Hill & Knowlton Strategies (US)

Hill & Knowlton Strategies, as it became in 2011, is the smaller of two major public relations networks in WPP's portfolio. It operates a network of 88 offices in 49 countries and has affiliate arrangements with independent agencies in a further 50 markets. As a result, the firm claims to be the most "transnational" of the major PR networks. It offers the full range of public relations disciplines from investor and employee communications and public affairs to crisis management, consumer PR, sports marketing and sponsorship and so on. Subsidiaries include content agency SJP and technology PR Blanc+Otus. The firm was originally formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1927 by former newspaper man John Hill. Donald Knowlton joined the firm as joint partner a couple of years later, and it was one of the first American PR agencies to establish a presence in Europe after World War II. The business was acquired by JWT shortly after Hill's death in 1977, and entered the WPP portfolio ten years later. It was merged in 2006 with public affairs agency Public Strategies, whose founder Jack Martin is now group chairman & CEO. The group has had a difficult couple of years - WPP CEO Sir Marin Sorrell described it as "challenged" in 2014 and "less buoyant" than sister firm Burson-Marsteller in 2015, mainly as a result of tough trading in the US and China. Industry watcher The Holmes Report estimated fee income of $385m in 2015, and named H&K EMEA Agency of the Year for 2016 for the first time in more than a decade. Adbrands does not currently profile this company but subscribers may access account assignments and contact information. The searchable account assignments database is available to full subscribers to Adbrands.net premium services. Click here to access Adbrands account assignments (subscribers only); or see here for information on how to subscribe. 

Capsule checked 10th May 2016

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