LONDON—Nine months after selling a majority stake to private equity firm LDC, fast-growing UK corporate communications consultancy Blue Rubicon has opened its first international office in Doha, Qatar.
Blue Rubicon director Neil Daugherty (pictured), who joined Blue Rubicon in 2000, will be managing director of the new office, leading a launch team of four, including former Sky News producer and Blue Rubicon senior consultant Kieran Toohey, who becomes a director of Blue Rubicon, Qatar.
With an economy that expanded by 19 percent last year, Qatar is one of the world’s fastest-growing nations—and is expected to receive another boost as a result of investing an estimated $250 billion in infrastructure projects ahead of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
Blue Rubicon has been working since 2007 on high-profile projects for Qatari organizations ranging from Qatargas to various government departments and for global businesses in Qatar, including Shell, the country’s largest foreign investor.
“The world’s eyes are on Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup, and we want to continue to help Qatar communicate its vision to the world, as well as protecting and growing the reputations of global companies looking to do business in Qatar,” says Blue Rubicon CEO Gordon Tempest-Hay.
The expansion follows Blue Rubicon's sale to private equity firm LDC, as revealed by the Holmes Report last year. At the time, Blue Rubicon CEO Fraser Hardie said the agency is focused on expansion into Asia-Pacific, North America and the Middle East.