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US ad tech firm acquires Japanese influencer platform Withfluence

US ad tech firm acquires Japanese influencer platform Withfluence

Companies see opportunity to grow internationally by adding rigour to influencer marketing.

Omnicom PR revenue dips 0.4% in Q3

Omnicom PR revenue dips 0.4% in Q3

The PR segment experienced a revenue drop in its first earnings report since Omnicom CEO John Wren said the holding company was "adjusting some of the leadership at its PR firms" after a disappointing Q2.

Natalie Kerris exits Edelman after six months to join Oracle

Natalie Kerris exits Edelman after six months to join Oracle

The veteran of Apple and Twitter had a short stint as chair of Edelman's technology sector. Sanjay Nair has replaced her in the agency role.

British Airways in review of 'seven-figure' global PR duties

British Airways in review of 'seven-figure' global PR duties

British Airways is contacting a number of large agencies, including incumbents Grayling, Action and Meropa, about its global PR support and crisis management, PRWeek has learned.

Fearless Girl creator State Street comes in for media scrutiny for 'ironic' gender inequality settlement

Fearless Girl creator State Street comes in for media scrutiny for 'ironic' gender inequality settlement

The parent company of the US financial services giant whose Fearless Girl campaign took Cannes by storm earlier this year has come in for widespread criticism for alleged practices directly contradicting the campaign's equality message.

PR Talent opens Twin Cities office

PR Talent opens Twin Cities office

MINNEAPOLIS: PR Talent has opened an office in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, its eighth in the U.S.

Nasdaq could sell its PR and media services products

Nasdaq could sell its PR and media services products

Nasdaq is looking at whether to offload some of its products used by PRs, including the press release distribution service GlobeNewswire.

AdAsia bags additional funding, cashing in on AI

AdAsia bags additional funding, cashing in on AI

The company announced that its AI matching engine for its influencer marketing platform is fully scaled, and will be further bolstered by additional funds.

WPP pulls out of Eurobest and threatens to leave Cannes

WPP pulls out of Eurobest and threatens to leave Cannes

A leaked email chain has made it clear that WPP intends to withdraw completely from Ascential's Eurobest awards in London this November - and is also in discussions with the event organiser about Cannes Lions.

Former Hotwire CEO Brendon Craigie will soon join agency's 'long line of spin-offs'

Former Hotwire CEO Brendon Craigie will soon join agency's 'long line of spin-offs'

Brendon Craigie, the former CEO of Hotwire, has said that he will shortly be launching a new venture, saying that the number of start-ups created by his former colleagues is a sign of his old agency's "entrepreneurial culture".

Telegraph business editor Quinn takes senior comms job at financial giant

Telegraph business editor Quinn takes senior comms job at financial giant

James Quinn will join international financial services group Credit Suisse as head of corporate comms for EMEA next month, following more than a decade writing for the Telegraph.

Singapore payment provider calls pitch

Singapore payment provider calls pitch

NETS plans to choose a team of four agencies to handle its needs.

Honda on the 11-year-old mowing the White House lawn: 'We had nothing to do with this'

Honda on the 11-year-old mowing the White House lawn: 'We had nothing to do with this'

Honda spokesperson Kathy Graham said she was "surprised" when she saw a Honda mower being pushed by a young boy in a White House video.

At AdColor, 'Five Woke Women' challenge perceptions of identity in the workplace

At AdColor, 'Five Woke Women' challenge perceptions of identity in the workplace

A "seat at the table" isn't enough, says Oath's Allison Allen, in wide-ranging discussion at annual diversity conference.

Snapchat removes Al-Jazeera from its app in Saudi Arabia

Snapchat removes Al-Jazeera from its app in Saudi Arabia

Snapchat has blocked Al-Jazeera's Discover publisher channel in Saudi Arabia because the authorities claimed it violated local laws.

Finn Partners acquires ABI Marketing Public Relations

Finn Partners acquires ABI Marketing Public Relations

Finn Partners is gaining a foothold in Shanghai and Frankfurt through the acquisition of the international b-to-b firm.

'No other option': Bell Pottinger goes into administration

'No other option': Bell Pottinger goes into administration

BDO has this afternoon confirmed that Bell Pottinger has gone into administration.

Tim Sutton to become CEO of EMEA at Weber Shandwick

Tim Sutton to become CEO of EMEA at Weber Shandwick

Weber Shandwick, the world's second biggest PR consultancy, has handed Tim Sutton the role of CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Sorrell under pressure to streamline WPP as CPG clients cut back on marketing

Sorrell under pressure to streamline WPP as CPG clients cut back on marketing

Martin Sorrell should consider more radical ways to restructure and simplify WPP in response to slowing revenue growth and changing client needs, according to people inside and outside the company.

Global adspend growth downgraded again to 4%

Global adspend growth downgraded again to 4%

Global ad expenditure will grow by 4% in 2017 after Zenith downgraded its growth forecast for the second time.

Bell Pottinger Middle East arm to split from UK parent, saying: 'We rejected Oakbay account'

Bell Pottinger Middle East arm to split from UK parent, saying: 'We rejected Oakbay account'

The directors of Bell Pottinger's Middle East arm say they are in discussions about a formal separation from the agency's parent, which is due to be placed in administration imminently.

'Business as usual' for Bell Pottinger Asian business as it rebrands as Klareco

'Business as usual' for Bell Pottinger Asian business as it rebrands as Klareco

Bell Pottinger Asia today relaunched as Klareco Communications, formalising its total separation from Bell Pottinger UK, which is close to collapse following the scandal over its involvement in a campaign in South Africa.

We Are Social and Citizen to join new entity as BlueFocus signs deal with US analytics firm

We Are Social and Citizen to join new entity as BlueFocus signs deal with US analytics firm

We Are Social and Citizen Relations will join a new marketing services group following an agreement between their Chinese owner BlueFocus and US data analytics firm Cognit.

Cision names Abe Smith EMEAI president

Cision names Abe Smith EMEAI president

Smith previously worked at Oracle and gamification site Badgeville.

Chime gifts 27 per cent Bell Pottinger stake back to agency

Chime gifts 27 per cent Bell Pottinger stake back to agency

Chime Communications handed its 27 per cent stake in Bell Pottinger back to the beleaguered PR agency last month, apparently without any money changing hands, it has emerged.

Study: Threat of fake news is elevating trust in traditional media

Study: Threat of fake news is elevating trust in traditional media

Ogilvy Media Influence's annual global survey of 250-plus reporters and producers has found that journalism across the board is better due to reports of "fake news."

Uber expands role of Leigh Wong to cover Southeast Asia

Uber expands role of Leigh Wong to cover Southeast Asia

Wong will be responsible for comms teams in five countries.

Bell Pottinger news hits front pages as PR professionals praise PRCA expulsion

Bell Pottinger news hits front pages as PR professionals praise PRCA expulsion

Bell Pottinger's manic Monday got the PR industry discussing the PRCA's decision to throw out the agency - and also attracted the interest of the mainstream media, with two nationals running the story on their front pages.

Bell Pottinger thrown out of PRCA after 'bringing industry into disrepute'

Bell Pottinger thrown out of PRCA after 'bringing industry into disrepute'

Bell Pottinger has become only the second agency in the past ten years to be excluded from the PRCA, following a ruling on a complaint about its infamous work in South Africa.

Bell Pottinger agrees six-point plan as lawyers say economic apartheid campaign 'arguably breached ethical principles'

Bell Pottinger agrees six-point plan as lawyers say economic apartheid campaign 'arguably breached ethical principles'

A report by lawyers into Bell Pottinger's controversial activities in South Africa points the finger at senior management at the agency, saying they "should have known that the campaign was at risk of causing offence".

'I feel deeply let down by colleagues who misled me': Henderson's resignation note

'I feel deeply let down by colleagues who misled me': Henderson's resignation note

James Henderson's resignation as Bell Pottinger CEO has been formally announced, after news broke of the embattled agency leader's departure yesterday.

Bell Pottinger CEO James Henderson quits ahead of crucial week for crisis-hit agency

Bell Pottinger CEO James Henderson quits ahead of crucial week for crisis-hit agency

Bell Pottinger CEO James Henderson has resigned, the latest twist in the damaging scandal over the agency's controversial work for South African client Oakbay Investments.

McCann appoints new leader for Japan

McCann appoints new leader for Japan

Hiroaki Mori joins from TBWA Hakuhodo with experience in China and the US.

WPP wins global contract to provide PR and other agency services to Campari

WPP wins global contract to provide PR and other agency services to Campari

Italian spirits giant Gruppo Campari has appointed WPP as its global partner for marketing and communication services, putting independent agencies holding briefs with its brands on alert.

Alibaba Group appoints Blue 449 for media planning in China

Alibaba Group appoints Blue 449 for media planning in China

Scope covers media planning, but not buying, over traditional and digital channels for Alibaba's major properties.

Margins slide at Havas as CEO amends growth forecast

Margins slide at Havas as CEO amends growth forecast

Havas CEO Yannick Bolloré (below) hopes the French group's growth and profitability will improve "slightly" in the second half of 2017 after it "suffered a slowdown" in H1 2017.

McDonald's awards World Cup brief to Leo Burnett

McDonald's awards World Cup brief to Leo Burnett

McDonald's has awarded Leo Burnett's London office the global brief to amplify its sports sponsorship for next year's football World Cup.

Red and Kazoo lose out as Samsung brings in new agency for UK brief

Red and Kazoo lose out as Samsung brings in new agency for UK brief

Ketchum has been appointed to a consolidated UK PR brief for electronics giant Samsung.

Red succeeds H+K on Huawei UK consumer brief after Samsung loss

Red succeeds H+K on Huawei UK consumer brief after Samsung loss

Huawei's consumer tech arm has appointed Red Consultancy to deliver its comms strategy across Western Europe, the UK and Ireland, despite Hill+Knowlton Strategies' attempt to hold onto the UK brief.

Hani Durzy leaves Pandora after seven months to lead comms for Samsung Next

Hani Durzy leaves Pandora after seven months to lead comms for Samsung Next

Since Durzy joined Pandora in February, he's worked on a CEO transition and other major changes.

Chelsea FC comms head Emma Wilkinson scores top PR job for Premier League

Chelsea FC comms head Emma Wilkinson scores top PR job for Premier League

Emma Wilkinson has been recruited as the new director of comms for the Premier League, succeeding Dan Johnson.

Text100 wins Rolls-Royce in Southeast Asia

Text100 wins Rolls-Royce in Southeast Asia

The agency will develop the company's digital presence.

Booking.com's global PR head on Japan, data, and the fallacy of awards

Booking.com's global PR head on Japan, data, and the fallacy of awards

In Tokyo, Leslie Cafferty discusses her aims for the brand in Japan and why it's important to give freedom to local markets.

Unilever deodorant brand Rexona hires MullenLowe to roll out global PR campaign

Unilever deodorant brand Rexona hires MullenLowe to roll out global PR campaign

Unilever has picked MullenLowe Group to handle global PR for its Rexona brand of deodorant products - the first major win for the PR division of the group since its acquisition of UK firm Salt.

Etihad launches global agency review and parts with Ketchum in US

Etihad launches global agency review and parts with Ketchum in US

Etihad Airways has begun a review of its agency relationships around the world as part of a major strategic business review by the Abu Dhabi flag carrier.

IBM names Jon Iwata first chief brand officer

IBM names Jon Iwata first chief brand officer

The 33-year IBM veteran is also serving as chairman of the newly created IBM Values and Policy Advisory Board, which recommends policies and principles for the company.

Sard Verbinnen London partners exit firm

Sard Verbinnen London partners exit firm

Almost a third of SVC's partners have departed since the agency struck a deal with a private equity firm last year.

Snap signs up measurement partners to help marketers justify spend

Snap signs up measurement partners to help marketers justify spend

Snap has launched a marketing mix modelling (MMM) partner program that includes tie-ups with Neustar Marketshare, Analytics Partners, MMA, and Nielsen.

Dalian Wanda Group starts global comms and branding offensive

Dalian Wanda Group starts global comms and branding offensive

H+K will be covering overall brand building as well as specific in-market communications projects for Dalian Wanda Group.

McSuicide? Twitter hoax affects McDonald's Hong Kong

McSuicide? Twitter hoax affects McDonald's Hong Kong

McDonald's Hong Kong received worldwide publicity over the weekend due to a Twitter squatter making cryptic posts about suicide, kidnapping, and romantic rejection.

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue dips 7.4% in Q2

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue dips 7.4% in Q2

The firm said the revenue drop was attributable to a decline in project-based revenues in North America.

Huntsworth Health CEO Matheson departs after eight years

Huntsworth Health CEO Matheson departs after eight years

The CEO of Huntsworth's biggest and fastest-growing unit Huntsworth Health, which includes Nitrogen and Tonic Life, has departed after eight years.

Porter Novelli wins Panasonic Consumer Electronics AOR pact

Porter Novelli wins Panasonic Consumer Electronics AOR pact

Incumbent Cohn & Wolfe stopped working with the company in March.

'This girl can' goes international with campaign for Australian women

'This girl can' goes international with campaign for Australian women

Australia is adopting Sport England's "This girl can" campaign to inspire more women Down Under to get active.

Weber Shandwick hires Asia executive creative director from Uber

Weber Shandwick hires Asia executive creative director from Uber

Ali Grayeli has joined the Interpublic Group firm to lead its creative strategy in the region.

Interpublic's CMG down 2.2% in Q2

Interpublic's CMG down 2.2% in Q2

The holding company as a whole reported an organic revenue increase of 0.4% in the period and year-over-year drops in net and operating income.

Cannes Lions revenues up seven per cent in 2017 despite delegate decline

Cannes Lions revenues up seven per cent in 2017 despite delegate decline

The 2017 Cannes Lions festival earned revenues of £62.9m ($82.0m) for its owner Ascential, despite "slightly reduced" award entry and delegate numbers, the company's half-year results say.

'Clean and green' driving NZ brand growth in Asia

'Clean and green' driving NZ brand growth in Asia

Thanks to focus on provenance and health, New Zealand brands are punching well above their weight throughout Asia, according to Carl Stephens, MD at Baldwin Boyle Shand.

Showcase: #F1LiveLondon draws the crowds and gets social with Edelman

Showcase: #F1LiveLondon draws the crowds and gets social with Edelman

Edelman helped Formula One draw large crowds on the ground and brought millions of people to owned and influencer media channels with its work on an ambitious live event, announced at late notice, in London earlier this month.

Omnicom PR revenue down in Q2

Omnicom PR revenue down in Q2

The holding company reported a 0.3% organic revenue drop for its PR firms in the second quarter.

The long and short of it: GE premiers Heroines of Health documentary in bite-size form

The long and short of it: GE premiers Heroines of Health documentary in bite-size form

The healthcare company released the documentary in minute-long snippets over a month, then debuted the full film this week.

Tourism New Zealand taps Bryce Dallas Howard as its pitch woman

Tourism New Zealand taps Bryce Dallas Howard as its pitch woman

The country's marketing organization partners with National Geographic Travel Lab to create the agency's first video series

One year later: How Pokémon Go leveled up AR for marketing

One year later: How Pokémon Go leveled up AR for marketing

The Pikachu-catching phenomenon popularized AR and made the technology much more accessible.

KFC: Why making weird products seems to be a global brand strategy

KFC: Why making weird products seems to be a global brand strategy

Think the KFC smartphone is weird? You haven't seen anything yet.

Salt acquired by ad firm MullenLowe to 'smash together' PR and advertising

Salt acquired by ad firm MullenLowe to 'smash together' PR and advertising

The ad firm MullenLowe Group has acquired Top 150-listed PR agency Salt to its "hyperbundled" offering in the UK and Asia, after 10 years of collaboration on clients between the two agencies.

Geometry Global wins Coleman in Japan

Geometry Global wins Coleman in Japan

Agency appointed to lead brand strategy for outdoor equipment maker.

IBM snags HP, Disney veteran Michael Mendenhall as Watson marcomms lead

IBM snags HP, Disney veteran Michael Mendenhall as Watson marcomms lead

Mendenhall's first day in the role will be Monday. He'll report to David Kenny, SVP of IBM's Watson and cloud platform.

Bell Pottinger fires partner and apologises over 'economic emancipation' narrative for South African client

Bell Pottinger fires partner and apologises over 'economic emancipation' narrative for South African client

Bell Pottinger has dismissed partner Victoria Geoghegan (pictured) and suspended three further staff over "inappropriate and offensive" activity for a former client in South Africa, claiming the firm's senior management had previously been "misled" about its employees' work.

Management consultancies can't just 'buy' agency culture, Sorrell says

Management consultancies can't just 'buy' agency culture, Sorrell says

Sir Martin Sorrell has described consultancy groups buying creative agencies as "a bit strange" and questioned if they can "buy culture".

Management consultancies 'not a material threat', says Huntsworth boss Taaffe

Management consultancies 'not a material threat', says Huntsworth boss Taaffe

The CEO of comms group Huntsworth has told PRWeek that the possibility of large management consultancies muscling in onto the marcoms world is a "newsworthy threat" rather than a "material threat" to the industry.

MSL brand launches in Australia with acquisition of local agency Herd

MSL brand launches in Australia with acquisition of local agency Herd

The MSL brand has entered the Australian market for the first time after local PR firm The Herd Agency was acquired outright by Publicis Groupe.

Huntsworth buys 260-strong health group TCEG for £24.7m and signals US ambition

Huntsworth buys 260-strong health group TCEG for £24.7m and signals US ambition

Huntsworth has acquired WRG owner The Creative Engagement Group (TCEG) from private equiry firm LDC for a total of £24.7m, in a move to bolster its offering in the healthcare sector and the US market.

Millennial appeal top of mind for Wrigley, Mars Foods

Millennial appeal top of mind for Wrigley, Mars Foods

Global CMOs at both Mars brands say rapid APAC digitisation and connecting with consumers emotionally are key facets of their agendas.

Bell Pottinger briefs law firm to audit work on South African account after allegations of stoking racial tensions

Bell Pottinger briefs law firm to audit work on South African account after allegations of stoking racial tensions

Bell Pottinger has commissioned a law firm to undertake an audit of all work it did for South African conglomerate Oakbay Investments, after allegations that it had done work to stoke racial tensions in the country.

Aircraft maker Embraer consolidates roster to make H+K global agency of record

Aircraft maker Embraer consolidates roster to make H+K global agency of record

The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has appointed Hill+Knowlton Strategies as its global agency of record, initially to run a year-long campaign to boost awareness of the brand.

WPP cyber attack: Sorrell urges staff to work 'as close to business as usual as possible'

WPP cyber attack: Sorrell urges staff to work 'as close to business as usual as possible'

Sir Martin Sorrell last night urged WPP staff to "make sure that what our clients experience in the hours and days ahead is as close to business as usual as we can possibly manage", as the holding company's website came back online.

'Suspected cyber attack' hits WPP companies

'Suspected cyber attack' hits WPP companies

Marcoms giant WPP has confirmed that it has been "affected by a suspected cyber attack".

Hill+Knowlton Strategies wins Crocs in China, Korea

Hill+Knowlton Strategies wins Crocs in China, Korea

The communications agency will provide PR strategy for the footwear brand.

Cannes Lions chairman Savage: 'We will continue to be good listeners'

Cannes Lions chairman Savage: 'We will continue to be good listeners'

In an interview with Campaign India, Cannes Lions chairman Terry Savage speaks about the future of the festival.

Fearless Girl wins Titanium Grand Prix for McCann New York

Fearless Girl wins Titanium Grand Prix for McCann New York

McCann New York won its fourth Grand Prix, this time in the Titanium Lions, at this year's Cannes for its Fearless Girl statue on Wall Street.

Dini von Mueffling bags another Gold Lion for Evan

Dini von Mueffling bags another Gold Lion for Evan

The firm's PR work on the campaign for Sandy Hook Promise won another Gold Lion on Saturday to go alongside its Gold Lion in Entertainment won earlier this week. The push also won several Silver Lions and a Bronze.

PR firms Poem Group and Urban win Gold in Cannes as Missing Type makes an appearance

PR firms Poem Group and Urban win Gold in Cannes as Missing Type makes an appearance

Australian PR firm Poem Group and Argentina's Urban Grupo de Comunicación won Gold Lions on the penultimate night of Cannes awards - while there were also wins for Dini von Mueffling, Marina Maher and for Engine's Missing Type, which had been conspicuous by its absence so far.

Dini von Mueffling, Taylor win gold in Entertainment, Media Lions

Dini von Mueffling, Taylor win gold in Entertainment, Media Lions

Dini von Mueffling Communications won a Gold and a Bronze Lion for the Evan campaign for Sandy Hook Promise.

Q&A: Peter Finn on Finn Partners' expansion into APAC

Q&A: Peter Finn on Finn Partners' expansion into APAC

The founder of PR and marketing firm Finn Partners gives us a deep dive into his decision to acquire Ying Communications.

Ketchum, Hill+Knowlton win Grand Prix statues in Creative Data, Cyber Lions

Ketchum, Hill+Knowlton win Grand Prix statues in Creative Data, Cyber Lions

Ketchum won for Whirlpool's Care Counts campaign, and H+K was awarded for its work for the Bank of Aland.

Twitter CMO: Brand identity and simplicity key for advertisers

Twitter CMO: Brand identity and simplicity key for advertisers

Leslie Berland said the platform's new look and feel is designed with both users and brands in mind.

Fearless Girl racks up Lions and Grand Prix wins in non-PR categories as others also strike gold in Cannes

Fearless Girl racks up Lions and Grand Prix wins in non-PR categories as others also strike gold in Cannes

State Street Global Advisors' Fearless Girl campaign won Grand Prix prizes in the Outdoor and Glass Lions categories at Cannes today, alongside four more gongs - while Ketchum, New Zealand's Impact PR and Freuds sister agency Proud Robinson also collected gold.

Ketchum wins big at Cannes PR Lions as Fearless Girl bags the Grand Prix

Ketchum wins big at Cannes PR Lions as Fearless Girl bags the Grand Prix

Ketchum was the big winner among PR agencies at the Cannes PR Lions, as changes to the awards saw far more PR shops win recognition - while Fearless Girl for State Street Global Advisors bagged the Grand Prix.

How to survive a Trump tweet attack

How to survive a Trump tweet attack

Global brands are being challenged by the Trump administration, but there are ways to influence the White House, says Finsbury's North American president.

Gay Games bid must navigate Asian cultural divides

Gay Games bid must navigate Asian cultural divides

Douglas White talks about the Hong Kong Gay Games bid, LGBT representation, and managing communications across markets with widely divergent attitudes.

Global comms chiefs believe this person is the most influential PR in the world

Global comms chiefs believe this person is the most influential PR in the world

We asked entrants in the new PRWeek Global Power Book who they thought was the most influential PR professional in the world. This is what they said.

Weber Shandwick's Darren Burns on the future of PR

Weber Shandwick's Darren Burns on the future of PR

Weber's China president gives the lowdown on what it means to work in public relations today--and how to attract the best talent tomorrow.

W Asia wins Kat Von D Beauty account

W Asia wins Kat Von D Beauty account

The PR firm will lead the beauty brand's expansion in Southeast Asia.

Watsons Malaysia apologizes for 'blackface' ad

Watsons Malaysia apologizes for 'blackface' ad

The pharmacy says the video is based on an old legend and celebrates inner beauty.

AirAsia books Zeno Group as first US-based PR AOR

AirAsia books Zeno Group as first US-based PR AOR

The AirAsia X line will begin servicing a route from Hawaii to Malaysia through Japan this month.

Weber Shandwick ups Pam Jenkins to global public affairs lead

Weber Shandwick ups Pam Jenkins to global public affairs lead

Jenkins is replacing Ranny Cooper. Paul Massey is taking on the role of president of Powell Tate, and Peter Carson is moving into the position of head of public affairs for North America.

PR Awards Asia 2017 winners announced

PR Awards Asia 2017 winners announced

See the list of winners from the 2017 PR Awards Asia, presented last night in Hong Kong.

PR360 kicks off activism and trust debate

PR360 kicks off activism and trust debate

More than 200 delegates participated in Campaign Asia-Pacific's PR conference, which explored the overall theme of brand activation and purpose.

HSBC external comms and public affairs remits reassigned as Katja Hall departs

HSBC external comms and public affairs remits reassigned as Katja Hall departs

HSBC is handing its global external comms and public affairs remits to Pierre Goad and Sherard Cowper-Coles respectively, after Katja Hall announced her departure.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies hires Singapore creative director

Hill+Knowlton Strategies hires Singapore creative director

Thomas Goh is joining the PR agency focusing on creative and digital.

Australia's The Project Factory takes on Way To Blue brand and hires MD

Australia's The Project Factory takes on Way To Blue brand and hires MD

Global comms agency Way To Blue has rebranded its Sydney operation as Way To Blue APAC, and brought in Katherine Robinson as MD of the operation.

Golin names Neera Chaudhary global head of healthcare

Golin names Neera Chaudhary global head of healthcare

Previous president of healthcare Sarah Matthew is now chair of the practice.

Ogilvy PR pledges to bring media planning rigour to influencer work with ADAM

Ogilvy PR pledges to bring media planning rigour to influencer work with ADAM

Ogilvy PR has launched its Advanced Data Analytical Model (ADAM), which it says will bring "laser precision" to the task of identifying influencers for campaigns run by agencies across the wider Ogilvy group.

Porter Novelli's Paul George named to global health role at Omnicom PR Group

Porter Novelli's Paul George named to global health role at Omnicom PR Group

George will remain in his position at Porter alongside the new role.

WPP invests in digital content company for Asian millennials 88rising

WPP invests in digital content company for Asian millennials 88rising

WPP has made a strategic investment in 88 rising, a US-based digital content producer that targets Asian millennials across the globe.

British Airways must change its comms processes after 'risible' response to IT meltdown

British Airways must change its comms processes after 'risible' response to IT meltdown

British Airways' comms during a weekend where IT failures caused travel chaos were "pretty risible", according to The Sun's travel editor - with several PR professionals also criticising the airline's response.

Julie Hamp resurfaces at Finsbury

Julie Hamp resurfaces at Finsbury

The former PepsiCo and Toyota chief communications officer was never charged after being arrested in Japan in 2015 for allegedly importing painkillers without permission.

Hoffman Agency names APAC managing director

Hoffman Agency names APAC managing director

Caroline Hsu has client-side experience with Appier, Google, TomTom Asia, and BenQ.

Mark Truby to replace Ray Day in top Ford comms role

Mark Truby to replace Ray Day in top Ford comms role

The change at the top of Ford Motor Company's communications team coincides with a leadership shift in the CEO's office.

BP promotes Geoff Morrell to group head of comms, external affairs

BP promotes Geoff Morrell to group head of comms, external affairs

He will take over the role from Peter Henshaw, who is retiring after nearly four decades at the energy giant.

McDonald's Alistair Macrow: Pulling bereavement ad was 'the only decision to make'

McDonald's Alistair Macrow: Pulling bereavement ad was 'the only decision to make'

McDonald's had no choice but to withdraw its now infamous "dead dad ad" after it provoked fierce criticism from the public and bereavement charities, the brand's top UK marketer has said.

AkzoNobel picks MSLGroup for global contract after wide-ranging review

AkzoNobel picks MSLGroup for global contract after wide-ranging review

The paint, coatings, and chemicals manufacturer began the review in January to reduce its agency roster of about 100 firms.

PRWeek Global Awards 2017: winners revealed

PRWeek Global Awards 2017: winners revealed

The crème de la crème of the global PR industry gathered in London tonight to find out who would take home the coveted PRWeek Global Awards 2017.

Unpacking brand activism at P360Asia

Unpacking brand activism at P360Asia

A preview of the conference taking place on June 6 in Hong Kong.

Edelman hires new Shanghai head

Edelman hires new Shanghai head

The firm announced key changes in its senior China leadership roles.

Majority of respondents to industry survey say they have experienced mental ill health

Majority of respondents to industry survey say they have experienced mental ill health

Nearly 60 per cent of respondents to a new joint PRCA/PRWeek survey have suffered from mental ill health and a majority would not feel comfortable talking to their boss about it.

Sling & Stone moves into New Zealand

Sling & Stone moves into New Zealand

The Australian PR firm is relocating Marija Bijelic to run the new office.

W Asia to handle launch PR for new Singapore Park Hotel

W Asia to handle launch PR for new Singapore Park Hotel

The PR agency is overseeing a campaign to introduce the property from a Hong Kong-funded group.

Teneo acquires Ryan Communication to create 'powerful new force' in Asia

Teneo acquires Ryan Communication to create 'powerful new force' in Asia

Teneo Holdings has acquired 35-strong Asian PR agency Ryan Communication as it sets its sights on expansion in the region.

Jury announced for Cannes PR Lions for 2017

Jury announced for Cannes PR Lions for 2017

Twenty PR leaders have been named on the jury for PR section of the Cannes Lions 2017.

Glover Park joins Finsbury-Hering Schuppener alliance

The network, launched last year with a partnership between Finsbury and Hering Schuppener, will have a footprint in 15 cities around the world.

Nissan hands Edelman $10m brief to 'modernise' its global comms function

Nissan hands Edelman $10m brief to 'modernise' its global comms function

Nissan has appointed Edelman to help modernise the Japanese car manufacturer's global comms function and support its growth strategy.

Edelman splits with former Dabo leaders in UAE

Edelman splits with former Dabo leaders in UAE

The agency is parting ways with the leaders of the firm it acquired two years ago.

Cutts succeeds Clark as HSBC marketing chief

Cutts succeeds Clark as HSBC marketing chief

HSBC has appointed former senior Mondelez International executive Leanne Cutts as group head of marketing, succeeding Chris Clark, who is leaving the bank after 15 years.

Samsung hires FleishmanHillard's Jeffrey Pohlman for corporate reputation role

Samsung hires FleishmanHillard's Jeffrey Pohlman for corporate reputation role

Pohlman joined the electronics giant more than five months after top North American corp comms and reputation executive Andrew Bowins departed.

FleishmanHillard promotes Bilbrough, Yu in Hong Kong

FleishmanHillard promotes Bilbrough, Yu in Hong Kong

Bilbrough will report to senior partner and president for Greater China Rachel Catanach.

Intel CMO Steve Fund on drones, in-house agencies, and evolving a brand with a legendary 'bong'

Intel CMO Steve Fund on drones, in-house agencies, and evolving a brand with a legendary 'bong'

"If we think we can do it better, cheaper, or faster internally, we will."

WPP China CEO Bessie Lee resigns

WPP China CEO Bessie Lee resigns

Lee will dedicate her time to her startup venture as GroupM's Patrick Xu assumes her duties in a dual role.

Omnicom PR revenue up 1.8% in Q1

Omnicom PR revenue up 1.8% in Q1

Growth in North America, Omnicom's largest region, was slower than others in Q1 at 1.1% to $2.1 billion. Revenue growth in the U.K. was 8.1% in the first quarter to $309.2 million, and Asia-Pacific was up 9.1% organically in the period to $375 million.

Brunswick set to open fifth US office in Chicago led by consumer industries specialist

Brunswick set to open fifth US office in Chicago led by consumer industries specialist

Brunswick is opening its fifth US office in Chicago, led by New York partner Jayne Rosefield with Edelman alumnus Christopher Hannegan.

A new Sikh awareness campaign takes cues from Barack Obama and the Mormons

A new Sikh awareness campaign takes cues from Barack Obama and the Mormons

A new National Sikh Campaign combines TV and digital media buys with an on-the-ground, grassroots effort to educate Americans about the religion.

In Japan, United's fire threatens to burn others

In Japan, United's fire threatens to burn others

The fiasco has worsened America's already compromised image for Japanese consumers.

PR Awards Asia 2017: Deadline extended to April 20

PR Awards Asia 2017: Deadline extended to April 20

The awards will take place on June 6 in Hong Kong, after the PR360Asia Conference.

Ketchum global corporate lead Rod Cartwright to leave firm

Ketchum global corporate lead Rod Cartwright to leave firm

Rod Cartwright, who has lead Ketchum's global corporate practice from its London office for nearly six years, is leaving the firm next month.

United has 'destroyed' its brand among furious Chinese

United has 'destroyed' its brand among furious Chinese

Chinese consumers are unlikely to forget the manhandling incident anytime soon.

Burson-Marsteller UK appointed by Govia and British Sugar for public affairs briefs

Burson-Marsteller UK appointed by Govia and British Sugar for public affairs briefs

Burson-Marsteller's UK public affairs team has been appointed by Govia, which owns the troubled Southern train service, as well as British Sugar, according to the APPC register.

Twitter hopes to win over 30-somethings in Japan

Twitter hopes to win over 30-somethings in Japan

After nearly 10 years and considerable success in Japan, Twitter has decided it's time to launch its first branding campaign for the market. Why?

PR legend Al Golin dies at 87

PR legend Al Golin dies at 87

The iconic founder of Golin passed away Saturday morning at his second home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Burson-Marsteller's big reshuffle continues as it names new EMEA CEO

Burson-Marsteller's big reshuffle continues as it names new EMEA CEO

Latin America boss Ramiro Prudencio has been named CEO of the EMEA region at Burson-Marsteller as the reshuffle of executives at the top 10 global agency continues.

Zeno Indonesia names Radityo Putro Prabowo as MD

He is reporting to Zeno Group Asia-Pacific MD John Kerr.

PR Awards Asia 2017: Deadline extended to 13 April

PR Awards Asia 2017: Deadline extended to 13 April

The awards will take place on 6 June in Hong Kong.

CEOs are the brands: Text100 global head

CEOs are the brands: Text100 global head

Text100 CEO Aedhmar Hynes speaks about fallout suffered by some brands following the election of Donald Trump, and the agency's course to transform itself.

Salvation Army appoints Weber Shandwick for Strawberry Field project in Liverpool

Salvation Army appoints Weber Shandwick for Strawberry Field project in Liverpool

The Salvation Army has appointed Weber Shandwick Manchester to deliver a global fundraising campaign for its project to redevelop Strawberry Field in Liverpool, the site which inspired the Beatles' famous anthem.

Finn Partners acquires Singapore-based Ying Communications

Finn Partners acquires Singapore-based Ying Communications

New York-based Finn Partners is making its first move into Asia-Pacific with the deal. Its Singapore office will serve as the hub of the agency's operations in the region.

YouTube brings in third-party brand safety reporting

YouTube brings in third-party brand safety reporting

Google's expanded ad policy now includes a "dangerous and derogatory" setting that aims to keep more brand advertising away from offensive content.

Aaron Sherinian joins Aga Khan Development Network as global comms head

Aaron Sherinian joins Aga Khan Development Network as global comms head

Sherinian is departing the U.N. Foundation on June 1.

Premier League comms boss Dan Johnson blows final whistle after 16 years

Premier League comms boss Dan Johnson blows final whistle after 16 years

Dan Johnson, the comms director of the Premier League, is to leave the organisation at the end of the current football season in May.

Cannes Lions announces pharma, health and wellness juries

Cannes Lions announces pharma, health and wellness juries

Several of the judges are from major PR firms including Cohn & Wolfe, Weber Shandwick, and Edelman.

Brand safety: How the YouTube kerfuffle is playing out in APAC

Brand safety: How the YouTube kerfuffle is playing out in APAC

Reaction has been measured, and insiders welcome the much-needed attention to what is certain to be a long-term issue.

Hanover launches Dubai office due to 'growing client demand'

Hanover launches Dubai office due to 'growing client demand'

Comms group Hanover has continued its expansion with a new office in Dubai.

Chinese 'Boris Bike' rival hires Manifest as it plans to roll out across UK

Chinese 'Boris Bike' rival hires Manifest as it plans to roll out across UK

Chinese bike-sharing start-up ofo, which last year received an investment of nearly half a billion dollars, has appointed the independent agency Manifest to support its UK pilot and eventual launch.

'Staggering' rise in crisis work amid global uncertainty: Porter Novelli CEO

'Staggering' rise in crisis work amid global uncertainty: Porter Novelli CEO

Brad MacAfee said that while campaigns and integration are key to the PR business, reputation management is top-of-mind in the uncertain geopolitical climate.

Ruder Finn launches app-based risk management system

Ruder Finn launches app-based risk management system

The app is touted as a pocket crisis-management tool.

On to the next test: World Anti-Doping Agency chief spokesman steps down

On to the next test: World Anti-Doping Agency chief spokesman steps down

Ben Nichols, chief spokesman for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for the past four years, is quitting the organisation.

Full-year losses narrow at Huntsworth despite 'difficult' 2016 at Grayling

Full-year losses narrow at Huntsworth despite 'difficult' 2016 at Grayling

Huntsworth's losses narrowed in 2016 thanks to a strong performance from the holding company's health comms arm, and despite a "difficult" year for Grayling, whose like-for-like revenue fell 17.4 per cent.

MSLGroup: Former China CEO's gender discrimination suit is 'resolved'

MSLGroup: Former China CEO's gender discrimination suit is 'resolved'

The action brought by Faith Brewitt in January claimed the Publicis PR agency had denied her the basic tools to perform her job.

Government meets with Google over 'totally unacceptable' YouTube issues

Government meets with Google over 'totally unacceptable' YouTube issues

Google bosses have apologised and promised improvements after being hauled into the Cabinet Office following a Times investigation which found that Government campaigns had appeared alongside extremist videos on YouTube.

Allison+Partners names Serina Tan Singapore GM

Allison+Partners names Serina Tan Singapore GM

She joined the firm in 2014.

WE Communications acquires two firms in Asia

WE Communications acquires two firms in Asia

The firm has acquired WATATAWA and Red Bridge Communications.

Microsoft's Xbox hires Edelman vet Ken Birge as global comms head

Microsoft's Xbox hires Edelman vet Ken Birge as global comms head

Birge joined from Edelman shop Assembly, which works with Microsoft.

Egypt hires Weber Shandwick for public affairs support

Egypt hires Weber Shandwick for public affairs support

Weber will support the country's "strategic partnership" with the U.S., according to documents filed with the State Department.

PRWeek Global Awards: 2017 finalists revealed

PRWeek Global Awards: 2017 finalists revealed

Almost 100 campaigns are battling it out for PRWeek's top global prizes, which will be unveiled at a gala event in London on May 11.

Midea plugs in Coyne as first US PR AOR

Midea plugs in Coyne as first US PR AOR

The Fortune 500 company has a "very aggressive growth appetite" in the U.S., according to marketing and sales VP Kurt Jovais.

Trump deflates Chinese interest in US property, tourism, and education

Trump deflates Chinese interest in US property, tourism, and education

Four in 10 Chinese are more negative about the U.S. following Trump's first month as president.

Cohn & Wolfe leads way as WPP grows PR revenues across 2016 despite Q4 dip

Cohn & Wolfe leads way as WPP grows PR revenues across 2016 despite Q4 dip

UK revenue at WPP's PR firms was "down significantly" in Q4 2016, also falling in North America by more than two per cent in the same period - but revenue across the year grew at a faster pace than in the year before.

Indictment adds to Samsung's reputation woes, or does it?

Indictment adds to Samsung's reputation woes, or does it?

With its leader indicted on corruption charges, Samsung's brand reputation faces a "long and steep road." Or, perhaps the scandal will have no impact whatsoever.

Get inside the minds of the PR elite: PRWeek UK Power Book out next week

Get inside the minds of the PR elite: PRWeek UK Power Book out next week

What do the UK's top comms professionals see as the industry's biggest challenges right now? What do they think was the best campaign of 2016? And what are their greatest regrets?

Havas revenue slows in 2016 but still registers overall growth

Havas revenue slows in 2016 but still registers overall growth

Havas Group was unable to match its double-digit growth of last year after posting a 3.3 per cent lift in global revenue for 2016.

EMEA public affairs and financial projects boost FTI comms segment in Q4

EMEA public affairs and financial projects boost FTI comms segment in Q4

Public affairs and financial comms engagements across the EMEA region meant that FTI Consulting's Strategic Communications business outperformed the company as a whole in Q4 2016.

F1 hires first global comms head to drive sport's reputation post-Ecclestone

F1 hires first global comms head to drive sport's reputation post-Ecclestone

Norman Howell has taken the role of director of global communications at Formula 1, a new post created in the shake-up of the organisation after its acquisition by Liberty Media.

MDC Partners posts $7.7m in Q4 net income

MDC Partners posts $7.7m in Q4 net income

The holding company, the owner of Allison+Partners, Kwittken, and others, recently sold a $95 million stake to Goldman Sachs.

Princess Yachts hires W Asia in Southeast Asia

Princess Yachts hires W Asia in Southeast Asia

The luxury brand has appointed W as its first retained agency in Southeast Asia.

Comms pros in Australia, Singapore make more money

Comms pros in Australia, Singapore make more money

The latest study from Prospect and PublicAffairsAsia also shows more businesses are accepting flexible working.

Edelman veteran and APACMEA boss David Brain to step down

Edelman veteran and APACMEA boss David Brain to step down

David Brain, president and CEO of Edelman Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, is to leave the agency after 13 years.

MDC to sell $95m stake to Goldman Sachs

MDC to sell $95m stake to Goldman Sachs

Once the deal is complete, Goldman Sachs will own 15% of the company.

FleishmanHillard inks affiliate agreement with Vriens & Partners

FleishmanHillard inks affiliate agreement with Vriens & Partners

The goal of the deal is to boost new business opportunities and expand expertise in Asia.

Milton Keynes: It's not all concrete cows and roundabouts, says PR team in 50th anniversary push

Milton Keynes: It's not all concrete cows and roundabouts, says PR team in 50th anniversary push

Personal stories from Milton Keynes residents provide an alternative narrative to stereotypes such as concrete cows and roundabouts, according to the head of the PR agency charged with promoting the town's 50th anniversary.

£1.3m PR push to put English lamb and beef on the menu in Europe

£1.3m PR push to put English lamb and beef on the menu in Europe

A major public relations programme by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is due to launch in April in a bid to boost exports of English beef and lamb to Europe.

'Transition year' for Edelman as growth stalls in 2016

'Transition year' for Edelman as growth stalls in 2016

The world's largest PR firm is still expanding but posted its lowest growth in seven years in 2016, with organic revenue up just 1.7% as clients became more cautious and cut spending - but it is more optimistic about Q1 and 2017 and remains committed to communications marketing.

Dubai Tourism UK and Ireland PR brief moves from Edelman to The Brighter Group

Dubai Tourism UK and Ireland PR brief moves from Edelman to The Brighter Group

Dubai's tourism body has appointed travel and tourism PR and marketing agency The Brighter Group to handle its UK and Ireland PR, an account previously held by Edelman.

Llorente & Cuenca 2016 revenue grows 12.5 per cent

Llorente & Cuenca 2016 revenue grows 12.5 per cent

Spanish-owned comms agency Llorente & Cuenca has reported a 12.5 per cent rise in revenue in 2016 to €33.8m (£28.7m, $36m), although growth was significantly higher when excluding the impact of currency fluctuations.

Omnicom shifts Cone Communications under Porter Novelli

Omnicom shifts Cone Communications under Porter Novelli

Cone will keep its brand, and CEO Bill Fleishman will stay in his role as Cone CEO.

FleishmanHillard mourns death of Cosette Romero in Manila

FleishmanHillard mourns death of Cosette Romero in Manila

The SVP, partner, and GM passed away on January 25.

Publicis reports €527m net loss in 2016 after Q4 slowdown

Publicis reports €527m net loss in 2016 after Q4 slowdown

MSLGroup owner Publicis has reported a net loss of €527m (£449m, $564m) in 2016 as revenue declined in the fourth quarter.

Hoffman Agency names Jason Cao as China general manager

Hoffman Agency names Jason Cao as China general manager

Cao has worked at WE Communications, Text100, and EMG over the past decade.

Edelman Dabo lays off staff as agency moves to go 'beyond PR counsel'

Edelman acquired Dubai-based independent Dabo & Co. in 2015.

Finsbury, Ogilvy and Burson get PR nod in WPP's Walgreens Boots Alliance mega-deal

Finsbury, Ogilvy and Burson get PR nod in WPP's Walgreens Boots Alliance mega-deal

Finsbury, Ogilvy and Burson-Marsteller will handle PR for WPP's global comms partnership with pharmacy giant Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA).

Finsbury shifts Michael Gross to vice chair; Paul Holmes to North America CEO

Finsbury shifts Michael Gross to vice chair; Paul Holmes to North America CEO

Gross has worked at Finsbury since 1989. Holmes joined the agency in 2007.

WPP lands $600m global partnership with Walgreens Boots Alliance

WPP lands $600m global partnership with Walgreens Boots Alliance

Pharmacy giant Walgreens Boots Alliance has appointed WPP to handle marketing, communications and advertising for its global retail and wholesale businesses.

Fruit of the Loom shops seven-figure global PR account

Fruit of the Loom shops seven-figure global PR account

Ketchum is the incumbent on the business.

Allianz Worldwide Care moves global PR brief from Grayling to Fleishman

Allianz Worldwide Care moves global PR brief from Grayling to Fleishman

Global health, life and disability insurer Allianz Worldwide Care has appointed FleishmanHillard as its global PR agency, following a competitive tender process.

Former MSLGroup China CEO files gender discrimination suit against Publicis

Former MSLGroup China CEO files gender discrimination suit against Publicis

Faith Brewitt, former head of Greater China for MSLGroup, has filed a lawsuit saying she was denied the time and basic tools to do her job.

Hooters hires W Asia for Singapore expansion

Hooters hires W Asia for Singapore expansion

The PR agency will handle communications for the launch of two branches.

Watch Maurice Lévy announce Arthur Sadoun as his successor

Watch Maurice Lévy announce Arthur Sadoun as his successor

He has a "strong vision for the future" and "I place my every confidence in him," says Lévy.

Arthur Sadoun succeeds Maurice Lévy as Publicis Groupe chairman and CEO

Arthur Sadoun succeeds Maurice Lévy as Publicis Groupe chairman and CEO

Lévy will step aside to become chairman of the supervisory board as of June 2017.

AkzoNobel launches review to consolidate roster of 'around 100' agencies

AkzoNobel launches review to consolidate roster of 'around 100' agencies

Dutch paints, chemicals and coatings manufacturing giant AkzoNobel is reviewing its global roster of agencies in an attempt to reduce the number of agency relationships it maintains.

Finsbury names Aston Bridgman Japan co-president

Finsbury names Aston Bridgman Japan co-president

He will work alongside co-president Kyota Narimatsu.

Red Consultancy and Kazoo face fight as Samsung consolidates UK PR

Red Consultancy and Kazoo face fight as Samsung consolidates UK PR

Samsung is consolidating its UK PR support, with longstanding retained agencies The Red Consultancy and Kazoo both in the running for a consolidated, single brief, PRWeek has learned.

Huge demand for digital PR skills in China: R3

Huge demand for digital PR skills in China: R3

The consultancy's latest study shows marketers and clients want much more digital capability from their PR firms than ever before.

Brunswick maintains top spot in M&A comms adviser league but rivals gain ground

Brunswick maintains top spot in M&A comms adviser league but rivals gain ground

Brunswick maintained its position as the PR agency that offered comms support to the greatest number of M&A deals globally in 2016, although rivals have been gaining ground, new research suggests.