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15 People Business Insider Left Off Its ‘Top 50 Tech PR’ List

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ICYMI, yesterday Business Insider posted another of its famous clickbait listicles (not that we would ever do anything like that, cough cough). This one was of particular interest to the people in PR.

It’s true that “The 50 Best Public Relations People in the Tech Industry in 2014” was — as one of our industry friends put it — “so arbitrary.” At the same time, it’s always good to see journalists highlighting the real, valuable work done by PR rather than denigrating the entire industry.

It was also nice to see friends of the site Ed Zitron of EZPR and Barbara Bates of Eastwick get some respect.

A couple of things we noticed: someone really likes working with Waggener Edstrom and Brew PR and there weren’t a whole lot of names on the list from the usual suspects. Check out the O’Dwyer’s top tech firms list and notice how many of them didn’t appear in the BI post.

After the jump, we listed some people — both abstract and specific — whose absence we noted.

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The New York Times Probes Ketchum’s Relationship with Putin

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New York Times media reporter Ravi Somaiya wrote what might have seemed like the most important PR story to break over the long weekend: a look into Ketchum‘s relationship with its most (in)famous client, Russian president Vladimir Putin.

What did the article itself reveal, though?

Not a whole lot.

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Ketchum Shuffles Its Tech Leadership

ketchum_logoIn what looks like a strong pivot toward the tech sector, Ketchum orchestrated a game of musical chairs involving several top executives within its San Francisco-based Access Communications shop and its Global Technology Practice this week.

Partner Susan Butenhoff, who founded Access and served as both president and CEO there until this week, will now serve as director of the firm’s tech practice while retaining the title of chief at Access.

Matthew Afflixio, who worked under her as EVP/creative director, has been promoted to president.

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Malaysia Airlines Positions Itself for Rebranding

malaysia-airLast month we noted that Malaysia Airlines, troubled by two recent tragedies, may undergo a name change as part of a coming rebrand. Today we learned a bit more about the financial details behind this project.

The airline, which turned to Ketchum to help manage the disappearance of MH370 in March, will transform from a publicly-owned and traded company into a private entity. State-run investment fund Khazanah Nasional wants to buy out the shares of the company that it does not already own, de-listing it and proceeding with a major restructuring that will almost certainly involve a comprehensive rebranding.

MA was in a bad way long before either of the flights in question. The company lost money during each of the past three years and will most likely go through a downsizing in order to stay open. Restructuring plans may face considerable opposition from the labor union representing its nearly 20,000 employees, however; the group has demanded the resignation of the company’s current CEO and, while its leaders agree that restructuring is necessary, they also expect to play a large role in all related discussions.

No word on whether Ketchum will assist in the coming changes.

Roll Call: Ketchum, Peppercomm, Gibbs & Soell and DKC

Peppercomm promoted Maggie O’Neill to the role of managing director. O’Neill, a partner who has been with the firm for 13 years, joined as an account supervisor; she currently O’Neill leads the firm’s consumer business portfolio and established the firm’s experiential offerings including sponsorship activation, corporate meetings, product launches and consumer events.

Her account wins include MINI Cooper, TGI Fridays and Whirlpool, and she has won accolades including PR News People Awards; over the past year alone, she won a PRSA Silver Anvil, PR News Agency Elite and BizBash Event Style Award. She also played a key role in the firm’s acquisition of Janine Gordon Associates (JGA) and she oversaw the integration and development of lifestyle/nonprofit/consumer specialist team JGAPeppercomm.

Ed Moed, co-founder and CEO, writes, ”Maggie’s promotion reflects her uncanny ability to think outside-the-box and deliver creative programming for her clients that map back to their business goals. She’s been a critical part of Peppercomm’s continued growth and has served as a great sounding board for Steve Cody and me as co-founders.” (Release)

Ketchum appointed Lori Beecher, a TV producer with a career spanning Today, 60 Minutes and, most recently, the syndicated talk show Katie as executive vice president of media and content strategy, based in the firm’s New York headquarters. Beecher assumes the newly created role immediately.

Beecher will counsel some of the firm’s largest clients in North America on content-centric media strategy and executive visibility. She also will provide senior-level guidance for the development and management of highly visual content for brand and corporate storytelling. Beecher has been responsible for securing and producing some news interviews including Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Sandra Day O’Connor, baseball phenom Alex Rodriguez, former presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Bill Clinton, Sen. John and Elizabeth Edwards. (Release)

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Malaysia Airlines Responds with Caution to #MH17 Tragedy in Ukraine

malaysia-airlinesMalaysia Airlines has now made headlines twice in recent months for horrific tragedies.

The company’s reputation took an expected hit during the ongoing narrative regarding flight MH370. The bad news culminated with a story about a text message sent to family members of the missing, and that story was amplified by several slightly misleading media reports that drove the larger narrative.

The company signed with Ketchum several days after the flight went missing. Its response to this tragedy closely mirrors its all-media response to the MH370 disappearance–yet the newer story is also very different in several key ways.

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10 Top Firms Promise Not to ‘Sockpuppet’ Clients’ Wikipedia Pages

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One of the PR industry’s longstanding ethical debates appears closer to a resolution: the matter of Wikipedia “sockpuppets“. Today, several of the industry’s top players released a statement promising not to bend the rules of the public database to their own clients’ benefit.

Last year, Wikipedia took a public stand against the practice of hiring administrators to revamp clients’ profiles; it even went so far as to call out Wiki-PR, a firm specializing in the practice, by name. The firms involved in today’s announcement, however, want the organization to know that PR and public content databases can be friends.

The list and the statement after the jump.

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Two Industry Vets Launch Their Own Consumer-Focused Firm

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Two industry veterans took the opportunity today to announce the creation of a new firm specializing in lifestyle, consumer and entertainment brands.

Bill Harrison, a one-time president and COO of Fifteen Minutes PR who succeeded founder Howard Bragman when he stepped down as CEO in 2011, teamed up with fellow practitioner Jackie Feldman to officially launch Third Street Media Group.

The self-described “boutique firm” plans to serve clients across the startup-to-corporate spectrum, and its first slate of signings has a distinct entertainment world slant:

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Roll Call: Full Picture, PR Works International and More

Full Picture has promoted Nicole Esposito chief business development officer. Nicole has been with Full Picture since its inception overseeing the public relations divisions in both New York and Los Angeles for long-time clients such as Victoria¹s Secret, Revlon, vitaminwater, Frederic Fekkai and Victoria’s Secret Pink. In her new role as chief business development officer, Esposito will be responsible for spearheading new business initiatives across all divisions of the company. She will still provide creative and strategic public relations guidance for the PR division but overall, her main focus will be to usher in a new era of growth for Full Picture.(Release)

PR Works International, an L.A. and London-based corporate agency, has hired Melody Monfreda as director of international film publicity. Monfreda, an entertainment industry vet, has an extensive resume including international promotion for the “Twilight” movies. She will oversee the organization’s offices in London and Rome, coordinating with the L.A. office to run “international film campaigns, tours, film festivals and corporate campaigns”. She will report directly to founder and CEO Alyson Dewar. (THR)

The Paper and Paper-based Packaging Board announced the appointment of Mary Anne Hansan as executive director of the Paper Check-off program. Hansan is a seasoned marketing and communications veteran who has overseen industry marketing initiatives for diverse industry categories including flowers, plastics and most recently canned tuna. As executive director of the Paper and Packaging Program, Hansan is responsible for leading campaign strategy and the development of an integrated communications campaign which will highlight the positive attributes of paper and paper-based packaging as well as the industry’s environmentally-responsible practices. She will report directly to the program Board and its officers. Hansan began her career working for advertising agencies in the metropolitan Washington, DC area before taking positions with major trade associations such as the Society of American Florists, the American Plastics Council and the American Chemistry Council. She served as vice president for the National Fisheries Institute since 2007 where she implemented a $20 million dollar marketing campaign on behalf of the major U.S. canned tuna brands. (Release)

Ketchum Partners with Zito to Launch Financial Communications Service

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New Jersey’s Zito Partners has partnered with Ketchum to create a “strategic alliance” offering specifically targeted at financial institutions and other organizations looking for help on related communications fronts.

Ketchum Zito Financial will combine Zito’s collective expertise with that of the Ketchum financial communications practice to offer very specific services related to:

  • Board issues (composition, investigations, share prices)
  • Transactions (mergers, IPOs, etc.)
  • Earnings Reports (and related messaging strategies)
  • Research (studies/surveys relevant to investors)
  • Media Relations

Founder Bob Zito brings a history to the role: before starting the firm, he served as EVP of the New York Stock Exchange and a member of its management committee. Previous positions include VP of corporate communications at Sony and CCO at Bristol-Meyers Squibb.

He also happens to be a former Ketchum client–a fact that might, in part, explain the ease with which this partnership developed.

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