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MWW promoted Jennifer Little to the role of SVP/general manager of its Dallas office. Little joined MWW in 2012 after serving in VP/SVP roles at Ketchum and Edelman; she also worked as director of PR for Pizza Hut for nearly three years. The promotion follows MWW’s expansion into a new office space, and President/CEO Michael Kempner writes, “Over the past two years, Jennifer has played an important role in driving the growth of our Dallas office and she is the ideal person to help continue its expansion.” Little earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast news from the University of Texas, Austin, and a graduate degree in communication studies from Indiana State University. (Release)

Los Angeles firm Murphy O’Brien announced six new promotions led by the appointment of Laura Millett and Rachel Esserman to the position of vice president. Millet, who has a background in broadcast journalism, joined Murphy O’Brien after working on PR campaigns for travel clients at the The Zimmerman Agency (Omnicom); in her new role she will oversee multiple travel accounts while developing new business, working on strategy and driving branding efforts and awards initiatives. Esserman, a long-standing Murphy O’Brien employee, will also contribute to strategy while spearheading new business outreach and securing media placements for travel and real estate clients. The firm also promoted Ashley King to account director, Jen DeAngelis to digital media senior account executive, Kaitlin Novell to senior account executive and Marissa Girolamo to account executive.

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Which Firms Pay the Big(gest) Bucks?

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This week the always-excellent Holmes Report published its annual World Report tracking the globe’s top PR firms by income and other metrics. It’s a very useful rankings source that you’ve probably already seen.

Interestingly, some firms provide both income totals and staffing numbers while others choose to be more…discrete.

As an amusing (and definitely not even close to 100% accurate) thought experiment, we scrolled through the list and did a little quick division to see which firms have the most reported income per reported employee.

As imprecise as this math may be, we still find the ratios fascinating.

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Kelly Cutrone Shutters L.A. Office

Kelly CutroneToday brings news that Kelly Cutrone, fashion/reality TV PR Star, author and America’s Next Top Model judge, has closed the Los Angeles office of her firm People’s Revolution, which the general public got to know via long-running dramatic masterpiece The Hills. The firm’s New York offices are, of course, still going strong.

Cutrone’s note to her press contacts (which sadly do not include us):

“In 1996 I opened People’s Revolution in Los Angeles, California. Over the last 18 years People’s has had quite a run! LA was our birthplace. With all of the changes in technology and our main focus in New York, I have decided not to renew our lease on 7005 Melrose. We are very interested in renting a house with a swimming pool as a possible option going forward so please do let us know if you know of anything.”

This news also recalls the heady days of 2010, when Bravo and MTV seemed determined to create a reality show centered around a PR firm. They did not succeed, though we do now have at least one PR sitcom to look forward to (or not).

Click through for a Throwback Thursday clip in which Cutrone tells our own co-founder Joe Ciarallo about how those who want to do fashion PR “have to be willing to pay their dues.

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Why Does PR Have Such a Big Turnover Problem?

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Today in Absolutely Not Breaking News: Last month Entrepreneur posted a good piece about how the PR/ad agency model is “ripe for disruption” as creative folks and resourceful managers figure out how to best serve clients outside the traditional framework. Two lines in particular stood out to us:

“Nobscot Corp. estimates voluntary and involuntary turnover reached more than 55 percent over the past 12 months.”

That is a large number. Also…

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  • MWW will be AOR in the UK for Opera Mediaworks, or “the world’s largest mobile advertising platform”. The firm will work to spread awareness of the product among UK brands and agencies following a series of acquisitions…and more developments in the endless debate over mobile ad placements and the value of social media.

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Makovsky Study: Reputation Problems Continue to Plague Wall Street

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The latest Wall Street Reputation study from Makovsky Integrated Communications is in, and its results won’t surprise many.

In short, the financial industry still suffers from the effects of the 2008 financial crisis–and 81% of communications executives at Wall Street firms believe that this fact continues to damage businesses’ reputations as well as their bottom lines.

This isn’t just about political populism, either: it affects shareholder perceptions.

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The Tweetest Cannes Insights, Part One

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Dear Readers,

We know how much you would like to be hanging out at Cannes this week: hitting the beach, sipping some espresso martinis and–most importantly–soaking up the insights from the biggest names in media.

Don’t stress. For your benefit, we took it upon ourselves to share the best of the event…in the form of quotes recounted by other people on Twitter.

Let’s get social…

  • “An enjoyable yet thoroughly ridiculous spectacle.” – Michael Frolich, Ogilvy PR
  • “I can’t work with anyone who isn’t number one.” – Kanye

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