ST. LOUIS—Fleishman-Hillard has expanded its international network into Moscow by acquiring a majority interest in local firm ECG Public Relations. The acquisition creates a full-service office in the Russian capital, with nine dedicated professionals offering Fleishman-Hillard’s worldwide clients expertise in corporate, healthcare, technology, marketing communications, and public affairs.
In addition, the local team boasts significant expertise in travel and tourism and interactive communications.
“We were attracted first and foremost to the quality and character of the people at ECG,” says Dave Senay, Fleishman-Hillard president and CEO, who adds that “an integration of global economics is occurring in Russia, as a new generation of companies looks to the rest of the world for new markets, business partners, investors, and customers. Our network and expertise offer tremendous value for these companies, as well as for non-Russian companies seeking to do business in this region.”
The office will serve multinational clients of Fleishman-Hillard looking to reach the huge and increasingly prosperous Russian market, as well as the growing number of Russian companies looking for advice on doing business in western Europe and the U.S.
Says Vladimir Tupikin, managing director of Fleishman-Hillard Moscow, “Our local economy is expanding beyond its own borders and international client ambitions into Russia are also growing. We can now offer this region access to the professionals of Fleishman-Hillard, who combine the experience of 80 offices, 20 languages, 12 time zones, and 21 practice groups.”