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Ogilvy, MSLGroup and More Make HRC’s ‘Most LGBT-Inclusive’ List

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Human Rights Campaign, the civil rights organization perhaps best known for championing same-sex marriage  and making the equality symbol go viral, released its report naming the “Most LGBT-Inclusive Places to Work” this week.

The list is very inclusive indeed — and it contains a fair number of PR firms and holding companies:

  • The Ogilvy Group
  • MSLGroup
  • IPG (which includes Weber Shandwick, PMK*BNC, Rogers McCowan, Spong, etc.)
  • Publicis Healthcare Communications

How did these businesses qualify?

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Cubes: Check Out IPG’s ‘Desk of the Future’

In this episode of “Cubes,” we tour the worldwide headquarters of IPG Mediabrands, the media holding company responsible for $34 billion in global revenue from advertising agencies such as Universal McCann. IPG’s work includes the Geico Gecko and Volkswagen’s pint-sized Darth Vader.

The IPG headquarters is home to a cutting edge media lab full of “Minority Report”-esque marketing technology, and the office includes a high-tech workspace dubbed “the desk of the future” and a skyway stretching over 32nd Street that was once used by the Gimbels department story, the building’s previous tenant.

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Updated: IPG Reports Revenue Gain, Net Loss of $45.9 Million

Interpublic Group, home to Weber Shandwick, GolinHarris, and other PR and advertising agencies, reported first quarter revenue of $1.51 billion, an increase from $1.47 billion in 2011. Organic growth was 2.8 percent.

The company’s operating loss was $39.4 million, a decrease year-over-year from $45.3 million, showing improvement. Net loss was $45.9 million versus $48.1 million in 2011. The Wall Street Journal reports that  ”in February Standard & Poor’s raised its rating outlook on Interpublic to positive from stable, citing the company’s progress toward improving profitability and credit metrics.”

Harris Diamond, the CEO of IPG’s Constituency Management Group (CMG), housing the company’s PR firms, says its figures were strong with organic revenue at 8.6 percent and overall growth at 10 percent.

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Roll Call: MSLGroup, H+K Strategies, Netflix, and More

Renee Wilson, MD of MSLGroup‘s New York office and lead on the firm’s P&G business, and Bob Bejan, founder of MSL’s creative studio PBJS, have been appointed to the firm’s global management board, effective February 1. (Both pictured left, top to bottom.) Wilson will now be chief client officer based in New York and Bejan, chief development officer, based in Paris. Wilson is transitioning her MD duties to a new exec that hasn’t yet been named. Jenny Pigott will become CEO of PBJS and Ian Saunders will be president and chief creative officer for PBJS in Chicago, Seattle, and New York.

Netflix CMO Leslie Kilgore has been appointed to the company’s board as a non-executive director. She’s held the CMO role for 12 years. Jessie Becker, previously VP of marketing and an 11-year vet of the company, has been named interim CMO. Jonathan Friedland has been appointed chief comms officer. He joined the company last February from Disney. The company is seeking a new CMO. [via]

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Publicis’ Reports 6.4 Percent Organic Growth, Warns About the Future

Publicis Groupe, home to PR firms including MSLGroup, announced Q3 results today showing €1.42 billion in revenue (about $1.96 billion, by today’s currency conversion rates) and organic growth at 6.4 percent. Revenue has reached €4.12 billion (about $5.65 billion) year-to-date ending September 30. Organic growth has reached 6.9 percent for the year so far.

The company’s SAMS division generated 50 percent of revenue, up from 48 percent in 2010. This division houses Publicis’ PR and digital businesses, including Digitas. Digital generated 30.2 percent of the company’s revenues and experienced 12.9 percent organic growth for the quarter. CFO Jean-Michel Etienne told PRWeek that organic growth for the PR firms is between eight and 10 percent.

(Side note: With all of that digital activity, the company should revamp its website. It’s terrible.)

New business cited includes Microsoft, McDonald’s, and Coca-Cola. Organic growth was greatest in Latin America and Europe (8.5 percent and 8.2 percent respectively); North America came in at 6.3 percent.

Despite all of the good news, the forecast isn’t quite so rosy.

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Roll Call: Reputation.com, MWW, Goodman, and More

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Howard Bragman, founder and chairman of Fifteen Minutes Public Relations and what is now PMK/BNC, has joined Reputation.com as vice chairman. Reputation.com was founded in 2006 and provides online reputation management services. Bragman will continue in his role at Fifteen Minutes.

Kimberly Youngstrom has joined MWW Group as VP of program strategy. She was previously a VP at Kaplow working with clients across consumer and B2B industries. This is the latest in a string of new hires at MWW, which once again became independent in January.

Former ABC News producer Carla De Landri has joined Goodman Media as senior counsel. She’ll be working with the firm on traditional and digital work and providing expertise on video and Web content. While at ABC News, she worked with 20/20, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and Nightline.

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IPG, NYWICI’s Harrison: Women Are Headed to the Top of the PR Industry

Recent Pew Research Center study results show that women believe a college education is vital to a thriving career in greater numbers than men (77 percent vs 68 percent). Moreover, at this point women outnumber men enrolled and graduating from colleges and universities in the U.S.

Judith Harrison thinks this could have big implications for women in PR. Harrison is the SVP of staffing and diversity inclusion in IPG‘s Constituency Management Group and a former VP of student affairs at the New York Women in Communications Foundation. IPG’s CMG unit includes PR firms like Weber Shandwick and GolinHarris.

“The PR industry clearly has a huge pipeline of women,” said Harrison. “There’s only going to be more and more women coming up in the ranks of the business.”

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Weber Launches a Site Focused on Japan’s Recovery

Weber Shandwick has launched Real Voices, Real Japan, an English-language site that publishes content tracking the ongoing recovery efforts in Japan. You can also follow the site on Twitter.

The site will pull together content provided by Weber; from the online news outlet Business Media Makoto; market research from Macromill INC; marcomms info from McCann Worldgroup Japan, another IPG firm; coverage from the Tohoku region by photographers including members of nonprofit MAKE THE HEAVEN; and info from the digital marketing firm Le Grand Co. Contributors will be added as the site progresses. The site has been endorsed by a number of organizations including the American and British Chambers of Commerce.

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Edelman SVP Named CEO of KRC Research

Bradley Honan has been named CEO of KRC Research, IPG‘s research firm. Part of his job as CEO will be developing new research tools. Previously, Honan was an SVP at StrategyOne, Edelman’s research company. He’s also served as a VP with Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates. Honan’s background includes work with a number of politicians such as then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He’s also worked with clients like General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer.

Peter Shafer, now a VP at Toluna, was the previous CEO of KRC. Jennifer Sosin will stay on as president of the firm and Victoria Sneed will continue as head of the Washington office and the company’s NGO and CSR comms.

WPP Tops Omnicom To Become Largest Marketing Company

WPP has taken the top spot as the biggest marketing group, displacing Omnicom.  WPP experienced a 13 percent increase in revenue following the 2008 acquisition of TNS, growing from $10.7 billion in 2008 to $12.1 billion in 2009. Omnicom, on the other hand, saw a decrease of 12 percent from $13.4bn to $11.7 for the same time period.

Publicis came in third and IPG in fourth.

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