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Weber Shandwick, CPRF Vets Discuss Diversity in PR

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Earlier this month, PR veteran Mike Paul earned a bit of attention when he announced his plans to stage a hunger strike to protest a lack of diversity in the public relations world.

Since that story ran, we reached out to several contacts within the industry to get their takes on how we arrived at this point in the conversation—and where we should go from here.

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Roll Call: Fleishman-Hillard, Univision, The Wall Street Journal, EOS

International communications firm Fleishman-Hillard announced the hiring of Wendi Taylor Nations, who will serve as senior vice president, partner and leader of the health and wellness group in the firm’s Chicago office. Before joining Fleishman, Nations spent ten years at Porter Novelli, serving as healthcare practice director and managing director of that firm’s Chicago office. She also managed healthcare relations for Hill & Knowlton. Maxine Winer, general manager of Fleishman-Hillard’s Chicago office, describes Nations as “highly regarded in the health and wellness space”, and her responsibilities at Fleishman will involve increasing the firm’s influence among clients in that sector. (Release)

Univision Communications Inc. announced that Mónica Talán has been appointed executive vice president of corporate communications and PR, effective immediately. Talán, who was most recently the senior vice president of the same, will remain based in New York and report to Randy Falco, Univision’s president and CEO. She will continue to be responsible for overseeing all corporate and internal communications and programming public relations as well as the company’s media relations efforts. (Release)

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WPP Reports Seven Percent Increase in PR Revenues for Q1

In addition to all the hubbub about Sir Martin Sorrell’s pay, WPP also announced its earnings for the first four months of this year. Overall, revenue is up seven percent in British pounds to £3.2 billion, up nearly five percent in U.S. dollars to about about $5.1 billion, and up nearly 11 percent in Euros to €3.9 billion. Profits and operating margin are ahead of the budget.

PR and public affairs revenue was up seven percent. WPP PR firms include Ogilvy PRBurson-Marsteller, and Hill & Knowlton.

The company says 2012 is shaping up to be much like the previous two years but with less like-for-like growth. And 2013 looks to be even more challenging with the slow down in Europe and trouble on the horizon involving Iran. For more on the quarterly earnings, click here.

The company has also released its sustainability report for 2011. More about that here.

WPP Reports Record Profits, PR Revenue Up 4.8 Percent

WPP earnings today show a 7.4 percent revenue growth, with full-year revenue numbers topping £10 billion (about $16 billion, according to today’s conversion rates) for the first time. Profits also exceeded £1 billion, a first-ever for the marketing giant.

Billings for the company were up 4.9 percent for the year to £44.8 billion (about $71.4 billion). And operating profits reached £1.43 billion (about $2.28 billion).

On the PR and public affairs front, revenue for the year totaled £886 million (about $1.41 billion), up 4.8 percent. WPP firms include Ogilvy PRBurson-Marsteller, and Hill & Knowlton. For more info on WPP’s earnings, click here.

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Spin the Agencies of Record

Adidas South Africa has chosen Ogilvy PR Cape Town for corporate communications and consumer PR work. The agency search began November 2011 and came down to three firms. The firm will focus on thought leadership, brand awareness, and other efforts on behalf of Sports Performance and Originals Adidas lines. [via]

LG Display, the LG Group unit that leads in the manufacture of LCDs, has chosen Burson-Marsteller as its global PR firm. The decision comes after a competitive review. Hill & Knowlton (now Hill + Knowlton Strategies) was the incumbent firm. According to The Holmes Report, the shift takes place one year after H&K was selected. The account was worth $300,000. B-M also works with LG Mobile.

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WPP Launches a Marketing School in China, Reports 7.2 Percent PR Revenue Growth

Sir Martin Sorrell with a WPP School student.

WPP has launched a its School of Marketing and Communications in Shanghai in collaboration with the Shanghai Art & Design Academy (SADA). The school is the first in China to offer a three-year diploma for a marcomms program.

Fifty students have enrolled and classes started in September. More than 1,300 students applied. WPP will work with SADA on the curriculum and faculty hiring.

Also, WPP announced its earnings late last week, reporting a nine percent rise in Q3 revenue for the company and 7.2 percent for the PR and public affairs sectors. WPP is home to a number of PR firms including Burson-Marsteller and Hill & Knowlton.

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Lamel Lands at H&K

Joshua Lamel has joined Hill & Knowlton as the firm’s tech lead in Washington D.C. As SVP and the D.C. practice leader, he’ll be working with new and existing clients.

Lamel joins from J2 Public Strategies, a lobbying and government relations firm that he founded. He has also worked at the trade association TechAmerica, serving for a time as SVP of commercial policy and government affairs. And he worked in government as chief of staff for former Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) and legislative counsel for Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).

In a statement announcing the new hire, Hadley Wilkins, H&K’s U.S. tech practice director, called technology one of the firm’s “fastest growing sectors in the U.S.”

Get Your Reputation Insured With AIG

Well now. AIG subsidiary Chartis has launched a product this week called “ReputationGuard” that will offer services from Burson-Marsteller and Porter Novelli to account holders in case of a crisis situation. Policy prices vary, but a small company could shell out $10,000 in annual premiums.

Yes, we’re talking about the AIG that got all that bailout cash and became the object of intense scorn when the economy collapsed in ’08. AIG’s own crisis situation was so bad, this subsidiary changed its name from AIU Holdings to Chartis so it wouldn’t be associated with its parent company. And, according to a Harris Interactive study from earlier this year, its reputation is still pretty much in the toilet.

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H&K ‘Restructures’ Research Practice

Details weren’t exactly forthcoming, but Hill & Knowlton has confirmed that the agency is “restructuring” its research practice group.

According to Lori Hamamoto, H&K’s director of communications, there is now a “greater emphasis on primary research to better serve clients, something we can now provide internally.” That work was previously outsourced.

There have been “a few people who have left due to the restructuring,” but Hamamoto would not confirm names or numbers. The firm has always provided secondary research and will continue to do so.

When asked what prompted the research group changes, Hamamoto said with changes in leadership, there have been “across the board” shifts to “improve the company.” There have been a number of developments at the agency — new practice groups and staffers among them — over recent months.

WPP Reports 5.8 Percent Growth in PR and Public Affairs Revenue

WPP today announced its interim results for the six months ending June 30, 2011, with PR and public affairs showing 5.8 percent constant currency revenue growth and five percent like-for-like revenue growth. WPP PR firms include Burson-Marsteller, Hill & Knowlton, and Ogilvy PR.

PR and public affairs accounted for 9.1 percent of the revenue for the total group.

Overall billings were up 5.2 percent to about £21.4 billion (about $35.2 billion, according to today’s exchange rate) with reported revenue up 6.1 percent to £4.7 billion (about $7.7 million).

The U.S. and North America made a strong showing in the first six months, accounting for 35.6 percent of the company’s total revenue. Other geographic regions around the world also showed strong growth with challenges noted in Austria, Germany, Finland, and other parts of Europe. For more detail about the earnings report, click here.

Despite the growth, WPP CEO Martin Sorrell still warned of economic stumbling blocks in 2012.

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