CAMBRIDGE—Bell Pottinger, one of the largest strategic corporate communications brands in the U.K., is opening a U.S. office in Cambridge. Bell Pottinger is a subsidiary of Chime, the U.K.’s largest independent communications group, which two years ago acquired Cambridge-based technology PR shop LNS Communications.
Bell Pottinger offers a range of services including corporate and financial communications, public affairs, crisis and issues management, and mergers and acquisitions communications. Its clients in the U.K. include Emirates Airlines, British Gas, McDonald’s U.K., BAE Systems, HSBC Holdings, Sun Microsystems and Vauxhall Motors (a division of General Motors).
“Chime has had a strong U.S. presence on the high-tech front with LNS Communications since 2000,” said Nick Taylor, commercial director for Chime Communications. “With the opening of the Bell Pottinger USA office, we are positioned to expand our U.S. capabilities into the consumer public relations and public affairs market.
“ We’re anxious to deliver for clients in the U.S. the same expertise and results we’ve delivered to our European clients for years. We will be able to offer expanded U.S. capabilities to our broad-base of U.K. and European clients, as well as public affairs services to the LNS technology client base.”
The company has hired public relations veteran Marlin Collingwood as managing director for the new U.S. office. Collingwood most recently served as senior vice president and director of public relations in the Pittsburgh office of Mullen, where clients included the Pennsylvania Office of Travel & Tourism, The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Whirlpool Corporation and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
His previous work included stints at Rubenstein Associates in New York and Bonner & Associates a Washington, D.C.-based grassroots lobbying firm.