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White House brings on Goldman as first chief digital officer

Goldman launched Obvious Corporation with Twitter cofounders Ev Williams and Biz Stone in 2011.
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24 Mar 2015 | 12:52 pm PDT

Five things PR pros need to know on Monday, 3.23.2015

Sen. Ted Cruz announces candidacy via Twitter; Starbucks ends part of Race Together campaign; Uber signs marketing deal in India.
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23 Mar 2015 | 3:56 am PDT

Hill+Knowlton Strategies opens Nigeria office with Tokunboh Durosaro as MD

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has opened an office in Lagos, Nigeria and appointed Tokunboh Durosaro as managing director for the country.
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23 Mar 2015 | 3:28 am PDT

Five things PR pros need to know on Friday, 3.20.2015

PRWeek Awards winners; BlueFocus reports profit; Hillary Clinton faces more scrutiny.
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20 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am PDT

Ohio taps Marcus Thomas, Cult Marketing for creative and media services

Fahlgren Mortine is the PR agency partner on the account.
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19 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am PDT

Prospective presidential candidates shuffle comms staffers

Team Clinton ramped up, and team Walker downsized.
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18 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm PDT

Ogilvy PR, Michael Baker team up for $130m FEMA account

The new joint venture is named Resilience Action Partners.
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16 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm PDT

Ketchum's divorce from Russia was inevitable - but amicable

Who jilted who is top of many people's minds, but in the end both Russia and Ketchum realized their continuing partnership was becoming ineffectual and counterproductive.
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13 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am PDT

Your call: Should Ketchum have ever signed on to represent Russia in the first place?

Was it a shortsighted decision by the agency? Or just another case of two entities whose positions drifted over time?
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13 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am PDT

Six things PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 3.13.2015

Obama takes serious, comical turns on 'Jimmy Kimmel;' Bush emails also under scrutiny; Snyderman steps down as NBC News medical editor.
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13 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am PDT

In-state firm Bradley Reid set to hold on to Alaska tourism account worth up to $75m

Work on the account will begin this summer.
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12 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm PDT

LinkedIn appoints Westbourne Communications for UK public affairs brief

Professional network LinkedIn has retained Westbourne Communications as its first UK public affairs agency, following a three-way pitch.
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12 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am PDT

MWW turns to campaign veteran Tencher to run global public affairs

Paul Tencher previously led winning campaigns for Sens. Gary Peters of Michigan and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.
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12 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am PDT

Seven things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 3.12.2015

Police officers shot in Ferguson; KFC could face criticism over chicken; Secret Service investigated again, this time for incident after late-night partying.
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12 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am PDT

Why the NBA joined the Lean In movement

The NBA teamed up with the Lean In Together initiative because it matches up well with the league's own efforts toward gender equality.
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11 Mar 2015 | 2:26 pm PDT

Ketchum calls it quits on Russia work

Ketchum has ended its high-profile and controversial media relations work for the Kremlin.
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11 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am PDT

Clinton email press conference raises more questions

Saying she deleted personal messages only further piqued the interest of reporters in attendance.
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10 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm PDT

Six things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 3.10.2015

Gigaom shuttered; Reaction to Apple Watch showcase event; Clinton could respond to email story this week.
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10 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am PDT

Eight things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 3.9.2015

WPP PR, public affairs up 5.1% in Q4; What to look for at today's Apple Watch event; Iconic ads altered to mark International Women's Day.
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9 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am PDT

Eight things PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 3.6.2015

Salvation Army uses #TheDress for a good cause; What to look for in the February jobs report; State Department investigates security issues of Clinton home-email use; FBI: ISIS getting through on Twitter.
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6 Mar 2015 | 4:39 am PST

Lufthansa CEO is not doing enough to reassure passengers, say PR pros

Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr spoke about security and safety procedures during a press conference Thursday.
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26 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm PDT

Nick Barron appointed UK MD of corporate and financial at Edelman

Edelman has appointed Nick Barron as MD of its corporate and financial practice, replacing James Lundie.
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26 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am PDT

Kraft, Heinz pledge marketing boost with merger

The combined entity will own eight $1 billion brands.
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25 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am PDT

Burson helps Lufthansa with crisis comms after Germanwings crash

The WPP firm is coordinating its response from Frankfurt.
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25 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am PDT

How Heinz and Kraft added some color to their merger announcement

The two food giants released an infographic with their Wednesday morning merger announcement.
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25 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am PDT

Six things PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 3.25.2015

Kraft, Heinz in food mega-merger; Facebook reminds users what happened On This Day; Google's lobbying under the microscope.
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25 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am PDT

What Asian comms heads want: Meltwater

In this interview with PRWeek Asia, John Box, executive director of Meltwater Asia-Pacific, discusses the evolution of Meltwater's media-monitoring platform and the trends in the industry that led to its development.
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24 Mar 2015 | 10:09 pm PDT

Ford comms veteran Moran shifts to global news role

He will report to global corp comms director Susan Krusel.
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23 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am PDT

Grayling launches Grayling Oman to boost Middle East presence

Huntsworth, Grayling's parent company, has formed a partnership with local Omani company Al Reem Creative to strengthen its existing presence in the Middle East.
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23 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am PDT

Five things PR pros need to know on Monday, 3.23.2015

Sen. Ted Cruz announces candidacy via Twitter; Starbucks ends part of Race Together campaign; Uber signs marketing deal in India.
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23 Mar 2015 | 3:56 am PDT

J&J corp comms VP Rothenberg steps down after 20 years

He will retire from the company in May.
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20 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am PDT

NASCAR in victory lane for In-House PR Team of the Year

Last year's honorable mention, NASCAR's in-house comms team enjoyed a victory lap this year.
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19 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm PDT

Univision's Talán, MWW's Kempner win PR pro honors

Univision's communications leader, MWW's CEO recognized at PRWeek Awards
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19 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm PDT

FarmVille creator Zynga ups Hess to comms VP

Stephanie Hess continues to report to newly minted CCO Dani Dudeck, who previously held the title.
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19 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am PDT

Edelman supports Premera with cyberattack response

Premera Blue Cross has brought on Edelman to aid with its response to a cyberattack that could affect 11 million customers.
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19 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am PDT

How Starbucks can bounce back after Race Together flop

Crisis experts discussed where Starbucks went wrong with the initiative and what the coffee giant's next move should be.
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18 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm PDT

GE's Gary Sheffer to step down

He will be replaced by Deirdre Latour, senior director of external communications.
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17 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am PDT

Honda sets safety precedent with direct-to-consumer recall campaign

The effort follows on the heels of airbag-maker Takata's recall crisis, which caused Honda to recall 13.4 million cars.
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12 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm PDT

LinkedIn appoints Westbourne Communications for UK public affairs brief

Professional network LinkedIn has retained Westbourne Communications as its first UK public affairs agency, following a three-way pitch.
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12 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am PDT

Target layoffs hit marketing and communications teams

Target will cut 1,700 total jobs in its Minneapolis headquarters.
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11 Mar 2015 | 2:08 pm PDT
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