CHICAGO—Golin/Harris is expanding its technology practice with the addition of the Irvine, Calif., based Benjamin Group—formerly part of sister company Weber Shandwick—to its operations.
Effective immediately, office will become part of Golin/Harris, adding 15 staff and several key clients, most notably Toshiba America Information Systems, to Golin/Harris. Irvine becomes the 11th U.S. office for Golin/Harris and its third in California.
The Benjamin Group was acquired by Weber Shandwick in July 1999.
“The addition of the Benjamin Group to Golin/Harris is a dramatic step in building our brand,” says Fred Cook, president and chief executive officer of Golin/Harris. “It will strengthen both our technology practice and our presence on the West Coast. Plus, we’re very excited about adding prestigious clients like Toshiba to our roster.”
Judy Johnson, executive vice president and managing director of Golin/Harris’ Western region, will have oversight of the office, which will continue to be led by managing director Lisa Zwick, who has been with the Benjamin Group for nine years. Zwick also will take on a leadership role in the agency’s U.S. technology practice.
“Adding a Golin/Harris office in Irvine strengthens our presence in California and allows us to better serve our growing client base in Orange County, which includes Yamaha, PacificCare and Advanced Medical Optics,” says Johnson. “We plan to grow and diversify the office to include consumer marketing and corporate practices that round out its current capabilities for our current and prospective clients. This office is an important strategic gain for us.”