WASHINGTON, D.C.—Newly independent public affairs giant APCO Worldwide has formed a strategic alliance with Kissinger Associates, the strategic consulting company headed by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Kissinger Associates specializes in broad-based strategic counsel for multinational corporations and APCO specializes in global public affairs and communication strategy. Together the companies will offer seamless services to clients as they seek to expand into new markets and protect their business interests in a global marketplace.
“In today’s global marketplace, the needs of multinational organizations are more complicated than ever,” says Kissinger, former national security advisor and former secretary of state who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. “These needs are inevitably shaped by the diverse regulatory, political and public opinion landscapes in these countries. This alliance will create a team whose ability to understand and affect these environments will be second to none.”
Both companies have established operations in many countries and regions where this new dynamic will be especially impactful.
“Our grasp of core policy and regulatory issues in numerous countries combined with APCO’s extensive public affairs experience will result in well-rounded thinking about our clients’ challenges,” says Kissinger. “I am confident that this kind of thinking will produce very exciting and productive results for the corporations we both serve.”
Two of Kissinger’s senior colleagues, Alan Batkin and J. Stapleton Roy, will be especially active in the alliance. Batkin, a former investment banker, is a leader in international business who serves on the boards and executive committees of a number of think tanks and publicly traded companies. Roy is a former ambassador to Singapore, Indonesia and the People’s Republic of China who also served as assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research.