WASHINGTON,DC—Fenton, a founding member of the Collegium network, has acquired the Bay Area public interest communications agency PR & Company, expanding Fenton's work in education, philanthropy and ed tech. PR & Company, founded in 1997, serves a diverse client base of private, technology, non-profit and foundation clients, focusing on education and advocacy on behalf of women and children. PR & Co founder Pat Reilly will become a senior strategic consultant to Fenton.
 
LOS ANGELES—Captivate Public Relations & Marketing, which concentrates in the consumer products and services categories, has been launched by Ashley Rodgers, co-founder and managing director. She brings more than a decade serving clients across hospitality; travel and tourism; food and beverage; and arts and culture. The new agency is incubated by FoleyFreisleben, a 20-year-old Los Angeles firm that specializes in corporate and financial communications, business-to-business marketing, and social responsibility.

NEW YORK—Worldcom Public Relations Group, the global partnership of public relations firms, has added new members: Fusion Communications of Miami; Kirchhoff Consult of Hamburg, Germany; and Vault Communications in Greater Philadelphia. 

NEW YORK—PR Boutiques International, a network of boutique public relations firms, has added two new members: McGallen & Bolden Group from Singapore, and Ball Consulting Group from Newton, Mass.

SAN FRANCISCO—Technology public relations agency Karbo Communications is opening of a Silicon Valley office. Karbo's new office is in Redwood City and supplements its headquarters in the heart of San Francisco's South of Market area.

RALEIGH, NC—Communications agency MMI has officially rebranded as Baering. Founded in 2004, the company began a change in 2013 under the leadership of newly appointed president and chief strategy officer Alfred Leach. Baering provides advisory, strategic communications and creative services across a variety of industries. 

NEW YORK—Storyful, a division of News Corp that provides social media intelligence, content and news, has promoted Ebonie Newman to the role of global chief revenue officer. Newman, who is currently Storyful’s executive director of sales for the Asia Pacific region, will relocate to New York to take up her new role.