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Here are the latest changes and updates in the PR industry. To learn more about each news item, simply click the hyperlink. Have your own update to include? Let us know!AustinStephanie Barko, Literary Publicist was voted Best Resource, 2015 Small Business Book Awards. ArticleBostonUK-based Red Lorry Yellow Lorry has expanded its PR team in Boston with the hiring of Michelle Barry as director of technology PR and Justin Ordman as technology PR account manager. ArticleGaffney Bennett Public Relations announced the hiring of Sarah Whitney and Chris Velardi. ArticleClevelandIndiana Gov. Mike Pence has appointed Koch Industries communications director Matt Lloyd as deputy chief of staff for communications and strategies. ArticleDallasLewis Public Relations announced that Infomart Data Centers has selected LPR as its agency of record. ArticleDCCrosby Marketing Communications has added Gabrielle Weber as a senior integration manager, handling programs for clients in Crosby's government practice, including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ArticleHoustonOn April 23, Ward commemorated 25 years in business with back-to-back educational events and a cocktail reception at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown. ArticleLos AngelesMurphy O'Brien Public Relations announced the newest clients in the firm's esteemed travel collection: The Venetian, Las Vegas, The Palazzo, Las Vegas, Hotel Jackson and Hunt Valley Inn, a Wyndham Grand. ArticleMiamiCheryl Andrews Marketing Communications (CAMC) has been selected to serve as the North American PR agency of record for Four Seasons Resort Nevis. ArticleMinneapolisGage announced it has hired Reid Gorder as senior developer where he will be working on Gage's premier brand web applications. ArticleNashvilleWalmart's Dan Bartlett has hired his former colleague from Hill + Knowlton Greg Hitt as VP of corporate affairs, slated to join Walmart on June 1. ArticleNew YorkMariella Kapsaskis has been named MINI communications manager by BMW of America. In addition, Rebecca Kiehne and Hector Arellano-Belloc have been named BMW product and technology spokespersons. ArticleMcGraw Hill Financial has named Courtney Geduldig as executive vice president, public affairs, following the retirement of Ted Smyth, who had led corporate and public affairs since 2009. ArticleOverseas Shipholding Group has appointed Brian Tanner as vice president, investor relations and corporate communications. ArticleAnita Kawatra has joined Edelman's New York office as executive vice president for its health sector. ArticleCoyne has appointed Matt Leung as Advertising Account Director. ArticleAspectus has appointed Jed Hamilton as its new Managing Director for North America. ArticleSopexa Group announced the appointment of Benjamin Bourinat to the role of Director of Public Relations, Sopexa USA. ArticleThe PR Council has named Capstone Hill Search as its first global recruitment premier partner firm. ArticleTony Telloni has departed Golin after almost two years heading the firm's New York office to join tech firm Sparkpr. ArticleDawn Bridges, EVP of corporate communications at Al Jazeera America, is leaving the network along with EVP of human resources Diana Lee. ArticleEdelman's Global Women's Executive Network (GWEN) announced a partnership with the International Women's Forum (IWF). ArticleCohn Wolfe was named The Holmes Report's 2015 Best Large Agency to Work For in North America. ArticleJONESWORKS announced their representation of Pencils of Promise and ng Beauty. ArticleRuder Finn announced the official launch of a specialized offering under its broader employee engagement practice, dedicated to helping companies engage with both current and prospective technology-focused employees. ArticleHealth Unlimited announced its partnership agreement with New York-based specialist healthcare digital firm, Propeller Communications. ArticleIMRE announced the hiring of John Bentz as Senior Vice President for its Consumer practice. ArticleCPR Strategic Marketing Communications announced the expansion of its account executive team with the addition of Nathan D. Molinari as account coordinator. The company has also promoted Katelyn Petersen to account director, Joelle Caputa to creative director and Alexis Lignos to account executive. ArticleNatalie Guevara has taken on a new in-house role as Senior Communications Officer of online annotation platform Genius (formerly Rap Genius). ArticleSan FranciscoUK-headquartered Babel PR has appointed Caroline Kawashima as Executive Vice President U.S. Head for its recently established San Francisco operations. ArticleSilicon ValleyTom Foremski has joined software company Delphix in a newly-created role leading editorial and content. ArticleDenver MinneapolisWoodruff Sweitzer will acquire Confluence Marketing, effective May 1. ArticleHong KongNick Wheeler has departed Ketchum after more than 12 years with the firm in China, where he was GM of the Beijing office. ArticleOgilvy Mather China announced the appointment of Thomas Zhu and Juggi Ramakrishnan as Executive Creative Directors at Ogilvy Shanghai. Meanwhile, Chong Kin joins Ogilvy Beijing as Executive Creative Director. ArticleFrankfurtredRobin Strategic Public Relations has won the KRUK Deutschland account, a part of KRUK Group, a leader of the receivables management market in Central Europe. ArticleLondonMischief has been appointed to handle public relations and influencer communications for SodaSteam's brand proposition: "Water Made Exciting." ArticleRoyal Club has assigned Cohn Wolfe for its new Royal Club Shandy campaign. ArticleHill+Knowlton Strategies has hired Kate Hopper as a director to lead the IHG, Mondelez and TUI accounts. ArticleBrands2Life has been appointed by leading password manager and digital wallet Dashlane as its UK communications partner following a competitive pitch. ArticlePublicasity has added a new travel client, winning Saint Lucia Tourist Board, following a five-way competitive pitch. ArticleHorizon Pharma has named John B. Thomas executive vice president, strategy and investor relations. ArticleSwiss hearing aid manufacturer Phonak has appointed Otto Communications as its retained PR agency for the UK. ArticleMobile payments startup MyCheck has hired CCgroup for UK PR support, shortly after securing $5m in backing from Spanish bank Santander. ArticleEddie May is stepping down from his role as joint managing director at Threepipe, 11 years after co-founding the UK firm with Jim Hawker. ArticleBite has hired Michael Gonzalez for a newly-created role as head of influencer relations in the UK. ArticleNick Mulholland is departing Freuds, after 12 years as one of the UK PR agency's most senior management figures. ArticleWPP has invested in fashion and lifestyle website Refinery29. ArticleParis VMA Group has opened a new Africa operation, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Daniel Munslow has been appointed to the team heading up VMA Group's Africa practice. ArticleGolin is partnering with local PR firm Rekta to launch its presence in Turkey, via an office in Istanbul. ArticleSydneyWalmart has shifted Indian PR duties to Perfect Relations following a competitive review. ArticleTokyoOgilvy Mather Japan and Geometry Global Japan are celebrating major successes at two prestigious, international creative industry awards. ArticleTorontoCitizen Relations Canada has named Amdanda Shuchat vice president as it strengthens leadership in its new i: Insight Innovation working group. In addition, Sabrina Kandasamy has been appointed senior director of strategic planning and Morgan Todd has been promoted to manager, analytics. ArticleBBC Worldwide North America announced the appointment of Sandra Mackechnie to the position of Vice President, Digital Ad Sales for BBC.com, Canada. ArticleClick here to share these updates with your Twitter followers: http://ctt.ec/5Un3_Stay up to date with the latest news and trends impacting today's communications programming.Join our mailing list today!Like this:Like Loading... href='http://blog.businesswire.com/' - http://blog.businesswire.com/ -