LONDON—Farner PR has been named the new brand partner for Porter Novelli in Switzerland. Porter Novelli has six owned offices in Europe, working through a network of 38 offices in 26 markets, most of them taking the Porter Novelli brand.
Farner PR, founded in 1950, has 54 employees and revenue last year of $9.5 million. Its client list that includes some of Switzerland’s largest companies and institutions, such as Credit Suisse, the Swiss Bankers Association, Swiss Tourism, Swiss Re, Novartis, as well as a host of multinationals, including Charles Schwab, IKEA, Pfizer, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Nortel, and McDonnell Douglas. It will continue to operate under its existing management.
“Farner is the market leader in Switzerland with an outstanding reputation and unique tradition in the field of public relations”, said Helen Ostrowski, global CEO of Porter Novelli. “Its reputation for quality and excellence in delivery makes Farner a strong partner in Porter Novelli’s global network. We are thrilled to have them as partners.”
Farner PR has offices in Zurich and Bern as well as Lausanne and Geneva. It is a full-service agency with particular strengths in financial and investor relations, public affairs, and corporate communications, and working with clients in the healthcare, technology and NGO sectors.
“Porter Novelli is one of the leading public relations networks in the world and shares the same philosophy so fundamental to Farner: quality, client service and success”, said Christian König, CEO of Farner PR. “Through our partnership with Porter Novelli we will have a much stronger international offer for clients. Currently, 20 per cent of our income comes from international business.”