30 January 2012

Hill+Knowlton Strategies Launches Corporate Advisory Group

NEW YORK, 30 January 2012 – Hill+Knowlton Strategies announced today the launch of a new strategic advisory service, the Corporate Advisory Group. The Corporate Advisory Group will work closely with clients at the most senior level to provide business advisory counsel. The Group will focus exclusively on meeting the public risk and reputational challenges of our client leaders at C-Suite and Board levels.
The Corporate Advisory Group will help top decision-makers navigate complex risk environments and periods of change and opportunity such as a merger, restructuring, regulatory threat or international expansion.

The service will be led by Jack Martin, global chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and Andrew Laurence, global vice chair of corporate, who is based in London. Laurence is one of H+K Strategies’ most senior client counsellors and a specialist in international corporate communications. He joined the firm in 1989 and previously served as chairman and CEO of the EMEA region for five years, during which time he cemented H+K’s status as the region’s leading multinational PR consultancy. He was regional head of the corporate practice from 2001-2004 and has also served as UK CEO.

The Corporate Advisory Group will tap the expertise of H+K Strategies’ numerous senior practitioners around the world, as well as its recently launched research organization, Research+Data Insights, to ensure its clients are able to resolve their most critical business challenges.

“The public’s increased access to information, coupled with the decreasing influence of traditional intermediaries to filter that information, is creating a new business environment with new challenges,” said Martin. “Chief among these is the growing power of the public over corporate risk, reputation and bottom line success. The Corporate Advisory Group will provide a business consulting service that enables clients to capitalize on the opportunities created by points of risk, threat and change.”

“A company’s reputation has never been more vulnerable or valuable, making communications a mandatory consideration for the C-Suite and Board,” said Laurence. “We are combining metrics-based research, global expertise, local perspective and our most seasoned practitioners to advise our clients on how to manage and measure their company’s reputation and its impact on the bottom line. We are invested in resolving the issues that are most pressing for the top executives of major corporations.”

The Corporate Advisory Group will also provide forward-thinking insights into communication trends and best practices relevant to business leaders and lead the development of business consulting practices within H+K Strategies.

To learn more about the Hill+Knowlton Strategies Corporate Advisory Group, please visit http://hkstrategies.com/services/reputation-management-and-corporate-advisory.