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BlueFocus FY 2013 revenue up 64.8%

BlueFocus FY 2013 revenue up 64.8%

BEIJING: Chinese marketing services group BlueFocus reported a revenue increase of 64.8%, year-over-year, to more than $578 million in 2013.

Former White House press secretary Myers to join Warner Bros.

Former White House press secretary Myers to join Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. has appointed former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers as EVP for worldwide corporate communications and public affairs, effective September 2.

Sorrell: A Publicis-Omnicom 'merger of equals' is 'impossible'

Sorrell: A Publicis-Omnicom 'merger of equals' is 'impossible'

Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, has described attempts by rival holding companies Omnicom Group and Publicis Groupe to form a "merger of equals" as "impossible."

Cohn & Wolfe bags PR duties for Lufthansa in India

Cohn & Wolfe bags PR duties for Lufthansa in India

The account was previously handled by CNC Communications & Network Consulting.

Virgin Galactic hands global PR duties to Edelman

Virgin Galactic hands global PR duties to Edelman

Virgin Galactic has picked Edelman to handle its six-figure global PR account in the build-up to its first commercial flight into space.

EBay appoints Launch PR, Exposure for UK consumer work

EBay appoints Launch PR, Exposure for UK consumer work

Online retailer eBay has appointed Launch PR and Exposure to its roster of agencies for UK consumer work.

Barclaycard US taps O'Malley Hansen as AOR

Barclaycard US taps O'Malley Hansen as AOR

Barclaycard has moved its US AOR account from Sparkpr to O'Malley Hansen Communications after a review involving more than a dozen agencies.

Wednesday's Breakfast Briefing: Bloomberg backs gun control nationally; Alibaba numbers impress

Wednesday's Breakfast Briefing: Bloomberg backs gun control nationally; Alibaba numbers impress

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Diversity Distinction Awards open for nominations

Diversity Distinction Awards open for nominations

The fourth annual Diversity Distinction in PR Awards, sponsored by the Council of Public Relations Firms in association with PRWeek, are now accepting entries.

Law firm Latham & Watkins appoints Newgate for Asia PR duties

Law firm Latham & Watkins appoints Newgate for Asia PR duties

Global law firm Latham & Watkins has appointed Newgate Communications as its PR representative in Asia following a pitch.

Former Blair press aide backs global contest to give Albania image makeover

Former Blair press aide backs global contest to give Albania image makeover

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has launched a contest to rebrand the country and move its image away from stereotypes of corruption and communism, with the help of Alastair Campbell, the one-time chief press aide to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

MyFitnessPal brings on Nelson as first marketing lead

MyFitnessPal brings on Nelson as first marketing lead

Web-based health and fitness service MyFitnessPal has named Tara-Nicholle Nelson as its first head of marketing, overseeing marcomms, data, and content.

Dow comms leader Davis to relocate to Switzerland

Dow comms leader Davis to relocate to Switzerland

Matt Davis, corporate VP for global public affairs and government affairs at Dow Chemical, will relocate to the company's European headquarters in Horgen, Switzerland, in August.

Carmichael Lynch Spong refreshes brand

Carmichael Lynch Spong refreshes brand

After 23 years as Carmichael Lynch Spong, the PR firm has rebranded as Spong to create a stronger distinction from ad agency Carmichael Lynch.

Tuesday's Breakfast Briefing: GM searches for comms chief; Lawmakers question e-cigarette marketing

Tuesday's Breakfast Briefing: GM searches for comms chief; Lawmakers question e-cigarette marketing

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IR head Arickx to lead GM comms on interim basis with Bingol out

IR head Arickx to lead GM comms on interim basis with Bingol out

General Motors comms leader Selim Bingol has left the automaker as it deals with the public outcry over its 10-year delay in recalling Chevrolet Cobalts with malfunctioning ignition systems, according to numerous reports.

Unilever tests multibrand marketing with YouTube beauty channel

Unilever tests multibrand marketing with YouTube beauty channel

Unilever has created a YouTube channel filled with make-up tutorials from well-known video bloggers as a platform to advertise a range of its hair brands.

Subway considers taking fast food to the fast lane of Formula 1

Subway considers taking fast food to the fast lane of Formula 1

Fast-food sandwich chain Subway is considering a sponsorship deal with Formula 1 that could see several of the sport's teams and drivers promoting the brand, according to reports.

Qorvis MSLGroup brings on Raytheon's Strubhar as SVP

Qorvis MSLGroup brings on Raytheon's Strubhar as SVP

Qorvis MSLGroup has named Keith Strubhar as SVP.

Analysis

Consolidation trending as vendors strive to keep up with changing industry

Consolidation trending as vendors strive to keep up with changing industry

Cision and Vocus are two of the biggest providers of PR management and monitoring tools, and observers say both could soon be combined by GTCR Valor Merger Sub.

Reddit AMAs: A minefield worth crossing

Reddit AMAs: A minefield worth crossing

Communications pros tell PRWeek about their experiences helping clients through Reddit's Ask Me Anything sessions, which are full of potential pitfalls and opportunities.

Abortion debate ramps up as parties look to sway voters

Abortion debate ramps up as parties look to sway voters

The pro-life versus pro-choice debate is reigniting as the 2014 midterm elections near.

Anonymous gossip apps a headache for brands? Not yet

Anonymous gossip apps a headache for brands? Not yet

The pack of scuttlebutt-sharing apps such as Whisper and Secret are not keeping communicators up at night - but that could change.

Who is winning the Marketing Cloud wars?

Who is winning the Marketing Cloud wars?

PRWeek sister brand The Hub takes an in-depth look at five tech giants and their race towards the first truly integrated digital marketing hub.

Inside Malaysia Airlines' crisis response to the plane disappearance

Inside Malaysia Airlines' crisis response to the plane disappearance

The MH370 disappearance has given Malaysia Airlines' communication operation an unprecedented challenge, but poor handling and misinformation have created a credibility gap, say PR pros.

Deeds outweigh words in product recalls

Deeds outweigh words in product recalls

Consumers expect recalls. But they won't be forgiving if a company does not handle them honestly, especially in the age of social media hyper-transparency.

Despite detractors, 'Ferns' appearance a win for White House

Despite detractors, 'Ferns' appearance a win for White House

Public affairs pros tell PRWeek that President Barack Obama's appearance on Between Two Ferns was a knockout, but they disagree on the level of risk involved in the White House making Zach Galifianakis a part of its healthcare communications strategy.

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