Moscow, 18 March 2013
The Holmes Report Names PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies Russian Consultancy of the Year
PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies, the preeminent strategic communications and public relations firm specializing in the CIS, has been named Russian Consultancy of the Year by The Holmes Report.
“This award recognizes just what an outstanding year we have had since merging with Hill+Knowlton Strategies in early 2012,” said Peter B. Necarsulmer, CEO and Vice Chairman. “As we look to the future, we are well placed to make 2013 even more successful.”
Of PBN H+K, The Holmes Report said:
San Francisco-based PBN was invited by Gorbachev to open an office in Moscow, which it did on January 1, 1991. Over the next decade, the firm established offices in the capitals of Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Latvia, focusing on the strategic end of the business, with particular expertise in public affairs and government relations (about 40 percent of fee income), crisis and issues management, and corporate and financial communications.
Fees were up by about 15 percent last year, with new business from AT Kearney, Baxter International, Burger King (Kazakhstan), easyJet, Etihad Airlines, Eurosport, ExxonMobil, Evraz, IKEA Shopping Centers Russia, NetApp, Proctor & Gamble, Rio Tinto, Sanofi Aventis, Skolkovo Innovation Center, TripAdvisor, and Yota Devices. And the firm remains the go-to agency for many corporate crises, mergers and acquisitions and public policy challenges.
WPP now own a majority stake, and last year merged PBN with sister agency Hill+Knowlton Strategies—although it retains its own brand and, with founder Peter Necarsulmer still at the helm, its own character.
About PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies
PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies is the preeminent strategic communications and public relations firm specializing in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and the CIS. We are fully integrated with Hill+Knowlton Strategies worldwide, which offers senior counsel, insightful research and strategic communications from its 89 offices in 52 countries. Nearly half of all Fortune 500 global companies have chosen to work with Hill+Knowlton Strategies.
PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies was formed in 2012, with the merger of The PBN Company and Hill+Knowlton Strategies. Today we offer unparalleled regional insight into Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and the CIS — and, truly global impact through H+K Strategies' international footprint.
PBN H+K Strategies has more strategic communications and public relations professionals specializing in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and the other CIS countries than any other agency in the world. And, we've worked longer and have more experience in these markets than anyone
— more than 22 years and counting.
H+K Strategies has been in the communications business for more than 80 years, and its world-class teams of trusted advisors and creative experts have unmatched track records strengthening client reputations and bottom lines around the globe.
PBN H+K Strategies is part of WPP, the world’s largest communications group employing 153,000 people in 2,400 offices in 107 countries.
From our offices in Moscow, Kyiv, Almaty and Washington DC, we help our clients maximize their investments and minimize their risks in the region. In tandem with the global H+K and WPP networks, we work with Russian, Ukrainian and Kazakh companies to build their businesses internationally.