PR Happenings at Nadir Oz Communications, MWWPR, Lou Hammond Group, Behan Communications, Laura Davidson PR
Nadir Oz Communications Verifies Plans for Coldplay to Perform in Israel
An Israeli PR agency, Nadir Oz Communications (NOC) released statements and pictures regarding the recent visit of Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland from Coldplay looking at possible sites for upcoming concerts in Israel. Coldplay, so far, has denied any upcoming plans, but it possible that since no sites or date have yet been scheduled, they are using that approach. The two band members met with Israeli music festival producers from Forum Factor, Roe Schwartz and Ilan Factor during the trip and were seen together at various possible venues.
NOC have claimed the guys were there specifically to scout locations and sign contracts. According to their press release, they say: “Now it’s official and exciting! Within the framework of signing the contract, there will be a cooperative effort with Israeli and Palestinian artists who will participate at the height of a number of performances that will allow all residents of the area and neighboring countries to watch and enjoy the biggest band in the world.”
Carreen Winters Promoted to Chief Strategy Officer and Reputation Chairman at MWWPR
Carreen Winters has been with MWWPR since 1991 and has had the opportunity to learn each of the major areas of practice there. She assisted Michael Kempner with the CEO Equity Builder program, HerVoice practice, worked with various US airlines in crisis response situations, and offers expertise in crisis management, labor relations, corporate and brand positioning, and executive eminence. She frequently is seen on news shows on CNN, ESPN, she’s also often quoted in the Wall Street Journal. She’s also been given many industry awards and honors.
Now, she’s just been promoted to become Chairman of Reputation and Chief Strategy Officer. She’ll be charged with developing integrated communications programs for all divisions and also to help clients meet their business objectives. She will also expand and oversee the thought leadership on rep management along with new products and services to help clients.
20 Adrian Awards Go to Lou Hammond Group For PR
The annual Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) held their Adrian Awards recently, and Lou Hammond Group took 20 of them home from the Public Relations category. Six of them were gold; 10 of them silver, and four were bronze, representing 17 of the agency’s clients.
Lou Hammond, Chairman of the agency, said: “We are very proud to be judged among the best in the industry by our peers and see the hard work of our team rewarded. It is especially gratifying to see so many of our clients recognized for their outstanding offerings in such a competitive field. There is so much great work being done throughout the hospitality industry, and we thank HSMAI for recognizing these efforts.”
New York Town Secretly Hires PR Help
Sometimes getting professional help is a good move, and sometimes, not so much. Hoosick Falls, NY, hired Behan Communications, a local PR firm that has represented General Electric (GE) over the years regarding pollution in the area, to help with “general PR” assistance. That happened at the end of 2015, and when the local population learned about it, they were not happy. The problem started when the officials failed to warn local residents about the drinking water being contaminated with a toxic chemical. Then they didn’t tell the people about hiring the PR agency to deal with the fall-out.
They did that by having their law firm, FitzGerald Morris Baker Firth, hire Behan on their behalf. The PR situation was discovered as questions arose about work done by the law firm. The locals now want access to the information provided by Behan to the law firm, the law firm claims it’s attorney-client privileged, but the town people disagree.
New Head of Chicago Office for Laura Davidson Public Relations
Ashley MontBlanc Day takes charge of the Chicago office of the travel and lifestyle PR firm, Laura Davidson Public Relations, headquartered in New York. They’ve just opened the Chicago office recently. MontBlanc Day received this promotion after 10 years with the company while being in charge of strategic partnerships and media relations programs for hotel, resort, and destination clients. The firm has seen a 40% growth in their business over the last five years.