Arun Sudhaman

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South Africa hands global reputation assignment to H&K

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South Africa has called in new PR counsel as it bids to sustain the global reputation uplift it experienced from last year’s successful staging of the Fifa World Cup.

The Holmes Report understands that Hill & Knowlton has been appointed by the country’s International Marketing Council (IMC), to oversee the global ‘Brand South Africa’ programme. The agency displaces incumbent MSLGroup Johannesburg, which won the £1 million account less than two years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 25, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Pfizer hands international pain relief brief to Hill & Knowlton

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Pfizer has selected Hill & Knowlton to handle a lucrative international assignment, focusing on pain relief drug Lyrica.

The Holmes Report understands that H&K scooped the business, which spans Europe and Canada, following a pitch that featured several global PR agencies. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 11, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Michelin hands US brand PR to M Booth after H&K split

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Michelin has selected M Booth & Associates to oversee its brand PR in the US, after ending its retainer with Hill & Knowlton at the end of 2010.

M Booth will handle the key Michelin brand portfolio in the US, while H&K will continue to represent product PR for Michelin Canada and the BFG brand in the US. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 28, 2011 at 11:05 am

Ken Luce named as Hill & Knowlton global COO

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Former Weber Shandwick veteran Ken Luce has been named as Hill & Knowlton’s new global COO, following the high-profile resignations of global CEO Paul Taaffe and US chairman Marylee Sachs.

Luce is the first major hire by new H&K global CEO Jack Martin, whose public affairs agency PSI merged with its WPP sibling in November 2010.

Luce, who spent 14 years in a variety of senior roles at Weber Shandwick, is expected to bring a particular focus to the management and expansion of H&K’s global client relationships – a role he performed with distinction at his former firm. He reports to Martin, and will be largely based at the firm’s New York HQ. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Deconstructing the departures at Hill & Knowlton

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For Paul Holmes’ analysis of the changes at H&K, and an exclusive interview with new CEO Jack Martin, click here

Nothing sparks speculation quite like a spate of agency departures. So the resignations of Hill & Knowlton global CEO Paul Taaffe, US chairman Marylee Sachs and global CMO Tony Burgess-Webb this week have raised plenty of eyebrows in the PR world.

Those familiar with the situation are likely to be less surprised, particularly after the agency merged with sister WPP public affairs firm Public Strategies (PSI) in late 2010.

The PSI merger, on paper, makes plenty of sense. For many years now, H&K has been trying to kickstart growth of its US operation, which is smaller than many of its key global network rivals. To fully understand the deal, it is tempting to turn the clock back to 2006, when Mark Penn took over Burson-Marsteller. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Paul Taaffe to depart Hill & Knowlton

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Paul Taaffe has quit his role as global CEO of Hill & Knowlton, after 18 years with the WPP agency.

Taaffe, who became global CEO in 2002, becomes the third long-term veteran of the agency to resign within a week, following the merger between H&K and sister WPP public affairs agency Public Strategies (PSI) in November 2010.

That merger installed PSI founder and chairman Jack Martin as global executive chairman of Hill & Knowlton; Martin now takes on global CEO duties with immediate effect. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 11, 2011 at 10:17 am

Freud and MWW buy back independence while holding companies up M&A plans

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Two major PR agencies have bought themselves out of holding company ownership, even as a flurry of deals signal that acquisition is set to rise to pre-recession levels in 2011.

The UK’s Freud Communications is understood to have repurchased the 50.1 per stake in the company that has been owned by Publicis Groupe since 2005, according to a report in the Sunday Times. Meanwhile, US agency MWW has bought itself back from Interpublic Group after a decade of ownership. Read the rest of this entry »