NEW YORK—The Global Consulting Group, the U.S. subsidiary of British public relations holding company Huntsworth Group, has hired Jacinta Gauda as executive vice president, corporate communications, and Andrea Priest, as senior vice president, investor relations. Both are reuniting with GCG chief executive officer Richard Wolff, with whom they worked at Golin/Harris International.
According to Wolff, “The addition of Andrea and Jacinta to the GCG senior staff underscores the firm’s commitment to our core consulting businesses: financial communications/investor relations and corporate communications. The focus of the firm is on providing outstanding strategic thinking, combined with tactical excellence, in corporate and financial communications; and Jacinta and Andrea will contribute to that mission.”
GCG was created when Huntsworth—the company now managed by Shandwick founder Peter Chadlington—acquired the consulting business of Thomson Financial and hired Wolff to spearhead U.S. operations.
Gauda has provided counsel to companies on a range of issues, including regulatory and issues advocacy, class action litigation, activist protest, environmental racism, site opposition campaigns, and issues surrounding corporate diversity. Gauda is also a specialist in internal communication and workplace issues, with emphasis on post-merger cultural integration, workforce diversity and performance improvement initiatives.
Prior to joining the Global Consulting Group, she worked in the New York office of Golin/Harris International.
Priest has been a consultant in investor relations and financial communications for nearly 20 years, advising companies on corporate governance issues, mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests, IPOs and spin-offs, bankruptcy, litigation support, and corporate positioning. Her agency experience includes positions with Golin/Harris and Edelman Financial.