News From Bell Pottinger, Weber Shandwick, Krupp Kommunications, Trevelino/Keller, and Israeli Defense Forces
Bell Pottinger Makes Twitter Account Private
Want to follow or talk to England’s PR consultancy, Bell Pottinger? Well, unlike most PR firms, now you have to get approval to do so, at least if you try to reach out to them on Twitter. Because they just set their account to private. That’s what some South Africans recently discovered anyway. The consultancy represents clients all around the world, including the Guptas in their South African political dealings with their “white monopoly capital.”
The decision came after months of ugly and somewhat inflammatory tweets coming out of South Africa every time Bell Pottinger posted anything on their Twitter account. The Gupta account is only one of many public affairs and lobbying type clients of the firm that has represented others including the Pentagon, the CIA, Investec (a South African Bank), and Virgin Media.
Weber Shandwick (WS) Promotes Five Leaders For Deeper Integrated Client Services in North America
Joy Farber-Kolo (president WS East), Pam Jenkins (president WS South – DC to Dallas), Rana Komar (president WS Central – Midwestern states), Luca Penati (president WS West – California and Seattle), and Greg Power (CEO and president WS Canada) have been working in senior leadership positions with Weber Shandwick already, but they’ve all recently moved a step higher up the ladder as they take on positions to deliver deeper integrated client services in North American markets. They’ll work together from various regional offices.
People’s “Sexiest Doctor Alive” Now Repped by Krupp Kommunications
Dr. Mikhail Varshavski (Doctor Mike on social media) just brought Krupp Kommunications on as his agency of record. Dr. Mike moved to New York when he was just 6, along with his family, from Russia. He is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and doctor practicing in family medicine but he also has social media accounts with about 3 million followers and runs a charity that he started in 2015 called “Limitless Tomorrow Foundation.” The charity seeks to help people around the world reach their full potential despite financial and other hardships. On social media, he’s documented his medical journey and offers motivation to others and educations about healthcare concerns.
Krupp Kommunications is celebrating 21 years in business. They won’t have to look far for the good things Dr. Mike does. His efforts have not been limited to his charity, but he’s also been involved in other philanthropic events including AmericCares, Susan G. Komen Foundation, and Stand Up For Cancer.
AirDog Camera Drones Picks Trevelino/Keller as PR AOR
Trevelino/Keller (TK), a full-service marketing and digital PR Atlanta-based firm, just signed on with AirDog to represent them as they look to the release of ADII (their latest release) this summer. The new camera drone is designed for the user’s freedom to capture perfect content. Especially good for adventure and sports photography.
Israeli Defense Forces (Israeli Army) Looking for PR Spokesperson
The IDF already has an in-house publicity division. They want another spokesman in the ranks. In charge of the division is Col. Ronen Manelis. They have been operating for five years working on internal information campaigns. One of their most recent campaigns addressed their soldiers and cautioned them about using social media. They are looking for a PR professional with 3-5 years of experience in PR and advertising. The candidate, according to the IDF website, will need to lead “media campaigns from the creative stage to implementation.” It is most likely that the position will be considered an officer-level rank.