PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies was created in January 2012, when The PBN Company, the preeminent strategic communications firm in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and the CIS, merged with Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a leading global strategic communications firm with 89 offices in 52 countries.
The PBN Company was founded in California in 1983 by Peter B. Necarsulmer and Susan A. Thurman, who lead the PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies Board of Directors. In June 1990, The PBN Company worked with the U.S. White House, the Mayor of San Francisco and the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs to manage all public aspects of the historic visit of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to San Francisco. Impressed with the success of the visit, the Soviet government invited The PBN Company to open an office in Moscow in 1991, becoming the first international strategic communications company fully accredited with and registered by the USSR (now Russian) Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The PBN Company quickly expanded, opening an office in Ukraine in 1997 and one in Kazakhstan in 2000. For the past two and a half decades, the firm has been widely regarded as the preeminent strategies communications firm specializing in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and the CIS.
Hill+Knowlton Strategies established the field of strategic communications more than 80 years ago, when John Hill walked away from a successful newspaper career to open a public relations firm in Cleveland. Hill & Knowlton grew quickly, moving the firm's headquarters to New York in 1934. In 1952, Hill created a network of affiliates across Europe, becoming the first multinational public relations company. Hill managed the firm until 1962 and remained an active leader until shortly before his death in 1977.
Hill & Knowlton was acquired in 1980 by JWT Group Inc. (J. Walter Thompson). WPP Group, the world’s largest communications services group, acquired JWT in 1987 along with Hill & Knowlton.
In 2010, H&K merged with Public Strategies, Inc., one of the most successful public affairs and business advisory firms in the United States. Jack Martin, founder of Public Strategies, was named global chairman and CEO of the newly combined firms. The partnership combines global expertise and world-class talent with strong financial services, public affairs, research and digital capabilities.
Hill+Knowlton Strategies today continues John Hill’s legacy as a global public relations and public affairs consultancy with expert reach, deep knowledge and a track record of client success. We uphold our stated commitment to offering the best in our industry.