NEW YORK—Financial Dynamics, which has been expanding both its geographic footprint and its service offering in the U.S., has acquired Washington, D.C.-based Dittus Communications, one of the nation’s largest independent public affairs firms. The deal marks a significant expansion of FD’s public affairs offer, following the opening of a Washington office in 2004 under the leadership of former Fleishman-Hillard executive Stan Collender.
Established in 1993, Dittus serves national and international clients and is known for its issues management and advocacy work, crisis communications, coalition building, grassroots organizing, and government-sector marketing communications, with a client roster that includes The Home Depot, Qwest, Tyco, Dell, SAP, Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, the Business Software Alliance, the American Council for Food and Nutrition and the Alliance to Save Energy.
The firm has more than 50 senior professionals with backgrounds that include Capitol Hill, the Administration, state and local governments, trade associations, corporations, professional newsrooms, and other public relations agencies.
“The increasing complexity of conducting business in a heightened regulatory environment has driven a corresponding demand for increasingly sophisticated public affairs-oriented services on a global scale,” says Declan Kelly, CEO of Financial Dynamics U.S. “With the acquisition of this influential specialist group, FD can now advise clients on global public affairs issues with the expanded scope of services they demand.”
FD, which is headquartered in the U.K., is best known for its financial communications expertise—its U.S. operations include the former Morgen-Walke investor relations operation—but has expanded into public affairs and broader corporate communications, adding a Chicago office under former Hill & Knowlton exec Harlan Teller last year.
Says Dittus founder and CEO Gloria Dittus: “Public affairs communications in this day and age requires far more sophisticated solutions that address government and business audiences, as well as the many circles who influence them. Joining the FD network gives us the opportunity to offer such capabilities to a broader set of clients, and also to bring global reach and additional resources to those we’ve traditionally served.”
Her firm will retain its brand and operate as Dittus Communications, a Financial Dynamics company. Gloria Dittus will continue to head up its operations and will join the FD-US board of directors. The firm will also work closely with FD’s existing Washington, D.C., office and with LLM, a U.K. public affairs firm acquired earlier this year.