the world's largest integrated marketing company specialising in travel and hospitality, for an undisclosed sum.
The appointments come one week after WPP announced the merger of Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe.
Madrid-headquartered Llorente & Cuenca has announced that it closed 2017 with total global fee earnings of €36.3m ($44.8m, £32.4m), up 7.6 per cent on the year before.
Golin UK has published figures detailing a reverse gender pay gap at the agency, meaning women at the firm are paid more.
Brunswick Group has promoted six directors - including two apiece in London and the US - to the partnership.
The PRWeek Global Awards are scheduled for 15 May in London.
Richard Jacques, a partner at Brunswick initially in Europe and latterly in New York, has left after 17 years.
'Massive restructuring is underway': Experts predict more agency mergers to follow Burson-C&W tie-up
The toughest task for Burson Cohn & Wolfe CEO Donna Imperato: bringing together the cultures of two very different WPP agencies, say top agency executives.
The combined agency will be called Burson Cohn & Wolfe.
An exclusive survey for PRWeek makes grim reading as it lifts the lid on sexual harassment in the UK PR and communications industry, and now key figures have pledged to take action for lasting change.
The platform is looking to focus its communications strategy on the U.S. market.
Nearly three quarters of the public incorrectly believe there are no rules or regulations surrounding influencer marketing and almost half think it is damaging for society, according to a new survey.
Interpublic's PR agencies include Weber Shandwick, Golin, DeVries, Current, and the Axis Agency.
The PRCA has launched its 'diversity and inclusion guidelines' report, which calls on the industry to reform working and recruitment practices.
Dentsu Aegis Network posted gross profit growth of 17.1% thanks to record new business wins totaling $5.2 billion (£3.75bn).
Dynamo today has launched what it has billed as the PR industry's first 'blind recruitment' scheme - deleting name, education and gender requirements from applications in a bid to end bias and boost diversity.
Sam Turvey, latterly the Hong Kong MD of Bell Pottinger, has begun a second stint at London's Maitland.
London entertainment specialist DawBell has been hired as publicists for the Spice Girls.
Google's new EMEA comms and public affairs head has been confirmed as Tim Chatwin, an internal hire who has been with the company since 2011.
Peter Barron, head of comms and public affairs EMEA at Google, is stepping down after nearly a decade at the tech giant.
Salary survey shows contrast between financial and corporate comms - and identifies gender pay gap of up to £75k
Salaries for financial comms experts nudge ahead of their corporate counterparts all the way through their careers until they reach the top, while a yawning gender pay gap of up to £75,000 has opened up between men and women, according to a comprehensive salary survey shown exclusively to PRWeek.
The ecommerce giant alludes to its support of small businesses in its first Olympics-themed campaign
Selig was killed after Taliban gunmen raided a hotel in the Afghan capital this weekend.
Golin's London office has been appointed to a project to develop a corporate narrative for German drugs giant Merck KGaA, which in recent years has stepped up efforts to differentiate itself from the US pharma firm of the same name.
Sard Verbinnen overtook Brunswick as the agency that provided comms support on the greatest number of M&A deals globally in 2017, amid an international slowdown in the market, according to new research.